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Friday, February 26, 2021

YOU ARE HIS AND HE IS YOURS



One of the truths of your identity in Christ is that you can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12). You have His complete attention and unfailing love. His ear is always attentive to your need. The provision for anything you will ever need has already been procured by Christ.

 

The Gospel is good news that is almost too good to be true. But it is true. You have forgiveness of sins and healing for your mind and body. You have God’s unending and unconditional love. The gift of Christ’s life has given you a vast inheritance—all the riches of His glory (Ephesians 1:18) And the gift of His life brings you into the intimate presence of a loving Father who waits patiently for you to know who He is in your life.

 

Can you approach God with freedom and confidence? Or are you hindered by failures and disappointments?  You are the child of a loving God and belong to Him (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 6:20). You have unhindered access to your Father with anything (Ephesians 3:18). But if don’t experience the freedom of a relationship with your Father, you haven’t experienced the Truth of your new identity in Jesus. 

 

As God’s redeemed child, you can freely approach Him with boldness (Ephesians 3:11-12). You have nothing to fear from God (2 Timothy 1:7). His love for you is perfect (1 John 4:18). Your relationship with God is no longer one that fears judgment but knows the merciful Grace of Christ. Jesus took the judgment you once deserved, and now you have a healed heart. God is your Father of mercy waiting with open arms. He is the God of Grace that fills you and completes you (Ephesians 3:19). You don’t have to live a fragmented life with raging emotions and pains and fears. When the Word reveals to you that you are complete in every way in Him, you are whole and healed and free (John 8:32).

 

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2), NKJV).

 

When Jesus died for your sins, He made your relationship right with God. He took your fear of sin—of failures—of never being good enough—and said that you are clean and righteous and a child of His Father God. When you believe by faith in the finished work of Jesus, you are justified by His Grace. You have free access to your Abba God. The Truth of your freedom is real, but you have to access that Truth by faith. You choose to believe. And when you stand, believing, in that Truth, you rejoice in the marvelous hope of His glory!

 

What does all this mean for you? You have a relationship with God because of Jesus. You have peace with God and peace in your life because of Jesus. There is no reason to doubt God’s love for you or for you to struggle with shame or guilt. Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn you but to set you free from condemnation (John 3:17). You can go boldly into God’s presence not fearing Him but KNOWING His love (Hebrews 4:16).

 

“If we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:15, NKJV). When you believe that God hears whatever you ask, you can be confident that you will receive from Him.

 

You are qualified by Christ to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12). You are rich in God’s love and Grace. What belongs to Him belongs to you. Pray with freedom and confidence. You don’t have to beg God to hear your petitions. You don’t have to crawl to the Cross. You can run to God in the freedom of His Resurrection life that lives within you. 

 

You are loved. You belong to your beloved, and He belongs to you (Song of Solomon 6:3). You are His and He is yours. 

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Have Faith in God


 

Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, “May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,” and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

—Mark 11:22-24 (NLT)

 

 

This passage of Scripture has incredible Truth to reveal to us. But, perhaps, we just read these verses and never allow them to impact us. Maybe, we don't act upon these words because we have doubts. How often do we read God’s Word and never believe by faith in response to its Truth? More often than we want to admit.

 

“I tell you,” Jesus declares twice in these verses. He wants the disciples to do more than hear His words. He wants them to believe and receive His message. The Holy Spirit continually speaks these same words to us, but often we don't hear Him. Other priorities are on our minds and not just things we put before God. Fear can block His voice. Doubt can crush our faith. “I tell you,” the Holy Spirit speaks. “Listen. Believe and receive my message.”

 

What are these truths we need to believe in Mark 11:23-24? The message Jesus gave in these three verses reaches beyond human understanding. It makes no sense to the natural mind. A mountain can't be lifted and thrown into the sea. Can something happen just because you believe and don't doubt? Can you pray for anything, and if you think you have received it, it's yours? These are very bold declarations. But they are more than that. These words are Truth, and the carnal mind can never grasp them. The Truth of the Holy Spirit can only be received by your spiritual mind. 

 

“Have faith in God,” the Holy Spirit tells us. It’s not our responsibility to move mountains in our lives. It’s His. Our responsibility is to act upon His Truth by speaking it. “You can say to this mountain," Jesus said. We receive what we believe. When we don't believe and speak to our mountains, we don't see God move. But if we choose to believe what God has promised and speak it, we shall receive it. We can speak His Truth, and our mountains will move.

