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A Thought for the Day—Jesus Our Happy One

Thursday, July 12, 2007

"Blessed [happy] are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3 NKJ)

God is a happy Being. Paul says our Gospel is about the blessed (happy) God (1 Timothy 1:11). Later in his writing to Timothy, Paul says that Jesus is happy being our Savior (1 Timothy 6:15). God is not only happy in who He is, He is happy in being for us what He needs to be to make us happy. God wants us to be happy.

Satan can give us momentary pleasure. We can have momentary pleasure in receiving things of this world. However if we live for the things of this world, and focus on them only, we will become stingy and miss the blessing of giving. God knows the blessedness of giving. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. God is happy because He gave His best for us--His only Son. Jesus is happy because He gave His life for us so that our sins could be forgiven and removed, and so that we could know and receive the happiness of living in God’s will. We will be truly happy when the life of God is brought into us and we become united with His will, knowing the happiness of God. God lives in His will, and He is happy doing so. Only His will is done in heaven, where He lives. He wants us to live in heaven with Him where only His will is done; then we can live in happiness. There we can know the joy of living in happiness, doing His will as He does.

In the verses of Matthew cited above, Jesus is beginning His ministry. He begins by telling those following Him that we can be happy only by recognizing our spiritual need to receive help, strength, and revelation from God. This recognition is necessary for our happiness. God created us so that He could empower us with His Spirit and then we could be in continual communion with Him, letting Him direct and empower us, as He will for those who live in heaven with Him.

As a man, Jesus became weak like us. Matthew 11:29 tells us He was lowly in heart. He knew His need to receive revelation and strength from the Holy Spirit. As a child, He was empowered by the Holy Spirit so He could be faithful to God’s will in all things as His parents raised Him (Luke 2:40). When time came for Him to enter His miracle-working ministry, He received another measure of the Holy Spirit so that He could accomplish His God-given ministry (Acts 10:38). He lived in communion with God. For example, He prayed all night, seeking revelation from His Father about choosing His disciples (Luke 6:12,13).

God wants us to be happy. He knows we can only be truly happy when we recognize our need of Him and our need to be empowered by His Holy Spirit. Jesus knew this, lived this way and spoke of this. Let us rejoice in recognizing our need to be spiritually empowered by the Spirit of God.

Father, we rejoice that You gave Your Son to show us how to live, dependent upon You. We rejoice that He lived in Your will and knew the joy of living in Your will, even when He went to the cross. How great You are! Help us to be united with Christ and to be lowly in heart. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day—Jesus Our Happy One

Friday, July 13, 2007

"Blessed are the poor is spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3 NKJ)

God is a happy Being. In 1 Timothy 1:11, Paul says our Gospel is about the blessed (happy) God. Later in his writing to Timothy, Paul says Jesus is happy being our Savior (1 Timothy 6:15). God is happy in who He is, and in being for us what He needs to be to make us happy. God wants us to be happy, as He is!

God created man with a need to draw spiritual life and strength from Him. This is why He put the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. When God created man, He knew there would be evil spirits around him, and that mankind would sin. He knew He would have to send a Savior to free people from their sin and to take sin out of the world. He knew He could save us from sin and give us power to overcome our sinful ways and to reign in life through the power of His Spirit given to us through our Savior. He knew how happy we would be living in fellowship with Him, receiving life from Him, and recognizing our own weakness and His greatness.

Jesus, as a man, became weak like us. Being lowly in heart, He knew He needed the Holy Spirit to give Him revelation and strength. The Holy Spirit empowered Him throughout His childhood so that He could be faithful to God’s will in all things (Luke 2:40). When it was time for Him to begin His miracle-working ministry, God gave Him another measure of the Holy Spirit so He could fulfill His God-given ministry (Acts 10:38). He lived in communion with God, doing only what He saw His Father doing. He prayed all night, seeking revelation from His Father about choosing His disciples (Luke 6:12,13).

