Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
Psalm 116:7 (KJV)
We are at rest when we are confident that God is handling everything that concerns us. We rest in our confidence that God has already made available what we need, and out of this assurance will we see His goodness showing up in our lives. God works when we are at a place of peace.
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
To walk in the Spirit is ultimately a mindset. It is to identify with who we are in Christ rather than with who we used to be in the flesh. When we remember who we are in Him—redeemed, healed, blessed, forgiven and righteous—we gain victory over the fleshly mindset and walk in the good that Jesus has already made available.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)
When we make it our practice to keep our attention and focus on God through His Word, we will find ourselves being more receptive to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. When we acknowledge God in all things, He will direct our paths into the good He has already prepared for us.
We have been called as Believers to have unshakable confidence in God. When we have unshakable confidence in God, we know that we can approach God with boldness and assurance no matter what. We know that we can trust, rely and depend on God no matter what. We know God will always be true to His Word.
Confidence in God means confidence in the finished works of Jesus. In other words, our confidence does not come as a result of our own performance or law keeping; our confidence comes out of our faith in Jesus. Jesus has become our righteousness, our wisdom, our sanctification, our redemption—He has become our strength, our confidence and our ability! When we no longer look to self but to Jesus, boldness will come alive on the inside of us. When our attention is more on Jesus than on our own ability, we will step into who we have been called to be in Christ.
When we have unshakable confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will rejoice because we know that we can approach the throne of grace with boldness, always obtaining mercy and grace to help in a time of need. We can come boldly the throne of grace independent of how well we have been performing. We know that when we have missed it and fallen short, God’s attitude towards us does not change. We rest in our assurance that God is not dealing with us based on our performance, but that God is dealing with us based on the perfect performance of Jesus on our behalf. When God looks at us, He no longer sees us in ourselves; He sees us in Christ, He sees the perfection of Jesus in you and me.
Friend, this week I invite you to purpose in your heart that you will have unshakable confidence towards your Heavenly Father. When we walk in this confidence, the accusing voices of the enemy will no longer be able to move us off track. The moment we replace self-righteousness with Christ-righteousness and accept that we have been made righteous in Him, the voices of condemnation can no longer hold us back. We now rest in the finished works of Jesus. And this is the place from which victory flows in the life of a Believer.
Father, I thank You for sending Jesus and making Him unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Lord, today I rest in who You have made me to be. I will not allow the voices of fear, doubt and condemnation to deceive me. I will let Your Word of Grace abide in me, and I receive everything You have already made available. Thank you that I can come boldly to Your throne of grace, with a confident expectation of finding mercy and grace to help in a time of need. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1 John 3:21-23
1 John 4:17
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 Corinthians 1:30
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)
We can come boldly the throne of grace independent of how well we have been performing. We know that when we have missed it and fallen short, God’s attitude towards us does not change. Our boldness comes out of our confident assurance that God is not dealing with us based on our performance, but that God is dealing with us based on the perfect performance of Jesus on our behalf.
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.