 

Doubt can also enter when we don't see our mountains move immediately. Some mountains, such as fear or sickness or depression or emotional damage, take a long time to heal. God's power does the work. When we apply faith and consistently speak in response to His Truth, we act upon that Truth by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our minds. This can be difficult when we have strongholds that are deeply rooted. But when we hold tightly to His Truth, confessing without wavering in the promise God has given, we declare that He is faithful to keep it. And our faith grows.

 

Can we pray for anything, and if we believe we receive it? Isn’t this what Jesus told His disciples? His Word is Truth. And it is what the Holy Spirit speaks to us. The prayer of faith takes as Truth what God has declared. Prayer doesn’t change God, but it profoundly changes us. Our perception of who God is and who we are in Christ realigns with God’s Truth. And the Word becomes life-changing and powerful to move the things that overwhelm us. We experience His Truth grounding and empowering us beyond human reasoning.

 

Act upon God’s Truth, and your understanding of His Truth grows. Your action to declare His promise fosters even greater faith. When you speak in faith—when you pray in faith what you believe is true, you speak the Truth of His Word into existence.

 

Have faith in God. Continually speak to the mountains in your life. Don’t doubt in your heart. “If you believe, ask anything,” Jesus said, “and you will receive.”

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Seize His Joy


 

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

—Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

 

 

This verse in the New Living Translation says to “take delight in the Lord.” When you take something, you own it. You make it yours. It becomes your identity—who you are.

 

Joy is tangible in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit calls for you to take it—to own the joy Jesus bought for you. Jesus didn’t give His life for you to strive in shame and to live in fear. He wants you to possess what He possessed for you. His righteousness. His healing. His freedom. His deliverance. His strength. His peace. His joy! All of His riches in glory are yours! When you take joy in what He has given you—when you praise Him for it—you receive your heart’s desires.

 

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10, NLT)! You take possession of joy from a position of strength. Joy is yours when you know the priceless worth Christ has poured into your life. And when you know how much God values you, you can “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10, NLT).

 

 “Always be full of joy in the Lord,” Paul wrote. “I say it again—rejoice” (Philippians 4:4, NLT). Paul reminds the Philippians that when they choose to celebrate the joy Jesus has given them, they shall be full of joy. Your attitude determines the value of His gift. When you choose to praise and believe Him for His promises, then you know that they are yours. When you are renewed in your mind by God’s Truth, you own the new identity Jesus has purchased for you. 

 

Jesus knows your heart’s desires. He placed His own desires within you the moment you were born again. He fulfilled them in the spiritual realm. For you to understand what this means for you, the Holy Spirit changes the perception of your mind. He renews your thoughts with God’s Truth. He transforms your understanding from the natural realm to the spiritual. Your circumstances and your pain and your struggles are facts in the natural world, but they are not Truth God reveals in His Word. When the way you think is transformed by the Truth of the Word, you no longer believe what you see, hear, or feel in the natural world. You believe the Truth of what can’t be seen, heard or felt. Truth becomes real in the natural realm when you believe in who you are in Christ.

 

His promises in the Word are Truths for your life, but you must own them and make them yours. When you grasp the Holy Spirit’s revelation of the new life Jesus has created in you, you believe beyond any doubt that His precious Truths are YOURS. And when you believe, you seize His joy. 

 

“Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psalm 51:12, NKJV)!

 

Allow the Holy Spirit to change your perception of who you are in Christ from who you were before you received Him in your life. Be transformed by the Truth of the new creation He has made you! Take joy in the change He has wrought. You are His heart’s desire, and He is yours. Seize your identity and seize His joy!

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Just Be Still and Know



 

Have you ever felt aggravated when life doesn’t go as you planned? You become frustrated if you believe that only you can take care of something. You can’t control life or make anything happen. God has patiently taught me that I’m not the only one He can use. When you believe that you alone are necessary for God’s plan, you place confidence in your ability above God’s ability. And when you put more faith in yourself than God, you exalt yourself above Him. 

 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10, NKJV)!

 

You have no peace when you believe you must be in control. When we exalt ourselves, it is impossible to be still before God. Yet, God tells us to be still and know He is God. He is the one to be exalted—not us. He calls us to trust Him in total dependence. God will take care of everything we give to Him. If we are just still and allow the Holy Spirit to have control, we will discover the precious gift of God’s peace (Philippians 4:6-7).

