Friday, January 10, 2014

Grace Is Sufficient


Grace Is Sufficient

                                                                                         Keith Chadwell    1/2014

GRACE; charis  (Strongs exhaustive concordance)
khar'-ece
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

As Christians, our ability to do what is good, to obey God, to come under His government (The Kings-dominion) and manifest His righteousness to the world is no more possible without the grace of God working in us than it is for the unregenerate. 

Jesus said: “Without me you can do nothing!”

Jesus, also, said; “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God”.

Psalms 51: 9-11.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. 

We frustrate the grace of God, unless we see ourselves as destitute in spirit, without strength or ability to keep even the very basic commandments of God.   We will fail without His Grace working in our hearts to change its reflections in life.   We will also frustrate ourselves and others, again and again; all the while, being born again (John 3:3) of his Spirit.  For only out of the abundance of the heart comes the manifestation of what is in the heart, in fact.

Luke 6:45 (NIV) A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his
heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For
the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Eze_36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will
take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 

“..A new heart I will give you...”  Not by our work, but His!   It is “Grace” (“..divine influence on the heart…”) not our works or effort.  Our labour is only our humble submission; our choosing to allow Him to work in us to both will and do of His good pleasure. 

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his
mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Ghost;

As a new born Christian, only then, are we able to see and hear by the spirit for the first time.  Only, then, capable of discerning or seeing this new “rule of God” (government of God) which he has purposed to give within the hearts of those who would believe and rely on His Son.

However, Spiritual growth is like a new born baby in the natural.  We must, progressively, learn obedience through the things we suffer (death to self-will).  We, like Jesus did, must grow in stature and in favor with both God and men.   Entering or appropriating God’s dominion (God’s government) within our hearts is a process and is accomplished though “much tribulation”.

Gal 5:17-18  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the
flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things
hat ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

To build on sound Christian doctrine, we must know that there is a difference between; “Seeing the Kingdom“ (God’s government) (John 3:3) and…  Entering” the Kingdom“ (John 3:5)   (“King-dom” or Kings-dominion; which is within us.)

To overcome the weaknesses of our flesh we must turn in humility, yes, sometimes even in desperation to Jesus for relief.  Only in our final humility, will we enter into that place of His Rest, that place within or hearts where He and He alone has total dominion (His Kingdom).  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  Only His “grace” is sufficient to change our hearts.

Let us labor therefore to enter into His rest.   Let us quickly choose to die daily to self-strength, self-will, and any residue of reliance on our own ability to fully come under the dominion of our King.  We can but only choose to submit to His work.

I can not keep the law; only Christ in me can do the work in my heart  necessary to effect changes of heart so that; “from the heart” I will, then,  manifest His righteousness to the world.

Titus 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;   

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God (Dominion of the King within your heart) and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“Christ in you, the hope of Glory.”

GRACE; charis  (Strongs exhaustive concordance)
khar'-ece
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

 

 
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