Devotion, 9/29/20, God is able

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And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV)

We have in these words of Paul a tremendous promise. God is able (and willing) to make all grace abound toward us, those who believe in Jesus. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. He is able to overwhelm us with His grace. The result is that we are spiritually sufficient. Nothing can stop us. Grace can overpower our sins, our fears, and our reluctance to live for Jesus. Nothing can stop the grace of God from fulfilling His purpose. Why does He promise us abounding grace? So that we may live a life filled with good works.

Of course, our good works have nothing to do with our salvation. That is given to us freely, also by divine grace (See Ephesians 2:8-9). But God does not save us so we can live however we wish. He saves us so that we may live a life filled with an abundance of good works, honoring the Father and pointing others to Jesus.

What is our response to this promise? I think we should all pray that God will do in us and for us that which He is able to do. Namely, overwhelm us with His grace.

Father, I pray that Your abundant grace will flood into my soul. It is my desire to have an abundance of good works, works that are pleasing to You. I cannot do this without Your grace. My heart is open towards You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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