 

You may feel responsibility overpowering you, but God is calling you to rest in Him. What can you do with your need to be responsible? Estimate God's ability as much greater than your own. Realize that you are not the only one who can take care of something. Perhaps, you don’t consider your need to be in control as prideful, but isn't it? If the need to be in control robs you of God's peace, is it worth it? 

 

Are you frustrated and lacking peace?  Don’t you want an intimate relationship with God where you trust Him explicitly—where you experience the depths of His grace within you? Quit struggling. Be still and rest in Him. Draw close to Him. Open yourself to new revelations and experiences in His Word. Humble yourself and receive His Truth. He exalts you when His time is right.  Give your cares to Him. Let Him have control. It is His anyway. It just frustrates you when you try to claim it as your own (I Peter 5:6-7).

 

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Your way is never the best way. God’s way is. You exalt Him by letting go and trusting Him. You will find His strength in quietness and trust (Isaiah 30:15). And when you let go and are still in His presence, something miraculous happens. You KNOW that He is your God. He is in you, and He is in control. You don't have to prove yourself anymore.

 

Let go and receive His peace. Just be still and know.

 

©2021 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, February 22, 2021

His Final Word


 

Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.

—Psalm 119:89 (NKJV)

 

There is no doctor, medicine, or treatment that can do for you what the Word of God can. The Word of God saves, heals, delivers, and provides. When you believe by faith—when you take the Word at its unfailing value—you receive. His Word is settled in heaven. It is the final authority.

 

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). Faith and the Word of God are synonymous. They are interchangeable. You can’t have faith without hearing the Word, and the Word can’t be heard without it building your faith. Hence, you can’t have one without the other.

 

The Word connects our healing with our hearing. A few examples are Matthew 13:15, Luke 5:15, and Luke 6:17. 

 

Listen to Matthew 13:15: “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them” (NKJV). 

 

Don’t be “hard of hearing” with closed eyes and ears and a barred heart. This verse states that when you understand the Word with your heart, you receive God’s healing. To hear the Truth of the Word over what the world or what any other person says, the truths of your identity in Christ need to be known and understood. You have the mind of Christ to understand these truths (1 Corinthians 2:16). And when you allow these truths to renew your mind, you believe (Romans 12:2).

 

Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). When you appropriate (take) by faith what Jesus has given His life for you to have, it pleases Him. Faith means nothing without the Word and has no power without the Word. An alive faith comes by HEARING the Word (present tense) and not by just having HEARD the Word in the past. God rewards those who diligently seek Him with the revealed Truth of His Word. You seek God, and you receive His Word (John 1:1, Matthew 7:8).

 

We experience this natural world through our senses—what we see, hear, feel, taste, or touch. The Word of God is the substance of things hoped for. It is the Truth of things not perceived by our senses (Hebrews 11:1). The Word of God is the spiritual realm of what can’t be seen but is true.

 

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).  What we speak is what we receive (Proverbs 18:21). What we experience in the natural realm are facts, and what is real in the spiritual realm is God’s Truth. When we speak of what we feel as Truth—we confess what is felt by our senses. But when we speak the Truth of the Word—no matter how we feel or what our circumstance—we confess the Truth of the supernatural realm of God. We speak the authority of God’s unseen over what is seen. 

 

The world says to be afraid. God has not given you a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) The world says you are sick and have no chance of healing. God says that by His stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). The world says your needs won’t be met. The Word says He supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ (Philippians 4:19). If you really believed the Word, wouldn’t you confess His truth instead of what the world says or what the enemy says about you? Wouldn’t you believe the Savior who died for you over the one who attempts to steal, kill and destroy you?  

 

The atoning sacrifice of Christ not only gave you the forgiveness of your sins but included the healing of your body from sickness and disease (Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:23-24, Matthew 9:5, James 5:15). 

 

“He Himself TOOK our infirmities and BORE our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17, NKJV). “Who Himself BORE our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you WERE healed” (1Peter 2:24, NKJV).  He TOOK our illness and BORE our sickness. He BORE our sins in His body. By whose stripes you WERE healed. All past tense. God says you were forgiven and healed when Jesus died for you. 

 

The physical pain you feel or the circumstances you face are real in the natural world. You don’t deny you have pain, and you don’t deny that something hurts you. But when you give something more authority in your life than God’s Truth, you are giving the world and the world’s reports more power than His Word. When you yield to the enemy’s lies instead of being renewed in your mind by God’s Truth, you reap the results of the lies that have been sown (Galatians 6:7). 