Before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed that God would find a way to save the world other than by His having to take our sinful nature on Himself and into hell, becoming separated from His Father, and enduring God’s wrath (rightly due to us) for our sins. Then, knowing that He must drink the cup of suffering and death, He prayed for the strength to do what was necessary (Matthew 26:42). The Bible says of Jesus, "…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear…" (Hebrews 5:7NKJ). He prayed for and received strength not to let death overwhelm Him, but that He might still accomplish all that He must do on the cross, even while suffering the pangs of death while separated from His Father. God gave Him the grace to do this, because of His godly fear (Hebrews 5:7). The Bible says He was given grace to taste death for all men (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus knew His weakness, yet He also knew God’s power available to Him. He knew that He was poor in spirit, but that God would supply all His needs. This is why He was happy, filled with the nature of God and weak with the nature of man, when on the earth. He invites us to let Him reveal and impart His humility to us so that we too can be happy.

Father, we rejoice that you have made us weak in spirit so that we can draw on Your holy and Divine nature and live in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Be Happy in Christ

Monday, July 16, 2007

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5 NKJ)

Rejoice! Be joyful! Be glad! These are all familiar commands in the Bible. Paul says, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NKJ) David says, "Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King" (Psalm 149:2 NKJ). David says again, "But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; yes, let them rejoice exceedingly" (Psalm 68:3 NKJ).

Jesus had joy. Just before going to the cross, He told the disciples, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11) NKJ). He had just explained to them their need to be constantly abiding in Him, to be receiving life from Him. He had previously told them that He came to give them life and to give them an abundance of His life (John 10:11). He knew that He had come from God and was going to God (John 13:3). He knew the weakness of sinful flesh. He was made weak like we are, yet He was without sin. He knew how to draw power from the Holy Spirit. He was able through the power of the Holy Spirit to do signs and wonders. He was able through the power of the Holy Spirit to show the people that God was with Him and that He was doing these things to show them that God loved them and had given Him power to do such things.

Here, Jesus is telling His disciples that meekness is a key ingredient in being happy, for the meek will inherit the earth. The meek shall rule with Christ, as God has given Him the earth as His inheritance. Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the Old Testament, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend them against injustice.

The meek will go through persecution by others, including some in the body of Christ. Jesus experienced this and now reigns far above all the earth. We too are promised this reward (Isaiah 41:17, Luke 18:1-8). Be happy in the meekness of Christ!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your ways. Help us to receive and live in the meekness of Jesus so we may know His joy and happiness. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day—Jesus Our Happy One

              Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."(Matthew 5:4 NKJ)

Mourning is an expression of grief because of a significant loss or dreadful event. People may mourn over the loss of something or someone. We express grief or sorrow through mourning. We may grieve over the loss of health, or loss of loved ones. We might mourn because of what we see happening in the lives of others or by what we see others doing.

When Jesus died, women mourned for days (Mark 16:10). Jesus was grieved in His spirit when He observed the hardness of heart of the Pharisees (Mark 3:5). The greatest loss we can have is the loss of our ability to live in communion with God. The greatest grief men will have is when, in hell, they experience total removal of the grace and presence of God.

Jesus knows the deepest cause of men’s griefs and sorrows. He came to restore us to a life in the reality of God’s abiding presence. He knew man’s need. The Bible says, "Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings; In the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish; but the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow" (Isaiah 17:10-11NKJ).

Jesus came to bring us life from God. He came bring into humanity a life that constantly lived in the reality of God’s presence. He came to bear our griefs and sorrows for us. He suffered the grief of entering for us the place of ultimate separation from God. He entered death for us, with our sins and sinful ways, so that we would not have to go into that place. Now He lives, able to give us hope and comfort. He is able to bring us strength even when we are surrounded by sinful people and even when we commit sin and fail. He can give us a life that has overcome the ways of the world, and a life that knows the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we too can reign in life. Jesus died so we can have this life. He lives to minister His life and power into us.

God leads us to mourn over what we have done and over the ways of this world. But He also shows us His plan, His mercy, and His life-changing ability so that we can be comforted. Let us look to Christ, who mourned over the ways of men, but rejoiced and was comforted in the plan and life of His Father.

Father, we rejoice in that You lead us to mourn, and then You show us Your plan for our salvation and for the reign of Christ to be established in all of the world and in all of the heavens. Help us to receive Your comfort. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Be Happy in Christ

Thursday, July 19, 2007

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6 NKJ)

Jesus loved to do what was right. He came to do the will of His Father, and He loved to do it. He believed that His Father’s ways were best. He believed that His Father was holy and righteous. When Jesus did what His Father wanted Him to do, He was acting righteously. Jesus was not weighed down with guilt or shame, like men, because He had nothing to feel guilty about and did nothing to be ashamed of. He knew His Father was continually happy with Him because of His obedience.

