A Gift from God’s heart to yours!
I would like to give you a gift today; a gift that I know will impact your Christian walk forever.
The gift is simply this;
You have been given everything that you need by God, to live life to the fullest in godliness, here on this earth!
This gift is only fully realized once you put your belief system in the right place, and that is in knowing God.
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Yes, you read it correctly, God has given to us, that is you and me, his precious children everything that we need to live a godly life on this earth, we lack nothing.
Why do we lack nothing you might wonder?
It is simply because that when you and I accepted Christ as our savior he took up residence within our spirits. He made our spirits alive, and he now lives within us. Therefore we can say with full confidence that there is nothing that we are lacking as we have the Creator of the whole entire universe living within us.
So why do so many of us live as if this is not true for us? Why do we live like Christian paupers?
When in fact in Christ we are rich beyond measure, we have the promises of God, we have his spirit and we have been given his mind. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
What is our problem?
I believe that part of the problem is that we don’t believe that the promises are true for us, or we simply did not know.
Brothers and sisters, Jesus has died to give us so very much, he promised that through his death on the cross all things are done, the penalty paid; his enemies under his feet and that his children would no longer have to be in captivity to sin and its destruction, but that we could enjoy a life of His freedom.
That freedom means that when we walk by faith, we no longer have to walk in the old pattern of how we used to live, in sin and depravity. We no longer have to believe the lies that the devil tells us about our identity, that we are worthless and useless, not good enough and the mountain of other lies he tells.
If we would throw off those lies and live lives that actually believed God, the world would be turned upside down!
Remember, that we have been given the mind of Christ and this allows us to know and walk in the truth. We have even been given the faith to believe in Jesus, he has literally handed us everything for victorious living.
Making this truth a reality!
The first place to start is in prayer, asking God to forgive you for not believing that his promises of life and godliness were for you, and asking him to help you believe him.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
As you can see, God has graciously given you faith to believe in him. He has not held back anything from you, the exact opposite is true, He has given us everything that we need to live lives that honor Him, even the faith to do it.
Therefore, the next time you are tempted to walk in unbelief in his promises for you and your life, realize that the enemy is probably prowling around and throwing his lies at you again.
We have to take an active role in changing our mind towards God and his truth. Yes he has given us his spirit and we have all that we need to live godly lives but we have a role to play as well.
That role is simple; we have to renew our minds, from the old lies and ways of thinking to God’s way and his truth.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
It is simple, God’s word is the truth, and if we want to live lives that Honor him and change the world around us, we have to believe him and his promises to us.
Believing him – leads to knowing him – leading to renewing our minds and hearts to please him – leads to living in the gift of freedom that he has given to us already!
Taking your place
Take your place today in the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Fame” all of the people in that chapter believed God, and all saw God move in extraordinary ways in their lives. Some saw immediate results and others believed even though they did not see the promises fulfilled in their life time.
Hear are some great verses that I know will encourage you as well as remind you that through Christ we truly have been given an abundant life.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
I pray that you will be encouraged today, to lay aside the lies of the past, and believe God and his promises for you, that you will actively pursue living a life that is pleasing to God and that you will learn to walk in the freedom that is already yours.
Blessings to you