 

Walking by faith and not by sight is believing in the unseen Truth of God over what you see, feel, taste, or touch. Take your faith the size of a mustard seed and renew your mind with God’s Truth (Romans 12:2). The Holy Spirit wants to guide you into all of God’s Truth—into the unseen of God’s spiritual realm that fills you with every spiritual blessing (John 14:17, 16:13, Ephesians 1:3).

 

“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed (Isaiah 53:1, NKJV). You received forgiveness for your sins when you believed in Christ and spoke what you believed. You receive healing the same way. You persevere in believing and speaking God’s good report for your life instead of any report of this natural world. 

 

God’s Word is Truth, and He has the Last Word. You were made whole in spirit, soul, and body the moment you were born again by the spirit of the living God. Not knowing the Word keeps you from receiving what Christ has given you. But when you believe in God’s Word, you sow Good News in your heart, and you reap its good benefits. 

 

Hear God’s Word in your heart. Believe in His good report. Allow His Truth to renew your mind and you receive the healing freedom of His Grace. When you know the Truth, you have the power of His final Word that sets you free. (John 8:32).

 

His final Word?  It is finished.


© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Friday, February 19, 2021

WHO I AM IN CHRIST



The only thing that protects you—gives you power and peace and confidence— is the knowledge of who you are in Christ. The knowledge of your identity will set you free to live a victorious life (John 8:32). When you know who you are in Christ, you see differently, hear differently, and understand God’s Truth that prospers your life. The Grace of Jesus changes everything. You are no longer in chains of bondage. The person whom the Son makes free is indeed free (John 8:36)! There are many verses that tell you who you are in Jesus. These are just a few to encourage you to discover who you are in Him.

 

 

I am justified (made right with God) by faith in Christ (Romans 5:1).

I am God’s child, and I belong to Him (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 6:20).

I am safely hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).

I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).

I am born of God and the evil one can’t touch me (I John 5:18).

I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

I was chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,11).

I am holy and blameless because of Christ (Ephesians 1:4).

I am in Christ, and as He is so am I (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 4:17).

I am forgiven and redeemed (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14). 

I am healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)

I have a purpose in my life (Ephesians 1:9; 3:11).

I have hope (Ephesians 1:12).

I am lavished and covered by Grace without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8).

I am anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

I have the assurance that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

I am confident that God will complete the work He has started in me (Philippians 1:6).

I am not fearful but possess His power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

I am sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).

I have peace (Ephesians 2:14).

I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18).

I am a member of God’s house (Ephesians 2:19).

I am secure in Christ (Ephesians 2:20).

I am free in Christ (John 8:36).

I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6).

I am the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22).

I have the same power that raised Christ from the dead living in me (Ephesians 1:18-19)

I have the Holy Spirit working through me (Ephesians 3:7).

I prosper in life and in health (3 John 2).

I possess the riches of His glory (Ephesians 1:18).

I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

I am safe (I John 5:18).

I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).

I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love is for me (Ephesians 3:18). 

I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19).

I bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21).

I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12).

I am never alone (Hebrews 13:5).

I have an abundant life (John 10:10).

I have the gift of eternal life (John 6:47).

I am protected by God’s peace (Philippians 4:7).

I am chosen and loved dearly (Colossians 3:12).

I am blameless (I Corinthians 1:8).

I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32).

I am crucified with Christ, and He lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

I have the power of life and death in my tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

I am safe (I John 5:18).

I am an overcomer (1 John 4:4).

I am born again and a new creation in Christ (1 Peter 2:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

I have no condemnation in Christ (8:1-2).

I am protected (John 10:28).

I am delivered from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).

I am redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). 

I am qualified by Christ to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12). 

I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57).

 

There are so many more truths than these!

 

Plunge into the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into all Truth!  When you know the things that God says about you are REAL—when you believe them about yourself—you are free to soar in His Grace!

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST



There are software programs that protect you from online attacks that threaten your identity, your files, your system, and your financial well-being. They stop threats that can’t be seen. 

 

There is also something that protects your life from unseen threats and attempts of the enemy to blindside you. Satan knows that when you don’t know the power of your identity in Jesus, you are an easy target. When you haven’t taken complete ownership of what Jesus has purchased for you, Satan knows his power is greater against you. The only thing that protects your identity in Christ from the enemy’s lies is knowledge of who you are in Christ. The truth of your identity will set you free (John 8:32).