Jesus told His disciples, "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11 NKJ). When we keep the commands of Jesus we will abide in His love. When we disobey, we lose the sense of abiding in Him, until we confess our disobedience, have our consciences cleansed by His blood, and have our spirits renewed by the Holy Spirit.

David understood this. He says, "Blessed [Happy] is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah" (Psalm 32:2-5 NKJ).

Jesus not only did what was right, He wanted the unrighteous ways of men taken out of the earth and into the darkness. He was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He had joy, and He has joy today because of His love of righteousness and His hatred of evil and His desire to see it removed. He reigns in heaven. God has exalted Him because of these characteristics. Speaking through the Holy Spirit, God says of His Son, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions" (Hebrews 1:8-9 NKJ).

God wants us to be happy. He wants us to be partakers of His righteous character and to love what He loves. He promises to do this for and in us. The Bible says, "In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS'" (Jeremiah 33:17 NKJ). God offers us the opportunity to put our sins on Christ and to receive His righteousness into us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Hallelujah! We can rejoice!

Father, we confess that You are holy and that You are righteous in all Your ways. We rejoice that You have provided the way for us to cast off our sin and to be filled with Your righteousness through Jesus. Help us to live in and walk in all that You have provided for us. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Be Happy in Christ

Friday, July 20, 2007

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7 NKJ)

Mercy has been defined as compassion or forbearance shown to people, especially to those who offend us. When Moses asked God to show him His glory, God responded by telling Moses that He would reveal His names to him. God’s glory is the outshining radiance of His majesty, power and splendor. Man in his natural state cannot look upon this directly; it would be too bright for his eyes or too powerful for his human body to withstand. It would be like putting our finger into an outlet charged with 2000 volts of power; it would devastate our body. God told Moses that He would show him some of the attributes of His character and in that way Moses would know what made God such a glorious Being (Exodus 34:6).

When God began to reveal His names, He began by declaring that He was merciful. God is a Being who loves to show compassion for people, especially those who have offended Him. God shows compassion by not bringing about His righteous anger upon them when they have rebelled and turned away from and mocked God’s nature and character. God in His mercy does not let people suffer the consequences of their sin and spend eternity separated form Him in the darkness of hell. He has provided a way for people to have their sinful nature go into hell through Christ. He is merciful.

He does more that just keeping us from the just rewards of our sinful ways. In His mercy He helps us to be restored to a life with Him. Jesus showed mercy by showing love to people and healing them. He restored sight to the blind and he healed all those who came to Him. He was God. He had the nature of God. He also was weak like us, and was able to receive the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit so that He could bring God’s mercy into the lives of those who came to Him.

God desires that we too know the joy of being merciful as He is merciful. He desires that we too show mercy to others. He provides for us to be able to receive His nature through Christ so that we too can be merciful to others as Christ did. HE PROVIDES His Holy Spirit to empower us so that we can do merciful deeds. He gives us opportunities each day to show His love and compassion to many He brings into our lives. We need mercy to show mercy, so that we can reap the benefits of being merciful and knowing the joy of living in God’s mercy.

Father, we rejoice in Your mercy. Help us to receive and live in Your mercy through Christ in us. Help us to receive the power of Your Holy Spirit so that we can show and impart mercy to others in ways that are meaningful to them. Amen.
 

A Thought for the Day--Be Happy in Christ

Monday, July 23, 2007

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NKJ)

God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all; this is the message Jesus brought into the world (1 John 1:5).  God is holy--His nature is pure, and His motives are above reproach.  He loves what is right and wants His created beings to live with Him in purity and holiness.  He lives in the holiest of holy places.  He loves to dwell in holiness, and He wants us to dwell in holiness.  That is what heaven is like--a place where the holiness of God is manifested and appreciated and reverenced.  The angels before the throne of God, who see Him in His exuberant beauty and holiness, never cease to cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy are You Lord.”  As they watch the actions of God, the angels cry out to one another, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord!”

