Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
The knowledge of God and the finished works of Jesus yields in an increase of grace and peace. And so the more we meditate on the truth that Jesus has done everything He needed to do to make us righteous and to give us full and complete access to the blessings of the kingdom, the greater becomes our peace in Him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26 (KJV)
One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to bring the things of Jesus to our remembrance. We can be in the midst of turmoil or some kind of unexpected challenge, and the Holy Spirit will be there to gently draw our attention back to the truths of the Word of God. He will remind us of what is true about us in Christ and the victory that has already been won.
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.
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.
What? know yet not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
When we gave our lives to Jesus, His Holy Spirit took up residence within us. This means God’s presence and power now dwell in us. And so let us live every day knowing that we belong to the Lord, that we have been bought with a price, thereby opening ourselves to the life of victory and purpose God has called us to live.
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Isaiah 54:10 (KJV)
No mistake or shortcoming on our part can remove us from God’s covenant of peace. Knowing this frees us from the condemnation that came with the law, and it reminds us that the foundation for our right standing is never our own performance but the finished works of Jesus Christ. This enables us to grow in our walk with the Lord, and to always become more fully who He has created us to be.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 20:32 (KJV)
Grace always builds us up. Religion tends to be about what we must do in order to earn favor with God, whereas grace is all about what Jesus has already done for us. Each day our practice therefore must be to remind ourselves and to thank God that He has already made available what we need. As we remember our identity in Christ—that we were made righteous in Him—we open ourselves to receiving the inheritance grace has already provided.
And He said, “My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14 (NKJV)
When we remember God’s presence with us, there is a rest that comes even in the midst of turmoil. Keeping our minds and hearts stayed on the One who never leaves us enables us to be at peace regardless of any circumstances. Our peace is our most valuable asset and the more we rest in Him, the more will we see His supernatural ability showing up in our lives.
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NKJV)
Grace causes us to be thankful because grace is the revelation that everything we need has already been made available. As we walk in this by faith, one day and one moment at a time, our gratitude gives glory to God. And God’s glory always shows itself in the lives of His people as the very manifestations of His favor and goodness.