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Monday, September 20, 2021

A Revelation of His Love



God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

—John 3:16 

 

God had so much love in His heart that He had to do something with it. He came to us with the greatest compassion and love. His love gave us the gift of His Son. He didn’t have to do anything for us, but He did. 

 

God is love (1 John 4:8). He doesn’t stand back with His arms crossed, shaking his head and saying, “I'll love you when you do good enough to please me." The enemy tells us that the love of God has to be earned and then kept by still earning God's approval. Religion says that if we do certain things, we will receive God's blessings. But God says that He loved us so much while we were yet sinners, He came to save us (Romans 5:8). He didn't ask anything of us. He offered His life for ours.

 

Have you ever considered everlasting life as being yours now?  You received the promise of eternal life when you were saved. You became joined to God in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), and your soul became one with His forever (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Christ, the hope of glory, came to live in you. Through Jesus, God has made known to you the riches of His glory (Colossians 1:27). His promises of peace and joy and wholeness are the gifts of His abundant life now (Romans 14:17, John 10:10). 

 

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9, NKJV). 

 

“My love for you is revealed to you through my Son,” God declares.

 

God didn’t send His Son to save us and then burn us out by requiring that we prove our love for Him. That is not the love of God. We don’t have to prove that we love God by what we do. He loves us, and we love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Jesus came to reveal the love of God to us. It was His love on the Cross that destroyed sin and death and the separation between God and us. And it is the revelation of God’s love that now fills us with His overflowing love and grace.

 

The Word of God is His love letter to make personally yours. A revelation of His love unlocks His promises to you. When you realize the love and power of God that was manifested for you, you have the victory of His abundant life now (John 10:10). You experience peace and joy and healing through the finished work of Jesus. 

 

God gave you all His love on the Cross. He would never hold back the blessings that His Son purchased for you. That isn’t love. And He doesn’t hold back. He freely gives us all things (Romans 8:32). He paid the price. Not you. That is His love for you now and not just sometime in the future. When you realize how much He loves you right now—how deep His love for you is—you are free to receive His love and to love as He loves you.

 

The fullness of the love of God lives within you. Your sometime is now. 

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Infinite Value

 

 

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

—Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

 

 

         Nothing is constant in life. You may feel peace when life is good and experience fear when life is hard. But you don’t have to live that way. Christ’s peace has overcome the world’s power to control you (John 16:33). He has overcome your roller-coaster ride of feelings. His peace is yours. For you experience His peace, you must believe the infinite value of God’s love for you and the infinite value that you are to Him.

 

         The only constant that will keep you in perfect peace is believing how much God loves you and what His love has given you. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have the power to believe He takes care of you. You have His love that speaks life. You have the mind of Christ that lives by faith and not by feelings. But if you don’t believe these are true, you will not experience His peace. When you are at peace in your relationship with God, you believe the infinite value He has placed on your life. When life is hard, you have no reason to doubt Him. You believe that every spiritual blessing is already yours in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). 

 

         Never trust your feelings. They will betray you. They always change. Trust God and the truth of His Word. His Words are life and never change (John 6:63). God asks you to look beyond what you feel—what your natural (carnal) mind says is true—and believe what He says is true—what you cannot see.  

 

         You receive faith by hearing the Word of God and act upon your faith by being renewed in the spirit of your mind (Romans 10:17, Ephesians 4:23-24). Faith requires you to trust in the truth of God's Word beyond what you experience or feel. When you allow the Word to teach you what is true instead of allowing your feelings to tell you what is true, you are renewed by God’s truth. The Word transforms the way you think (Romans 12:2), and you start to trust God’s Word rather than how you feel.  When you continually focus your mind on the truth of what God says instead of what you feel, you experience the power of His faith over your feelings. Your feelings will eventually be controlled by His truth. 

 

          “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9, NKJV). 

 

         “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, NKJV).  

 

         God guards your mind and keeps you in perfect peace when your thoughts are on Him instead of what is happening or what might happen in your life. Don’t dwell on personal problems you have or might have. Your mind will run havoc with feelings of fear. Be spiritually minded—see the things that are promised as yours. Think on the blessings of God, and experience life and peace.

 

         You are of infinite value to Him. You can trust Him.


