Sustaining Grace

September 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

All of us who believe in Jesus Christ should know we are saved by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8-9). There was nothing we could do to earn salvation. We simply had to believe Jesus was God’s Son and then trust Him as our Savior, who died for our sin and—conquering death—rose from the grave.

But did you know that once we’re saved, God also sustains us with His grace? This enables us to persevere, even in unrelenting adversity. Paul suffered what he referred to as a “thorn in the flesh” and asked three times for the Lord to remove it (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Though we don’t know the specifics of his situation, we can all identify with him. A thorn could be anything that incessantly pricks and irritates, causing weakness or pain. Whatever the category—physical, emotional, spiritual, or situational—it wears us down.

Once we’re saved, God also sustains us with His grace.

What Paul saw as a hindrance, God used as a sanctifying agent to protect him from pride. The thorn remained, but Paul was given grace to endure and even rejoice that through his weakness, the Lord’s strength was perfected.

God will release His supernatural power into your life, too, so you can endure pain and hardship. He will help you to see from His perspective so you will know He’ll use hardships for your good. What’s more, grace is the means by which He will transform you into the image of His Son.

I pray this month’s devotions will help you draw near to Christ and rely on His grace in every situation.

 
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8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself!

8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.

9 And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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