Monday, January 20, 2014

Let God Give Birth to Great Things in You

"Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty." (Exodus 1: 20)

In this passage, the midwives of the Hebrew people refused to kill the young boys born to the Hebrew women.

God's grace superabounds in our lives (Romans 5: 20-21), even when we find ourselves in unpleasant or oppressive conditions, such as slavery in a strange land.

"11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. " (2 Corinthians 4: 11)

No matter how barren or frustrating your current experiences may be, look to Jesus, the author and finisher of faith (Hebrews 12: 2), and know that He is making all things work for your good (Romans 8: 28)

Perhaps some of you have been living under law, still trying to produce results in your life through  your own efforts, instead of allowing Christ Jesus to live and work through you (Philippians 2: 12-13)

Listen to what Paul shares with the legalized Galatians:

"For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband." (Galatians 4: 27)

This verse Paul quotes from Isaiah 54, in which the symbol of greatest curse, a barren woman, can expect to be blessed with many children. Why? Because the Messiah Jesus Christ, prophesied in the previous chapter, will bear our sins, our curse, and our pains in all measure. When we rest in His Work at the Cross, we allow His grace to give birth to great things in our lives:

"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed." (1 Corinthians 15: 10-11)

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