Experiencing Fullness in 2017

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL

January 2, 2017 – Aligned with Heaven’s Purpose – John Palacios

Ephesians 1:10 

“… that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.”

The dispensation of the fullness of the times is the culmination of all redemptive history in the full revelation of the goodness and love of God through Jesus Christ. My personal history fits into redemptive history as God unites all things in Christ, it gives meaning to the things I choose to do with my life.

The greek word for dispensation, oikonomia, means the management, stewardship or administration of resources, as for a household or estate. We get our english word, economy, from this greek word. We recognize that Heaven has an economy in which every Believer takes an active part. Heaven’s resources are not limited to to what is available on earth. These heavenly resources are released through our faith when we choose to participate in Heaven’s economy.

God is uniting all things in Christ now. When we align our life to His purpose, we also are working for things in heaven and things on earth to  come into unity. This means that there is no need for broken relationships to persist in the economy of heaven because God has provided for the reconciliation of all things. There is is no room for sickness, sorrow or fear. While these things exist on earth, they are not allowed in heaven. As all things are united in Christ, things like fear, sorrow and sickness are swallowed up by the life that is ours in Jesus Christ.

How would your life change if you trusted in heaven’s economy more than earth’s economy? What would it look like if things in heaven were united with things on earth in your own life? How have the events of your personal history been united with the fullness of the times represented by the completed work of Jesus Christ?
 

January 3 – Living from Fullness – John Palacios

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 1:16   And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.

Fullness is the abundance, wholeness and power experienced in the overflowing life of a person loving others while being loved by God.

When we allow the blessings of God to fill every aspect of our life, including the difficult or unmanageable parts, we will discover the abundance Jesus wants us to have in this life.

Living continually with regret, loss or upheaval in our life is not God’s idea.

Have we allowed the Thief to rob our joy? Are we allowing destruction to advance unchecked against all our hopes and dreams? If the Thief has come to us, it’s time to invite the Good Shepherd near to us. He will help us chase away the one who would rob our life from all abundance.

Fullness is your inheritance as a child of God. Trials may teach us to trust God and they will make us strong. But, living from fullness is a choice we make to face all of life with all of the resources available to us from the economy of Heaven.

Remember, Jesus has shared His fullness with us. His purposes are best fulfilled in my life when I learn to draw the abundance of Heaven into every situation I face.

Fullness is the abundance I experience. Fullness leads me into personal wholeness. Fullness shows me the Love of God for me and for others. Fullness is the complete expression of the Life of God in me.

January 4 – Fullness and the Display of His Glory – John Palacios

Hebrews 1:3 [The Son, Jesus] who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Our Lord Jesus is awesome. He is the brightness, or radiance, of the actual glory of God. The shining forth of His person represents exactly who God is. John 1:18 in the New Living Translation says, “No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”

This glory that clothes Jesus is the same glory He shares with us in John 17.

John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

The radiance of Christ’s glory is the fullness of God.

Col. 2:9 NIV    For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,  10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.

When we walk in fullness we display God’s glory. Believer’s glorify God, not just by giving Him “credit” for their accomplishments, but by demonstrating who He is to everyone we meet. When He shines through us for others to see it truly does glorify our Father in Heaven. That’s part of being the Light of the World. Light is Truth. But the Truth is that God really is glorious!

As we become more and more like Christ, We will love people the way He does and our light will shine brighter and brighter.

That light that shines forth toward others from you is the radiance or “Shining forth” of His Glory in our lives. When you walk in fullness, the people around you get to experience what God is like even before they actually meet Him personally. 

Make a decision to pursue fullness in your life. The world is waiting to see what God looks like through you!
 

January 5 – Fullness is Power and Authority – John Palacios

When we live from fullness we will see demonstrations of Jesus’ power and authority in our lives. Our  prayers and ministry to others are measured from the realm of impossibility rather than from the limitations of our own talent, skill or spirituality. This is true because Jesus fills us from His own fullness when He delegates His authority and power to us.

