Monday, August 10, 2015

Growing in Grace: Seeing More of Him

We are not called to do more.

We are called to see more, to see more of God's grace in our lives.

Consider this example in 2 Kings 6, in which the gracious prophet Elisha woke up and found the entire Syrian army surrounding his home:

"And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." (2 Kings 6: 15-17)

Notice that Elisha did not pray: "God help us!"

Many of us need to realize that God our Daddy has been helping us, even when we did not think that He was there:

"9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

"10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139: 9-10)nd


"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." (Jeremiah 31: 3)

Instead of praying from  a position of trying to get God to do something, or trying to get help so that we can do something, we need to ask for greater revelation of Him and His love for us.

In fact, that is exactly what Paul the apostle prayed for us:

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3: 16-19)

and also

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3: 18)

We are to see more of what Jesus is doing in our lives, not what we must do for Him or for ourselves. Today, let us grow in grace for all the things that He has done for us at the Cross, and that we can see that He has promised to us through His Son Jesus:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" (Ephesians 1: 3)

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