Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Exploring God’s Grace: the True Blessing…
“The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” (Isaiah 55:8–9, CEV)
James Ryle says, “Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will.” The apostle Paul writing to the Philippians explains grace like this. “I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. Christ gives me the strength to face anything.” (Philippians 4:11–13, CEV)
A couple of days ago we received word a friend of ours suffered a heart attack while undergoing a heart catheterization minutes later he was in surgery in an attempt to save his life. The attempt failed. At first, the connection didn’t sink in but several hours later I began to think about my own heart catheterization in early December and suddenly I realized how fragile our lives really are. I then found myself facing a mystery – Why did our friend die and I did not? I realize there are many variables to consider and perhaps as many explanations but the bottom line is God is the only one who really knows.
When I think about the two of us (both Christians) not only did we have a troubled heart in common but we both are recipients of God’s grace (never forget you too are a recipient of God’s grace). As the days go swiftly by I keep running head on with the fact that God and the “things” of God such as grace will always be the greatest mystery of all times.
Three take-away values I have gleaned from this exploration into the blessing of grace that can take us to a deeper level of faith and will equip us to live a life based on God’s continued participation in our life are. “Christ gives me the strength to face anything,” the apostle Paul. “Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will,” James Ryle. “Grace is God’s continuing participation in our life through the Holy Spirit,” Gary Piper.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.” (Romans 5:1, CEV)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”