Col. 1:15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,  20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Sometimes, believing we have fullness takes faith. God’ works are both visible and invisible. That means that much of what He wants to fill our life with, we can’t see. We have to exercise our faith to apprehend many of the spiritual blessings He has prepared for us. Moving with Jesus’ power is one of these things.

In Luke 24:49 Jesus said, Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

By this we know that it is God’s plan and promise to give us His power. This power comes through the Holy Spirit. The first disciples waited in the Upper Room for this promise to come to pass. Many Believers still spend their time waiting. But the truth is, this promise was kept when Acts 2 happened. The Holy Spirit has been poured out and is still being poured out today. The Promise of the Father has arrived and it is demonstrated through a power-filled Church.

Our responsibility to the Gospel is to share it while being full of the Holy Spirit. That way, the incredible grace of God can be fully experienced by others when we minister His love and healing to them through His miracle-working power.

The Apostle Paul prayed it this way:

Ephesians 1:19NLT   I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.  22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
 

January 6- Fullness is to Know God – John Palacios

John 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Knowing God is eternal life, which is more about quality of life than it is length of days, since eternity is outside time. Eternity for me began when I gave my life to follow Jesus and accept His sacrifice for my sin. Now my life is powered by a new source that far exceeds the limitations of my old way of living. Paul the Apostle said in Galatians 2:20; I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Our definition of fullness includes experiencing all we can of the Goodness of God in this life. But not just experiencing His Goodness – also embracing that knowledge as part of our intimate understanding of who God is through Jesus Christ.

When we know God it should bring a clarity and purpose to all that we do. Because He has shown us His love and mercy we are free to love Him and others without fear of punishment casting a shadow over us. We can choose to live free from guilt or shame because He has accepted us in the Beloved.

Knowing God means we abide in Him and He in us. We draw the power of His Eternal and Unknowable Life into the everyday living of our life. This is possible because the Spirit of Christ indwells every Believer.

The Holy Spirit fills us up so we can know God. Our individual, dedicated pursuit of His Presence in our life is the essential feature of learning to live from fullness.
 

January 7 Fullness is Knowing God and Loving others – John Palacios

1John 4:7   Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1John 4:12   No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

Because God is Love, it adds a certain inevitability that our experience of His fullness should result in expressions of overflowing love toward others. A Baptism of Love.

One of the greatest hindrances to fullness in our life is our unwillingness to love others freely and without judgement. We want others to deserve our love before we bestow our favor on them. God loves us even when we don’t deserve it. God doesn’t wait until we prove ourselves to declare us lovable. In fact, He acts with favor and love toward us long before we change a single thing about our life to please Him.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

God is not interested in condemning anyone. Jesus came to save sinners because God loves us. His judgement is toward the cross. When we accept the sacrifice of Jesus’ life in our behalf, God expresses His love to us lavishly and without judgement. He accepts us into His own family as His beloved children.

Think long on that truth. You are loved by God. You are no longer under judgement. Because He loves you, you are filled with His love. You are the recipient of more than enough love to be able to afford giving some of it away. His love includes things like, mercy, grace, forgiveness, peace, hope and joy. You are now free to claim as your own all the benefits of being His child. Aren’t you glad He loves you?

When you become convinced of His love for you, His fullness will overtake your spirit. This understanding is the mission of the Holy Spirit from the moment we receive Christ. Say, “Abba.” His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are dearly loved children of God.

Be loved, Beloved. Be love.
 

January 8 –  A Baptism of Love – John Palacios

Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

About five years ago, during a prayer retreat, the Lord spoke to me about pursuing a Baptism of Love for Northwest Harvest Church. I understood that as an instruction to lead our church toward ministry and influence that would be profoundly rooted in love. Since that time, I have focused much of my teaching, preaching and prayer for our church family on relationships, unity, forgiveness and the value of maturing the expression of our love as Christians in the Church and on the earth.

A Baptism of Love can be described as love being poured out. Love poured out can be described as the flood of Breakthrough that God brings to our life. In fact, the reason hope does not disappoint in the midst of tribulations, or stress, is because of the outpouring of God’s love in our life.