 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

His Love in Me




Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

—Philippians 2:1-4 NLT

 

 

I’ve received hope and comfort in Christ. Do I offer hope and comfort? The Holy Spirit encourages me. Do I encourage others? Am I sensitive to someone's hurt, or do I throw fuel on the fire of their pain with casual words? Do I put the needs of others before my own, or do I find a way to just do enough? In my words and my actions, I speak either encouragement or defeat to another person. I speak life or death to another heart.

 

 

His life in us is not about what we want or how we feel. It is about His grace flowing through us for the sake of others. His desire is for us to love others as He loves us—to tenderly and compassionately give ourselves away expecting nothing in return. Freely He gave. Freely we give. He desires for us to encourage and speak life to those trapped in despair and pain—to bless those who are beaten down from the struggles of life with the healing presence of His love.

 

Christ’s grace within us never holds back. But we must allow Him to flow in us. He reveals Himself and empowers us to encourage as He has encouraged us. His faith draws and calls us to action. 

 

Do I allow His compassion to fill my heart for someone else?  If His life is only about me, I offer nothing of value. If I want to experience His Kingdom—to see with His eyes, to hear with His ears, and to understand with His Spirit, I place a higher value on another life. I love with His love and encourage with His grace and truth.

 

May no masks veil my heart. May I bring Him joy by encouraging with the love and grace He has given me. I do not have to be perfect to give myself away. He floods my weakness with His strength and power. It is in giving that I receive more of His grace. And it is in receiving more grace that I am blessed to give again. 

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.

—John 13:34 NKJV

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Healing


 

The Good News of Christ is a gospel of healing for the whole person.

 

Isaiah 53:5 prophesies the healing that will come in Christ. I Peter 2:24 declares the healing that is finished in Christ. Some believe that Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 speak only of spiritual healing. But the healing that was accomplished in the gift of Christ’s life for us was complete. It lacks nothing. 

 

When we were born again—thoroughly and completely forgiven by the grace of Jesus—we were spiritually healed and made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our spirit was reborn by the Holy Spirit (John 3:6). The phrase, “by His stripes we were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV) does not speak of the healing of our spirit. It speaks of the results of the spiritual healing of our spirit. When Christ destroyed sin, He destroyed the root of all sickness. We were healed spiritually and physically in Him.

 

“And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:10, NKJC).

 

We are created in three parts—spirit, soul (mind), and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Where are we complete in Him? Which part of us was made new?

 

“Flesh gives birth to flesh, and spirit gives birth to spirit (John 3:6, PHILLIPS). 

 

Our spirit is born of His spirit. Christ, who was sinless, took our sin so that we might receive the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our spirit has been reborn—made new, righteous, and complete by the Holy Spirit. For these truths to make a difference, we have to understand and believe them in our hearts. We must be renewed in the spirit of our mind and put on the new creation—the new man—which God has created within us in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24).

 

Though many may not believe it, healing is available to all of us. Just as healing is available for the sinner, it is also available for those who are sick. 

 

If we are going to understand the healing power of New Covenant grace, it is imperative that we understand that it is only within our spirit that we are completely reborn as a new creation in Christ. Our mind and body are not perfectly reborn. In our mind and body, we still deal with temptation and destructive emotions, and pain. When we look at ourselves, it is hard to believe we have been made new in Christ. But when we look into the mirror of God’s Word, we can see the new person that Christ has made us. 

 

Rather than explain away God’s love and desire for us to be healed, we need to press on to believe the truth of God’s Word. “By His stripes, you were healed.”  

 

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Corinthians 6:17, NKJV). We are joined to the Lord spirit to spirit. 

 

“For in Him (Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:9-10, NKJV). 

 

All the fullness of the Godhead is complete within our spirit. We must be renewed in our minds by the Word to conform to the new person God has made us (Romans 12:2).

 

Christ, the healer, is in you. You are completely forgiven, healed, delivered, and filled with the fullness of God. Just as you stir up faith to walk in holiness, take the grace that is yours in Christ to walk by faith and not by sight—to walk by faith in the healing that He died for us to receive.

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, September 13, 2021

His Glory




The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

    The skies display his craftsmanship.

