Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
God is not reluctant when it comes to supplying our needs. In fact, it is His good pleasure to give us His kingdom. And so when we approach our heavenly Father, let us do so with boldness and confidence. Rather than being fearful, let us rejoice in faith; we may be certain that we will see God showing up mightily in our lives.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:7-9 (KJV)
Everything God has done for us through the finished works of Jesus is rooted in His perfect love for us. To know and experience the love of God, we look to Jesus and receive the fullness of what His grace has made available. In this we will find ourselves blessed and being a blessing.
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 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.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 12:28 (KJV)
Jesus gives us rest because when we enter into Christ, we enter into a finished work. The moment we put our faith in Jesus, all things pertaining to life and godliness are made available to us. Our role is not to struggle and to work hard to try and get God to bless us, but to live each day open and receptive for the blessings we already have in Him to manifest in our lives.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
On the cross the great exchange took place. Jesus took all of our sin, and in exchange we received His righteousness. As a result we have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God. Receiving our identity as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is key for us living the victorious life.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Romans 4:8 (KJV)
God is not charging any sin to our account. All of our sins have been charged to the body of Jesus, and it is through our faith in what Jesus has done for us that we have been made one hundred percent righteous in the eyes of God. Each day we are called to remember this truth, and live boldly out of who we have been made to be.
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 provided 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.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
In Christ we have been forgiven of past, present and future sins. Regardless of where we may have fallen short or what our past may have looked like, the riches of His grace are more than sufficient to cleanse us from it all. Knowing our perfect redemption empowers us to live right and overcome in every area of life!
Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;
Psalm 106:4 (KJV)
When we receive salvation through placing our faith in the finished works of Jesus, we enter into the unmerited favor of God. This means that the blessing is on our lives, not because of our works or our efforts, but because of our faith and trust in Jesus.
The biblical definition of “hope” is earnest expectation. It is us having an earnest and confident assurance that we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives. The Bible actually tells us that we are to rejoice in earnest expectation of the glory of God (see Romans 5:2). The glory of God in this verse is referring to the promises of God manifesting in our lives, because the truth is that in this New Covenant God is not looking to show forth His glory separate and apart from His children.
Friend, you and I have been called to live our lives as the very vessels through which the the glory of God can flow. What does this look like, you may ask. When we become vessels for the glory of God, we see ourselves as the channels through which God can flow into our world and bless other people. And we become a blessing to the degree that we understand the blessing that is already on our lives. To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper and excel. And you and I got blessed when we got into Christ.
In Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, and we have been set up for victory and success no matter what. We have been positioned to overcome regardless of what it seems like in the natural. This is where our earnest expectation of good comes from. Regardless of any circumstances or conditions, we can rejoice that victory was already provided two thousand years ago!
As you meditate on this and let it take root in your heart, notice that you will find yourself less worried about how things may look and feel in the natural. Instead, there will be a greater confidence in what Jesus has already done. Remember that we serve a supernatural God who is not limited by the things of this natural realm. When our focus becomes Jesus and His finished works, hope spontaneously rises up. We begin to sense in our spirits that good things are coming our way from our heavenly Father.
Lord, I thank You that my hope and confidence are not limited to the things of this world. I have confidence in You and in what You have already done for me. And so I set my mind on the things above, I meditate on the truths of Your Word and who You have called me to be. And I thank You and praise You that You are doing exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what I could ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Corinthians 1:20
1 John 5:4