Love that make us immune to hopelessness only comes into effect when it saturates the depths of our life. This awareness of His love goes deeper inside us than the information we know, to become revelation we have experienced. It is the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to our human spirit; teaching us to say, “Abba, Daddy”. We really are dearly loved children of God (1 John 3:1-2).

Love like this cannot be contained or limited. It flows outward from us to others. One of the best ways for us to measure the level of love we are experiencing is to look at the level of love we feel for others.

Is our love growing? Do we forgive others more easily than we did in the past? How many people have we chosen to distance ourselves from because of offense or anger? The shorter or longer this mental list gets demonstrates the scarcity or abundance of love in our life.

Another way to measure the level of love we know is to look at how much hopelessness we tolerate in our life from day to day. Children of God will not tolerate hopelessness. They will not accept the notion that God doesn’t have something better for them in life and destiny!

Yet another way for us to measure the level of love we know is to look at the level of our spiritual hunger. Knowing God loves us is a great motivator to want to know Him better. If we think He is mad at us, we will try to avoid Him rather than press in close.

To experience a Baptism of Love is not an unusual goal. Because God is Love, walking in love should be the most normal of activities for a Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ. Why not make a decision to pursue a Baptism of Love in your life today? You deserve to experience His love for yourself!

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

January 9 – “What does Love Look Like?” – Tina Chase

This is the question I have been continually asking for these past several months. Every morning, in every situation, I ask “What does love look like?” What does love look like when I get cut off by a driver on the highway? What does love look like when I get a grumpy cashier?  What does love look like when I am “volun-told” to do something at work?  What does love look like when one of my students comes to school angry and not wanting to follow my plans for the day, in fact doing everything possible to make sure they don’t happen?  What does love look like when my husband doesn’t do something I asked him to?  What does love look like when my children make choices different than I would have made for them?  What does love look like when my friend gets offended? What does love look like when God doesn’t respond as quickly as I want?  What does love look like? I have made an intentional choice to choose love. Not because it’s convenient. (It’s often not!)

Not because it’s easier. (Many times it’s harder!) Not because I am super spiritual. (I wish!) Not because it benefits me. (Though in the long run it does!) I choose love, because God told me to and because He is love. It’s that simple. I choose love. What does love look like?

“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” 1 John 4:8
 

January 10 – Becoming Beloved  – John Palacios

1John 3:1 NLT    “See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Hm.  2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see him as he really is.  3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure.”

For me, experiencing fullness begins with feeling completely and lavishly loved by God our Father. When we are well loved we increase our capacity to love others well. When we are immersed in love with God and with man, we begin to experience a transformation which inspires a desire to be more like our Father in Heaven.

Being a Child of God is more than something we believe, it is something we become. Becoming a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) means we are a completely new, never-seen-before version of our redeemed self. Our body, soul and spirit are saturated and regenerated by the power of His resurrection life at salvation. This new life flows from God’s love. Therefore, being born again and becoming a child of God are forever linked to being the object of His great love.

Ultimately, love is the power that fuels everything in God’s Kingdom. So, it is natural to assume that the key to unlocking anything in this Kingdom of Love begins with our acceptance that we are loved by God. Embracing this love leads to our understanding the vastness of heaven’s resources ready to be poured out in our behalf. Miracles flow from love. Healing flows from love. Restoration flows from love. Fullness flows from love. Since God is love, fullness is to be filled with God.

Ephesians 3:16 “… that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,  17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
 

January 11 –  Becoming Beloved, Part 2 -John Palacios

Ephesians 3:17b… that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—  19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

The picture of being rooted and grounded in love is a great way to understand how important love is to our spiritual health. The roots of a plant are the parts you can’t see. They are hidden, or grounded, in the soil. The plant could not survive apart from it’s connection with the soil. Being grounded is very important. In addition to sunlight, everything the plant needs in order to survive comes through the soil – water, nutrients, protection and anchoring. Love is like that. Whatever we need for a healthy spiritual life comes through love.

Sometimes we struggle to love others because we struggle to accept that God loves us unconditionally. When we don’t understand God’s love, we might feel justified in judging others or making them prove themselves before accepting them as our friends. But, when we begin to  understand how immersed we actually are in the love of God ourselves (width, length, depth and height), it makes it easier for us to choose love toward others.

