Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

12 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                           Even More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit

He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering . . . . (Joh_15:5 and Gal_5:22)

As we abide in Christ, spiritual fruit develops in our lives. This occurs through the work of the Holy Spirit, applying the grace resources of God to our inner man. This spiritual produce then appears as godly character in us.

Love is the primary indication that we are trusting the Lord to bring forth fruit in us. “The fruit of the Spirit is love.” In fact, some see love as the singular fruit, with joy, peace, etc. as aspects of that love. This is divine love (“agape” love), a love that flows from the heart of God. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God” (1Jn_4:7). Such love is not stirred by the “loveability” of the object. It is a unique, heavenly love available only from the Lord.

“The fruit of the Spirit is . . . joy.” Joy is gladness of heart, an inner spiritual happiness that does not depend upon circumstances. It is a spiritual delight in the Lord that is always available, no matter what is happening around us. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Php_4:4).

“The fruit of the Spirit is . . . peace.” This peace is related to a cessation of hostility between parties. It affects our relationship with the Lord. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom_5:1). It also impacts our relationship with others. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both [i. e., Jew and Gentile] one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us” (Eph_2:14). This peace also involves a spiritual calm and tranquility within our hearts. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Php_4:6-7).

“The fruit of the Spirit is . . . longsuffering.” Longsuffering would include patience and forbearance. It would embrace a willingness to forgive and to not seek vengeance. “Put on . . . longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another” (Col_3:12-13).

Note carefully; we do not produce these qualities by our capabilities. This fruit is a work of God in us: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering.”

Prayer:

O Lord, my hope and my sufficiency, I readily confess that at times I am unloving, joyless, strife-torn, or impatient. Lord Jesus, I want to abide in You. Please work in me by Your Holy Spirit. Bring forth increasingly in my life this beautiful spiritual crop of Christlikeness. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


11 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                        More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (Joh_15:4-5)

Although these verses do not mention grace, they are a classic biblical explanation of grace bringing forth fruit in lives. The language depicts an actual vineyard, where fruit grows on branches that are properly related to a vine. Then, this physical reality is applied figuratively to spiritual fruit developing in our lives, if we are relating correctly to Jesus.

In this teaching, our Lord reminds us that literal branches are not able to produce fruit themselves. “The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.” We are spiritual branches, so we will not be able to produce fruit either. “Neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” In fact, our potential for manufacturing genuine spiritual fruit is zero. “Without Me you can do nothing.” The best we could ever hope to produce would be religious, wax fruit. Such would come from our fleshly attempts to appear godly or effective. People may be fooled by this, but God never will be. Furthermore, people cannot be edified by partaking of such, and God cannot be glorified.

True fruit results from the ongoing development of life. Life is only innate to vines, not branches. For a grape to develop on any grape branch, the life of the vine must flow into, and work within, the branch. So it is with us. “I am the vine, you are the branches.” This distinction is vital. We must never forget the difference, if we desire to bear fruit. The life we need for fruitfulness is in Him, not in us.

How do we avail ourselves of that life which is essential for fruit? “Abide in Me, and I in you.” We are to look to Jesus for life, counting on Him to live in and through us. Then, His life, working in us, brings forth Christlike fruit. How do we know if we are abiding? If we are willing to depend upon Jesus for spiritual fruit as a grape branch relies upon its vine for grapes, then we are truly abiding in Christ. Such dependency brings valid expectation for great measures of Christlikeness to be developing in and through our lives. “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.”

This is clearly grace at work, as seen in the relational realities of humility and faith. Humility is operating as we acknowledge”without Me you can do nothing.” Faith is exercised as we believe” that He who abides in Me . . . bears much fruit.”

