More on Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. ()

The manner in which we received the Lord is the very same manner in which we are to walk in Him. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We received Him by grace, we must walk by grace. We were born again by the Spirit, we must walk by the Spirit. Furthermore, when we first received Christ, He was our only hope. Now, we are to walk with Him the same way.

It is good to recall how Jesus was the focus at the beginning of our walk with Him. When we received Him and His forgiveness, we knew He had to provide all that was needed for our salvation. We agreed with the word of God that there was no other hope than Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me‘… Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). We knew that we could supply nothing ourselves. We were spiritually dead, having no righteousness at all: dead in trespasses and sins…all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Ephesians 2:1 and Isaiah 64:6). We had entered the blessed condition of being convicted of our own spiritual bankruptcy. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Jesus was our comprehensive focus, our only hope.

This is how we are to walk in Him today. We need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it. For growth and victory and fruitfulness, He is the one upon whom we must focus. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” We need to be rooted in Him, reaching out by faith to Him for nutrition and strength, even as the roots of a tree reach into the soil. We need to be built up in Him, having our lives developed by His work in us. We need to be established in the faith, allowing Him to stabilize us through the study of His word. This will lead us to overflowing appreciation and gratitude that Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). Truly, we need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it.

Lord Jesus, my all in all, You were my only hope for beginning a new life with You. Today, You are my only hope for growing in this life with You. Please remind me that my need for You never diminishes. It is constant and comprehensive. Thank You for always being available! Amen

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Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


 

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Colossians 2:6 and Galatians 3:3)

In this vital matter of relating rightly to the Lord, one common mistake is attempting to develop our Christian walk in a different manner than we began it. Our present verses point us to the proper outlook. We are to build our life with the Lord upon the very same terms that we began that life. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him.

We received the Lord and His great salvation as gifts of grace. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (2 Corinthians 9:15 and Ephesians 2:8). We must, therefore, walk in Him with a “grace-receiving” mentality. “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for [upon] grace (John 1:16). We must never attempt to treat the Christian life as something we can manufacture or earn. Sinful, earthly fathers were created with a desire to give beneficial gifts to their children. Even more so, our holy, heavenly Father has a heart to give all that is needed to those who are willing to ask and receive. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Galatians 3:3 reinforces the need to have the same pattern for beginning and developing a walk with God. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” These rhetorical questions warn of the deadly danger of having our approach to Christian growth differ from how we found spiritual birth. The Holy Spirit alone was able to bring us spiritual birth. The flesh of man could avail nothing. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6). The Holy Spirit must bring us spiritual progress. The flesh can contribute nothing. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63). Any change in approach from birth to growth is foolishness. It is doomed to failure.

We began by grace, so we must continue by grace. We began by the Spirit, so we must continue by the Spirit. Yes, we are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him. Any changes in approach are unacceptable, ineffective, impossible.

Heavenly Father, You are such a generous giver. You gave me Your Son and His salvation as a gift of grace. You gave me new life by a work of Your Holy Spirit. Now, I want to walk in Christ these same ways, in His gracious name, Amen.

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More on an Invitation to Pray at the Throne of Grace


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Seated upon the throne which rules this universe is the sovereign, holy Judge of all humanity. Yet, He is also the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10). All who relate rightly to Him (through humble faith in Jesus Christ) can come boldly to that throne, praying with assurance that mercy and grace will be His response.

Truly, the Lord Jesus is the reason that we can answer the invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace.” His death on the cross opened the way for us to come into God’s presence, allowing us to talk to Him directly in prayer. It is as though the Holy of Holies is now our family den. God is our Father, who delights to commune with His children as we pray to Him: “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us (Hebrews 10:19-20). This new and living way is the new covenant of grace. It is by the Lord’s grace alone that we can come to His throne of grace, that we might live daily by His grace.

At this inviting throne of God, we “obtain mercy.” Mercy is heaven’s wondrous companion to grace. Mercy is God’s provision for holding back from us the awful things that we actually deserve, due to our sin and rebellion. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7). Now, each day, His children can benefit from the faithful mercies of God. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Also, at this inviting throne of God, we “find grace to help in time of need.” Our initial need was for the Lord’s saving grace, which brought forgiveness for our ungodliness and made heaven our eternal home. “For by grace you have been saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Our ongoing need would be for transforming grace for developing a godly life here on earth. “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 (Titus 2:11-12). In prayer at the throne of grace, we find God’s continuing supply of grace. That grace is irreplaceable and sufficient to sustain us through, and use us in, the needy situations we encounter daily at home, work, school, church—wherever.

O Lord, supplier of all mercy and grace, I rejoice that Your mercies are new every day. Have mercy on me, dear Lord! I praise You that Your all-encompassing grace is available through humble, trusting prayer. Pour Your grace out on me, dear Lord!. Amen

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HOPE


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Hope as said by G.K. Chesterton is that, “there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow”.