This understanding of love passes knowledge because it goes beyond what we learned in the past to what we can now  experience. You can study for weeks how to ride a bike but until you actually get on one and fall off a few times, you won’t really understand what it’s all about. You need experiential knowledge that passes intellectual understanding.

I may have learned in the past to feel guilt and shame when I fail. But, God sees all of my weakness and still loves and accepts me (Ephesians 1:6-7). I may have learned, in the past, to hide when I was afraid of being punished. But God’s perfect love has now taken away all my reasons to be afraid (1 John 4:18). Many of the things I learned in the past were based on lies. That is, they were based on a warped idea of who God is. Believing lies about God will never lead to freedom.

The obvious conclusion to this plant comparison is that a well-tended plant with healthy roots grounded in rich soil, will grow strong and bear good fruit.

Being filled with the fullness of God will result in quality fruit from our life.

Gal. 5:22 NLT  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness, and self-control…”
 

January 12 – If I have not love John Palacios

1Cor. 13:1   If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

If I have not love, whatever I do becomes meaningless. Having a life purpose must include loving others. A clanging cymbal has no musical value at all until it clangs in the midst of a symphony. Our relationships give context to our love. The motivation to love well gives significance to our choices and actions.

The need to feel significant is at the core of every person. Sometimes we think that need for significance will be fulfilled by accumulating riches. Sometimes we think we can become more significant by knowing more than anyone else, or by being more brave, better looking or stronger than others. In actuality, the significance  of our life will increase the better we love other people.

Loving others well can make everything we do gain importance. When we prophecy, do we share the message with kindness? Are we patient and humble in social interactions? Our choices to love well not only increase the significance of our actions and ministry, but the value others feel from us goes up, too. The people we love feel honored and valued. Loving well adds value to individuals, communities and ministries in all situations.

Living from fullness is about learning and choosing to love well. Check your daily progress against the qualities listed above. Make adjustments as necessary. Remember, Love lives in you. God fills your life by His Holy Spirit and whatever He does looks like love.
 

January 13 – The Greatest is Love – John Palacios

1Cor. 13:12 The Message Bible   We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

1Cor. 13:13   But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

When we recognize the importance of living from fullness it brings a growing clarity to the focus of our daily interactions. Knowing God, experiencing His love for us and helping others to discover this extravagant love for themselves, lifts a fog away from our every relational encounter.

If we are only waiting for the glorious day Jesus returns to experience His fullness, there is so much we are missing! Opportunities to live more fully come our way every day through the relational encounters we have. Living from the abundance of Christ’s life now prepares us for what it will be like when He arrives in person. This clarity teaches us to love well.

Loving well is actually a three part process. First, we learn how to trust our Father in Heaven. Trust is the security we gain from living closer to His faithfulness. Our faith is rooted in His faithfulness. Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22), and you will move mountains. Our ability to participate in miracles begins with the quality and focus of our belief.

Heb. 11:1    Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Rom. 15:13   Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Embracing hope is the second step in the process of learning to love well. Faith and hope are forever woven together in our spiritual life because He is the God of all hope.To hope is to confidently expect good. To abound in hope is to believe, with joy, that something good is about to happen! Abraham believed, “In hope against hope” that God could do what He promised. As a result, he grew strong in faith. Holding onto hope, even in the face of hopeless situations not only strengthens our faith, it deepens our love.

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. Loving well is the result of living from the fullness of God. Spending time with God helps us understand how much He loves us. When we understand this amazing truth, it frees us to love others with His love. When we believe in God, we can have hope for people who disappoint us. When we have hope for people we can invest our heart to love them.

Love is the best because loving well is what makes us most like our Heavenly Father.  Author David Fleming wrote, “God is love loving.”  Whether I call it the abundant life, a baptism of love or living from fullness it is all the same pursuit; to know this loving God who loves me.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
 

January 14 – Fullness of GraceSteve Tillery

John 1:16 NIV – From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I often like to read and reflect on the hymns that I learned as a child. One in particular, that ties into the theme of fullness, is a personal favorite, Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory. This song is not only filled with powerful truths but it also holds special memories of standing next to my grandmother as she sang with a vibrant enthusiasm:

I have found His grace is all complete,

He supplieth every need;

While I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet,

I am free, yes, free indeed.

