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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.

COME JUST AS YOU ARE


Everything in life requires practice and what I’d call orientation. In sports, however skilled you are; if you haven’t trained well, you will not be able to give your best. Even in the corporate world, before I go to work I ensure I have eaten well and my mind is focused on giving my best at work. In fact when you get to the workplace, before you start your duties you ensure you have all the necessary documents, check e-mails, etcetera; so then you can embark on your duties. This is not the same with salvation. There is no pre-requisite to joining God’s family. Contrary to what people presume that you have to ‘get your act together’ and come to Christ. The Scripture actually says come with your issues…come disoriented ‘ye that are heavy laden’. How I wish I could go into an exam room just like that, without revision. That is the huge misconception amongst Christians – that there are some conditions you have to fulfill before you accept salvation. Most people think you have to be really set for it. In fact I hear people say ‘it is for people who have gone through hard stuff and then saw salvation as the last resort’. And when you get ‘there’ get prepared for a battle against temptations. That is NOT true.

I have always believed that all of us are saved and so it’s not something happening the 1st time…it’s just a matter of acknowledging that and confessing it. And I’ll stick to it albeit not sounding spiritual. Come being an addict of drugs, porn et al., and accept that Jesus took away all your infirmities. Within time, those worldly pleasures will lose meaning to you and will depart. It may not happen immediately but certainly you will start to witness transformation. You will be ‘losed’ and you realize you had been a slave all along… The sweetest part is that you don’t even put much effort (it’s by the grace of God). Why? Because it’s your spirit that is new. You are regenerated. So your body and actions will conform to the new you – Rom. 12:1-2. You become God’s righteousness. My heart had been for a long time slow to grasp this. But the moment I knew in reality that the same ability that worked in the dead body of Christ is at work within me, in my spirit, in my soul, in my body, then I realized that I AM DIFFERENT…as my pastor likes to say! I can’t fail because I am His workmanship through which the Mighty One is working. Then Rom. 8:11 confirmed this to me: “But if the Spirit of him that rose Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that rose Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

We are God’s Righteousness…wisdom, ability etc. It’s like somebody telling you something like ‘you are a genius, you are beautiful, or you are smart’…I don’t know about you but usually even if I know I am not, what I do is prove to them that I can be..I go work on that complement. See, that’s what God tells us when He says we are righteous. It’s according to Him. Your duty therefore after ‘coming as you are’, is to fit into that complement God has given you. God says you love; even your enemies. So begin to do exactly that; when He says your body is His temple, you treat your body exactly as that…so you don’t go indulging in things that don’t honour God’s temple! John 15:7 is yours now: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” – This is the only CONDITION.

As long as you deal in doubts and fears; as long as you sit in judgment on yourself, you will never arrive to this reality. You will never enjoy these things. People have preached condemnation and sin so long that people do not know how to preach righteousness and to tell the people what they are in Christ. That’s why you hear people openly confessing that life is hard – so sad. That’s the devil; he will try to make you confess weakness and failure and want. A child of God knows His daddy will always make them sufficiently supplied. You will always end up being what you confess so don’t let any external situation deny you your confession. I dare you to walk in the fullness of your privileges in Christ. Friends it’s as simple as that – and this is the gospel that needs to be preached. Don’t let anyone try to make you deny your confession.

Reminds me what pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy said…that me and God are the majority – Wow, what a confession!! Majority wins!!

Come as you are and begin to make these RIGHTEOUS confessions!

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