Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
When we realize that there is always something to thank God for, we will naturally find ourselves giving Him praise. Even in the midst of a challenge or a difficult time, we can thank God that He has already provided the way out. When we know our God and His goodness, we really cannot help but be thankful.
Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (AMPC)
There is strength and empowerment that comes when we no longer rely on our own sufficiency or ability, but instead put all our trust and confidence in God. We succeed, not because of our efforts or qualifications, but because it is God who has called us and who makes us well able to do what He has called us to do.
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 115:15 (KJV)
To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper and excel. When we remember that we have the blessing of God, we cannot help but live in an earnest expectation that we will see His goodness and favor showing up in every area of our life!
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
We taste and come to know the goodness of God through our intimate fellowship with Him. The more time we spend in His presence through worship, prayer, praise and His Word, the more do we find that we can trust God with all of the areas of our lives. And out from this trust is birthed a life that leads from victory to victory.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
Ephesians 5:8-9 (NKJV)
We have been set free from darkness and we have been made light in the Lord. Remembering our identity in Christ becomes the foundation for strong and mature faith, and as a result we will see the fruits of the Spirit manifesting in our life.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
As we maintain our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will receive the reward which is to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives. Endurance enables us to remain faithful to God’s will, which puts us in a position of receiving everything He has already made available to us in Christ.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 11:28 (KJV)
Victory in our lives is in direct proportion to us receiving God’s Word, keeping it in our hearts, and applying it on a daily basis. As we stand confidently on what the Word has said about us, we are taking hold by faith of everything God’s grace has already made available.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
To walk in the Spirit is ultimately a mindset. It is to identify with who we are in Christ rather than with who we used to be in the flesh. When we remember who we are in Him—redeemed, healed, blessed, forgiven and righteous—we gain victory over the fleshly mindset and walk in the good that Jesus has already made available.