Thursday, September 1, 2016


Robert E. Hanna

Scripture Reading: II Timothy 1: 8, 9

Regardless of our degree of understanding of God's working, we can in no way diminish or deny His absolute sovereignty. Whatever He wills to do, He does. How it affects our individual lives is governed solely by the fabric of His master plan and program. As believers, we perform within the strength He gives us by His Holy Spirit. Paul emphasizes this, saying, "I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (II Corinthians 12:10). He leaves no doubt as to the Source of his strength as he declares, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).

Not only what we perform, but what we endure is by the enablement of His grace. "Be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."

What a program, what a purpose, what a statement of God's sovereignty! "According as He hath chosen us in Him BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love" (Ephesians 1:4). Thus He formed the Church which is His Body. " ... Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himselffor it ... that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians S:2Sb, 27). All this, according to His grace!

 Transformed By Grace  -
Kevin Sadler

Transformed By Grace #1 - Unity in Christ
Transformed By Grace #2 - One Body in Christ
Transformed By Grace #3 - The Apostle of Grace
Transformed By Grace #4 - The Gifts of Christ

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