Enjoying The Grace Of God – Part Ten

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"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths" (Prov 3:5).

Our walk of faith requires that we must always trust in God (that means we believe Him).  You will be tempted to doubt again, but you must counter it with faith.  If there were no propensity to doubt, then there would be no need to exercise faith.  But we are told that "the righteous shall live by faith..." (Rom 1:17).

There are two types of children.  Children of Adam (which we all were by birth) and Children of Abraham (who we become by faith).  The Spiritual Children of Abraham are the Chosen Ones of God.  They are the heirs of the blessings of Abraham through Jesus Christ (Gal 3:29).  They are the ones who will inherit the Kingdom of God.

If we doubt God's words, we show ourselves to be Children of Adam, who doubted and disobeyed God, when he and Eve listened to Satan in the Garden.  We show that we too are carnal.  But the carnal mind cannot comprehend the things of God nor inherit the Kingdom of Heaven (Rom 8:6-8, 1 Cor 2:14).  So, having faith isn't a good idea nor option, it is the only way to live!

"And without faith, it is impossible to please God.  For he that comes to Him must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Heb 11:6).

My dear, many more trials and temptations will come your way, but consider them testing of your faith, to grow it and your character (Jam 1:2-4).  Don't see them as an excuse to sin or cause to give up...because at these points we show whose children we really are, whether the Children of Promise or of Disobedience, who are reserved for judgement.  So whatever comes your way, keep the Faith and remain faithful.

Remember that you are not on your own.  Jesus promised that He will never leave nor forsake us, but will be with us even til the end of the age (Heb 13:5-6Matt 28:20).  Believe this.  Believe that He is always with you in your trials and tribulations, even as He was in the lion's den with Daniel.  Your trials are accomplishing a holy purpose, so take joy in that (Rom 5:3-5).  And remember also that His grace is sufficient for you...(2 Cor 12:9)

So, Brethren, do not worry about tomorrow (Matt 6:34).  Be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6).  Take it one day at a time.  Whether in the light or in the dark, trust in the Lord.  Honour Him with faithfulness and obedience, especially when it is hardest...for your faith was given for such times...

Be courageous.  Be of good cheer because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33)!  Even in tribulation, REJOICE (Phil 4:4)!

Live as one who knows that they have found the Pearl of great price (Matt 13:45-46)!  Live as one who knows the Giver of Life and all good things (Jam 1:17).  Live as one who knows that their God is able, and NOTHING is too difficult for Him (Jer 32:27; Gen 18:14).  Have joy in this; that He calls you a Friend and His Child (John 15:15, John 1:12), and that your name is written in His Book of Life (Luke 10:20)!

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Psa 37:4-5).

Do not be afraid to ask of Him, that your joy may be full (John 16:24).  He said that He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).  Do not think too little of our God.  Like little children, ask and you shall receive (Matt 7:7-8; Matt 21:22).  Seek and you shall find.  Knock and the door shall be opened to you.

"Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?  Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Matt 7:9-11).

God came that you may enjoy such an intimate relationship with Him.  He wants to give you good things.  He wants to show you His power, love and favour.  He wants to reveal His grace and goodness to the world through you...  So, ask what His will is in everything, and for the grace to walk in it, and it shall be well with you.

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (Jam 1:5)

Finally, I pray that "...the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit will abide with you, now and forever more" (2 Cor 13:14).  Amen!

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