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GRACE OUR INSTRUCTOR

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you

This being the case, I often wonder how the three Israelites mentioned in Daniel Chapter three were able to make such a "good confession" before King Nebuchadnezzar? Listen to their declaration; ”If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver
us out of thine hand, O king.”


We may not have to stand before a Tyrant as did the three Hebrews by having our faith put on trial, but nonetheless we are called upon to respond with a similar attitude when it comes to facing hardships for we read, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Wherein ye greatly rejoice though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations”

Now let me see if I understand this properly. When faced with fiery circumstances we are to welcome them with open arms, use them as an occasion for rejoicing, and boast about the opportunities they present us. I told you the flesh would get in the way! But really, how do we come to the place in our "Christian walk" were we become a willing and joyful participant, that is a co-laborers, with God in our trials? IT'S CALLED GRACE.

In 2Corinthians 12:9 we are told that God grace is sufficient for each and every trial that you and I will ever face. I love the definition of the word" sufficient" in this text. It means, "to ward off, through the idea of raising a barrier, to avail, to be enough."

When I speak of God's grace I am referring to that divine influence which when unleashed goes to work on our heart and all its reflections on life. In the Book of Titus we are reminded that God's grace TEACHES us, that is, it trains us up, educates us, and most of all, is involved in disciplining us.

We are further reminded that we are to consider ALL hardship as discipline. What then, are we to believe that it is God's grace that leads us into times of testing and difficulty? Now you're getting the idea. It is because of God's great love and surpassing grace that He allows us to undergo testing I love the saying, ‘The Will of God will not lead you where the Grace of God cannot keep you.’

So what exactly does the grace of God teach us during times of testing? Although there are many lessons God's grace teaches us, here are some of the most obvious ones. It is God's grace that teaches us that we need His power in our life if we are going to become tools of effectiveness.

What's more, we need His grace in our lives to cause us to see the ETERNAL ASPECT of our trials. We need His grace to show us that we are totally ineffective apart for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We need His grace to continually remind us that He is everything and that we bring nothing into the arena of life that would aid Him in our deliverance.

And that's just for starters. If we think we can do life on our own we are seriously mistaken. It is God and God alone who knows how to deliver. We are told, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.” I guess it all boils down to humility of mind when it comes to facing trials.

For some of us, we will call upon God as a last resort. To attempt to undergo trials in our own strength is to commit spiritual suicide. But God would have us understand that, “He giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

I close with the last and most encouraging lesson God's grace teaches us concerning our "fiery" trials and that is, THERE IS PURPOSE to be found in them. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

Won't you allow God's grace to have its proper place in your life today? It will save you a lot of frustration and pain.

Scriptures used in this devotional come from the KJV of the Holy and Inspired Word of God:
(Matthew 26:41 Daniel 3:17 1Peter 4:12 1Peter 1:6 James 1:2 1Peter 5:10 2Peter 2:9 James4:6)

 

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32