Refrain:

It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,

Full of glory, full of glory;

It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,

Oh, the half has never yet been told.

I can’t count how many times I have sung this song, but during this past holiday season, I was reminded of the incredible gift of grace that our heavenly Father so graciously delivered to us through His precious son. Grace that is complete and sets us free. A gift that is filled with glory that, once realized, should fill us with a joy unspeakable. These are just a few of the blessings that are found in the fullness of grace… the half of which has never yet been told!
 

January 15 – Living from Fullness – Breakthrough is like a flood – John Palacios

2Sam. 5:20   So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim (The Lord of Breakthrough).

When breakthrough happens it is like a flood. Water that breaks out cannot be contained again  and the powerful effects of that water change the landscape forever. The Lord promises that He will break out against our enemies. In Christ He fulfills that promise.

Breakthrough is the transition from  struggle to victory. It is to cross the threshold from captivity to freedom. It is to experience the fulfillment of promise and the joy of coming into an open place in God. It is to live in the fullness of God. Breakthrough begins to happen the moment you decide to live in the victory of Christ.

David experienced a breakthrough event when he overcame his enemies. Which is awesome. But, even more awesome is that his breakthrough created a season of breakthrough for all of Israel. When we live from fullness, the breakthroughs we experience create an atmosphere for victory all around us. Our victories become the victories of our family and our community.

If you live from fullness, you will experience breakthrough for yourself and you will create opportunities for breakthrough in the lives of everyone around you.

2Cor. 2:14   Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
 

January 16 – Living from Fullness – creating breakthrough for others – John Palacios

Rom. 1:11    I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—  12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.

One of the most important aspects of living from fullness, is our spiritual responsibility to bless others with the abundant life we are experiencing. It is a reasonable desire to want to personally experience  the fullness of Christ. Since we are the Beloved of God, it is also reasonable to believe that God longs to fill us. As Children of Promise, blessing is something we experience as a birthright (Galatians 3:9, 4:28).

Wanting to be blessed comes naturally to us. However, living with an outward focus to bless others is something we must work to cultivate. A container isn’t full until it spills out. We are clay pots filled with the treasure of knowing God’s glory. Let’s not become so captivated with feeling awesome that we neglect to share the treasure inside us.

David’s breakthrough in 2 Samuel 5:20 became the breakthrough for all of Israel. When we live in the fullness of Christ’s blessing, it will bless everyone around us.

Col. 2: 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;  10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

John 1:16   And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
 

January 17 – Living from Fullness of Joy – Gordean Ash

Psalm 16  I have set the LORD always before me… therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices . . .  in your presence there is fullness of joy . . . at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This brings to mind, abiding in the vine. The result is the same – fullness of joy.

John 15

. . . that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Fullness of joy is our provision into every relationship and situation in the earth.
 
Living from the fullness of joy is the product of abiding in Christ. We are kept in Christ by His almighty power. This is a choice of faith. We refuse all thoughts contrary to his love for us and his keeping. We live from fullness of joy because our faith says that God provides the unbroken fellowship.
 

January 18 -The Breakthrough of Unity – John Palacios

Psa. 133:1    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,

Running down on the beard,

The beard of Aaron,

Running down on the edge of his garments.

3 It is like the dew of Hermon,

Descending upon the mountains of Zion;

For there the LORD commanded the blessing—

Life forevermore.
 

The breakthrough that unity can bring to our life is an area too many of us overlook. As we pursue living our Christian life from fullness, it is easy to assume it is all about “Me and God”. We feel if we can just get that right, it will be enough. We don’t want to concern ourselves with how the state of our relationships with other people may be affecting the abundant life we long to be living.

Unity is the fruit of love. When we love others, we make room for them around us. Our attitudes, our affection and our behavior flow from love rather than from our reaction to their perceived imperfections. Love doesn’t judge or criticize, it chooses to grow instead.

