Philippians 2:13 (KJV), “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
“It was only last month that I saw you crying with your hands lifted up because you were confessing Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior but you are not showing any evidence of a changed life, I think something is wrong somewhere,” Lucy told her friend Bella. “Don’t you get it? I was welcomed into the family of God that day and the preacher declared me saved, what else do you want? Did you not hear the preacher say, I have been saved by grace? Or, do you know more than the preacher?” Bella asked. “No, I don’t but i thought your life should be better than mine since I am not born again yet” Lucy responded.
For the fear of hellfire, many have said the sinner’s prayer and were welcomed into the kingdom of God by a preacher. They were told to write down the date because their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life that very day. Sadly though, they were not welcomed into God’s kingdom because they never truly repented, they only wanted an escape from hell.
Titus 2:11 defines grace as that which teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust and enables us (the written inclusive) to live righteously and godly in this world (Phil 2:13). It also shows that salvation which ultimately will culminate in eternal life or freedom from eternal damnation is a product of grace. Thus, this salvation is not instant, rather it is consequent upon allowing grace to do its full work in you.
Meanwhile, from today’s text, “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Thus, a simple way to define grace will be, “God is working in me to please him”.
Go into today knowing that the salvation that grace brings is only for those who have been taught to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and are living righteous and godly lives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to live by the teaching of grace so I may enjoy the salvation that it brings. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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