Thursday, 15 March 2012

Be strengthened by grace!

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." Rom. 5:1,2

Stand in grace

God has made provision for man to stand in His undeserved favour! By depending on Christ's righteousness, the believer is made right with God and is able to enter into God's gift of love. Having removed the barrier of hostility, Jesus invites the believer to participate in God and to be a partaker of His divine nature. Once the believer enters God's favour by faith, he can stand in God's grace, enjoying the pleasure of God and the Father's delight in His child. 

 Grace reigns

 Once the believer learns to dwell in God's grace, the Lord's grace can reign in the believer. Paul writes that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace reigns through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:21). The believer therefore reigns in life as he remains in grace and God's grace reigns in his life! 

Strengthened by grace

God wants us to understand what He has freely given us in Christ! As the believer receives revelation of this wonderful truth by the Spirit of God (see 1 Cor. 2:12), he can stand in grace, allow grace to reign and be strengthened by God's favour! 

"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." 2 Tim. 2:1

Grace for holiness
When the believer stands in grace and grace is reigning in his life, he can find grace to be strengthened in life and overcome all the obstacles of the enemy. It is this grace that "teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and wordly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright lives in this present age." (Titus 2:11,12)

The throne of grace

The believer is encouraged to approach the throne of grace with confidence, to receive mercy and find grace in his time of need (Heb.4:16). It is therefore the knowledge and experience of God's unconditional love and favour that strengthens us and encourages us to persevere in holiness and righteousness. It is God's kindness to us that leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4) and places the desire in our hearts to live to please God - not to earn favour but because we have been lavished with His love and receive His favour despite our short-comings! 

The greater the revelation of God's grace and love, 
the more we are filled with Him and desire to live for Him  
(see Eph. 3:17-19)

Child of God, approach the throne of grace with confidence. Enter the grace of God and let His grace reign in your life through Christ's righteousness. Be strengthened and encouraged by God's grace so that you can overcome temptation and live a holy life that is pleasing to God.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift to us!

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