Grace Works Through Faith – Part
Christian Life is NOT about GOD GIVING, but about US LEARNING HOW TO RECEIVE.
We study the Bible so we can learn WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE, WHAT HE HAS PROVIDED. As we learn about our salvation, faith rises on the inside, and we start believing God. If we do not see some of the things that God has provided come to pass WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP RENEWING OUR MINDS TO THE WORD.
Contrary to popular belief, WE DO NOT HAVE TO BADGER GOD. Luke 18:1-8 clearly show this. Jesus tells a story of a widow that wanted an unjust judge to give her justice in a dispute with her enemy. In the story Jesus said the unjust judge did not fear God and did not care about people. The judge initially ignored the widow for a while, but finally was wearied by her constant request and granted it. (Many people have interpreted this to mean that we must badger God until He gives in to our request. That is not what Jesus was saying.)
In this story Jesus went on to say that we must learn a lesson from this story (verses 6-8), even the unjust judge rendered a just decision in end. But God is not like an unjust judge. SO, GOD WILL SURELY GIVE JUSTICE TO HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE WITHOUT PUTTING THEM OFF LIKE THE UNJUST JUDGE DID. Jesus said God will grant justice to them QUICKLY! IN THIS STORY JESUS WAS SHOWING A CONTRAST BETWEEN GOD AND UNJUST JUDGE! God responds quickly!
In Luke 11:5-8 we see another CONTRAST, NOT A COMPARISON. Jesus said if we cannot expect a physical person to treat us like the friend He describes in this story, how can we expect God to treat us like that? Why should we think God expects us to badger Him before He gives us what we want? This is another contrast, not a comparison!
Luke 11:9-13, “9 So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be open to you. 10 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
So, we can expect God to treat us better than a judge that upholds the law or our best friend can ever treat us. Luke 11:9-13 confirms this, Jesus said we can expect God to treat us better than an earthly father would treat his son.
Remember the following verses:
Romans 8:32 NKJV “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS?” Luke 12:32 NKJV “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.”
God, by grace, has anticipated the needs of the entire human race as well as every one of us individually. He has made the supply before we ever had the need. THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL COME INTO OUR LIVES THAT WILL CATCH GOD BY SURPRISE. Everything is already provided, but that doesn’t mean we will experience that provision unless we have an appropriate response of faith. FAITH GIVES US ACCESS TO ALL THAT GOD HAS PROVIDED BY GRACE.
Jesus said, in Matthew 6:7, “When you pray, DON’T BABBLE ON AND ON as people of other religions do. THEY THINK THEIR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED MERELY BY REPEATING THEIR WORDS AGAIN AND AGAIN.”
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REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST!