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Humility + Faith = Grace


God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.

(James 4:6 and Romans 5:2)

Thus far in our daily meditations on growing in the grace of God, we have examined various areas of biblical truth, such as: the Old Covenant of law, the New Covenant of grace, God’s sufficiency for godly living, living by the promises of God, and Old Testament saints who lived by God’s grace. Now, we return to an extended consideration of how we avail ourselves of the glorious riches of God’s grace. As noted earlier in our studies, God’s grace is accessed through humility and faith.

If we desire to live by God’s grace, we must be willing to renounce pride and to walk in humility. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The Lord is opposed to the path of self-sufficiency. When we pridefully assume that we can produce the kind of life God calls us to live, spiritual progress is prevented. Humility involves agreeing with God’s pronouncements concerning our inadequacies. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 3:5). The person who is willing to walk humbly before the Lord has an accurate understanding of our comprehensive need for the Lord to work in and through our lives. “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Along with humility regarding ourselves, God wants us to walk in faith regarding Him. The Lord wants to work in our lives by His incomparable grace. Faith accesses grace: “through whom [Jesus] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.” The Lord is pleased by the path of “Christ-dependency.” Whenever we face any issue of life by faith in Jesus Christ, we are drawing upon the abounding grace of the Lord. When we dependently accept that God can produce the kind of life He calls us to live, spiritual progress is assured. Faith involves agreeing with God’s pronouncements that He is our adequacy: “but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5). The person who is willing to walk in faith toward the Lord has an accurate understanding of God’s comprehensive ability to work in and through our lives. “He who abides in Mebears much fruit” (John 15:5).

Also, as noted earlier, humility and faith are relational realities. Neither can be produced by us. They are not the result of human labor. They can only develop as an increasing reality through a growing relationship with the Lord Jesus.

The storm is over

Let’s pray..

Dear Lord, I humbly admit my own insufficiency to produce the life You want me to live. Nevertheless, I confidently confess Your grace as my sufficient resource for abundant fruitfulness. Lord, I want to know You better, that humility and faith might be growing realities in my life,

Amen.

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Leave it to God


I have always believed Vengence is God’s and my pastor confirmed that to me last Sunday.

Luke 17:2 “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

God takes the persecution of His children personally. In Acts 9:4 when Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and spoke to him about his persecution of the saints, Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Saul was not directly persecuting Jesus but he was persecuting His saints. Yet Jesus said, “Why are you persecuting me?” Judgment against those who persecute God’s children will not always come in time to prevent their harm but as this warning makes very clear, God will avenge His own (Rom. 12:19).

Letting God be the one who defends us is a matter of faith. If there is no God who will bring men into account for their actions, then turning the other cheek would be the worst thing we could do. But if there is a God who promises that vengeance is His, and He will repay, then taking matters into our own hands shows a lack of faith in God and His integrity.

We are not to take matters into our own hands and defend ourselves.

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (from Dt. 32:35-36; Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). Striving to vindicate self actually shows a lack of faith in God keeping this promise. It also indicates spiritual “nearsightedness” which is only looking at the present moment instead of seeing things in view of eternity.

Even as Christ did not come to condemn the world and is not holding men’s sins against them, even so, we have been given the same ministry of reconciliation. For those who do not receive the love we extend to them but rather take advantage of us because of our “turning the other cheek,” God will repay.

FAITH


One of my favourite definitions of Faith is “our response to God’s ability, made complete by our actions”. Simple, clear and precise, nothing more.

I have a very big problem with people who make faith look like it is a future thing, Faith is present and continuous. It is about NOW.

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Let’s examine this instance from Luke.

Luke 8:45,

“And Jesus said, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, ‘Master, the multitude throng thee, and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?'”

The multitudes were thronging Jesus. That is, they were compressing, and crowding in on all sides, so it seems strange that He would ask, “Who touched me?” Many people were physically touching Jesus, but this woman touched His power by faith. Many people in the crowd probably needed healing, but this person is the only one mentioned who received. The difference was the touch of faith. 

If it was simply Jesus’ willingness to heal that determined whether or not the healing took place, then all of the sick in this multitude would have been healed. This instance illustrates that it’s not prayer that saves the sick, but rather the prayer of faith that saves the sick (Jas. 5:15). 

Healing is governed by law and not by a case by case decision from God based on His feelings toward us. This woman received her healing by the law of faith before Jesus knew anything about her. Impassioned pleas to God will not obtain the miracle we seek. Although Jesus is touched by our feelings, it requires faith. It’s not because Jesus doesn’t know our needs or hear our cries that miracles don’t happen, but rather it’s because very few know how the law of faith works. 

One of the main differences between a God-kind of faith and a natural, human faith, which everyone has, is that human faith believes only what it can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel. God’s kind of faith believes in things that cannot be seen. You must believe that you receive your answer “when you pray” – not when you see the thing you’ve desired. Simply put, faith is our response to God’s ability, made complete by our actions. Trust Him completely and, because you believe, your actions will follow.

