Grace For The New Year



Maybe you're a bit like me when it gets to this time of the year, and you reflect on what's been and what's still to come.

One thing that I've come to realise more and more is how desperately I need God's grace in my life. I don't know about you << Test First Name >>, but I would not still be alive and kicking if not for God's grace this year, and I certainly won't be able to do anything of value in 2020 without His grace... that's for sure!

God's grace towards us is multi-faceted. As John Piper says:

"Grace is not only God’s disposition to do good for us when we don’t deserve it. It is an actual power from God that acts and makes good things happen in us and for us."

I read these powerful words when I came across a devotional John wrote on Desiring God. It's such a good reflection, I've included it in full as today's reflection. Here it is..---

 "By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me." (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Grace is not only God’s disposition to do good for us when we don’t deserve it. It is an actual power from God that acts and makes good things happen in us and for us.

God’s grace was God’s acting in Paul to make Paul work hard: “By the grace of God . . . I worked harder than any of them.” So when Paul says, “Work out your own salvation,” he adds, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12–13). Grace is power from God to do good things in us and for us.

This grace is past and it is future. It is ever-cascading over the infinitesimal waterfall of the present, from the inexhaustible river of grace coming to us from the future, into the ever-increasing reservoir of grace in the past.

In the next five minutes, you will receive sustaining grace flowing to you from the future, and you will accumulate another five minutes’ worth of grace in the reservoir of the past. The proper response to the grace you experienced in the past is thankfulness, and the proper response to grace promised to you in the future is faith. We are thankful for the past grace of the last year, and we are confident in the future grace for the new year.

Wow! What grace we receive from our awesome God, << Test First Name >>!

Why not set aside time today to thank God for the grace you experienced in 2019 and thank Him in advance for the future grace you will experience in 2020? I'm sure doing this will set you off on a great trajectory into the New Year!


Blessings,


 

Ps Joel Hawting

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