Growing in the Realization of Grace

There always remains a choice to follow?
There always remains a choice to follow?

Growing in the Realization of Grace

But the natural man does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. For, who has known the Lord’s mind, that he may instruct Him? (Isaiah 40:13) But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Be watchful! Be diligent! We should continue daily to ponder upon why and how we came to know and trust Christ! We should consider why and how we are to be separated from this world and its influence upon our lives! As we reflect through our watchfulness and diligence, we should also evaluate how we are truly living for God’s purposes in our life, and whether we are becoming the spiritual persons God desires of us.

Be fervent in moving forward! Our zealousness should help us to realize that in a short time we will receive our reward for the pursuit of pleasing the Lord with our lives, and thus have any reason to fear or be sad when this life ends. We should likewise invest in working a little now, knowing within us, we will have great rest later and find perpetual joy. If only we continue to be faithful and zealous in doing good, God will be faithful and liberal in rewarding us, because his grace is abundant and free to all who seek him with all their heart. Thus, we should hold onto our hope, because we are assured that the victory is certain, but we must not get careless, otherwise we may become negligent or even spiritually proud and miss out on the joy that awaits us.

Do not be anxious about our salvation, or wavering in fear and hope? Why go day to day oppressed with grief, because we are not certain of our salvation? Consider this: How should we react if the Lord spoke plainly and said, “Do what you would do if you were certain, and you will persevere!” Our faith should increase our confidence to believe that we should live as though we have the assurance without wondering and seeking constant confirmation each day.

God’s Word offers ample assurance for anyone who is anxious for “the hope of certainty.” Our faith in His Word should cause any fear to flee, and anxiousness to disappear. By faith, we should grow less curious each day, and our need to search further about our future should become less necessary. Instead, we should strive to understand what God’s will is in the starting and completing of every good work.

Psalm 21 is an example of having full assurance in God’s promises. “Lord, I find joy in your strength. How greatly I rejoice in your victory that you have given me in my life. I rejoice in that you have given me my heart’s desire and not denied the requests that I have uttered from my lips. And I know this to be true because you have met me with rich blessings. You have crowned my head, and have given me a full and rich life, lengthened my days forever and ever. My glory is great because of your victory in my life. Whatever honor and praise I have received is from you. Thus, I give you Lord all the honor and praise because of the mere joy I receive being your presence each day. Because I rely upon you my Most High Lord, I will never be shaken. Your strength anchors my feet in this life, and frees me from all fears.”

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With such a focus of faith in our daily walk with the Lord, our life should realize the improvements that please God when our heart’s desires become his desires. However, one thing that causes us to stumble in our spiritual progress is our extreme fear of the difficulty and the battle that it represents. Yet, those of us who find our way to go forward with courage in the face of these obstacles of pain and suffering, God’s grace is revealed to enable, empower and encourage us. Thus we come to realize, the greater the obstacle, the greater the sense of suffering, the greater revelation of God’s grace.

Of course, not everyone has the same number and types of things to overcome in their lives. And, those among us who have many things to overcome and are diligent in our efforts, will improve more in virtue than those of us who have few things to overcome, and are less fervent in the pursuit of virtue. Therefore, consider three things are needed for our spiritual improvement: (1) withdrawal violently from those things our human virtue is immorally threatened to be inclined towards; (2) work earnestly for the virtue that we most want, which is pleasing to God. But also, (3) always be careful and strenuous to avoid those things in ourselves that frequently displease us and others in our life.

When we recognize a good example of virtuous living, stir ourselves up and imitate that person so that we will benefit our spiritual progress, no matter at what stage we are at in that effort. Likewise, where we see anything that is evil – opposed to God’s will – be certain to not do the same; and if at any time we have done so, work diligently to change our ways. We should never forget, but always remember well that in the same way that we watch what others do, others watch what we do!

