For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
It is a biblical principle that as we think, so are we in our hearts. And so let us be watchful over our thinking, and purpose in our hearts to think thoughts that are in alignment with God’s Word. The more we think and speak according to what God has said about us, the more will our life begin to show forth the fruits and promises that come as a result of being in Christ.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, he taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (KJV)
Let us place our faith only in the power of God, and not in what we might consider the wisdom of this world. Worldly wisdom will oftentimes try and get us to doubt the promises of God, yet we are called to realize that no amount of worldly limitation can prevent us from receiving what God has already promised us in His Word.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
Psalm 68:19 (KJV)
Each day we can expect to be loaded with the benefits of salvation. In Christ God’s unmerited favor has been made available, and so we can always live in confident expectation that something good is going to happen regardless of circumstances. The benefits of salvation include healing, deliverance, peace of mind and heart, and all of our needs being supplied.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
The grace of God works best when we acknowledge our need for Him, when we learn to trust in Him and depend on Him. When we stop relying on our own might, we will find He always supplies us with the strength, wisdom and ability to do what He has called us to do, and to walk in the victory He has already made available.
Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
Job 22:21-22 (NKJV)
Knowing God will always lead to good coming to us. The more we lay up His Word in our hearts, the more will we find ourselves at peace. And as we confidently stand on the Father’s promises to us in Christ Jesus, we will come to reign victoriously in all of the arenas of our life.
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Isaiah 43:1 (KJV)
God has redeemed us, and He calls each of us His own. As Believers we are now called to walk boldly as who God says we are in Christ: blessed, prosperous and victorious children of the Most High God! When things come against us, let us remember that the victory has already been won, and as a result we can be expectant for God to move in our lives in powerful ways.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (KJV)
Praise announces that the victory has already been won. When we praise God and rejoice in Him, mountains melt away and we open ourselves to seeing God’s glory manifesting in our lives. Let us have a heart of continual praise and rejoice in Him on the mountaintop and in the valley, for He is truly worthy of all praise!
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV)
Jesus has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption. And so let us remember to not look to ourselves, but to Jesus. Being in Christ means that He has become our sufficiency unto whatever need may arise. As we meditate daily on this truth, accepting it in our hearts by faith, we will see the fruits of it showing up in our lives.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
In Christ we have been forgiven of past, present and future sins. Regardless of where we may have fallen short or what our past may have looked like, the riches of His grace are more than sufficient to cleanse us from it all. Knowing our perfect redemption empowers us to live right and overcome in every arena of life!
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11:8 (KJV)
Living by faith involves acting on what God has told us to do. Sometimes we may be called to step out into the unknown, not knowing all of the details of the road we have been called to travel. Yet we may be certain that, step by step, God is faithfully leading us and guiding us into the manifestation of what He has promised.