Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psalm 116:7 (KJV)
We are at rest when we are confident that God is handling everything that concerns us. We rest in our confidence that God has already made available what we need, and out of this assurance will we see His goodness showing up in our lives. God works when we are at a place of peace.
And the grace (unmerited favor and blessing) of our Lord [actually] flowed out superabundantly and beyond measure for me, accompanied by faith and love that are [to be realized] in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:14 (AMPC)
When we receive a revelation of God’s grace as His unmerited favor and blessing, our faith increases as we come to recognize and embrace His love for us. Rather than performing to try to get God to bless us, we find ourselves resting in His love and in His finished works. And out from this place we move ever more fully towards the manifestation of His promises.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Psalm 37:19 (KJV)
When God has become our rock, our trust, and the source of our provisions, we need not be concerned with what may be happening in the world. We can rest confidently that all our needs shall be supplied regardless of how it may seem in the natural. It is this faith and confidence that enables God’s unmerited favor to manifest in the most unusual ways.
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Ephesians 1:11 (MSG)
As we grow in our understanding of our identity in Christ, we come to discover that God has created each of us with a unique purpose. The more we identify with how God sees us—righteous, healed, delivered, sound, equipped for every challenge—the more do we place ourselves into position for Holy Spirit to guide us into God’s purposes for our lives.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)
As we place our trust in Jesus, Holy Spirit works in our hearts molding and shaping us more fully into becoming the instruments of His love. Key here is to understand and receive God’s perfect love for us; and the more we receive His perfect love, the more will His love become alive in our hearts and, ultimately, flow out through us.
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)
At the heart of Christmas lies this truth that 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.
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.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:15 (KJV)
It is the Spirit of God in our spirit that draws us unto God, that enables us to fellowship with Him. And so let us approach Him as He truly is: our loving heavenly Father whose good pleasure it is to give us the kingdom. May we give up any fear or feelings of condemnation, and not doubt for one second that it is God’s will for us to be whole in every area of our lives.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:28 (KJV)
No one and nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. We have been joined unto Christ for eternity, and no amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can undo this union. Our role is to receive His precious gift of righteousness, and all that comes with it, by faith.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:16 (KJV)
To dwell in God is to dwell in His love. When we understand that God does not have love, but that God is love, we find ourselves receiving His perfect love for us and in turn we can share it with others.