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  Looking Unto Jesus Day 9

 

 Looking unto Jesus to receive from Him the task for each day, along with sufficient grace to accomplish the task. This grace enables us to be patient with His patience, active with His activity, loving with His love; never asking “What am I able to do?” But rather “What is He not able to do?” We can then wait for His strength, which is made perfect in our weakness (II Cor. 12:9)

 Sufficient grace.  That is so much better than the cheap grace Bonhoeffer decried.  According to him, cheap grace says, “Let the Christian rest content with his worldliness and with this renunciation of any higher standard than the world… Instead of following Christ, let the Christian enjoy the consolations of grace!”  Cheap grace is a passive doctrine that stamps us with forgiveness and then challenges us to prove we accept the gift by doing nothing more and being nothing more than we where before this stamp was placed upon us.  Such proponents of grace remind me of David’s own brothers who mocked him when he suggested he would go fight Goliath.  But what is Goliath in the face of sufficient grace?  The grace of the Lord Jesus is an abounding grace that gives us a task each day and with it the power to do all things through Himself.

 “But David said to Saul, "Your servant used to keep his father's sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God." Moreover David said, "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you!"”  I Samuel 17:34-37

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

 Can We Pray?  “Lord teach me the discipleship of grace; learning to obey all things which You have commanded.  Let me follow You where You lead and there in that place develop in me the humble testimony of Your all sufficient, prevailing grace.  Place upon my lips a song I can sing of the grace and truth to be found in You Lord Jesus.  I ask in Your name.  Amen.”

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