When I choose to love, I choose to grow. It’s impossible for me to love others without sustaining growth in my own life. Our relationships will test the level of personal wholeness we have attained. When a people are able to walk together in unity, the Lord commands blessing over them. It is not an arbitrary or uncertain decision, it is a decree from Heaven; life forevermore.

If we truly want to live from fullness, we will learn to manage our relationships well. We will choose to grow in love toward someone we struggle with rather than separate from them. Choosing one path leads to commanded blessing the other, not so much.
 

January 19 – The Breakthrough of Joy – John Palacios

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

Joy is the soul’s inward condition of well-being and celebration as we rest in the Presence of a Good God. It is great joy.

This joy begins when we start to listen to and then believe the message of salvation. We must hear and believe the message of joy before we ever actually feel the promised joy.

Many people choose to listen to what their problems and fears have to say to them instead. These challenges can speak loudly. Their message usually inspires discouragement and hopelessness in us. Our problems can isolate us from the love and support of others. Our struggle can become so overwhelming that it can create a spiritual prison for us.

Joy is a breakthrough experience out of this prison and it begins when we listen. Good tidings from Heaven were sent to us over two thousand years ago. The angel announced that these tidings were for all people. That includes us. Great joy is the result of listening and truly hearing this message from Heaven. We must believe and embrace the promised fullness of joy that comes from His presence to our circumstances.

Joy is the hallmark of our faith.

Rom. 15:13   Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Phil. 4:4   Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Jude 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,

And to present you faultless

Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,

1John 1:1 NLT (a letter from the Apostle John and other eye witnesses to the resurrected Christ directly to you) We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.  2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.  3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
 

January 20 – Experiencing Fullness- Dreaming Breakthrough – John Palacios

Gen. 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren …

Everyone dreams. We dream while we sleep and we dream while awake.

The waking dreams we have are often about the hopes we have for our future; the things we long to see in this life; the things we long to accomplish. We can’t see where they will take us, but the thrill of following a dream can be both exhilarating and frustrating.

Joseph dreamed a dream. It didn’t turn out as he had hoped or envisioned. Instead of fulfilling what his dream showed him would happen, he ended up in slavery and then prison. Many years had passed before he was presented to Pharaoh and finally fulfilled his destiny. Until then, he suffered injustice and endured trials while learning to protect his heart from disappointment and bitterness.

Many of our dreams are bigger than we are. That’s good, because it shows us that we need God’s help to achieve them. While Joseph endured hardship, God was making him bigger on the inside. When our dreams don’t come true right away they provide us with an opportunity to grow up. Big dreams require big people to fulfill them.

Fulfilling a dream is to experience a breakthrough toward our destiny. Most of us dream of breakthroughs for our life that seem to take far too long to arrive. But if we allow that waiting to shape us, we will become a person who will be able to actually accomplish the things we long to see. With God’s help and leadership, our dreams provide us with the motivation to pursue excellence and fullness for all areas of life.

Eph. 3:20 The Message Bible –   God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Romans 5:3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;  4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Rom. 8:31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
 

January 22 – The Fullness of God – John Palacios

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Abundant life is to live fully aware of the goodness of God. The opposite is to live under the oppression of the Thief.  His only goal is to destroy our life. Do not confuse robbery or destruction with the will of God.

Yes, suffering and testing is part of the Christian life, but scarcity and hardship was never intended to define the Christian experience. Abundance is the attitude of the overcomer. Experiencing all that Jesus died to provide for us through salvation is the birthright of the Children of God.

Sometimes our own mistakes bring us to a place of loss. Repentance is the answer to that situation. There is always grace available to right our mistakes. Sometimes consequences must be endured as we grow and mature. All God’s children receive discipline. But, discipline was never meant to be prolonged over time. Discipline is meant to train us so we know how to handle blessing with humility and grace (Hebrews 12:11).

Pursue the Abundant Life God has for you. It is your inheritance as a Child of God. Pursue love in all your relationships and interactions with others. It will unleash a powerful tide of the love of God in you and through you. Pursue breakthrough because God has always intended that you walk in the victory of Christ in every circumstance of life. Decide that you will not be content until you are living from the fullness of God every day.