 

Your heart is what Satan attempts to wound, and he gets there through your mind. The peace of God guards your heart and mind when you place your faith in Jesus. (Philippians 4:7). When you tell God what you need and thank him for all He has done, you receive His incredible peace—which surpasses anything your natural mind understands. (Philippians 4:6). You understand and receive this peace with the mind of Christ that became yours when you were born-again. 

 

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?” Paul writes. “Who knows enough to teach him? But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

 

When you learn your identity in Christ, you are renewed in your mind by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:23). You receive spiritual knowledge of all of the new things you are in Christ. And Paul says you understand these things because you have the mind of Christ. When you know who you are in Him, you are safe. 

 

“Guard your heart above all else,” the psalmist writes, “for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT). 

 

Since it is your heart that determines the course of your life, wounding your heart is the enemy’s objective. You guard your heart by knowing the truth of all the things that you have in Christ. By believing these things, you are free to walk by faith and not by sight—to have confident trust in God’s promise of abundant life now.

 

“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” (Colossians 3:13-14, NLT).

 

You can walk in the forgiveness and freedom of God’s abundant life. He has rescued you from the power of darkness and transferred you into the Kingdom of His dear Son. 

 

Are you tired of the bombardment of lies and fear? You are no longer an easy target when you know your identity in Christ. Safeguard your identity. Learn what the Word says about you. The book of Ephesians is a great place to begin. Soak in His truth. KNOW the new person Jesus has made you. Your identity in Christ changes everything. You will see differently, hear differently, and understand God’s truth that sets you free.

 


© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Abundance of Now



So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

—Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT)

 

Do you trust God, or have you lost hope? Without trust in God, you will not have hope. The writer to the Hebrews defines this trust as being "confident.” Are you confident that God loves you and takes care of the concerns of your heart? Confident trust rises from faith the size of a little mustard seed and grows stronger when nourished through the Holy Spirit’s revealed understanding of the Word. 

 

“Remember the great reward confident trust gives you," the writer to the Hebrews proclaims! In Hebrews 10, the writer goes on to share the great reward of eternal life that Jesus promises. When life is hard, patient endurance is needed. Knowing your promise of heaven helps. But do you just get through this life by longing for your reward in heaven and miss His abundant life now? 

 

Abundant life is not everything being in place—running smoothly with no problems. Life isn’t idyllic and perfect. But confident trust in Jesus inspires peace and joy no matter your circumstance and daily news. You choose to believe God is in control. You believe that your Father will never leave you or forsake you. You know the Lord is your protector and healer and provider. You are well aware that the enemy’s purpose is to kill, still, and destroy you but that Jesus’ purpose is to give you a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10). And that abundant life is something you have when you understand what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross for you. 

 

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17, NLT).

 

When you know who you are in Jesus—that His abundance lives in you—you experience the blessings of His unfailing love and faithfulness. You are blessed through confident trust in Him. You discover a peace that cannot be understood. Hope inspires. Fear doesn’t shake you. Others don't wound you. You understand that abundant life comes from the new life Jesus has placed within you. There is nothing you can "do" to make anything happen. You have confident trust because the grace of Jesus has changed your whole perspective. You know Him as never before. You rest in Him.

 

The grace of Jesus has set you free from the lies of the enemy! Do you know it? His grace has set you free from fear!  Do you experience it?  

 

"Learn who I am," He whispers, "and you will find rest for your soul!" (Matthew 11:29). When you learn the spiritual depths of the gift of righteousness He has given you—the new life you have received with all His spiritual blessings—you begin to see beyond your circumstance with His understanding instead of your own. You begin to hear His promise instead of worry or fear. Confident trust rises and fuels your faith. The rich and satisfying life Jesus promises is yours. It lives in you no matter what happens around you.

 

If you are hanging on by a thread—living with fear—just waiting for heaven, BELIEVE that Jesus gives the rewards of peace and joy that confident trust in Him promises. God has identified you as His own— as being everlasting NOW. The abundance of eternal life lives within you NOW. Confidence in God is found when you identify yourself as being IN Him and not being a part of what is happening or how you feel. 

 

“As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17, NKJV). Learn who you are in Jesus. AS HE IS SO ARE YOU. Take hold of your identity. Whatever life throws at you, the maker of heaven and earth is your Father. He has already taken care of it.

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, NKJV).

 

You are ABUNDANTLY BLESSED in Jesus. Always remember the great reward confident trust brings you!  Patiently hold on to the Truth of God’s Word! You will receive the promises your loving Savior has given His life for you to own.

