December 1, 2008

Sinners Saved By Grace!!

Paul never said, "O wretched man, that I am! How am I ever going to live the overcoming life?"
He did say, "who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"

It is not a question of self-discipline but a question of God's deliverance. Paul is saying that the remains of corruption after regeneration and being joined with Christ are like a dry tender box and one spark of temptation could set it afire. It is not an exaggeration to say we are walking a mind field and we have to have the leading of the Holy Spirit to navigate our way.

If the Holy Spirit takes his hand off us we are certain to step on a trap and be blown to bits. "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil."

We are sinners saved by grace! That statement has been the leaven in my life from the year of my rebirth. I was raised in a church that pronounced one a saint instead of a sinner. Our saint hood was determined by self-discipline and overcoming formulas requiring vigorous ascetic practices.

I knew myself to be a sinner "saved by grace." Self mastery has not got me where I am now! God is undoubtedly the source of my deliverance! Self mastery has its rewards. It does profit some! Some can boast of their rewards but for me the lack of rewards is my boast! I am decreasing as He increases!

I am saved by grace. I am sustained by grace. Grace will lead me home!


Anonymous said...

Positionally, I am an overcomer in Christ. He overcame for me.

Practically, as I yield to the Spirit He applies Christ's victory to me.

WatchingHISstory said...