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.
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Romans 2:4 (KJV)
Understanding the goodness of God is what produces repentance, which is simply a change of mind and heart. When we receive His gift of no condemnation, God can effectively work in us leading us to live a life of freedom from bondage to sin.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:2 (KJV)
Grace is the revelation that God has made available anything we will ever need through the finished works of Jesus. Faith is how we access what grace has provided. And so let us embrace by faith that the solution to every challenge has already been provided. When we believe this and live out from it, we will see the evidence of it manifest in our life.
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!
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.
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. Living by faith means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We purpose in our hearts that we will not be moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, but that we will be moved only by the Word of God! Faith enables what is true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that they profiting may appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
To meditate means to think, ponder, consider, or mull over in our minds. Worrying is a negative form of meditation, and it will yield fruit accordingly. Yet when we meditate God’s Word, when we give ourselves wholly over to His promises, we become more receptive to seeing His goodness and glory coming to pass.
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.
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!