What is your definition of Hope? In times of perplexities and troubles do you still have hope that its gonna be well??… The world sees hope as a wish or a desire. Hope, for the world, is a longing for something that may or may not take place but the Bible teaches us a vastly different definition of hope. Listen to the words of Jeremiah, “ Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose HOPE the LORD is, ” Jer. 17:7 . Hear also Paul, “ And now abideth faith, HOPE, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity, ” 1 Cor. 13:13 .

The world says that hope is merely a fond wish or desire. But, the words used for HOPE in the Bible tell a different story. They teach us that hope is “ A deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises! ” Are you resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He would?

For we know the God we have our HOPE in. Because we know who our God is, we need not to fear any enemy that should arise against us. Satan himself is no match for our Sovereign God! So do we, thus if we come to the realization of who we are in Christ Jesus.

The Bible tells us that “ your life is hid with Christ in God ”, and this is the assurance of His sheltering that allows us to weather the storms of life with HOPE. This was what allowed David to face Goliath. This was the confidence that kept Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. This was the assurance that gripped the heart of Daniel! This was the knowledge that allowed Paul to continue, even when he suffered greatly, 2 Cor. 12:7-11. They all had HOPE.

 

Think of all the things He has done; the victories He has won; the enemies He has vanquished; the mountains He has moved; how He saved you and your family, how He rescued you from that trouble. Think on these things and remember that the God who performed these countless wonders in the past is still that same God today!

 

That should give us, His people the HOPE to move on even when all things seems not to work out well for us!

But, if you lack that hope this morning, it can be obtained. How? You can do this by Reaffirming your Confidence in the Lord JESUS; by Renewing your Commitment to the Lord; and by Resting in your Comfort in the Lord.

 

Rejoice Sons and Daughters of Most High 😇

An Invitation to Pray at the Throne of Grace


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Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

If we are going to live by grace, we must relate rightly to the God of all grace: namely, by walking in humble dependence. Continual, Spirit-led prayer is the basic way to express humility and faith to the Lord. How fitting it is, then, to consider God’s invitation to pray at the throne of grace.

The throne to which we are invited is the throne of God, revealed to the Apostle John. “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne (Revelation 4:2). This honored King of the universe is the Creator of everything, exercising His sovereign will by His infinite power. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). This is a throne of everlasting holiness, as declared constantly by angelic creatures. “And they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!'” (Revelation 4:8). For the godless, this will become a throne of judgment. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it…And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God…And they were judged, each one according to his works…And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-13, 15).

If this throne were only characterized by sovereign power, holiness, and judgment, we could never approach it with any expectation of blessing. Yet, for those who will humbly receive eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, this is a throne of grace. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.” We can approach this throne with spiritual confidence, because Jesus is seated there with the Father. “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (, 12). The worthy one, who died for our sins, has opened the door to an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father‘” (Romans 8:15). Dread of God is replaced with boldness, by the grace of Jesus Christ: “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him (). Now, this throne is to us an altar of prayer for mercy and grace!

Abba, Father, I bow before Your throne, acknowledging You as the sovereign Creator and the holy Judge. Yet, I boldly approach You as my dear, intimate Papa! Although I deserved judgment, now through Jesus, I humbly expect mercy and grace!

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​More on a Biblical Example of Spirit-led Praying


 

We…do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will…being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:9-10b, 12) 

In our previous meditation, we began to examine a classic illustration of Spirit-led praying. The basic request of this majestic prayer was to learn about, and walk in, the will of God. We “do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him.” Now we look at other issues in this biblical example of Spirit-led praying. 

A significant aspect of the will of God involves fruitful laboring unto the Lord: “being fruitful in every good work.” The abounding grace of God is able to produce abundant ministry in our lives. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). 

The very core of God’s will is next: “increasing in the knowledge of God.” Getting to know the Lord is the supreme issue of life. “I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). The corollary prayer in Ephesians has this as its fundamental request: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17). A key verse for our grace devotionals suggests the connection between God’s grace and knowing Him. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). 

Another vital part of God’s will for us is spiritual empowerment: “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power.” With the Lord of grace Himself as our strength, there is no limit to what we can do. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Yet, such divine power is often imparted for reasons other than we might imagine: “for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” 

The final aspect of God’s will mentioned is gratitude: “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Since all of these riches are God’s grace available through humble, trusting prayer, no wonder that the Lord concludes with a reminder about grateful hearts. 

Heavenly Father, I have a deep desire to be fruitful in service unto You. I have a strong yearning to know You more and more. I have a desperate need to be strengthened by You. I am overflowing with gratitude toward You. In humble faith, I cry out to You!