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Our Journey Online - December 28, 2012

  • 2012 Dec 28
  • COMMENTS

Who Shall Deliver


8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor, his righteousness endures forever.” 10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.—2 Corinthians 9:8-11

It often happens that a seeker of God and salvation will read his Bible much, and yet never see the truth of a free and full and immediate justification by faith. Once his eyes are opened and he accepts it, he is amazed to find it everywhere. In just the same way, many believers who believe in the doctrine of free grace as applied to pardon have never seen its wondrous meaning to work a whole new life in us. It can actually give us strength every moment for whatever the Father wills us to be and do.

When God’s light shines into our heart with this blessed truth, we know what Paul meant, “Not I, but the grace of God” (1 Cor. 15:10 KJV). There again you have the twofold Christian life. One part is that in which the “not I”—I am nothing, I can do nothing—has not yet become a reality. The other is when the wondrous exchange has been made, and grace has taken the place of our effort. Then we say and know, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20 KJV). This may then become a lifelong experience: “The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy. 1:14 KJV).

Beloved child of God, do you believe it possible that this has been the problem in your life, the cause of failure in prayer? You did now know how grace would enable you to pray, if you placed your whole life under its power. You sought by earnest effort to conquer your reluctance or deadness in prayer, but failed. You strove by every motive of shame or love you could think of to stir yourself to it, but it would not help. Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to ask the Lord whether the message I bring you as His servant may not be more true than you think? Your lack of prayer is the result of a diseased state of life, and the disease is this: you have not accepted, in your daily life and in your Christian duty, the full salvation the Word brings. “Ye are not under law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14 KJV). The provision of grace and the power by which it makes us reign in life is not only as universal and deep reaching as the demand of the law and the reign of sin, it is more than “exceeding abundant” (1 Tim. 1:14). —Andrew Murray

Journal:

  • How frequently do I pray each day? Do I often see answers to those prayers?
  • Am I satisfied with my prayer life? What can I do about changing it?

Prayer – Father, teach me to pray. I want to experience real power in my prayer, not so I can get the things I want, but so I feel real fellowship and communion with You. Help me Father, I can’t do this on my own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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