—Psalm 19:1

 

 

The glory of the Lord stretches across the heavens into the heart of man. One of the definitions of the word “glory” states that glory is “something that is a source of honor and admiration.” God is the source of all honor and admiration. His glory is His infinite grace that radiates out of His character. The heavens declare the glory of God, the psalmist proclaims. The Creator, who created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27), the majesty of the heavens, and everything beyond human perception, is worthy of all honor and praise (Psalm 18:3).

 

What is God’s glory to us who believe in Jesus Christ? Is it high above us—unreachable and unsearchable? Is it beyond perception and cannot be personally experienced? 

 

Right before Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He asked God to glorify Him so that He might glorify God. Knowing what was before Him, Jesus not only prayed for his disciples but also for us.

 

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21, NKJV).

 

And then Jesus prayed about God’s glory.

 

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me.

—John 17:22-23a (NKJV)

 

The glory of God that was given to Jesus is given to us so that we may be one in Him. God is in Jesus, and Jesus is in everyone who by faith has believed upon His name.

 

The Creator out of His great mercy became the created. The glory of God revealed in the heavens—His infinite beauty—His righteousness—the fullness of His Spirit came to live within our spirits when they were made new in Christ (John 6:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17). The glory of God that once was only outside the heart of man now lives within those who believe.

 

Paul prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17-18, NKJV).

 

May the Holy Spirit reveal to you the overwhelming love and the righteousness and the power that Christ in His perfect sacrifice has purchased for you. May you have a revelation of His grace—that the glory that was given to the Son now is also in you—He is in you, and you are in Him. May you know with confidence the call of His Spirit within you. May you believe without any doubt the riches of the glory that is your inheritance. 

 

We were created to glorify the One who created us. God’s glory and craftmanship are revealed in us—His creation. We have become the work of His hands. The glory that once was without—the glory that once was a consuming fire in man’s presence (Exodus 24:16-17)—has now come in redemption and healing grace into the hearts of men. 

 

Lord, I humble myself to understand the glory that you have given me. I pray the revelation of your life within me renews my mind and conforms me to the image you have of me (Romans 12:2). Teach me the new creation that you have made me. I am in you, and you are in me. 

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Finished and Won




Are you in a battle?  Your battle not only belongs to the Lord, but He has already won it. 

 

When David spoke to Goliath, he addressed the oppression of evil coming against Israel.

 

“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin,” David told Goliath, “but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45)!  

 

In Christ, God became human “for only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death” Hebrews 2:14, NLT).

 

The enemy might attack you with lies of loss, sickness, and failure, but you stand against him in the power of the name of above all names—the name of Jesus—the one who broke the enemy’s power over death. God has put everything under Christ’s authority (Ephesians 1:21-22). And the authority that Jesus gave the disciples to have power over the works of the enemy (Matthew 10:1) has been given to us (Matthew 28:18-19). 

 

The power of the Cross and Resurrection have spoken life! But to experience this truth, we must exercise by faith what we have been given. The Grace of Jesus has already conquered your sin, your sickness, your need, and blessed you (Ephesians 1:3). God declares that His complete work of redemption is finished (John 19:30, 1 Peter 2:24). His Word affirms that this is true. God’s Son became flesh because only as a human being could he give His life for our sins and sicknesses and every destruction of the enemy that comes against us. In dying for us, Jesus broke the power of the enemy, the author of death. God, the author of life, sent Himself as His Word (John 1:1) and healed us from all our destructions (Psalm 107:20).

 

“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand,” David told Goliath. “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:46a, 47).

 

Yes, your battle is God’s. You don’t own it. But time is nothing to God. He doesn’t see past, present, or future failures, sicknesses, and circumstances. He sees the timeless and finished healing work of His Son in you. God sees you whole and healed and forgiven and made new by the Resurrection power of His Son’s perfect sacrifice.

 

Do you see your battle already finished—over with—done?  In your born-again spirit, you have received Christ’s finished victory. It’s time to be renewed by the Word and transformed by its Truth so you can believe it. God wants to give you a spirit of revelation in your knowledge of who He is in you (Ephesians 1:17).

 

And who is He is you? “The glory which You gave Me I have given them,” Jesus prayed to His Father, “that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:22-23a, NKJV). The glory of God came to live within you when you believed in Jesus as your Savior.

