Thursday, February 23, 2017

He Gives More Grace (SD05)

Jam 4:6  But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Once we accept the saving grace by submitting to Him and His conditions, we are saved and we become children of God. The Holy Spirit in us will help us to understand Him, His words, will, promises, etc. so that we can please Him in all our ways. Whenever we need help, He will grant us more grace (sometimes with gifts and filling of the Holy Spirit) to assist in our works, helps, mission, ministries, etc. such as healing, faith, wisdom, tongues, etc.

Grace is given to the humble. So we must always pray and commit our days, ways, works, ministries, etc. to Him. Prov 3:5-7 teaches us humility and wisdom, and this is profitable for us.

Prov 3:5-7  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.

When we sincerely pray and commit our ways to Him, He will direct our paths. Always remember that He is the Lord God Almighty, a just and righteous God, Who can just wipe us out and send us to the eternal fire. Fear Him by respecting and honouring Him with our love for Him by keeping His words.

The OT and NT are covenants God made with man. When we fulfill our part of the covenant, He will always fulfill His part of the covenant. Fulfilling our part of the covenant is faith in Him and not by our dead works out of our own conceptions, ideas, will, methods or ways.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

He gave us the saving grace when we fulfilled His condition -  believe in Him or the gospel of salvation in Christ Jesus. Similarly if we fulfill His condition of loving Him by keeping His commandments, He will give us more grace - the Helper.

John 14:15-17a,26; 16:13  “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth... But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, *He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you... However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

With the Helper in us, we will be able to understand all things and all truth (only those we need), so that we will be able to disciple His sheep. With this grace of God, by giving the Helper or Spirit of truth to dwell in us, we will be able to live soberly, righteously and godly, and also able to overcome the deceptions and wicked schemes of the devil and his false teachers, covetous and depraved televangelists and false prophets.

Brethren, For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. (Tit 2:11-15)