For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:6 (KJV)
To be carnally minded is to live merely according to what we can perceive through our physical senses and feel in our emotions, whereas a spiritually minded person will live by what the Word of God says. When we think and live according to God’s Word, we will have life and peace independent of any situations or circumstances in the natural.
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (KJV)
Jesus through His finished works has already made available everything we will ever need. Our greatest breakthroughs come when we rest from struggling and striving, and instead fellowship with Jesus, enjoying His presence, praising Him for what He has already done. We will bear witness of His faithfulness in our lives.
For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
As we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word and as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words coming into alignment with life and peace. Let us be mindful of the tremendous power of our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to speak only words of life.
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 through Jesus has already made available everything we will ever need. Faith is how we access what grace has provided. And so let us rejoice that we can trust confidently in the finished works of Jesus, and be expectant for His goodness to show up in our lives.
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.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)
Perfect peace is the kind of peace that cannot be shaken by circumstances and conditions. This is the kind of peace that comes from knowing whose we are and whom we have believed. Today, keep your mind stayed on Jesus; trust Him, and let His perfect peace fill every fiber of your being.
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.
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.
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.
Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 (AMPC)
When seeking God has become a vital necessity, we may rest assured that He will make Himself known to us in ways that will be obvious. Living lives where God has become a priority will always lead to His goodness and favor showing up.