Today’s “encounter” with You, Lord, had nothing to do with nature. In fact, it was beyond “nature” or anything “natural.” It was supernatural.
I wasn’t “doing” anything. I was simply reading Your Word. Amazing how something so simple can become so profound. Almost as if it [Your Word] had its own agenda. It did… didn’t it, Lord? Because You had sent it to me.
“… so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
In a way, though, I was doing something. I was thinking about what I was reading… and agreeing with it in my mind. And suddenly, I was enveloped by… What was it, Lord? A taste of that peace You talk about, that isn’t dependent on my circumstances? An inner strength that hadn’t been there just a moment before? Strength giving me greater confidence that, by Your Spirit, I can be and do more than I I ever dreamed possible?
“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
You are leading me to a new place of freedom, yet You took me back to The Beginning. To basic truths about You, about me, and about what You have already done — in me and for me. Reminding me, so I will be encouraged and empowered to do what You are now calling me to do — to walk more boldly in the greater victory You have already won for me.
I am Your beloved, Your very own daughter. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3) “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
The moment I opened my heart to You as my Savior, You made me spiritually and eternally alive. “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” (1 John 5:12)
I can live without fear because You will always be with me and never forsake me. “… be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Before Christ, I was by nature deserving of wrath. “You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of the world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of the flesh and following its desires and thoughts… we were by nature deserving of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)
But, by Your Grace, You chose me and saved me for a good purpose. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last…” (John 15:16) “… it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, creating in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The “old me” is gone. I am now in Christ and Christ is in me. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
As Your beloved daughter, I am Your rightful heir (with position and authority). “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ… so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Romans 8:16,17)
Being a child of God does not mean I am sinless. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
But I do not have to sin. You have given me everything I need to be victorious over sin! “I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1) “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Yet I must do my part. And isn’t my greatest part to BELIEVE You, Lord? To BELIEVE Your finished work on the Cross, and every great and precious promise You have spoken in Your Word???
Lord, Lord, Lord… How many promises have You left us in this treasure, the Bible? I have seen estimates ranging from 3,500 to 7,000! Simply reading, thinking about and agreeing with the few Scriptures I posted here gave me what I know was supernatural peace, strength and confidence. What will happen — yes, will happen — when I fully embrace every one of Your promises???
I know I have just barely scratched the surface. Truly, this is The Adventure of a Lifetime — one day, one promise, at a time.
Lead on, Lord!!!