 

David only had the promise of a battle that he believed would be won. But David believed that the battle belonged to the Lord. We have the promise that all our battles are already won. The war is over. Sin and sickness and death are overcome. Finished. But like David, do we believe it?  

 

When you get a revelation from the Holy Spirit that Grace has already won your war over sin and sickness and all the power of the enemy, you believe it in your heart. And when you believe in your heart that you are victorious, you walk by faith and not by sight. You receive out of the blessings Jesus purchased with His life. 

 

All things are possible to the one who believes. Your battles are won because He is in you, and you are in Him. The war over sin and sickness is finished and won. Believe in His glory that He has given you. Believe that He lives within you. And according to your faith, you shall receive (Matthew 9:29).

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

God Works Within You



 

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

—Philippians 2:13 (NLT)

 

What an amazing word!  The Holy Spirit not only gives us the capacity to walk in His power but also puts that desire within us. The Holy Spirit is always drawing us toward God’s will. That pleases Him. But it doesn’t just happen. God puts the desire in us, but we must surrender and cooperate with Him.

 

When we believed in Christ, we were spiritually reborn and sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13). God poured the complete and finished work of Jesus into our born-again spirits. And the same power of God that rose Christ from the dead came to live within us (Romans 8:11). But we have to allow what we have received in Christ to change our understanding—the way we think (Romans 12:2). Jesus has done His part. It is up to us to believe and appropriate what God has given us by grace. Our minds and flesh must choose to yield to the born-again nature of God that we have been given. 

                                                                                                 

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12, NKJV).

 

Salvation is the gift of God that can only be received by faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Holy Spirit stirs within us the desire to take our salvation to its greatest potential—that is to be more like Christ. Philippians 2:13 reveals there is a divine power that motivates us and is able to achieve God’s purpose within us. This calls for our response— to work out our salvation. We don’t work to be saved. We work to understand what we have received in Christ. When we cease from trusting in ourselves and instead trust the power of God working within us, we work out our salvation. 

 

Surrendering to God is work. Cooperating with God is work. And it takes effort on our part to work out what we have received in Christ. Often, it is with fear and trembling because we must let go of who we have always believed we were and step out in faith to grasp the new person that we are now in Christ. 

 

God is working within you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Cast Your Care



 

         You may be enduring a battle you thought you would never face. Perhaps, you are ill and fighting to regain your health. You may have suffered emotional grief that rips your heart to shreds. Wherever you are right now, you are not alone. God has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God is with you. He loves you. 

                                           

         God is love (1 John 4:8). He is good and did not cause your torment. The enemy is the one who kills, steals, and destroys. Fear is tormenting, and the enemy is the one who torments. Christ came so you could have abundant life (John 10:10). When you believe in your heart that God loves you, fear will not overwhelm you. His perfect love for you has the power to cast out fear (1 John 4:18). 

 

         Let God have this. Choose to trust Him. He fights your battle. He regains your health. He heals your heart. We are human and will fail. But God never fails in His love for you. Just believe Him in your heart.

 

         Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  Nothing can separate you from the love God has for you in Christ (Romans 8:39).

 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Least is Greatest




Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.

—1 Peter 5:6 (NKJV)

 

We live in a country that promotes the American dream to always get ahead. Many Christians buy into this dream to the extent that they don’t allow the Lord to exalt them in His timing. They know that life is more than pushing for success and more possessions, but they have a need for acceptance and recognition. 

 

What about those of us who aren’t on this drive for the world’s success and status?  Do we strive for the approval and recognition of our peers by exalting ourselves and what we do?  Or perhaps we seek approval and recognition through demeaning ourselves—making ourselves appear less so we can receive praise? True humility doesn’t seek approval through either exalting oneself or abasing oneself. It only seeks to glorify God.

 

1 Peter 5:6 clearly states that humility is something that we choose willingly. When we don’t humble ourselves, then life will. And when life does humble us, that becomes humiliation. The only way up in God’s kingdom is down. “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,” Proverbs 18:12 declares, “and before honor is humility.” Before we can receive honor, we have to live humbly. When we choose to humble ourselves, God exalts us. 

