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 does not give us license to live in sin. The contrary—understanding the goodness of God brings about the very change of heart that causes us to no longer want to live in sin. It is the goodness of God that turns us from failure and disappointment to a living a life of victory and peace.
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
1 John 4:13 (KJV)
God has joined us to Himself through His Spirit that dwells on the inside of every Believer. Now the Holy Spirit in us will teach us and guide us through the Word of God. He will make the truths of the Word real to our hearts and enable us to walk more fully as who God has called us to be.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:13 (KJV)
We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, meaning that we have been redeemed from sweating, struggling and performing to try to get into right standing with God or to try to get God to bless us. Because of what Jesus has done, you and I now have free access to the boundless blessings of God by faith.
And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Psalm 107:7 (KJV)
God will always lead us by the right way. When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, He will lead us in the way of God’s perfect will for our lives. Our role is to trust Him and to follow His promptings. And the will of God for us is to see His goodness and favor coming to pass.
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.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (KJV)
The greatest expression of God’s love is found in Jesus laying down His life for us. When this kind of love is received into the heart, it creates radical transformation from the inside out. No one can have a heart to heart encounter with the love of God in Christ Jesus and remain the same.
which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
Colossians 1:6 (NKJV)
The grace of God in truth is Jesus. We can never separate Jesus and grace. Our hearts are transformed as we look to Jesus and believe that as a result of His finished works we have been made one hundred percent righteous. Everything for us in this new covenant begins and ends with Jesus.
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.
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.