Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HIS GRACE IS ENOUGH: The Sufficiency of Abounding Grace for Sin’s Consequences

When we come to Christ by faith, we are justified—placed in right standing with God—and no longer fear sin’s condemnation. God’s grace is enough—indeed, more than enough! Yet, that does not mean we can evade dealing with all the temporal consequences of sin.

Even after salvation, we must for the time being live in a world under the curse of sin. Because of this, our bodies get sick, we age, and we die physically. Though, the believer has God’s Spirit indwelling him or her, He indwells a temple of flesh, beset by human frailty. There is an ongoing struggle with selfishness and that self-centeredness degrades our relationships.

From without, we see a world that is rushing toward Armageddon and all around us are the consequences of the curse. How do we face the assault of the world, the flesh and the devil? How do we deal with our weakness?

Paul wrote elsewhere of his thorn in the flesh. He prayed three times for God to heal him. Do you know what God did? He didn’t heal him, but He did something infinitely better: He gave the Apostle grace! God told His loyal servant, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor.12:9). So, Paul said in effect, “Glory to God! His grace is enough!”

I don’t know what struggles you are facing today. I don’t know how immeasurable the pressure, how incredible the pain, how immense the problem, but I know this, dear child of God: His grace is enough!

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