But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. (Luke 6:35 NKJV)
God loves to give you gifts. The gift that God most likes to give is His grace to you. When you least expect it, and when you know for sure that you are not worthy. God loves to forgive and bless you. You should see the look on His face when you receive His grace. Your reaction is a joy for God.
God wants you to do likewise to those around you. In fact, that is one thing God requires of you to forgive others as He has forgiven you. The next time someone does something mean to you, don’t respond in kind. Rather, go out of your way to astound him with something he doesn’t deserve: grace. His grace is greater than all your sins.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9 NKJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 KJV)
Faith is that invisible confidence that something exists other than what you presently see. Faith is the ability to believe. You have the measure of faith. You have the same Faith Jesus has when you were born again. Faith is a gift from God.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24 KJV)
The proof of your faith is revealed in your pursuit of the unseen. Faith is the seed planted in the soil of your spirit. Active Faith is when a man uses his believing ability to obtain something he wants from God. The presence of your Faith is proven by something you do in obedience to God and His word. The ability to believe already exists within you. It’s the substance called Faith.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
In Mark 5:28-29, the hemorrhaging woman carried an invisible picture of her healing within her heart. Romans 4:18-21, Abraham pictured his children. Your life will always move in the direction of your most dominant thought.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. (Hosea 2:14 NKJV)
God prepares you when you are alone. When the enemy wants to destroy you, he forces you to seclusion, but when God wants to prepare you, He calls you to be alone. Seclusion causes us to walk in deception, while solitude exposes the truth of who we are. Solitude forces a person to face reality. Seclusion allows a person to run from the issues of life.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 NKJV)
Seclusion ultimately leads to loneliness. Loneliness is a powerful feeling of emptiness and disconnectedness. In other words, loneliness is a negative state where a person feels unfulfilled. Loneliness is not the absence of people; loneliness is the absence of taking the time to be with God. The Bible tells us, “In Your presence is fullness of Joy” (Ps.16:11).
Solitude, on the other hand, is the state of being alone without experience a sense of loneliness. Solitude is a positive and constructive state of a loneliness with God. Your identity is hidden within the pages of God’s Word. You will never find your identity in a crowd.
Jonathan Edwards, the leader of the New England’s Great Awakening, penned these words: “In close meditation, prayer and conversing with God. When alone and separated from the world, a true Christian doubtless delights…..to converse with God in solitude and this also has peculiar advantages for fixing his heart, for fixing what is inside him.”
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5, 6 NKJV)
The Word makes it clear that your experience, your surrounding, everything about you is basically a result of the way you think. When you think spiritually minded thoughts, you get life and peace. When you don’t, you get death.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (II Peter 1:2 NKJV)
This confirms the principle that your thought life produces a harvest in the natural realm. People are looking for peace to come externally from the outside of them into their circumstances. 2 Peter 1:2 reveals that peace comes through the knowledge of God. Peace in your life isn’t the absence of problems or challenging circumstances around you. God’s kind of peace is there, even in the midst of a storm. It resides on the inside. The peace on the inside of you will begin to change your circumstances on the outside.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:23, 24 NASB)
I know how you like to go outside at night and gaze up at the stars; how the mountains take your breath away; and how the sun setting over the ocean thrills your heart. It’s wonderful to look at the universe and see God’s beauty. But now consider a much more precious design than all of these things: You!
Not only are you God’s most prized creation, but God had you in mind all along while He was forming the universe. God made you in His image so we could have a relationship with each other. God formed your mind so you could think; God gave you words so you could speak; and God gave you a heart so you could dream. You are His own, the one that He loves so much and of whom He is so proud.
What are you worried about that hasn’t happened yet. Are you worried about your children? Are you worried about your your medical report? God does not want you to worry about tomorrow. He wants you to know that He gives you all the help you need for today, and when tomorrow comes, so will help from Him.
This is God’s principle even in the Old Testament, when the armies of Moab and Ammon came against King Jehoshaphat, God told the anxious King, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed for the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not need to fight in this battle just stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 20:15-17)
When the next morning came, King Jehoshaphat saw how God caused such confusion to come upon his enemies’ camp that it brought about their own slaughter. All that fighting in the enemy camp. God’s people merely stood still and saw Him fight the battle for them just as He had promised. If you see a problem looming in your tomorrow, don’t be afraid or dismayed. Look to the Lord, and see His grace and salvation deliver you.
God wants you to live a stress-free life, not one filled with worries about tomorrow’s problems. When tomorrow comes, His grace will be there for you as your help, protection, favor and enabling!
So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. (Luke 24:15 NKJV)
You must never entertain preconceived ideas of how Jesus Christ will come to you. If you regularly have your quiet time and wait upon Him, these will become precious times to you during which you will become aware of His divine presence. At such times it is almost unnecessary to say a word because you will know that Christ is with you, and your soul is nourished.
The time comes, however, when you have to take part in the activities of life and accept life’s challenges. Even though your quiet time with God has provided you with spiritual and mental balance, the demands of your specific circumstances could make you forget that you have spent time with Him.
The way in which to maintain contact with Jesus throughout the course of a busy day, is by seeing Him in unexpected places. He is not restricted to your quiet time with Him or to your personal prayer life. He can speak to you through the voice of your fellow man. He might look to you through the eyes of a lonely stranger seeking companionship. You might see His beauty in the smile of a small child. A brief prayer for passersby in a busy street might bring Christ very close to you.
Never be too busy to obey God. As you obey Him in seemingly unimportant matters, He will become increasingly real to you and you will hear His soft footsteps at unexpected places and times. Take time to see footprints in your walk of life.
Grace: Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future
Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; (Numbers 25:12 NKJV)
Your mind is filled daily with many things that overwhelm you. You have deadlines to meet, budgets to plan, meetings to attend. You face mortgage payments, family responsibilities, church commitments, and many other things. You’re left wondering whether you will ever be able to breathe easily again. I have a word for you: come away with me.
Come to me, you who are burdened and tried, and I will give you rest. Don’t let others lead you to believe that peace will only come after you graduate from college. Or when you finally land that perfect job. Or when your kids move out. Or when you retire. Peace doesn’t come from external experiences or because of your plans. True peace is found in Jesus, and He will give to you abundantly. All you have to do is ask for it, so come away with me.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)
The Will of God will never take you, Where the Grace of God cannot keep you.