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.
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.
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.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Psalm 107:2 (KJV)
As the redeemed of the Lord we are to say with boldness that we have been set free from any and all forms of bondage. When we confess our redemption and the finished works of Christ, we are releasing our faith to lay hold of the victory that has already been made available.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
When we walk in faith and trust God working on the inside of us, we may rest assured that He will lead us into the life He has purposed for us to live. God wants to exceed our expectations and do above what we can ask or think.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Isaiah 59:21 (KJV)
God’s Word is to never depart from our mouth because our words release spiritual authority. Whatever we say long enough we will ultimately see. And so let us boldly say what God has said about us in His Word—He has already called us victorious!
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)
Walking by faith and not by sight means we are not walking according to appearances. No matter what it looks like or seems like, we maintain our trust and confidence in God and in His unmerited favor towards us in Christ Jesus. We hold fast to our conviction and confession that right now we already have what we are believing for!
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:7 (KJV)
Abiding in Jesus and letting His Word abide in us sets us up for victory and good success. Our heavenly Father is not withholding anything from us, and our part is to let His Word abide in our hearts. Having the Word rooted in our hearts makes us receptive and available for the favor of God to manifest in our lives!