Rejoice In The Lord (Philippians 4:4)

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 (NKJV)

There is empowerment that comes when we make the decision to rejoice in the Lord. We are not moved by circumstances because our fellowship with Jesus has become the source of our joy! When we walk in His joy we walk in His completeness, and out of this supernatural breakthroughs can take place.

Witness His Faithfulness (1 Corinthians 1:9)

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.

Weekly Grace: Earnest Expectation Of Good

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.

PRAYER:

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.

SCRIPTURES:

Romans 5:2

2 Corinthians 1:20

Galatians 3:9

Ephesians 1:3

Ephesians 3:20

1 John 5:4

Matthew 5:14

In His Presence (Psalm 16:11)

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 16:11 (KJV)

Getting in the presence of God through His Word, worship, praise, prayer and simply talking with Him, takes us to a place of joy that is independent of any circumstances. Out of this fellowship with God that is available to all will come wisdom and revelation to guide us on the path of life.

Redeemed From Sin Consciousness, Part 1 – Sunday Sermon

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Weekly Grace: Become Jesus Conscious

One of the most important things we can do as Believers is to be selective over what we place our attention on. The Bible reminds us of the importance of guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). We guard our hearts through being watchful over what comes in through our eyes and ears, as well as what we allow to come out of our own mouths. Friend, today I would like to remind you that you have been called to place your attention on Jesus. Become Jesus conscious, and watch things change as a result.

Satan will always try to hijack our attention. He will attempt to get us all caught up in either things to be fearful of, things we do not want to see in our lives, or the enemy will try to get us to be more conscious of our own mistakes and shortcomings than we are conscious of the finished works of Jesus in our lives. Yet this new covenant is a covenant of right believing. Our part is to believe right where the finished works of Jesus and our identity in Him are concerned. This means we believe we are in this very moment the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus independent of how well we are living it (2 Corinthians 5:21). And we believe that all of the promises of God have been made available to us through the finished works of Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20).

This week be selective about where you place your attention. Become Jesus conscious. The Bible says that as you behold Jesus in His Word, the Holy Spirit will work on the inside of you, transforming you into the very image you are beholding (2 Corinthians 3:18). The most important thing for you is your personal one on one relationship with Jesus. The more time you spend with Him, the more will you find things working in your life.

Being selective about where we place our attention does not mean we deny that there may be issues or challenges. However in the midst of issues and challenges, being Jesus conscious means we know that the solution to the issue and the answer to the challenge has already been made available. Everything you will need in this life can be found in Him. Spend time in His presence daily, and let Holy Spirit guide you into God’s good plans and purposes for your life.

PRAYER:

Father, I thank You for everything You have already provided through Jesus. I purpose in my heart that I will not allow my attention to be hijacked; I will keep my mind stayed on You and receive Your perfect peace as a result. I praise You and thank You that I can always trust, rely and depend on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

Proverbs 4:23

John 6:28-29

2 Corinthians 1:20

2 Corinthians 3:18

2 Corinthians 5:21

Isaiah 26:3

Philippians 4:6-7

Seek The Will Of God With Joy (Psalm 40:16)

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Psalm 40:16 (KJV)

Seeking the will of God for our life is not a burdensome task, nor is it something that will put us in a place of sorrow. In fact, the greatest joy and and the greatest fulfillment lie in seeking Jesus, delighting in Him, and desiring daily to carry out His plan and purpose for our lives. So let us magnify the Lord with joy in our hearts! He is our sufficiency, and He will always supply us everything we need to live victoriously.

Weekly Grace: Unshakable Confidence In God

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.

PRAYER:

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.

SCRIPTURES:

1 John 3:21-23

Hebrews 4:16

1 John 4:17

2 Corinthians 5:21

1 Corinthians 1:30

Romans 5:17

Nothing Can Separate Us From Him (John 10:28)

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:28 (KJV)

After we receive Jesus no one and nothing can ever separate us from Him. We have been joined unto Christ for eternity, and no amount of mistakes or shortcomings on our part can undo this union. Our role is to receive His precious gift of righteousness, and all that comes with it by faith.