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, my true vine, I humbly agree with You that I cannot produce spiritual fruit on my own. I admit that apart from You at work in me, I could never manifest any genuine godliness. So, with great expectation I look to You to provide the life I need for much fruitfulness, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


10 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                  Grace and Spiritual Fruit

The word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. (Col_1:5-6)

The Lord wants His children to have significant measures of spiritual fruit developing in their lives. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (Joh_15:8). Fruit is described in the scriptures in various ways. It includes godly character qualities. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . ” (Gal_5:22). Also, it involves worship offered to God. “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb_13:15). Additionally, it encompasses lives being touched by our ministry to them. “I often planned to come to you . . . that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles” (Rom_1:13).
Such spiritual fruit is a consequence of God’s grace at work in and through our lives. Col_1:5-6 addresses this fact. “The word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you . . . is bringing forth fruit.” The good news of Jesus Christ not only brings forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life, it also produces fruit in those who believe. All of this is grace operating in trusting hearts. “Since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.”

Rom_7:4 describes this same glorious process, using different terms. “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another, even to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.” In order to bear fruit unto the Lord, we had to first be released from our dead relationship to the law. We could not perform effectively under that demanding standard. Thus, our lives were spiritually fruitless before God. Next, we needed to be joined in a new, living relationship with the risen Christ, that we might partake of His grace resources for living. We have experienced both through faith in the Lord Jesus. Now the risen Christ works by His grace in and through our lives, as we humbly depend upon Him.

Yes, the grace of God is His designated dynamic for producing spiritual fruit in our everyday lives.

Prayer:

Lord God of my salvation, thank You for the glorious message of the gospel. What good news it is to have forgiveness, eternal life, and daily transformation through Your grace. I embrace Your will that I bear much fruit . Lord Jesus, I rejoice that You have taken me out from under the law. I now look to You, the risen Lord, to bring forth spiritual fruit in and through my life, in Your exalted name, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


9 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                  Reflecting on Grace: Humility and Faith

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich . . . Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God . . . If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. (2Co_8:9, 2Co_3:5, Rom_10:17 and Luk_9:23)

Let’s take a reflective look at humility and faith. We have repeatedly encountered these two relational realities. This is to be expected, since “God . . . gives grace to the humble” (Jas_4:6), and “we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (Rom_5:2).

In our first devotional study, humility and faith were evident. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” In order for Jesus to rescue us from our desperate situation, He had to become poor. When He hung on the cross for us, He took the spiritual poverty of our sin and guilt upon Himself. What a humbling picture of our innate spiritual condition. Basically, we had to agree with the Lord, humbling ourselves before Him, asking for His help. Additionally, faith was involved. We had to believe that through this death on our behalf, we could become spiritually rich, that is, forgiven of sin and righteous in His sight.

Humility and faith were later seen as vital for walking in this new life in Christ. “Not that we are sufficientof ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” The adequacy we need for Christian living does not originate in us. Actually, we must not think of “anything as being from ourselves.” How humbling to learn, even as born again believers, that we need the Lord in everything. Then, how do we find the necessary adequacy? This is where faith pertains. “Our sufficiency is from God.” This is truth that we are to believe.

When we examined Christian discipleship, humility and faith again appeared. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luk_9:23). Jesus’ call to come and follow Him can only be received by those who will say, “No to self” and “Death to self.” This is humiliating to the self-life, to think it is not good enough, to admit that it belongs on the cross. This is especially humbling when we see that these are to be our daily confessions. The rest of the issue is settled by faith, trusting in Jesus each step of every day.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, give me this perspective on the Christian life. Teach me, Lord, touch my heart, that I might be willing to walk humbly before You day by day. Build my faith, Lord, that I might turn to You in dependence step by step throughout each day. Father, I humbly trust in You to do this work in my life, through Christ, my Lord, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


8 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                                       More on Faith and Grace

The just shall live by faith . . . So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God . . . I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him. (Rom_1:17, Rom_10:17, and 2Ti_1:12)

The entire Christian walk is designed to be lived by faith. “The just shall live by faith.” Every step of every day, every issue that we face is to be addressed in reliance upon the Lord. This path of trust accesses the grace that God desires to shower upon us. Remember, faith is what corresponds with grace. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace” (Rom_4:16). Trying our hardest does not ensure God’s grace working in and though us. Attempting to be passive does not bring forth a display of His grace. However, humbly trusting in the Lord, whether taking action or patiently waiting, will always result in His grace undertaking for us.