Watch your words!!


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Matthew 12:34-37, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in the earth by His words (Heb. 11:3). The whole creation was made by, and responds to, words. Our words, when spoken in faith, release either life or death (Prov. 18:21) and will affect people, things, and circumstances. We can release the power that is in faith by our words.

Every word counts. There is no such things as an “idle” word which will not work for us or against us. Our words can be our most powerful weapon against the devil, or they can become a snare of the devil (Prov. 6:2). Faith-filled words can move mountains.

The faith that made Jesus marvel was a faith in the authority of the spoken word (Mt. 8:8, 10). We are to believe in the power of our words. If we begin to speak words in faith that line up with God’s Word, then we will have the positive results that follow. But if we continue to speak words of doubt, we will eventually believe them and have the negative things that these words produce. Death or life are in the power of every word we speak.

Faith is released by speaking words. Jesus encouraged us to speak to mountains or to whatever our problem might be. Most people speak to God about their problem, but few follow Jesus’ instructions and speak directly to the “mountain.” God has put certain things under our authority and we must exercise it. When a problem stands in our way, we must speak to the problem and command it to get out of our way in the name of Jesus. Speak God’s Word today. His Words will produce life.

Are you usable?


“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men].” JOHN 2:18-25..

This was the first time Jesus had ministered in Jerusalem. Multitudes believed on Him when they saw the miracles He performed (v. 23). This looked like a perfect opportunity for Jesus to take these people and use them to spread the news far and wide that He was the Christ. Instead Jesus did just the opposite. He didn’t want people proclaiming His gospel in their own ability.

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This reveals an attitude of Jesus which is lacking among many Christians today. Jesus is more concerned with the quality of ministry than the quantity of ministry. In contrast, today’s Christians often feel that “the end justifies the means.”

We take new converts and place them in leadership–which is directly opposed to the Bible’s instructions (1 Tim. 3:6). Many times movie stars or other famous people who have come to the Lord are made spokesmen for the Christian faith. This works to the harm of these people and the Body of Christ as a whole.

Some of you can’t understand why the Lord hasn’t used you, but rest assured the Lord is using everyone who is usable. Instead of looking at the need and begging God to use you, take a hard look at yourself and ask the Lord to make you usable.

 

Calling the things that are NOT…


Yesterday I heard of a story where a certain guy had been working hard for a promotion in his job but couldn’t get it. He tried so much to impress his bosses but to no avail. He also prayed about it. So this guy took it to another level; he began tithing based on the position he had been working so hard for…

Well, if you don’t know the rest of the story; in summary this is now one of the richest people in the world now. Gents and ladies, there is faith that moves God!!

Faith as defined in Hebrews 11; is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. In other words, it is calling the things that are not as though they are. Of course this doesn’t make sense to non-believers, and I’m afraid to some believers. The irony is this. You believe Jesus is the son of God, right? Then why do you stop there? If you really believe He is the son of God who died to atone for your sins, then why not believe everything else that pertains to that? The word tells us that we have received of His fullness, grace for grace. I cannot even begin defining HIS fullness!! If we exercised even a little of His fullness, I need not mention how much exploits we will witness. Christianity in itself is by faith. Nobody has seen Christ but by faith we believe He was, is and will forever be with us. That is why we are proud to be associated with Christ.

See, most of us like to eat a little piece of the pie! And you know what the problem is? A certain friend of mine told me ‘it’s too good to be true’. Their minds have been corrupted to think good things come to those who must work hard. My Bible tells me good things come to those who believe. That is not to imply we must not work hard! No. It is to mean that even against the prevailing conditions, the grace of God, by faith is abundant for us…who believe.

Faith is the most important element in a Christian’s life. It is what distinguishes us as believers. There are those with little faith and those with weak faith. Little faith is as a result of lack of knowledge of the word. Weak faith is a result of failure of exercising the word of God regarding you. I believe most of us are in the latter category. We know the truth but fail to act on it. Do you know what they call someone who knows the truth but does not act on it? They call him/her a fool. In fact in Law, it is an offense warranting punishment. I even believe God will be disappointed witchu for knowing who you are in relation to Him but still living in anguish, sorrow, poverty, failure etc. You will stand more accountable than that person who never knew at all.

Everyone has been dealt a certain measure of faith. The kind of lifestyle you want to live depends on the level at which you are willing to exercise your faith. Let us desire to furnish ourselves with the word of God by reading and meditating upon it. I trust that the more of the word we read, the more we get acquainted with our rights in Christ. Then we shall get the confidence to grow our little faith and strengthen our weak faith.

I believe in Mark 11:22-24!!

Begin calling the things that are not as though they are; cause in reality THEY ARE!!

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