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09 August 2013
GOD-TRACKING IS RESTING IN THE EFFORT OF FAITH IN GOD'S GRACE
"I am trying so hard," said my young colleague on the coach to church one Sunday morning. "I've prayed the prayer and I'm attending church but it's just so tough trying to be born again!" We were talking about how to become a Christian. I'd quoted Jesus' words to Nicodemus when he said, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." Jesus was, of course, talking about how, if we desired to know God's forgiveness and the promise of heaven, we need to be born of the Spirit. That is, because all of us are spiritually dead in sin, we need to be spiritually born again to know new life in Jesus. My friend knew the theory but she was attempting to "get born again" by working at being a good person. Truth be told, that is an impossible feat! We can only be born again and made right before God through faith, by God's grace. It's the simplest thing in the world: admit and turn from sin, confess Jesus as Lord and believe that he died and rose again. If my colleague had simply done this then she would have been born again at no effort of her own.
The Bible tells us that we are saved by God's effort through the cross of Jesus. You see, the Lord himself has done the job by sending Jesus the sinless One to take sin upon him when he was executed on the cross. This is grace. However, the only effort we can put in to our own salvation is to admit that we are not saved by our own effort but by God's effort through the cross. This is faith.
Grace and faith do apply to your salvation but grace and faith apply also to the rest of your daily God-tracking life, too. By grace God has given you his word the Bible and by faith you live by its precepts and promises. By grace God has given you the deposit of his Holy Spirit for power and accomplishment; by faith you live a daily miraculous life. By grace God has empowered you to serve him and walk in holiness; by faith you grab a hold of his purposes and glory. Today, dear God-tracker, come to Jesus and make every effort to resign to God's grace.
God-tracking is resting in the effort of faith in God's grace
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1 Corinthians 5:21
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"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
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"Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand." --- Augustine
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Now I step out in faith and claim your power for purpose!
"O Father, I understand now that I can do nothing to earn my own salvation or to earn power for daily living. It's only by your grace your effort that I am made right before you and empowered to fulfil your purposes. So today I resign from my own effort to live a good life and I resign from my own effort to live a spiritual life. By faith I grab on to your forgiveness, your power and your glory. I repent of my sin and, by believing Jesus died and rose again, I confess him as Lord. Now I step out in faith and claim your power for purpose! In Jesus' name. Amen."
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