God loves righteousness and wants to impart His righteous character and nature into His created beings.  Jesus told His followers: “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33 NKJ).  Jesus did not tell the people to do righteous things; rather He told them to seek the righteousness of God.  God wants us to be righteous so that we can and will do righteous things.  He knows that in our sinful nature we cannot continually do righteous things--that sin will exert its power and we will fall from righteous living.  God also knows that His righteous desires are more powerful than the sinful ways of the world.  God keeps Himself righteous because His righteous desires are empowered by His Holy Spirit.  Jesus lived that way, and He wants that for us.  The Holy Spirit can impart righteousness into our very being.  Righteousness is a gift God would bestow upon us and bring into us so that we can do righteous things.  The Bible says, “…those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17 NKJ).

God is happy being righteous, doing righteous things, and imparting His righteous nature into us.  He wants us to be happy.  We can be happy by receiving His righteous ways into us through the Holy Spirit and manifesting His righteous ways to others by the righteous deeds we do under the power of the Holy Spirit.  Let us seek, receive, and be filled with the righteousness of God.  We will then know His joy in being righteous.

Father, we confess that You are holy and righteous in Your nature, in Your desires and in Your actions.  We rejoice that through Jesus we can receive Your righteous character into our being and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, manifest Your righteous ways to others. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Be Happy in Christ

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NKJ)

The Bible says that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  He is pure light.  Something that is pure has no other substance in it.  Pure gold has had all the impurities removed.  God is, always has been, and always will be pure light.   God desires that our hearts be pure, so that we truly know and love Him.  He has provided a way to purify out hearts through the blood of Jesus.

Through the blood of Jesus, I have been redeemed--purchased by God.  I belong to Him.  My sins are forgiven.  Many Christians know these things and are living in them.  But there is more.  Through the blood of Jesus, I can be cleansed from my sin.  Jesus not only has redeemed me by His blood, but now He also cleanses me from the desires of sin that have come into my body, soul and spirit.  The Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 KJV).

The blood of Jesus is the instrument God uses to cleanse me.  The Bible says: "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7 KJV).  My body and my spirit need to be cleansed from the effects of sin.  The Bible says: "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).  When we confess our sins, God will not only forgive us but also cleanse our spirit.

My conscience--my inner voice--needs to be awakened to the things of God.  It needs to be cleansed so it can instruct and encourage me in God’s ways.  My inner voice needs to bring me the truths of God’s declarations about me, about my purpose, and about His will. Although my spirit has been deadened by sin and has become a tool of sin, Jesus’ blood can cleanse my conscience and cause me to be encouraged and strengthened in serving God.  The Bible says: "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14 KJV)

My heart, my feelings, my attitudes, my desires, my mind and my will need to be cleansed from the effects of a conscience that was not working properly--that was under sin and self-condemnation.  The Bible says: "...let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled {clean} from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water" (Hebrews 10:22 KJV).  Let us draw near to Him and let His purifying actions work in us, so we can be emptied of ourselves and filled with Him through the blood of Jesus.  Then we can begin to truly understand the ways of God and live for Him as we behold the Lamb.

Father, we confess that You are pure and holy.  Help us to let the blood of Christ purify our hearts so we can experience the blessedness of truly knowing You.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Jesus Our Happy One

Monday, August 6, 2007

"For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,” (Psalm 37:22 NKJ)

God is a happy Being.  Paul says our Gospel is about the blessed (happy) God (1 Timothy 1:11).  Later in his writing to Timothy, Paul says Jesus is happy being our Savior (1 Timothy 6:15).  God is not only happy in who He is, He is happy in being for us what He needs to be to make us happy.  God wants us to be happy.

The passages in Matthew chapter 5 speak of how to be happy.  Jesus spoke these things to help us to understand and enter into the ways of being happy. He said:

     "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
      Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
      Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
      Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
      Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,
          for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”  (Matthew 5:3-10 NKJ).

Jesus knew of God’s plan for Him.  He knew He was to be the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.  He knew He was to be raised from the depths of hell by the power of the Holy Spirit so that He could be made the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He knew that God would put all things under His feet as He reigned in heaven as our heavenly High Priest.  He cried out from the depths of hell for the Father to deliver Him from the powers of death and hell so that He could become our heavenly High Priest.  

