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 Growing by Grace - 11/13/10

Isaiah 64:5-9

November 13, 2010

 

5Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
6But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take
hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
8But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
9Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.


The Word of God spoke to me early this morning through this passage. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved or able to do ANYTHING to help ourselves or others. We are dead and hopelessly wandering in the dark until He calls us into His marvelous light. Verse 7 says that we were not able to pick ourselves up… indeed He came to our rescue.

Brothers and sisters, as we enter into these critical days in God’s plan for us, it is urgent that we “go deeper” in our relationship with God. He is calling many of us to be watchmen on the wall and encourage believers to go deeper. But just as it was when we were first saved, God is showing me that even in going deeper, we can’t do it on our own (again from verse 7). We need Him to draw us in by the power of His Spirit.

Present yourselves as available and willing vessels. Make it your prayer today that God would take you and draw you in closer to Him, into a more intimate walk… a walk like Enoch experienced… a walk of power and abundant life. And then stand back and behold what God does.

"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." - Zechariah 4:6

It is never by our might, or strength, or intelligence, ...or righteousness... It is ALWAYS by His grace and the Spirit of the LORD working inside of us.

 

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