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Blog-Pastor-Dave Day 30 – Grace Upon Grace

Day 30 – Grace Upon Grace

Brother Lawrence said that “in the beginning we must faithfully act and renounce ourselves; and after that come only unspeakable delights. In times of difficulty we have no recourse but to Jesus Christ, to ask him for his grace that makes everything easy.”

At the start of our Christian journey, after making a total surrender to God, we set into place new life patterns – living faithfully before God and others, praying in simple faith, wrestling against sins, renouncing our self-centered ways, developing spiritual habits, aiming to please God in all we do, and so on.

These lead us down a pathway of liberty and joy!

Nonetheless, as a Christ follower, we also face challenges and difficulties. Our only hope is in Jesus Christ. We throw ourselves upon him. Seek his face. Lean hard upon his strong right arm. We learn how God’s grace makes everything easier.

David announced, “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (Psalm 18:29). Jesus affirmed, “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). Paul declared, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Grace upon grace is given to us (John 1:16).

Through God’s grace we are equipped to do an impossible task. Strengthened to carry out insurmountable responsibilities. Enabled to thrive in the midst of an irreconcilable relationship.

Through God’s grace we triumph over a tragic accident or injury. Endure a persistent illness. Make a difficult but right decision. Have the right words to say and the right attitude to say it.

Through God’s grace our unhealthy behaviors wither. Our doubts and fears dissipate. Our weeping turns to laughter. Our emotional wounds are healed.

The things we thought we could not do, we do through Christ. We accomplish the impossible with God on our side.

God’s grace – continuous and never depleted – makes everything in our lives easier.

Action Step: Say this aloud: “God’s grace makes everything easier.” Say it again: “God’s grace makes everything easier.” Ask God for grace. Believe it. Receive it. Rest in it.

This is God’s Word for you today,
Pastor Dave

 

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