Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
To truly surrender all our cares to God we must understand how much He cares for us. The more we get a revelation of His perfect love for us, the more will we find ourselves at peace regardless of circumstances. When we receive the perfect love of Jesus we come to find rest in His finished works, trusting that He has already perfected all that concerns us.
What shall we say then to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 (KJV)
Knowing that God is for us gives us a confidence and an assurance that, no matter the situation, victory has already been made available. We can now move forward with boldness, fully expectant that we will see the goodness of God showing up in our lives. There is not an obstacle in the world that can stop a Believer who knows their right standing with God as a result of the finished works of Jesus Christ!
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
The grace of God that brings salvation is Jesus. And the way Grace teaches us is by being alive on the inside of us the moment we believe. As we look to Jesus, His Holy Spirit will go to work in us, enabling us to live out of who He has called us to be.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
Let us purpose to have the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart be in agreement with what God has said about us in His Word. As we mediate the Word and speak the Word daily, we establish it in our hearts. This makes us receptive to seeing it come to pass in our lives.
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.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 (KJV)
Notice that the new commandment to love follows us first receiving God’s love for us. It is only when our hearts are saturated by the love of Christ that we have the ability to love others in the way He loves us. And so the more we focus on the love of God in Christ Jesus, the more will we find His love flowing out through us.
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.
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV)
Every Believer has a call of God on their lives. Notice that our calling is not according to our works, but according to God’s purpose and grace. This means that, no matter what our past may have looked like or how unqualified we may feel, God has not only called us but graced us to step into His purposes for our lives.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13 (KJV)
Strength and encouragement come when we believe that we will see the goodness of God in our lives. Regardless of how things look around us, we are called to always live in an earnest expectation of good. God’s favor and blessings have been made available—let’s be open to receive today!
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Isaiah 43:1 (KJV)
God has redeemed us, and He calls each of us His own. As Believers we are now called to walk boldly as who God says we are in Christ: blessed, prosperous and victorious children of the Most High God! When things come against us, let us remember that the victory has already been won, and as a result we can be expectant for God to move in our lives in powerful ways.