Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
When we realize that there is always something to thank God for, we will naturally find ourselves giving Him praise. Even in the midst of a challenge or a difficult time, we can thank God that He has already provided the way out. When we know our God and His goodness, we really cannot help but be thankful.
Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.
2 Corinthians 3:5 (AMPC)
There is strength and empowerment that comes when we no longer rely on our own sufficiency or ability, but instead put all our trust and confidence in God. We succeed, not because of our efforts or qualifications, but because it is God who has called us and who makes us well able to do what He has called us to do.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
We taste and come to know the goodness of God through our intimate fellowship with Him. The more time we spend in His presence through worship, prayer, praise and His Word, the more do we find that we can trust God with all of the areas of our lives. And out from this trust is birthed a life that leads from victory to victory.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
As we maintain our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will receive the reward which is to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives. Endurance enables us to remain faithful to God’s will, which puts us in a position of receiving everything He has already made available to us in Christ.
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 11:28 (KJV)
Victory in our lives is in direct proportion to us receiving God’s Word, keeping it in our hearts, and applying it on a daily basis. As we stand confidently on what the Word has said about us, we are taking hold by faith of everything God’s grace has already made available.
Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
Isaiah 26:12 (NKJV)
The more we can trust in God’s Spirit working in us, the more will we find ourselves at peace. We come to find that in all we are called to do, it is really God working in us—always in proportion to our faith—who enables us to walk in victory and to live the overcoming life.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Psalm 107:2 (KJV)
As the redeemed of the Lord we are to say with boldness that we have been set free from any and all forms of bondage. When we confess our redemption and the finished works of Christ, we are releasing our faith to lay hold of the victory that has already been made available.
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 has made available anything we will ever need through the finished works of Jesus. Faith is how we access what grace has provided. And so let us embrace by faith that the solution to every challenge has already been provided. When we believe this and live out from it, we will see the evidence of it manifest in our life.
And He said, “My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14 (NKJV)
When we remember God’s presence with us, there is a rest that comes even in the midst of turmoil. Keeping our minds and hearts stayed on the One who never leaves us enables us to be at peace regardless of any circumstances. Our peace is our most valuable asset and the more we rest in Him, the more will we see His supernatural ability showing up in our lives.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:25-26 (KJV)
The way we respond to a situation will often determine what the outcome will be. Paul and Silas, when locked up in prison, responded by praising God. As a result a miracle took place which enabled them to escape. When we praise God in the midst of the storm, we make ourselves available to seeing His supernatural power at work in our lives!