Yet, how does one specifically learn to live by faith? Rom_10:17 is very helpful here. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” As we get into the scriptures, desiring to hear from the Lord, faith has opportunity to grow. Through the word, God speaks to us about Himself and His ways. He tells us His plans and purposes. He provides insights into reality. He drives away illusions and misconceptions. He offers promises and assurances. As we are thereby getting to know who the Lord is and what He wants to do, we are stirred to trust Him to work these matters into our lives. We face trials or opportunities, and we trust Him to be faithful. We learn of our own inadequacy and are driven to His sufficiency. We look to the Lord in daily personal issues, and He proves faithful. Through it all, our faith continues to grow in response to what the Lord is revealing to us and is doing for us. This is God’s grace at work, because His word is”the word of His grace” (Act_20:32).

This process illustrates the relational reality of faith. Faith is not something we can produce. It results from getting to know the Lord more and more. Paul spoke of this pattern in part of his testimony. “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him” (2Ti_1:12). As the years passed, Paul was getting acquainted with the Lord in whom he had first believed. Then, as this relationship with Christ developed, Paul was increasingly convinced of his master’s ability to handle any matter that he would entrust into His hands. All the while, this faith that was developing in Paul was drawing upon the resources of God’s grace.

Prayer:

O Lord, my God,I want to live daily by faith in You. Please work in my heart a growing appetite for Your word, that my faith may develop, as I am hearing from You. Forgive me for taking matters into my own hands and not looking to You. Show me situations that I need to entrust to You. This I humbly pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


7 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                                          Faith and Grace

Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand . . . therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace . . . the just shall live by faith. (Rom_5:2, Rom_4:16, and Rom_1:17)

As noted previously, faith accesses the grace of God. “Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.” When we trusted in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were born again and enjoyed our initial access to grace. God’s intends for His children to continue accessing grace day by day throughout their years of growth and service here on earth. Every time that we face any matter in our lives with dependence upon the Lord Jesus, we are drawing from the bottomless ocean of God’s grace. Thereby, His grace becomes our resource for living.

The resources of God’s grace cannot be earned, deserved, or produced by man. They must be freely provided by the Lord. From beginning to end, the saving, rescuing, transforming work of God’s grace is “the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph_2:8-9). This truth highlights the strategic nature of faith. Only faith accords with grace. “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace.” Faith alone is compatible with grace. Any other approach will not fit with grace.

This marks another profound distinction between law and grace. “Yet the law is not of faith, but ‘The man who does them shall live by them‘ ” (Gal_3:12). The law is about performance. Those who live by the law are left to their own resources to work up a life that measures up to the perfect standards of God. Those who daily put their faith in the Lord Jesus for the issues of life access grace for godly living.

It is God’s will that we live our entire lives by faith, which accesses grace. “The just shall live by faith.” This truth is comprehensive. It applies to every aspect of our lives. When we arise in the morning, entrust the day into the Lord’s care and guidance.

As we communicate with our families, depend upon Jesus for love and patience. In our drive to the office, pray in faith concerning the opportunities and challenges that may await us. If a crisis develops unexpectedly, immediately cry out to the Lord for peace and direction. When times of Bible study and worship approach, exercise faith toward God to make them spiritually genuine and personally effective. Whatever, whenever, whoever,” The just shall live by faith.”

