DEPENDING ON GOD'S GRACE

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Ephesians 5:25-27 …Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Sometimes when we don’t receive what we are praying for – like our healing, a new job, financial breakthrough, a marriage partner or even a child – we can’t help but think something must be wrong with us.  We know God is perfect and nothing is wrong with Him, we know His Word is infallible, so the only thing left is me – is something wrong with me?

When you think this way, that your breakthrough or miracle is dependent upon you and what you do, you are standing on shaky ground.

The Old Testament law was founded upon this “dependency upon man” – and that’s why the Law ultimately failed. But the New Testament brought a New Covenant which says Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it… He made the church holy, cleansing it with the Word of God and presents the church as radiant, without stain, without blemish, but holy and blameless.
 
This is your New Testament position in Christ – you are a holy, blameless, spotless child of God.
 
God knew humanity could never live up to the perfect requirements of the Law and at the right time, He ordained His Son to come to earth and to pay the price for all your debts. 

So your ability to stand right before God is not dependent upon what you do, but what Jesus did!  And when things don’t happen, when your prayers are not answered or your miracle hasn’t come through – if you are a child of God, the problem is not you, it’s not about depending upon yourself, but learning to patiently depend upon God’s grace.

All the blessings of God are not dependent upon you or what you do, but upon Christ and what He has done.  But when you think it is based on you or your ability to do certain things, that’s when you are taking your focus off Christ and onto yourself.     

How do I depend on God’s grace?  It’s by faith.

Faith is choosing to believe God.  It is choosing to believe His Word above what your situation or what your circumstances are saying.   The way you grow in God’s grace is by faith.  Every day continue to go to faith – choosing to believe what God says, what His Word says rather than your circumstances or feelings. 

2 Corinthians 5:7 says“Walk by faith, not by sight”.  In other words, choose to walk by faith and not your feelings.  Your feelings will betray you.  Your feelings will take you to worry, anxiety, fear (what Jesus calls a ‘troubled heart’ – John 14:1,27) and these are the enemies of your faith that block all your prayers.

The more you train yourself to walk by faith, the more natural it becomes and that’s when you will find yourself daily depending upon God.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Don’t become dependent upon yourself, but place all your dependency upon God’s grace for all your needs.