Struggle

6 NOVEMBER
A gracious reminder

TiTuS 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

If you have experienced God’s grace, you are a changed person. There is simply no way you can receive God’s gift of eternal life and have your sins forgiven by the blood of Christ, and go on living as you have formerly lived. By His sovereign grace alone, God has raised you from spiritual death and brought you personally to know Him.

However, at the same time, there are also powerful forces at work tempting you to revert to your old ways. The world bombards you daily with its false messages that promise pleasure, enticing you to satisfy your needs in disobedience to God. The flesh tempts you from within, promising you fulfilment if you yield. All of these powerful forces make us tend to forget what God has done in our hearts by His grace. And so we need to be reminded again and again of how God’s grace has laid hold of our lives.

We live in a pagan world, a culture that exalts sin and despises God. What our society needs is the Gospel. How do we gain a hearing for the Gospel among people who mock God and His people? We must live godly lives and excel in good works that display God’s grace through us.

More importantly, we need to keep being reminded of how God’s grace has changed us. If you have received mercy when you deserved judgement, then show God’s kindness and love to others. God has shown us great mercy. In light of that, show God’s mercy to a rebellious world by your godly behaviour and good deeds.

Thought Work done well for Christ will receive a “well done” from Christ.

~ Rev Isaac Ong

Today’s reading from Daily Manna struck me as God’s response to my prayer over temptations. There’s really no easy way out as long as we are in the flesh but strict discipline through submission to the Spirit and not to the flesh. Far too often we would prefer to please the flesh instead and wallow in our former vomit, only to feel the stench after, and to avoid communion with God and others. Before long, we’d start to shy away from God as Adam and Eve did, losing our blessed relationship with God. Then we ask ourselves, why the defeated Christian life? It’s not due to God who gave not the strength, and quite possibly that we are extremely weak, but more probably is because we desired to give in to the flesh an not the spirit. Rationalizing is a powerful stage of any criminal intent. It’s the immediate point of offense commitment. If one can rationalize out of it, for us even better through the word of God, we flew from sin.

God help us as we meditate on you word daily, keep us from sin and deliver us from evil. Amen.

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~ by ymsim on 2012/11/07.

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