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ENABLING GRACE

Monday, December 20th, 2010

DAY 279

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you…”
2 Corinthians 12:9

We are familiar that grace is God’s unmerited favor to us. Some call it saving grace because we have been saved by the gift of God, not of ourselves. In addition to this grace, there is another grace called enabling grace.

God does much more than save us. He fully equips us with everything we need in this life. He gives us the ability and power to live our lives in righteousness and holiness. And added to this is enabling grace to carry out the work of the Kingdom of God as seen in Stephen; “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power …” (Acts 6:8).

Another definition of grace is help. God’s enabling grace is to help us desire extraordinary and excellence in running the race. Grace cannot function in us when we live in our own strength, ways and thinking. The old has to die and every day we must find God’s provision in our weakness – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

HIS SPECIAL FAVOR

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Day 195

“I will extol Thee, my God, O King;
and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever”
Psalm 145:1

The greatness of God’s favor towards us is unsearchable. We do not know the depth of all His works on our behalf. These are of such a magnitude that it would be hard to contain the knowledge of it all. Who is a God like our God who first loved us? Where in all this earth and throughout our lifetime has such a profound and deep love ever been seen? There is nothing in our humanity that is able to come close to expressing this greatness of our God.

This greatness is magnified by His special favor to His children. He first loved us when we were unlovable. His goodness brought graciousness, compassion and mercy to us. These came to us in gentleness and because of it He has made us great in Him. Yet, even as His children, we sometimes are unaware of how He keeps us. We easily live within ourselves. But, His goodness is to all and His tender mercies surround us in our life. He upholds all that fall and raises up those bowed down.

The Israelites in the wilderness forsake Him, but He continued to give them provision. He satisfies the desire of every living thing. Even in our sins, He is kind to us, patiently waiting for us to see the error of our ways. He even seems reluctant to chastise until there are no other options. This is His greatness and His glory towards us. His love is beyond understanding.

“My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:
and let all flesh bless His Holy name for ever and ever”
Psalm 145:21

HE IS OUR HELP

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Day 139

“The Lord is my helper”
Hebrews 13:6

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you sleep in the bed you make?” Or “heaven helps those who help themselves?” These are common sayings, but what is the meaning? If you fail or do something wrong, tough, you did it, suffer the consequences and live with it. If you don’t help yourself, no one will. Maybe God will help you if you help yourself. In other words, you are on your own.

Unfortunately, many Christians believe these statements. But these are not true, and, in fact, come right out of the pit of hell. Why? Because these statements not only totally misrepresent your Father in heaven, it actually lays charges at His door that He doesn’t care, will not help you and you can rot in your own pit. Think about it. If you believe any part of these to be true, you’ll see God as a distant judge Who condemns you. And it is the furthest from truth you can get.

Our Father is a helper to His children, even when you create your own problems. He understands human frailty and failings. His love covers a multitude of sins and He paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our fallen state. Do you think His arm is so short that He cannot save you? Or help you? Doesn’t the word declare what is impossible for us is possible with Him? Yes, His love covers every aspect our life. No matter what trouble you are in, even that which you made, He is ready to help you if you call Him.

“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord is
thinking about me right now, You are my helper
and my savior. Do not delay, O my God.”
Psalm 40: 17

GOD’S DELIVERANCE

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Day 65

“So they went and entered the house of a prostitute”
Joshua 2:1

Rahab was a prostitute. She was a woman without merit. Today, she might be called a “loser”. And even in her own society, she was a reject because she was a woman and a Gentile. But she was a woman who had a divine appointment.

Joshua sent two men to Jericho to gather military intelligence. Rahab’s house was located at a critical place on Jericho’s wall, and these men took refuge there to gather information. It was part of God’s overall plan for Rahab. Judgment was about to come, but God takes care of His own no matter where they are or how far they have strayed. Rahab knew about God and feared Him. She confessed her faith to the two spies. She demonstrated the truth of her confession by hiding the two men. And she declared her faith by saying, ‘for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.’

God takes losers and makes them winners. His great redeeming grace reaches into the deepest pockets of sin and brings forth that which is not into the kingdom of God and makes them His children. A prostitute and immoral pagan was delivered from judgment, and is forever noted in the Word in the same company of Noah, Abraham, and Moses. She was one of the greatest producers of divine good as a believer, and she lead many of her family to Christ. And in her family line came Boaz, David and finally, Jesus Christ! She was a woman of faith, and God honored her for it.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God”
Hebrews 11:6

HIS GLORY

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Day 5

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and
the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for
all that is in heaven and in the earth is Thine;
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art
exalted as head above all.”
1 Chronicles 29:10-13

There is one indisputable and eternal fact in our lives – we exist for God. Although we are the objects of His salvation, grace, and mercy, we are not the center of His universe. He is. Our existence is because of God, and it is to serve His purpose and His glory. Someone stated years ago that it is not God “up there”, but all of the heavens, the universe and the world are in Him.

Great joy and delight must be taken in God’s favor towards us. He truly showers us with blessings, but our rest and peace comes only in understanding His sovereignty; in knowing who He is and His Divine purposes, understanding His Providence and that He works everything to the good for those who love Him. It is in God’s divine providence, the governing and control of all things, that we see His glory.

Do you want to see His glory?

Then see God’s hand in everything, the good and bad, the highs and lows, the peaks and valleys, in health and sickness, and in life and death. He is in it all. There is nothing that happens that is out of His control. Rest in this, and you will find peace and joy, and see His glory.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever”   Romans 11:36