Growing in Grace

Growing in Grace

The more we humble ourselves, the more grace the Lord gives us. Humility helps us confront ourselves and others. The lower we are the higher the degree of glory we walk in. It’s not something we can do ourselves; it comes from a surrendered heart.

Grace is receiving what we don’t deserve. Not only are we saved by grace through faith; but the more we grow in the Lord, the more we grow in grace. As we behold Him, we are able to look at ourselves. When we can face our weaknesses, forgive ourselves of past mistakes, and realize we constantly need improvement, we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us. Grace then brings forth God’s perfect will in our lives.

Humility brings clarity in our decision making. If we realize we have made choices in our past outside of God’s will, we repent and receive forgiveness. With a grateful heart, we daily seek the Lord for His leading. The pride that hinders our hearing is removed when we unassumingly ask God for His will to be done in our lives. We honestly desire His ways above our own. As we humbly submit to God, we resist the devil and he flees from us. We walk from grace to grace, from faith to faith, from glory to glory.  

James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” 

 

Vessels of Glory

Vessels of Glory

As the Holy Spirit deals with pride and self-sufficiency, He manifests Himself through us with increasing glory. As His love, light and healing comes forth, we learn to depend on Him alone and see our enemies conquered.

Gideon, whose three hundred men put torches in their clay pots and surrounded the army of the Midianites, is a great example. When the signal was given, they blew the trumpets, broke the clay pots and the light flooded out. It confused their enemies to the point that they fought and destroyed one another. The clay pots had to be broken. The directions they received from God required that their own ways be ignored. It’s a beautiful picture of the children of God having Christ inside them: a treasure in earthen vessels. They didn’t focus on how many were in the enemy’s camp, and neither should we. They trusted the sword of the Lord. When we are instructed by the Lord, we humble ourselves and acknowledge He is our sufficiency.

Battles are won in the name of Jesus. Our stepping forth in one accord causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. Whatever opposition we face, we can trust the greater one who is in us—Christ is all we need. When our flesh is out of His way, His power gushes in unexpected measure, from glory to glory!

Judges 7:20 “Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’ ” 

 

More or Less?

More or Less?

Are we better than someone else? More knowledgeable? More anointed? More right? More holy? The moment we think we are “more” than others, we find out that pride goes before a fall. As we are transformed into the image of the Lord, we become less and He becomes more!

The self-righteous attitude says: I’m perfect and you’re not; I’m a true Christian and you’re not; I’m not wrong but you are. It places self on the throne and makes others less in order for them to be more. To confront others who have that attitude, we have to pray for them and let the Lord minister to them as He ministers to us. It’s a challenge not to fight back in the flesh when we are being judged wrongly. Recognizing we do not war against flesh and blood helps us shake the dust off our feet. We walk in forgiveness with others and ourselves.

We evaluate ourselves honestly and prayerfully. It’s Christ in us who is awesome and is to be recognized in others as well. We are, above all, to walk in love with one another strengthening and encouraging each other, even when it’s not reciprocated. As members of the Body of Christ we all need and complement each other; not one gift is more important than another. To deprecate ourselves or others is to come against the grace of God. Whatever comes to put us down is not of God. He lifts us up in Him, fills us with His love and transforms us, from glory to glory!

Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” 

 

The Twist

The Twist

When satan led Eve to disobey God, it wasn’t with a lie that was obvious. He often twists the truth by changing, adding or omitting one or two words. His conniving ways are to lead people onto a wrong path. The wrong path may appear to be appealing to the flesh, the eyes and the prideful ways of men. Knowing the truth truly sets us free and keeps us in God’s perfect will.

The temptations of the enemy can be attractive and seem to lead to wide avenues. The wide way actually narrows our future opportunities. Destruction can come from yielding to these temptations. The narrow way, on the other hand, broadens our possibilities. Eve explained to the serpent that death was the consequence of eating of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God’s instruction was narrowing her possibilities as it was restricting her options. The serpent broadened her possibilities with the lie that she would be exactly like God, with no restriction and no consequences for going against God’s instructions.

God’s word is a lamp unto our feet; a light unto our path. Reading, studying, memorizing and meditating upon the Word deepens our knowledge of the truth so we will recognize a lie. Fellowshipping with our Lord, the Word of God, and desiring Him above all else keeps us from venturing away into dangerous territories. Following Christ leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, in love and grace, from glory to glory! 

Genesis 3:1-5  Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’  

 

Broken Pitchers

Broken Pitchers

As the Holy Spirit deals with pride and self-sufficiency, the glory of God is being manifested in greater measure: a flood of love, light and total healing is being poured out. At the same time, our enemies are being conquered and are turning against one another.

Gideon, whose three hundred men put torches in their clay pots and surrounded the army of the Midianites, is a great example. When the signal was given, they broke the clay pots and the light flooded out. It confused the Midianites to the point that they fought and destroyed one another. Before the battle was won, the clay pots were broken. The directions they received from God required that their own ways be ignored. It’s a beautiful picture of the children of God having Christ inside them: a treasure in earthen vessels. They didn’t focus on how many were in the enemy’s camp, and neither should we.

When the Spirit of Christ instructs us to release what He has placed in us, and we do so with humility and acknowledgment that He is our sufficiency, battles are surely won. Our stepping forth in one accord causes confusion in the enemy’s camp. Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. We are glory carriers and couriers, from glory to glory!  

Judges 7:20 “Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’ ”

 

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