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.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Hebrews 6:15 (KJV)
To endure patiently means we keep our faith on the field—no matter what. We continue to believe that we have received, and we keep acting in faith. When we purpose in our hearts that we will believe God regardless of what it looks or feels like, we will come to see the manifestation of what grace has already made available.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
The more we behold Jesus through the Word, the more are we transformed into His image. As we seek His will in all of the areas of our life, we will find ourselves being led from glory to glory through the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
Guarding the heart means we do not allow anything to rob us of the peace that has come to us as a result of our meditating on and believing the promises of Scripture. We determine to keep our hearts fixed on Jesus and on what His Word declares about us no matter what.
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
Psalm 18:32 (KJV)
God supplies us with strength and He leads us into His will for our lives as we trust Him and depend upon Him in all things. We limit God by trying to do things according to our own ways; yet when we trust in His leading and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He will make our way perfect.
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.