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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.”


Friday, December 17th, 2010

Day 276

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Romans 8:1

Sin started in the heavens when Satan, an angelic being, exercised his will to do evil. Because of this, Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven. Then Adam sinned bringing sin to mankind. Sin is devastating and has terrible effects on us. It attacks and afflicts us, and follows us throughout life. We tend to think of sin as something we do, an act, but it is far more than that. It is a state of our heart and a disposition of our nature.

Jesus exposed the nature of sin when He said, “when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites . . .” [Matthew 6:5-6]. Sin follows us even into God’s presence. The great wickedness of sin is the ultimate root of it – self-adulation and self-worship. How many ‘rights’ do we exercise in the midst of others? How much do we make happen by shear will power and determination? How much do we impose our agenda? Yes, we can take sin into the presence of God even as we worship Him!

It is an extraordinary thing that Christ accomplished for us. We are born into sin and are so easily inclined to sin. Yet, in spite of this, Christ died for us so we may be reconciled to our Father. He became our righteousness so we may know and have fellowship in freedom with Him. Because of Christ there is no condemnation for us who are in Him.

“For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.”
Romans 5:2


Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Day 271

“Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness”
Matthew 5:6

If there is one theme that occurs often in the New Testament, it is righteousness. Reflecting the very character and nature of our Father, Christ now lays before us how we are to live as Christians. He is a righteous and a holy God. He died to enable us to be righteous in Him; ” Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people” (Titus 2:14). This is the beginning.

All of us are to be like this – hungering and thirsting after righteousness. We are to be imitators of Him, living and walking in righteousness. Christ emphasizes this; “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” [Matthew 6:33]. We are to set our mind, thoughts and actions on the kingdom. We are to pursue Him. It is to be our life’s work, for out of this will come blessedness and all things.

True hunger is deep and continues until it is satisfied. The prodigal son finally experienced this hunger when he came to the end of himself. Then, and only then, did he turn to his father. Many of us do not have this hunger. We are busy with programs, activities and work followed by ease and entertainment. Many have not a clue about persecution as approximately 171,000 brethren are martyred yearly. Not to mention the continue rise of persecution in other forms such as removing God from every part of our society and culture. We are comfortable; the worse circumstance possible for us.

Oh, Father, that we may truly hunger and thirst after righteousness.

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear”
Matthew 13:43