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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


Monday, September 13th, 2010

Day 191

“God is love, and all who live in love
live in God, and God lives in them”
1 John 4:16

You were redeemed because of God’s love. It was His love that pursued you throughout your life until you were fully restored to Him. It is His love that continues to abide in you and work out your salvation. It is His love that keeps you.

God’s love is all powerful. When we were unacceptable, unloving and in our sin, God first loved us. It was His loving us that enabled us to respond to His call. Many of us weren’t even looking for Him, yet He came to rescue and restores us. And, with that restoration He has filled us with His love through the Holy Spirit. What a privilege – we are partakers of His nature! He has given us His love with which He loved us! Glory!

This love transforms. It transforms us and as we love others, we are filled again and again. Paul says if we do not have love, we are bankrupt. Our life then is to be one of love. It covers a multitude of sins. It will never fail. And love will last forever. This love is His glory.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is
always hopeful, and endures through every
circumstance. Love will last forever…”
1 Corinthians 13


Friday, September 10th, 2010

Day 187

“And over it the Cherubims of glory
shadowing the Mercy Seat”
Hebrews 9:5

The Tabernacle in the wilderness reflected the heavenlies and God’s order. To fulfill this God instructed Moses to build the Tabernacle exactly to His specifications. Why? The purpose of God’s tabernacle was to be a place to meet His people. He created us to fellowship with Him and share in His kingdom. The Tabernacle was a place where the people could have their sins dealt with through sacrifices. It was a place of thanksgiving, praise and worship.

The heart of the Tabernacle was the Holy of Holies and in the inner most room was the Ark of the Covenant. A chest type object, it held the two tablets of the law, Aaron’s budding rod and the manna. Covering the Ark was a lid called the Mercy Seat. It had two Cherubims arching over it. A special wood was used to build the Ark, but the Mercy Seat was solid gold.

That Mercy Seat is Jesus Christ covering our sins. He was the propitiation for us. The Cherubims of Glory are related to God’s throne where His Glory is manifested. His mercy brings us His glory for it covers our sins and the effects of sin. And it is a place of rest where His children find peace. Christ Himself is God’s resting place. What a wonderful God who takes our burdens and sins away. Because of the Mercy Seat we can now fellowship with God and call Him our friend.

“By His own blood . . . [He] obtained
eternal redemption for us”
Hebrews 9:12


Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Day 174

“God is love, and all who live in love
live in God, and God lives in them”
1 John 4:16

It’s God’s love that overcame and conquered us. He poured His love into our sinful hearts. He pursued us down the alleys of life and was there in our darkness and rebellion. It mattered not where we ran and hid. It mattered not how wicked and vile we had become. He was there. He would not let go.

God is a God of love. He wills nothing but good. He yearns and longs for those He has chosen. The love of God is unfathomable. We cannot grasp it. His love is all that is right and perfect and all that makes happy. He revealed His love to win our hearts through His Son Jesus Christ. And Jesus willingly stood the shame of the cross to gain us. This is the heart of our Father.

Christ’s love controls us. He has poured that love into us through His Holy Spirit. And He gave us this love to give to others. Imagine that! He has entrusted us with His love. His great wisdom is that we pour out that very love He has given us so others will increase. And we will increase as we give that love. His glory is then known by this love.

“Whatever we do, it is because
Christ’s love controls us”
2 Corinthians 5:14


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Day 64

“Having loved His own, which were in the
world, He loved them unto the end”
John 13:1

People like to paint rosy pictures of the Last Supper, but it wasn’t that way. The disciples loved Jesus, but their faith in Him as the Savior was beginning to be indecisive. There were a range of emotions present; they were sad because Jesus was departing, ashamed because Jesus had to wash their feet and they did not wait on Him. They were also distressed because one of them was a betrayer and another was going to deny Christ. In many ways all of them would be ensnared because of Him (they disappeared when He was on the cross). But,He loved them deeply.

Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit. Yet, He loved them as His own and He loved them unto the end. His is a greater love that is unconditional, faithful and never leaves us. Yes, ‘us’ because we are also His. It is a love that has no reference to time. It is a powerful love that keeps us and delivers us to our final glory in Him.

How great a love is this? “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8). It is a love of preservation. It is a love of deliverance. By His love He guarantees our vindication so that we will stand guiltless before Him. What comfort we can take in Christ, the hope of our glory.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen
and protect you from the evil one”
2 Thessalonians 3:3