 

God knows the time to exalt us. And it takes humility to allow God to promote us instead of promoting ourselves. Waiting patiently for God’s timing allows Him to mold and complete us. “Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4, NKJV). God wants us to believe His promise and not become weary in waiting for His timing. “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9, NKJV).

 

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

—Matthew 16:24-25 (NKJV)

 

Denying self goes against the grain of most people. They don’t want to give up what they want. They don’t want to die to self and take up their cross and put God and others ahead of their own need for recognition or their own well-being. But if we desire to receive the best God has for us—to lack nothing in His kingdom—we will let God have control in our lives. In letting go of our own agenda and putting God first, we will discover His spiritual mind of life and peace. We don’t have to scrounge and push and promote. We don’t have to prove ourselves. God approved of us in His Son. We can be at rest in who we are in Christ knowing that God will exalt us when His time is right.

 

Humility is absolute surrender. It seeks to exalt God just as Christ, humbly gave himself at no cost. When you have to prove your status——exalt your opinion—promote your own agenda—even demean yourself, you are not humbling yourself. There is a great cost. Those who don’t discover that the least is the greatest in God’s kingdom end up being humiliated in their striving to be first.

 

When you know others don’t need to validate you, you are at rest and peace in your relationship with Christ. You know who you are in Christ. Your least is His greatest.

 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. 

—James 4:10 (NKJV)

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, September 6, 2021

The Measure of Faith




For I say, through the grace given to 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 has dealt to every man the measure of faith.

—Romans 12:3 (AKJV)

 

God has given to every believer “the” measure of faith and not “a” measure of faith. There are no different measures of faith. God doesn’t give one believer great faith and another believer less. When we were saved, we all received an equal amount of faith. The problem that many believers have is not that they lack faith. They don’t know how to exercise the measure of faith that is theirs. They haven’t allowed the Word to renew their minds (Romans 12:2).

 

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

—Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

 

Paul said that he lived his life by the faith of the Son of God. Since we all have been given the same measure of faith as Paul, then we all have the faith of the Son of God. His faith in us is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). When fear robs us of peace, it is not from a lack of faith. We experience the result of our minds not knowing the faith that is ours.

 

We have to “sober” up and be “clear-headed” about the measure of faith we have been given—not thinking more highly or lowly of ourselves than another Christian. God wants us to have a correct understanding of who we are in Christ. The faith we have is a gift that every believer has. Some experience greater benefit from their faith than others because they have exercised it and allowed God’s truth to renew their minds. They believe the promises God has given them in His Word, and they also realize it is only the grace of God that makes it possible for them to achieve anything.

 

I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

—Romans 12:1-2 (AKJV)

 

In the same way that a switch allows electricity to flow, our minds choose to allow the measure of faith that is ours to renew our thoughts and attitudes. If we don’t allow our minds to be renewed, we will not exercise the faith Christ has given us. Paul said he lived by the faith of the Son of God. Like Paul, we have the faith of the Son of God, but that faith won’t benefit our lives until we renew our minds with the Word. 


 

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Assure Your Heart



My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.

—1 John 3:18-21, NKJV

 

God is love (1 John 4:8), and He never stops expressing His love toward us. He doesn’t withhold His love in His relationship with us based on how we act. If He did, none of us would have ever received the love He gave us in Christ. For God SO loved us, He sent His Son as a payment for our sins (John 3:16). His love is not rescinded. It is always available. We are the ones who allow our actions to keep us away. There is no condemnation in the love of Christ (John 3:17). It is the goodness of God, not condemnation, which brings us to repentance. (Romans 2:4). 

 

Our love should express the love of God—not in just what we say but in the way we act toward others. A person who says he loves someone, but then acts out of unforgiveness toward that person, only cares for himself. That is not God’s love expressed in his life. When the person they loved did something that hurt them, they reacted out of love for themselves. We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us. And there is no condemnation in Christ’s love. When you experience the love and forgiveness of Christ with a humble heart, it changes the way you love. You put the concerns and needs of others before your own.  God’s kind of love expresses itself in kind actions toward others. Truly loving others is evidence of the work of God’s grace in our hearts. 

