How To Experience God's Best
I desperately want to help people step into the life God desires for them to live. It’s the reason I went into ministry, it’s the reason I started a church, and it’s even the reason I’m writing this blogpost this morning. God has called you to something that’s greater than what you’re going through today. Even if you’ve created a comfortable life for yourself, God has something greater than you could ask or think. That means if you can dream it, there’s still more!
…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (John 10:10b MSG)
The gospel of grace is so much more than a feel - good message. It’s an experience! Too often I see people struggling in life when Jesus came to provide a better way. Am I saying that we will never face difficulties? Of course not! There are many things that will try to derail the good God wants for us. But as we realize the heart of God, our responses to those things will change. Rather than just lay down and accept what the world throws at us, we will stand up and fight!
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)
No matter what we face in life, we can still stand tall because of what Jesus has accomplished. The apostle Paul was snake-bitten, shipwrecked, and stoned but he was able to keep moving forward and change the world because he knew the power of what Jesus had accomplished.
As I’ve grown in my understanding of the heart of the Father, I’ve experienced a life that I never thought I could live – and I’m just getting started! I no longer feel the need jump through all kinds of hoops in order to see the promises of God in my life because I am growing in my understand of what Jesus did.
Many people overcomplicate the gospel and strive to make things happen. They do and say all the things they were taught to do and say, only to be let down again and again. The truth is, it’s simpler that you think.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
This verse is jam-packed full of amazing truth, but for now I just want to focus on the phrase, “things hoped for.” A simple Greek word study will reveal that phrase actually means, “a positive expectation of eternal salvation.” So, faith is expecting everything Jesus accomplished over 2,000 years ago will become evident in my life!
Faith isn’t hoping the promises of God will come to pass in your life, it’s expecting them to! The good news is, it’s not about doing and saying all the right things, it’s trusting that what Jesus accomplished on the cross worked!
In last week’s post I explained what is included in salvation. God has already placed everything you’ll need for this life on the inside of you. Those things will become evident as you stop hoping for them and start expecting them!
I love how Hebrews 11:1 begins with the word ‘now.’ The life God wants you to live can start today! You don’t have to wait until Heaven to see your healing, you can see it now. You don’t have to struggle through this life and then finally experience God after you die. You can start today!
Today, I encourage you to see past your circumstances and expect things to change. Whether it’s a healing, financial breakthrough, or just a better attitude, it’s never too late to see evidence of the finished work of the cross in your life.
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