The Ministry of Grace 06 October Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Did you know its possible to be a Christian and live without the ministry of grace thats offered by the Holy Spirit? Certainly it is. Read the book of Galatians and youll see. When Paul said the Galatians had fallen from grace (Galatians 5:1-4), he didnt mean they had lost their right to go to heaven. He meant they had fallen from their dependence on the Holy Spirit. They were reverting to the traditions of the Law, and in doing so they had deprived themselves of the Holy Spirits ministry of grace for daily living. You see, the Spirit of God didnt quit ministering grace to us the day we were born again. He remains in us to minister graceGods favor and blessingto us every day. But when we dont trust in and depend on His ministry, we hinder Him from performing it. How can you demonstrate your trust in Him? By simply being obedient. You can start by obeying what you know Gods Word says. The Spirit of God is the author of the Bible, so you can be sure when youre obeying that Word, youre in line with the Spirit. And we need to learn to hear the Holy Spirit in our spirit. By fellowshiping with the Lord in prayer and in the Word, we can develop our spiritual hearing and our sensitivity to the Spirit. We need to develop our confidence to the point we know, I wont be led astray. My heart is right before Him. I fellowship with Him. I study the Word. I walk in the fear of God and I expect to walk in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. Once you know those thingsstep out and obey the promptings you receive. Dont be afraid of making a mistake. You have the protection of knowing that the Holy Spirit will never lead you contrary to Gods written Word. By following the Holy Spirit day by day in the big things and the small, you wont compromise Gods ministry of graceHis divine favor and blessing. Youll keep the door open to hearing and knowing His promptings, and what He wants you to do. All thats left is to follow through.Isaiah 60-61; Psalm 58I stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free. I refuse to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16