Finally, there is comfort to be among the assembly of God’s family. There should be great delight from observing the fervent, devout, well-mannered and disciplined lifestyles that abound in God’s family. But how sad and grieved we can feel when we witness the family of God revealing dissolute and disorderly lives, not applying their lives as they were called. How hurtful it is when any of us neglect the good purposes of our calling, individually and corporately; and we busy ourselves doing things that are not proper or beneficial to our spiritual progress.

How can we be the sheep under the Great Shepherd’s care? Live our life seeking not only the assurance of his abundant grace for our life, but the revelation of its overflowing blessing upon us as we seek to progress spiritually, seeking to please God according to His gracious, pleasing, perfect and good will. Our spiritual progress is a reality when we sacrifice ourselves each day, and no longer focus upon the world’s approval and its influence upon our lives, and our focus is solely upon God’s influence upon our heart, soul, mind and body, so that nothing happens in our daily life that is not without God’s direction and guidance. Then, our salvation is assured, and his grace brings the peace we desire for our life.

My daily prayer: Lord, you are my God, my Salvation, and my Strength. Without your daily Word upon my heart to guide me I am challenged and threatened in my spiritual progress. Please, may the Holy Spirit prick my heart anytime I lose my focus upon pleasing you in all I do, say and think? May my life be an example for others, especially my family – my children and their children? Even when I stumble, be there to reveal your abundant grace in my life, so that others may discover the same assurance in their life. Thank you Lord for loving me and never giving up on me. Amen

For additional reading: 2 Timothy 2:11-13; 4:5-8; Matthew 5:48; 6:20; 6:33; 7:3; 11:28-30; 25:23; John 17:14; Hebrew 6:1, 19; Revelation 21:4; 22:3; Romans 5:5; Colossians 1:27; James 1:6; Philippians 3:17-19; Ephesians 4:1-3, 16; 6:12-13; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 11:1; Galatians 1:6

But the natural man does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. For, who has known the Lord’s mind, that he may instruct Him? (Isaiah 40:13) But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

Be watchful! Be diligent! We should continue daily to ponder upon why and how we came to know and trust Christ! We should consider why and how we are to be separated from this world and its influence upon our lives! As we reflect through our watchfulness and diligence, we should also evaluate how we are truly living for God’s purposes in our life, and whether we are becoming the spiritual persons God desires of us.

Be fervent in moving forward! Our zealousness should help us to realize that in a short time we will receive our reward for the pursuit of pleasing the Lord with our lives, and thus have any reason to fear or be sad when this life ends. We should likewise invest in working a little now, knowing within us, we will have great rest later and find perpetual joy. If only we continue to be faithful and zealous in doing good, God will be faithful and liberal in rewarding us, because his grace is abundant and free to all who seek him with all their heart. Thus, we should hold onto our hope, because we are assured that the victory is certain, but we must not get careless, otherwise we may become negligent or even spiritually proud and miss out on the joy that awaits us.

Do not be anxious about our salvation, or wavering in fear and hope? Why go day to day oppressed with grief, because we are not certain of our salvation? Consider this: How should we react if the Lord spoke plainly and said, “Do what you would do if you were certain, and you will persevere!” Our faith should increase our confidence to believe that we should live as though we have the assurance without wondering and seeking constant confirmation each day.

God’s Word offers ample assurance for anyone who is anxious for “the hope of certainty.” Our faith in His Word should cause any fear to flee, and anxiousness to disappear. By faith, we should grow less curious each day, and our need to search further about our future should become less necessary. Instead, we should strive to understand what God’s will is in the starting and completing of every good work.

Psalm 21 is an example of having full assurance in God’s promises. “Lord, I find joy in your strength. How greatly I rejoice in your victory that you have given me in my life. I rejoice in that you have given me my heart’s desire and not denied the requests that I have uttered from my lips. And I know this to be true because you have met me with rich blessings. You have crowned my head, and have given me a full and rich life, lengthened my days forever and ever. My glory is great because of your victory in my life. Whatever honor and praise I have received is from you. Thus, I give you Lord all the honor and praise because of the mere joy I receive being your presence each day. Because I rely upon you my Most High Lord, I will never be shaken. Your strength anchors my feet in this life, and frees me from all fears.”

