The life of a Christian is NEVER independent of Jesus Christ. It is being constantly and consistently connected with Him, identifying with Him every step of the way. It is being self sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” (Philippians 4:13 AMPC)
“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:2-3 NKJV)
Majority of us believe that God is able to heal us. But, many among us still struggle and are in deep doubt if He is willing. This may be so because of our own experiences and that of others. We have seen people around us who called upon Him for healing and were healed, yet some were not. If this is what we are seeing, do we go by faith, seeking to see beyond the obvious? Or do we choose to go by sight?
Many of us think that to be updated with everything with what’s going on around us is the first thing that we should do as soon as we wake up. I am not saying we shouldn’t be currently informed. What I’m saying is that we should know our priorities and what is most beneficial to us. His Word says, “All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].” (1 Corinthians 10:23 AMPC)
Sometimes the things that were not good nor beneficial that happened in the past surprisingly pop up. It may be in our thoughts or even in our dreams. But, one thing that we get to be thankful for is the power of the Blood of Jesus that washed us, cleansed us and made us as white as snow. His Blood made the way for us to be NEW CREATIONS in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)
“Never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” (Matthew 28:20 TPT)
When God gives us a promise, He is more than willing and able to fulfill it. More so, He is faithful to do it and make it good. That’s a definite! He is not just more than willing and able to do it, but He is more than willing and able to do it FOR YOU and FOR ME. This intimate truth is a PLUS when we are fully persuaded in our hearts.
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love.” (Psalm 33:18 ESV)
The word “HOPE” in the world’s view is something unsure. But, Biblical HOPE is a confident expectation or a joyful anticipation that something good is about to break forth because we have a GOOD GOD Who is faithfully committed to our good. We have a GOOD GOD Who is true to His Word. What He says, He surely will do. We have a GOOD GOD Whose love never fails, never runs out and never gives up on us. We have a GOOD GOD Whose promises are yes and amen! We have GOOD GOD Whose eyes are constantly looking out for those whom He loves, those who receive His love and those who respond to His love. “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Look at this tree, it is leafless and looks lifeless because it is winter time, yet there is a confident hope within us that the leaves would soon sprout when the season changes. Why? Because it is created by the Creator to do so. It may look dead at this point in time, but because its roots are deeply rooted to the underground source of water, it is still alive.
“Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.” (Psalm 100:4 MSG)
Yes, His Word says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.” But have you ever asked yourself why? Why do our church gatherings start with thanksgiving, praise and worship? Do we do this in our private time of prayer?