“And without faith it is impossible to please God … .” -Hebrews 11:6aTwo of the most important realities in our Christian walk are God’s mercy and grace.
God’s truth comes alive in our hearts when we trust what He says about the mercy and grace He’s extended to each of us. By believing Jesus fully paid the penalty for our sins and that all His works on our behalf were accomplished in His grace, we have the truths sufficient for whatever circumstances today may bring as we walk with Him.
The word “content” is used by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4 to explain the life-changing impact of God’s mercy and grace to all who trust in Jesus. Only a daily and active faith that completely trusts what God says can make contentment in Jesus a reality each day.
Someone once said, “The problem with Christian life is that it’s so daily.” That person is right.
Yesterday’s victories have nothing to do with today’s battles.
Satan can use our past successes and failures to defeat or discourage us today. In our failures, Satan brings condemnation by telling us God can’t use us because of our shortcomings.
We have all heard these lies, but by constantly remembering God’s great mercy and grace we know we are completely forgiven of our past, present, and future sins. And we can find comfort knowing our Father tells us He doesn’t remember our sins (Hebrews 8:12).
When Satan can’t discourage us through our failures, he uses our successes in an attempt to make us stumble on our pride. In these moments, we must remember success happens solely by God’s grace. The Apostle Paul sums up this point in 1 Corinthians:
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” -1 Corinthians 15:10
When we believe Jesus paid it all and that His grace is always sufficient, we can walk fully in the identity our Lord wants us to live out today, knowing that His grace is enough for every circumstance we encounter (2 Corinthians 12:9).
His mercies are new every day. His grace is sufficient. His strength covers our weaknesses.
Let Jesus wear your skin today, giving you all you need to live as a light to those around you. By allowing Him to live through you, you can extend His mercy and grace to others when they hurt or fail you.
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.