Marvelous Grace

Scripture:  Gal. 2:20, Phil. 1:21

Grace!  Where would we be without it?  Answer – LOST, without hope, struggling in our self-efforts.  But aren’t you glad we have a great God?  Full of grace and mercy, loving us so much He gave His own son to die for us to give us eternal life and abundant life.  That’s the ultimate love and grace.

Last week I said we have two matchless resources of grace which determine the character of Christian living and guarantees its success.

THINK ABOUT THIS:

1)  CHRIST’S INDWELLING 

Gal. 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

This Person lives in me (KNOW IT—CLAIM IT!).  You are a different person.  Christ is your supernatural resource of living life.  You have a new incentive in life—above all else, you want to please Him.  You have the privilege to let Him live His life through you.

2)  THE HOLY SPIRIT’S IN-WORKING

Look what the Holy Spirit does:

  • Convicts, teaches Lk. 12:12 “For the Holy Spirit will teach you…”
  • Instructs, guides Jn. 16:13 “He will guide you into all truth..”
  • Directs, comforts Jn. 14:16 “..He will give you another Helper..”

God ends our “law-controlled days; we don’t live under rules and regulations.

WHAT IS LIVING IN GRACE?

It is to draw constantly upon this resource, having complete confidence in Christ that He is willing and able to control every phase of my life.  It’s “STAYING ON HIS SIDE,” (check out last week) and in His favor where grace continuously operates.

REMEMBER THIS:

This is what grace does:

Eph. 2:8,9 – it saves us

Eph. 2:1 – it gives us life

Rom. 3:24 – it justifies us

Jude 2 – we are kept by grace

Phil 1:6 – it sustains us

I Cor. 6:11 – it sanctifies us

Gal. 5:16 – helps us to walk in the Spirit

Grace sets us FREE and grace SUSTAINS us in a continuous experience of freedom.

LET’S BRING IT HOME!

It all boils down to one big question: “Do I want Christ to control my life or do I prefer to run my own life?  

If I choose “ME,” I’m doomed to failure, defeat and heartache.

If I choose “CHRIST,” I get rid of the “I” and now use “WE” – He and I living a joint life:  I in Him and He in me!

Perhaps our motto should be:

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”

Phil. 1:21 

With God’s enabling grace—this will happen. 

Dear Father,

Help us to live so that we never put “I” back in the saddle.

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