LIFESPAN OF GRACE – II
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” –Romans 6:1
This is the key bible verse for our “Come and See” devotionals today
As indicated in the first part of this message; the divine provision of GRACE could be cut short in anyone’s life as a result of a lifestyle of SIN. GRACE of God is divine enablement provided by the Almighty God to save us from SIN and help fulfill our divine purpose. Hence, Titus 2 verses 11-12 reads “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (New King James Version).
Also, sometimes we get carried away in belief that all gifts of God are everlasting as stated in Romans 11 verse 29 “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”. But the GRACE of God is not permanent as spelt out in our key bible verse and could be taken away completely without us discerning. God’s GRACE can only be sustained through holy living by the help of the Holy Spirit of God. Thus, Ephesians 4 verses 30-31 states “and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice”.
This brings to mind the sad story of Samson who was anointed and empowered by God to take the lead in delivering Israel from the persistent torment of the Philistines. (read Judges Chapter 13 to 17). He led a life of immorality and was eventually betrayed by one of his concubines. He could not resist his enemies when they came to capture him because the Holy Spirit of God has departed from him unknowingly. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him” (Judges 16 verse 20)
Likewise, it is possible for anyone who claim to be a Christian or who holds religious titles with gift to perform miracles, signs and wonder and still be without GRACE. As regards those who will make eternity with Jesus Christ, He warned “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Mathew 7 verses 21-23-Authorised King James Version)
We should take heed as we live our life with the ultimate aim of living eternity with Jesus Christ and not fall into temptation of living a lifestyle of Sin that will diminish the Grace of God upon our life. We are saved by Grace and it is the same Grace of God that will lead us to eternity with Jesus Christ. Mathew 24 verses 11-13 states: “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (New King James Version)
Let us pray “Father, by your mercy; help me to submit to your will and let Your abundant Grace continually increase in my life daily” in Jesus Might Name Amen
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