Grace to Keep Going
Acts 15:2, 6-11
11-18-20, Pastor Charles Stanley -- As believers, we readily attribute our salvation to God’s grace, but what does “this grace in which we stand” mean to us now (Romans 5:2)? How does it work out in everyday life, especially when we’re going through periods of trial or suffering?
The Lord’s grace releases His supernatural power within us so we can endure life’s hardships with a godly attitude. In fact, we’ll even be able to rejoice in what He is doing in us through the adversity. Nothing looks hopeless when we focus on Him instead of on our problems. We discover the assurance of God’s sustaining presence as He walks with us every step of the way; Jews and Gentiles alike. [Matthew 28:20
Because we’ve experienced His care for us, we are able to show empathy and love to =>
<= others facing hard times even when they've been unkind to us; turn the other cheek so to speak [Luke 6:29]. During fiery trials, grace works to transform our character so that others can see Jesus reflected in us. [Galatians 2:20]
Difficulties in life are unavoidable. So we need a daily dose of God’s grace if we are to walk through trials with confidence that there is great reward on the other side. If we rely on our own strength, however, obstacles will appear insurmountable, leaving us discouraged and ready to give up.
Too often believers rely on Christ for their salvation but then try to go solo. If God’s grace was needed to save us, then logic says we would also need it for the rest of our days; to 'KEEP US.' Only through a continuous infusion of His sustaining power can we live a victorious Christian life. Psalm 52:8; Romans 11:17, 24
Hymn: God's Grace here
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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