Jesus taught us to pray to His Father for His kingdom to be established on the earth.  He knows God wants us to reign with Him far above the spiritual powers that reign on and over the earth. He knew and knows God’s desire to bless us as He has blessed Him with rulership in His kingdom.  That is why God has said that all those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth.  Let us live for Him in His kingdom so that we inherit the earth with Him.

Father, we rejoice that You have blessed Your Son and made Him King over all the earth.  Help us to live for Him and to let Him live in us so that we can be blessed and reign with Him.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day—Jesus Our Happy One

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"But to the Son He says: ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.’" (Hebrews 1:8-9 NKJ)

We can rejoice!  We can be happy!  God has a plan, and He is bringing it about.  He will bring the beauty and purity of His heavenly kingdom into the earth.  He has already raised His Son from the realms of darkness onto His heavenly throne and made Him King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

Jesus, the Son of God, became man and was weak like us.  The Bible says, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9 NKJ).  Jesus, in His weakness, drew upon the power of the Holy Spirit.  Luke 2:40 tells us that the grace of God was upon Him as a child growing up and that as a teenager He grew in wisdom and grace.  He received additional grace through the Holy Spirit so that He could perform the healing miracles showing that He had come to bear our griefs and sicknesses.  The Bible says, “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses’" (Matthew 8:16-17 NKJ).  In the passage cited at the beginning of this paragraph, we are told that Jesus received grace so that He might taste death for everyone.  He entered the place of total separation from God, called the abyss, so that we would not have to go there.  He took our old sinful nature upon Himself, bore our deep-seated sinful ways, and brought them there.  That was the role of the scapegoat in the Jewish religion.  He became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  The Holy Spirit gave Him grace to accomplish His work.

Jesus did what He did because He loved righteousness.  He and His Father were united in the Holy Spirit in loving righteousness.  Jesus hated evil and wanted it removed from God’s kingdom.  He had joy in being able to fulfill God’s purposes for Him so that God’s ultimate purposes could come about.  God rewarded Jesus and made Him the ruler over all His created universe; angels, demons, principalities, kings and rulers were put under Him.  God is now bringing about the full manifestation of the reign of Christ through His people.  We can participate in the fulfillment of God’s plan.  Let us have joy!  Let us have the joy of Christ in us, as we allow Him to live in us and to reign through us.

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your plan   Help us to know, receive, and live in the joy of Christ.  Let us know and worship You, O God, as You impart Your Spirit into us through Christ.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day--Living in Grace

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJ)

Paul understood the grace of God.  He understood that God extended grace to him for all things.  He said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJ).  He knew that he was weak in himself, yet he also knew he could do mighty things through the power of God in Christ that was within him.  He knew that he needed revelation from God to know the will of God, and that he needed power from God to carry out that revealed will.  He said, “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 NKJ).

The Christian life becomes impossible when we do not rely on revelation from God to know what to do, and on the power of God to do what He has revealed.  When we do not rely on God’s revelation and grace, we make excuses for our failures, or we let Satan put guilt trips on us, or we live in shame and beat ourselves up.  We become fearful of problems or difficult situations, thinking that we are going to have to figure out how to solve or overcome them.  We fail to remember God’s revelatory ability to show us how to solve problems, and God’s powerful Spirit igniting us with supernatural power to be able to do what He has revealed.

God knows our deep needs.  He knows that we need grace to remember that we need grace!  The Bible says that Jesus came to give us grace for grace (John 1:16).  Jesus was weak like us; He too needed to receive revelation from His Father.  He too needed to receive grace from the Holy Spirit to be able to do what God had revealed to Him.  This is how He lived.  As a child Jesus had the grace of God upon Him.  The Bible says, “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him” (Luke 2:40 NKJ).  As a teenager He continued to grow in the grace of God (Luke 2:52).  At the age of 30 He received an even greater measure of grace to be able to enter into His miracle-working ministry.  In Gethsemane He received another measure of grace to be able to enter the place of death--complete separation from God--in our stead.  The Bible says, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9 NKJ).  Let us have grace for grace, and do all God asks so that others might see the grace of God in Christ in us.

Father, we rejoice that You gave grace to Your Son when He was weak like us.  Help us to receive, walk in, and live out of Your grace so others will know and love You.  Amen.

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