Victorious Grace

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee.” II Corinthians 12(9)

The way of true spiritual victory is through the grace of God. It is not a sign of defeat to appropriate His grace in our life and labors for Him. We are what we are by His grace. The Apostle Paul was aware of this and he realized the presence of God’s grace made the difference. “For I am the least of the apostles, that I am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” I Corinthians 15(9-10)

Our very salvation is by His grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works least any man should boast.” Ephesians 2(8-9) This is also confirmed in Titus 2(11);”For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”

We are made able to abound to every good work through His grace. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” II Corinthians 9(8)

When we need help in a time of need we can go boldly to the place of help. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4(16) Help is available to us 24/7 at the throne of grace.

God’s grace plays an important role in our spiritual growth. “But grow in grace, and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” II Peter 3(18)

The very last verse in the Bible speaks to us concerning His grace. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22(21)

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Where is The Joy?

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14(17)

Men and women pursue various avenues of employment, social outreach and pleasure. In so doing, the personal satisfaction and happiness they long for fails to materialize as expected.

Even in the realm of the ministry and the work of God, sometimes people may ask the question, “Where is the joy?” They experience the material and financial blessings but are still coming up short in the area of joy and happiness. The reason is that true and full joy is not found in the material and financial areas of life.

Joy in the highest degree is only received in our walk with the Lord and our faithful service unto Him. We experience the fulness of joy in His presence. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16(11)

Joy comes to those who walk uprightly before the Lord. They desire to please God in their words and actions. They find it a joyful thing to do right. “It is joy to the just to do judgment.” Proverbs 21(15)

The scriptures teach us there is joy in heaven when a sinner repents. “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15(7) The joy of the soul-winner is an enduring joy that has eternal rewards.

Where is the joy? Real and lasting joy is experienced in God’s presence and in a dedicated and consecrated life of faithful service unto Him.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12(2)

Remembering Our Purpose

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” II Timothy 1(9)

The Christian life is replete with provisions and blessings. The Lord graciously bestows these upon us for our enjoyment and welfare. We are to receive them joyfully with thanksgiving knowing they come from the Father of lights with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

While experiencing the many blessings of the abundant life, we are faced with the challenge of remembering our purpose. It is essential that we bear in mind and are very careful to not forget the reason for our existence. We have been saved to serve God and others. It is not about others serving us but rather we are called to minister unto others. Our Lord set the example for us in this regard. “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10(45)

Our purpose is evangelistic in nature. We are divinely called to reach men and women with the glorious gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to see people saved and established in God. We are called to make an eternal difference in the lives of others. This is God’s purpose for us and anything less speaks of a need to examine our lives and make the necessary adjustments.

May this be a time of sincere reflection and reaffirming God’s purpose in each of our lives.

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