It is sad to be free and not know it. It makes little sense to live in defeat when you have received victory. But how many Christians live in bondage and defeat—longing for what Jesus has already given them? Until we allow the miracle of His grace to transform our minds, His freedom and victory will be what we manufacture. Peace will be circumstantial. Fear will arise without warning. Our masks will try to hide the turmoil. This turmoil is not what Jesus died to give us. Until we allow the Holy Spirit to change our understanding and perception of who we are in Christ, we will not live in the freedom and victory Jesus purchased with the gift of His life.
You don't have to fear. Life doesn't have to throw you. You can believe in the impossible. You can trust God for what you can't see. You can rest in His perfect peace. When that mask slips out of place, then not only are you more open with others but most importantly, you are open to the Holy Spirit. You start to experience His healing and His freedom. You believe He speaks to the mountains in your life, and they move.
Are you tired of the roller coaster of emotions? You no longer have to hold your breath waiting for what MIGHT happen next. His grace sets you FREE from NEEDING TO KNOW! His grace gives greater faith to believe that you have received EVERYTHING you need from God’s UNENDING SUPPLY. God is your healer. He is your provider.
“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord,” Peter declared (2 Peter 1:2, NLT). If you are tired of living in defeat when Jesus has given you victory, grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus’ promise of new life. The Word will renew your mind. It will increase your faith. You will receive more grace and peace.
“I pray that God, the source of hope,” Paul wrote, “will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLT).
God is the source of HOPE, and He fills you COMPLETELY (NOT PARTIALLY) with JOY and PEACE when you TRUST HIM. Hope is from God, and when you trust (who God says He is and what He says He has done for you), then you OVERFLOW with CONFIDENT HOPE through the power the Holy Spirit gives you. If you want to live with CONFIDENT HOPE, ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you.
You have received everything from God that you need by coming to know him. He called you through his marvelous glory and excellence. You have received His provision for complete peace—for overflowing hope—for amazing faith. You are not the old person you were before you believed in Jesus. You are new! Learn who you are!
© 2019 Lynn Lacher
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