Prayer:

Dear faithful Lord, I long to live by faith more and more as each day dawns. I see that this is the only way I can access Your glorious grace. Lord, I need Your grace constantly. No other resource will suffice. Too often I am striving by my best performance. What weariness and failure always results. Show me the areas of my life where I am not trusting in You, that I might look to You anew. In Your gracious name I pray, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


6 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                              More on Humility and Grace

Be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” . . . And whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (1Pe_5:5 and Mat_23:12)

The Lord wants humility to be the spiritual attire that adorns our character. “Be clothed with humility.” This is crucial, since “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We cannot live by grace unless we are willing to walk in humility. Any other approach is some form of pride, which always meets God’s resistance. These are absolutes that every person must face. “Whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The scriptures describe numerous individuals who demonstrate these truths.

Nebuchadnezzar, exalted himself. “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” (Dan_4:30). God opposed this self-exaltation by driving the king out into the fields to eat grass like an animal. Eventually, this banished king looked to heaven, and the Lord restored him to the throne. Then, magnifying the true King, he proclaimed the great lesson he had learned. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven . . . And those who walk in pride He is able to abase” (Dan_4:37).

Manasseh, while king in Jerusalem, also exalted himself. He did so in a most wicked manner, polluting God’s temple with idolatry. “He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD . . . He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God” (2Ch_33:5, 2Ch_33:7). In doing so, he enticed the people of God into untold abominations. “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2Ch_33:9). As a consequence of this prideful rebellion, the Lord had Manasseh taken away captive into Babylon. Then, he humbled himself before God. In spite of the king’s arrogant disobedience, the Lord heard his prayer and restored him to the throne. “Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom.” (2Ch_33:12-13)

Truly, everyone who lifts himself up in pride will be brought low. Conversely, any person who walks in humility will be lifted up to liberation and blessing.

Prayer:

Dear King of heaven and earth, I am convicted of times when I behaved proudly, like these two kings. That has always led to my spiritual defeat and bondage. I thank You for drawing my heart toward humility. I humbly turn to You to pour out Your grace upon me, as You did upon them. Through Christ I pray, Amen

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


5 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                     Humility and Grace

Be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pe_5:5)

We have considered that humility and faith must be developing within our lives, if we are going to grow in grace. Let’s take a few days to reconsider each, looking first at humility. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Pride leads the list of things that God despises. “These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue . . . . ” (Pro_6:16-17). God wants our lives to be edified; pride is destructive. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). The Lord desires that people be established in truth; pride is deceptive. “The pride of your heart has deceived you” (Oba_1:3). It is God’s will that lives grow in things that are honorable; pride brings disgrace. “When pride comes, then comes shame” (Pro_11:2). Our Lord does not want His name dishonored or our lives destroyed by pride.

On the other hand, humility is a character trait that God loves to develop in us. This can be observed by the terms God uses in His word when addressing humility. “Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (Pro_16:19). The Lord reveals that we are better off being a humble person, who associates with modest people, than to partake of the wealth that the arrogant can often accumulate.

Also the Lord says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mat_5:3). Here we are told that humility is a blessing, because the spiritual realm of God’s rule and God’s provisions are given to the humble.

Elsewhere God revealed, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa_57:15). Although our Lord is most fully revealed in His heavenly abode on high, He also dwells with humble and broken lives on earth below, in order to bring them spiritual revitalization.

Of course, we cannot manufacture humility. It is a relational reality. It results from getting to know the Lord. Isaiah discovered this. “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up . . . Then I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone’! ” (Isa 6:1,5). When the Lord was revealed in all His glory, Isaiah responded in profound humility. This can be happening in our lives, as we get into the scriptures, seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord. As He is increasingly revealed to us, our response will be more humility.

