Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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The Power of Grace
Good Morning, Dear Family.

God's Peace to you this fine day of grace, which is again extended unto us through Jesus Christ, The Gracious One.

A little continuation on the essence of our mediations yesterday....

Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

How does this work in real life? How does grace "teach us?" Let us look at some of the principles in which the Apostle Paul lived in the grace of God.

KJV 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (His personal walk of holiness would be affected by what he allowed himself to do.)

KJV 1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. (How did his actions affect less mature believers around him?)

KJV 1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. (Would his actions build up the body of Christ in his area of influence?)

KJV Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

The heart of the gospel of grace, a gospel which received by us extends this same grace of life and encouragement to those around us, especially those who are closest to us. And it is with lightness rather than heaviness that we do this, for the gospel frees us from serving ourselves and causes us/motivates us to serve the other. Think of it in this way: Everyone has a need for fellowship and as long as this is extended between people in the attitude or extension of grace, there will be a flourishing and growing of the love between people. But if a demand is placed upon the service, or in other words, it is a conditional grace, there will be a nagging feeling of heaviness, or a sense that I must perform in an expected way or grace will not be returned to me. That is the spirit of heaviness, of obligation, or, you must think like I want you to think, you must be as I expect you to be, you must give the right answers..... There is a big difference in the two spirits, but it is not always easy to discern between the two, for the teaching of life's principles is very attractive to us. There is nothing wrong with teaching life applications, but if it is done in a spirit of demanding, it sows the spirit of "performance based Christianity." The gospel is what Christ has done for us, not what we do for Him. But the gospel of grace received changes and molds our attitude from what can you do for me to what can I do for you/how can I serve my fellow Christian/what can I do to help my beloved congregation grow? And this is only done through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit,which is the Spirit of Christ.

We must remember that grace teaches us to bloom where we are planted and grace teaches us to water the flowers with the Word of God so that not only we ourselves bloom, but those around us as well. The choice is ours whether we will choose to be a blessing to those around us or not. It may be only a short time or a long time that we are on this earth, but that is not the issue. The issue is how we use the time that we are here, for again, grace does not ever put burden of demands on us, but rather it places privilege and responsiblity in front of us: How may we best edify one another. But this heart is only found among them which have understood and received the gospel in its true nature: Receiving and Giving, even as Christ gave unto us all that He received from His Father.

In our desire to learn, we sometimes put knowledge over love, even as Paul mentioned in the first part of 1 Cor. 8. when he said, Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies. May we have the wisdom to keep the proper balance.

KJV 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala








Posted on 22 Sep 2008 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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