Blue Letter Bible
January 31, 2016
Source: Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Source: God’s Grace
Our initial encounter with the grace of God involved forgiveness and justification. “In Him we have our redemption through His blood, theforgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). Rich measures of God’s grace washed away our sins and gave us new life in Christ. Of course, that initial justifying work of God could not exhaust His grace. Rather, it was “according to the riches of His grace.“ There are unlimited riches yet available for our daily sanctification, our ongoing growth in Christ.
Hebrews 13:9 is one of the many places in Scripture that indicate progressive sanctification (that is, growth in godliness) is by grace. “It is good that the heart be established by grace.” This truth clearly pertains to sanctification and growth, not justification and new birth. At regeneration, we are given a new heart. “I will give you a new heartand put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). Then, after receiving a new, soft, responsive heart, the spiritual stabilization of that new heart must follow.
It is from within the heart that the development of applied righteousness must proceed. What is eventually seen and heard in our daily Christian lives sources from within the core of our inner being.“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues oflife“ (Proverbs 4:23). The Lord wants to work from deep within us. “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts.“
If an unstable, inconsistent life is being expressed outwardly, anunestablished heart within is the cause. Jesus taught that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Whatever is developing and filling up our inner man will eventually come out to be seen and heard.
In order to develop in us an increasingly mature, Christlike walk, ourheart must be established. The law of God is not designed to change men’s hearts. God’s grace is the essential and sufficient cause to bring about this desired work of godliness. “It is good that the heart beestablished by grace.”
Once more we have powerful biblical insight showing us that grace is not only God’s provision to forgive and birth us into His family, but graceis also His resource for the ongoing work of maturing us as His children.
10) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power,
11) Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15) and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on prayering for all the saints.
Source: Born again, from above