 

1 John 3:19 says that “we are of the truth, and we shall assure our hearts before Him.” When we don’t love others as Christ loves us, then we don’t feel this assurance. Can we believe in the truth of Christ’s love and still emotionally feel the need to be assured of our standing in Christ? Of course. Satan comes against us to kill, steal, and destroy. As believers, we are part of the truth of Christ’s salvation, and that truth gives us the ability to assure ourselves of His love. Many believe that if everything is right between them and the Lord, they will always just feel good. That’s just not the case. This verse says that our hearts need assuring. If David, who didn’t have the assurance of Christ in his heart, could encourage himself, then we who know Christ, certainly have the ability to assure ourselves of the wonderful message of grace that we have received.

 

“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God” (1 John 3:20-21, NKJV).

 

1 John 3:20 says our hearts can condemn us without God condemning us. Have you ever believed that your feelings of unworthiness are from God? Not all reservations we have are from God. Some are lies of the enemy. We have to believe God’s truth over our feelings to know the difference.

 

Even when our hearts feel unsure, God knows the truth of our right standing with Him. When we agree with God and rid our hearts of condemnation, confidence in who we are in Christ yields fruit in our lives (1 John 3:21). Jesus took all the condemnation for our sins (John 3:16-17). And now we have no condemnation in Him (Romans 8:1). 

 

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22, NKJV).

 

When we know the truth of Christ’s redeeming love and allow it to purge us of feelings of condemnation, we can then experience confidence toward God. 

 

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:35).

 

There is a great reward when we have confidence in God.  

 

When we, who are justified by faith in Christ, live by His faith which has justified us, we don’t shrink back (Hebrews 10:38). We assure our hearts and believe.

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Grace Asks




Grace is the unearned and undeserved favor of God that is offered to us in Christ. But many believers spend their lives without experiencing the benefits of God’s grace that they received when they were born again. Grace asks for our response. When we don’t understand that God wishes us to respond to His grace in faith, we don’t experience His grace working in our lives.

 

In the Word, grace is shown to be more than just unmerited favor. In Ephesians 3:2, Paul referred to his ministry to the Ephesians as a dispensation or the privilege of grace. In Romans 12:6-8, Paul spoke of the gifts of grace as something to be exercised in ministry to others. “As each one has received a gift,” Peter said, “minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10, NKJV). 

 

Grace is not only God’s unmerited favor but His power at work within us.

 

The grace of God has appeared to all men but not all men receive it (Titus 2:11). His grace was nothing we earned. We had to humble ourselves to receive the salvation that Jesus provided. We must also keep humbling ourselves to receive “more grace” to receive the power He wishes to impart.

 

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6, NKJV).

 

The grace of God is received with humility. If we don’t understand that humility releases the power of God, then pride in ourselves will keep us from experiencing His grace. This verse in James says God gives more grace. If it is possible to have more grace, then it is also possible to have less grace. God makes available His grace, but we determine how much or less of it we will experience.

 

This world is performance-based. It rewards us on how well we perform. Pride keeps us competing to get ahead and be the best. God's Kingdom is the opposite. His grace is unearned and not based on us at all. The least is the greatest. Humility is knowing who you are in Christ—that you don’t have to keep performing well enough to win God’s love, acceptance, and favor. You know that His grace loves you, accepts you, and favors you.

 

Grace asks for your response to believe by faith. Are you trying to win God's love and acceptance based on your performance in serving Him? Do you believe if you work harder and harder for Him—do more and more—give more and more that He will approve and favor you more? That’s pride and seeking a reward that comes from the need to prove to yourself that God loves you. You don't have to prove yourself to God. You don’t have to prove that He loves you. He already approved of you on the Cross. Christ favored you on the Cross. There is nothing more He could have done for you.

 

Grace asks us to respond to a revelation of love that is almost too good to be true. But it is true because it is the love of the Gospel. We must respond in faith—not of our own efforts—but in humble acceptance of His power within us, believing that where God calls us, He is responsible to provide all that is needed. 

 

Humility doesn’t focus on self and its achievement. Humility surrenders to Christ’s achievement on Calvary. It places the well-being of others ahead of its own. When we understand that humility doesn’t exalt itself and doesn’t have to earn what has already been earned in Christ, we can receive more grace to empower our lives. And ministry to others will flow in His power. We will become good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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