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In our new life with Christ Jesus, we have new goals, a new direction and a new outcome. We no longer live the same way we once did. We live for Christ now, and He has rules of character that we are to live by. These rules are stated in God's Word. Here is where we find out what is available to us and what is required. We are now a part of a covenant. What we are looking at today is, how we can be able to do what God asks of us.

In Hebrews 12:28 it says, "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:..." This says that we need grace so that we can serve God acceptably. Grace in this particular passage means, "the divine influence upon the heart and the reflection in the life." So for us to be able to serve God acceptably, we need His divine influence upon our hearts. The reflection of this influence results in a Christ-like character. Just as our character was evil with the influence of the devil on our hearts, so will our character be good and acceptable with God's divine influence upon our hearts. This is something we need if we are to serve Christ acceptably. However, even though this grace is a strength and power, it does not overrule our will. We must apply this grace to our lives and not expect that it will make us do what we should. We provide the will to do, and God provides the means of doing.

Our focus is a big factor in where we are going. Hebrews 13:9 says, "...Be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein." We need to be sure that we are not focusing on the wrong things-things that will cause us to spin our wheels and not get anywhere. At least they are not getting us where we need to be.

We must have a goal and be sure that it is the right goal. Will it make us more like Christ? Will it make others more like Christ? After our goal is set, then we must stay on track, focusing on that goal. If you are driving and you close your eyes, for even a short time, you lose sight of where you are and how to get where you are going. Keep them closed too long and it may cause you to go completely off the road. Let's be sure to stay focused.

If we look in II Corinthians 12:7-10, we see that Paul had a problem. He calls it a thorn. He sought the Lord about it, and the response was that he could bear it. The Lord basically told him that he could live with it through the grace of God in him. In verse 9, it says that God's grace is sufficient for us, that His strength is made perfect in weakness. In the last part of the 10th verse, Paul says that when he is weak, then is he strong. It is only when we are weak in Christ, realizing that we can do nothing without Him, that we can be strong. When the grace of God has free reign in our heart, then His strength is perfect in us without restraint. [ The End ]


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