Prayer:

O God Most High, I repent of those many times when pride was the despicable attitude that I displayed. Lord, teach me to despise pride as You do. Stir in my heart a growing appreciation of humility. I desire to be clothed with humility. I humbly seek You afresh that I might live by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


4 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                         Living by Grace: Humility and Faith

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble . . . through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand. (Jas_4:6 and Rom_5:2)

How does a believer in Jesus Christ access the ongoing, sanctifying grace of God for daily godliness? It is accessed the same way that the initial, justifying grace of God was acquired – – by humility and faith. We were justified, declared righteous in God’s sight, when we humbly trusted in the Lord Jesus. We humbly agreed with the Lord’s account of our guilty condition. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . For the wages of sin is death” (Rom_3:23; Rom_6:23). We also put our trust in Christ concerning His offer of life (based upon His death and resurrection on our behalf). “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom_6:23). Thereby we partook of the justifying grace of God, through humility and faith.This is how the Lord wants us to continue to relate to Him for sanctifying grace.

Our God wants us to walk in humility, because grace is what we need for growth in godly living. Remember this great truth of grace: “But grow in the grace . . . of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2Pe_3:18). If we are unwilling to walk in humility, we will not enjoy this wondrous sanctifying impact of grace, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” When we live by self-sufficiency, God’s resists us. When we function in humility, God gives us grace for living.

Our God also wants us to walk in faith, because faith accesses grace. “Through whom [Christ] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.” We now stand in a kingdom that offers “grace upon grace” (Joh_1:16). Abundant grace is available for every step we are to take. This grace is partaken of by faith. Whenever we trust in the Lord Jesus concerning any issue of life, we are reaching by faith into God’s unlimited resources of grace, by which we are enabled to live effectively.

Hereby we see that living by grace involves two relational realities: humility and faith. We do not produce either. Neither are a work. Humility admits we cannot do the work (of being holy, loving, perfect). Faith relies upon the work of another, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are both relational realities, since they become real in our lives through a growing relationship with the Lord. The more we get to know the Lord Jesus Christ, to that degree humility and faith will become realities in our lives.

Prayer:

O Lord, You are my salvation, from justification throughout a lifetime of sanctification. Forgive me for underestimating my need for You. Forgive me concerning the self-sufficient, self-confident ways by which I have often lived. I humble myself before You. I want to live by trust and confidence in You. I long to live by Your grace, not by my best efforts. Help me to know You, that humility and faith might develop in my life, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 February 2017 Verse of the Day

Today’s VOTD comes from Day-By-Day By Grace from the pen of Bob Hoekstra.

                                                                 Access to Grace

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all . . . And God is able to make all grace abound toward you. (2Co_8:9, 2Co_9:8, and Rev_22:21)

We have seen that abundant grace is available from the Lord, not only for justification, but also for sanctification. Yet, how does a person access the sanctifying grace of God? How does one actually live day by day by grace? Soon, we will consider the two relational realities that God wants to develop in our lives that we might live daily by His grace. First, a reminder of where that grace is, and the ability upon which it all depends.

The grace we need is always found in a person, not a procedure. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ .” Consequently, in order to access this grace, we must be seeking after the person in whom the grace resides. No wonder that many of the letters of the New Testament end with “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” (Rev_22:21).

Our God is not one who wastes words. He does not speak vainly. Nor does He stand on human formalities. These repetitious conclusions are an emphasis from the heart of God. When all is stated on any subject to any people, the ongoing need will ever be that they learn to live by the grace that is found in Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, upon whose ability does the grace of God depend? We so easily become preoccupied with our own ability. “Will I be able to please and serve God?” “Will I be able to be an effective witness?” The focus of the word of God is on His ability, not ours. “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace” (Dan_3:17). “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him” (Heb_7:25). “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling” (Jud_1:24). “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph_3:20).

Concerning grace we may even be thinking, “Will I be able to live by God’s grace?”Again, God’s ability is the issue, not ours. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you.” If we are willing to rely upon the one who is able, God, we will experience His sanctifying grace abundantly in our lives.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, Teach me these great matters of access to Your grace. Remind me often that grace is found in Jesus. I confess my tendency to explain the Christian life by a formula, instead of by a person. Help me to remember that living by grace depends upon Your matchless ability. I admit my inclination to hope in my inept ability. So, Lord, I now look to You to abundantly pour out Your grace upon my life, through Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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