With such a focus of faith in our daily walk with the Lord, our life should realize the improvements that please God when our heart’s desires become his desires. However, one thing that causes us to stumble in our spiritual progress is our extreme fear of the difficulty and the battle that it represents. Yet, those of us who find our way to go forward with courage in the face of these obstacles of pain and suffering, God’s grace is revealed to enable, empower and encourage us. Thus we come to realize, the greater the obstacle, the greater the sense of suffering, the greater revelation of God’s grace.

Of course, not everyone has the same number and types of things to overcome in their lives. And, those among us who have many things to overcome and are diligent in our efforts, will improve more in virtue than those of us who have few things to overcome, and are less fervent in the pursuit of virtue. Therefore, consider three things are needed for our spiritual improvement: (1) withdrawal violently from those things our human virtue is immorally threatened to be inclined towards; (2) work earnestly for the virtue that we most want, which is pleasing to God. But also, (3) always be careful and strenuous to avoid those things in ourselves that frequently displease us and others in our life.

When we recognize a good example of virtuous living, stir ourselves up and imitate that person so that we will benefit our spiritual progress, no matter at what stage we are at in that effort. Likewise, where we see anything that is evil – opposed to God’s will – be certain to not do the same; and if at any time we have done so, work diligently to change our ways. We should never forget, but always remember well that in the same way that we watch what others do, others watch what we do!

Finally, there is comfort to be among the assembly of God’s family. There should be great delight from observing the fervent, devout, well-mannered and disciplined lifestyles that abound in God’s family. But how sad and grieved we can feel when we witness the family of God revealing dissolute and disorderly lives, not applying their lives as they were called. How hurtful it is when any of us neglect the good purposes of our calling, individually and corporately; and we busy ourselves doing things that are not proper or beneficial to our spiritual progress.

How can we be the sheep under the Great Shepherd’s care? Live our life seeking not only the assurance of his abundant grace for our life, but the revelation of its overflowing blessing upon us as we seek to progress spiritually, seeking to please God according to His gracious, pleasing, perfect and good will. Our spiritual progress is a reality when we sacrifice ourselves each day, and no longer focus upon the world’s approval and its influence upon our lives, and our focus is solely upon God’s influence upon our heart, soul, mind and body, so that nothing happens in our daily life that is not without God’s direction and guidance. Then, our salvation is assured, and his grace brings the peace we desire for our life.

My daily prayer: Lord, you are my God, my Salvation, and my Strength. Without your daily Word upon my heart to guide me I am challenged and threatened in my spiritual progress. Please, may the Holy Spirit prick my heart anytime I lose my focus upon pleasing you in all I do, say and think? May my life be an example for others, especially my family – my children and their children? Even when I stumble, be there to reveal your abundant grace in my life, so that others may discover the same assurance in their life. Thank you Lord for loving me and never giving up on me. Amen

For additional reading: 2 Timothy 2:11-13; 4:5-8; Matthew 5:48; 6:20; 6:33; 7:3; 11:28-30; 25:23; John 17:14; Hebrew 6:1, 19; Revelation 21:4; 22:3; Romans 5:5; Colossians 1:27; James 1:6; Philippians 3:17-19; Ephesians 4:1-3, 16; 6:12-13; 1 Corinthians 4:6; 11:1; Galatians 1:6

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Coach

Retired, writing a contemporary mystery series, the Shiloh Mysteries. The first story is titled, "Sanctuary, A Legacy of Memories". The sequel is "Testament, An Unexpected Return." The third is due out in Fall 2019, Purgatory, A Progeny's Quest." TMBrownAuthor.com

2 thoughts on “Growing in the Realization of Grace”

  1. Thanks Joe. A daily dose of God’s Word is important to keep us close to him and his grace.

    Blessings..

    Coach

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