Holy And Blameless Before Him (Ephesians 1:4)

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)

In Christ we are holy and blameless before the Father in love, not because of our actions or performance, but as a result of having been made the sons and daughters of God. Now it is God’s love that compels us and enables us to live right. Chains are broken and darkness loses its grip over us, as guilt and condemnation are replaced with the goodness and mercy of God.

Continual Praise (Psalm 98:4)

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!

Secure In The Covenant Of His Peace (Isaiah 54:10)

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.

Holy And Blameless Before Him (Ephesians 1:4)

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)

In Christ we are holy and blameless before the Father in love, not because of our actions or performance, but as a result of having been made the sons and daughters of God. Now it is God’s love that compels us and enables us to live right. Chains are broken and darkness loses its grip over us, as guilt and condemnation are replaced with the goodness and mercy of God.

Happy New Year 2019 — A Year Of Exceeding Glory!

A Year of Exceeding Glory (4)Happy New Year, and welcome to what I believe will be a year of exceeding glory!

There are different types of glory that are described in Scripture. When we speak of glory we are usually speaking of the attributes, the nature and the character of God as it is revealed to man. Glory is God revealing His majesty and His splendor to us. Yet glory can also refer to the goodness of God showing up in the life of a born again Believer. In other words, when the blessings of God manifest in our lives, it is accurate to say that the glory of God is showing up in our lives.

Friend, I believe that 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory because God is looking to increase the manifestations of His blessings and His favor in your life! Of course, the blessings and favor of God have already been freely made available to us as a result of the finished works of Jesus. Yet I believe God wants us to walk in the manifestations of these finished works to a greater degree.

While I will be creating several online teachings on this subject in the coming weeks—in addition to teaching it at our local Bible Study—let me just briefly tell you why I believe that exceeding glory is what this new year will be all about. 2 Corinthians 1:20 in the New King James Version says this:

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

This verse is telling us that all of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ, and that the purpose of this is so that the glory of God may be made manifest through us. This is a remarkable statement! This is saying that God is glorified every time His goodness shows up in the lives of His children. This means that God is glorified in your healing; God is glorified in your deliverance; God is glorified as you prosper; God is glorified as you walk in His divine peace and soundness.

This is important to understand because many of us have been taught to think of the glory of God as always being something that is separate and apart from us. And while under the old covenant God would often show forth His glory separate and apart from His people, the glory of the new covenant is actually this exceeding glory that the Bible talks about in 2 Corinthians chapter 3.

2 Peter 1:4 tells us that through the promises of God coming to pass in our lives, we actually become partakers of the divine nature. In other words, the more the goodness of God shows up in our lives, the more are we becoming like God. What does this mean, you may ask. Well, let me ask you this: is God sick? The answer is, of course not! There is no sickness in heaven. To even suggest that would be absurd. And so simply put, friend, we are more like our heavenly Father when we walk in divine health than we are struggling with an illness. In the same way we are more like our heavenly Father when we are prospering and all our needs are met. After all, there is no lack in heaven. There are no economic or financial downturns in God’s Kingdom.

Friend, what I want you to see and come to discover more than ever this year is that God wants you to prosper in all things and be in health. (see 3 John 2) And the reason for that is simply because that is the nature of our heavenly Father. God is good, and through us putting our faith in Jesus He wants us to become more like Him. And as we do so, one of the effects of this is that we become a blessing to others!

Exceeding glory shows up in the life of a Believer when we start to realize that God wants to manifest His goodness in our lives so that we can become His instruments and vessels through which His goodness can flow to others! Things begin to move very quickly once we start seeing ourselves as channels through which God’s love, grace and mercy can reach the people we come into contact with in our world.

And so receive this word of encouragement today! 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory. I pray you join me in believing this. This year I will be creating much more online content such as online Bible Studies in addition to the regular daily devotionals. I believe that the Lord is calling us to expand our ministry both online as well as locally. My prayer is that anything that comes forth from this ministry will be a blessing to you, and that it will continue to remind you to look to Jesus and to trust in His finished works. It is my desire that more people all around the world come to recognize that Jesus, through shedding His precious blood for us, has already provided everything we will ever need. Our righteousness has nothing to do with our own works or efforts, but it has everything to do with us placing our trust and our confidence in Him.

He is our righteousness. He truly is our sufficiency!

And so as we head into 2019, may we all see a greater manifestation of His grace, goodness and glory in our lives. May it be a year of exceeding glory.

Remember His Goodness (Psalm 143:5)

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

Psalm 143:5 (NKJV)

It is powerful to bring to our remembrance all that God has already done. When we meditate on how good God has been to us in the past, it raises our expectation for the future. Let’s never take for granted how far He has brought us, and rejoice in anticipation of the good that is to come!

The Greatest Gift (John 3:16)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (KJV)

God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing forth His Son into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, safety, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.

Live By Faith (Romans 1:17)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)

The just are called to live by faith. This means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We are not moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, we are moved only by the Word of God! We live by faith because faith enables what is already true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.

Receive The Blessing (Acts 3:26)

Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Acts 3:26 (KJV)

God has sent Jesus into the world to bless us. To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper. And so all of us who have received Jesus have received the blessing, and as a result of being in Christ we are now set up to overcome and have victory in every arena of life. The blessing is a gift of God’s grace, and it starts working in our life as we receive it and walk in it by faith.

Expect His Goodness (Romans 8:28)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 (KJV)

God is using all things together for our good as we accept this principle by faith. At all times we may live in a continual confident expectation¬†of seeing God’s goodness in our lives. And so regardless of where we find ourselves, let us declare with boldness, “Lord, I can’t wait to see the good You have in store for me today!”