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

His Finished Work



 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

—Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

 

Your faith is so important to God that without faith it is impossible to please Him. Faith in the finished work of Jesus is the opposite of faith in your own works. It is the work of Jesus that saved and favored you with unconditional love on Calvary. You can’t save yourself or win favor from God. You can’t earn what has already been earned. You are favored by God because of the finished work of the Grace of Jesus. Jesus already took your sins, your sickness, your pain so that they don’t have to own you.

 

Faith doesn’t create anything. It can’t create healing or deliverance or provision. Faith only appropriates what God has already provided. Everything good God has for your life is provided in the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. When we make ourselves the authors and the finishers of our faith, we aren’t going to like the results. Anytime we make receiving about ourselves—when we think we have to do something to earn the favor of God—we will be very disappointed and disillusioned.

 

“Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: ‘Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk’” (Acts 3:11-12, NKJV)?

 

These two Holy Spirit-filled men knew that this miracle was not anything they had done. They knew it was the supernatural power of God that flowed through them that had made a change in this man’s life. From lame to healed, this man was now whole. 

 

“Through faith in the name of Jesus,” Peter said, “this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes” (Acts 3:16).

 

You never receive through anyone else’s ability or through your own works. You only receive through Jesus. Faith is resting in the finished work of Jesus. Put your faith in His name, and seek His Truth. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He receives glory whenever someone is forgiven or healed or delivered because Jesus is the one who did all the work. There is no more work to be done. It is finished.

 

Do you want your struggle—your fear—your pain and always questioning God’s love to end? The finished work of Jesus is a WHOLE NEW LIFE for you. 

But you must choose to BELIEVE His work is complete. When you BELIEVE in your heart that His work on the Cross for you is finished, then you know that there is nothing else you have to do to win God’s favor. You know you are favored. You live in a new dimension of joy that removes everything you thought necessary to be His. You are free to just receive His love. 


© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Unwrap Your Present



But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

—Romans 8:9 (NKJV)

 

 

When Jesus becomes your Savior, you are no longer identified as flesh. You are now of the Holy Spirit. The redeeming and all-powerful God lives in your spirit, which has been born again by the precious blood of Christ. He doesn’t live on the outside of your body but inside of you. The Holy Spirit identifies you as God’s own. And He gives new life to your spirit.

 

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6, AMP). 

 

The flesh is only physical. It can’t give you a right-standing with God. The flesh will wear you out and drain you dry. The physical eventually ends in death, but the Holy Spirit gives life. What God speaks through His Word is of the Spirit. These are Words are Truth, and they are life!

 

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:64, NKJV).

 

You have already received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. But to know what this means, you must be changed in your mind by the renewing of God’s life-giving Word. Don’t be CONFORMED to man’s opinion that regards what is seen and felt as Truth. Be TRANSFORMED in your thinking to believe the unseen Truth God has given you. Until you believe what you have received from God, you won’t know and live in the freedom Jesus has given His life for you to possess,

 

The spiritual realm that lives within you—the one you might not even realize—is more real than the physical realm you live in. Not knowing who you are in Christ is like having the best gift in the world and never bothering to unwrap it. 

 

We yearn to experience the freedom of His peace. We already have it and don’t know it. The peace of God lives within your spirit just waiting to calm your mind. The promises of God in His Word just wait to be known. The Truth of God’s Word is appropriated by faith. Without applying faith, you can’t draw from the well of His Spirit within you. This is how you receive an understanding of the fullness of His Grace that you have received in your born-again spirit.

 

The Gospel of Grace is the power of God for our complete redemption—our wholeness of spirit, soul, and body—where we live in the promise of forgiveness and healing and the provision for every need.

 

God-in-the-flesh humbled himself and came to earth, taking our disgrace and shame, unconditionally giving us His righteousness, and made us one with Him. The Gospel of Grace is not that you serve Jesus and die FOR Jesus. The Gospel of Grace is that Jesus served you and, taking your sin, died AS you. Then He rose from death to life AS you. So you can be AS He is. 

 

Drink from the well within that never runs dry. Feast on the manna of manifest Truth He continually pours from His Word. Learn in your mind the new person you have been made in your spirit until you believe it in your heart. Walk by faith and not by sight. You will experience the Truth of what your eyes haven’t seen. 

 

It is time to unwrap your present.

 

 

© 2021 Lynn Lacher

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