God’s Sustaining Grace…

UnknownThe Bible tells us that God always finishes what He starts. Always. “God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished…” It doesn’t say, God might finish it, it doesn’t say, God hopes to finish it. It says God will finish it. What does that mean?

It means if you have really given your life to Jesus Christ, if you’ve opened yourself up to God and said, “Christ, be number one in my life,” you are going to make it to heaven. There’s no doubt about it. Case closed. Done deal. Finished product. You are going to make it across the finish line. Because it doesn’t depend upon your performance, it depends upon God’s sustaining grace.

What is Sustaining Grace?
Sustaining Grace is the power to keep on going when I feel like giving up. Do you ever feel like you need this? Sustaining Grace is the power to do the right thing when you don’t feel like doing the right thing.

Regardless of what you go through, no matter what you face, you can count on
God’s Sustaining Grace being there.

1 Peter 5:11 “My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what happens.”

There are (3) three things in life that can cause you to stumble and drop out of the race.

God’s Sustaining Grace will help you in each of these three situations.

1. I can count on God’s Sustaining Grace to help me keep on standing when I’m tempted.

Temptation is the first thing that causes us to stumble. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 “Watch out for attacks from the devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. [In other words, Satan wants to eat your lunch.] Take a firm stand against him and be strong in the faith.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “The temptations that you have are the same ones that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can stand. When you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape. Then you will be able to stand it.” This is God’s Sustaining Grace.

This is a terrific, fantastic promise. It says here that God will never allow more temptation on you than His grace to you and in you will provide you strength to withstand.

Paul says, “God will make a way of escape.” God’s sustaining grace helps me stand firm when I’m tempted.

2. God’s sustaining Grace helps me keep standing when I’m tired.

“Having done all to stand…stand.”

Sometimes I’m not tempted. Sometimes I’m just tired. Life is often exhausting. It requires a lot of strength, a lot of energy to live life especially when you’re trying to do the right thing rather than the easiest thing. There are a lot of people in life that don’t try to do the right thing; they just want to do whatever’s the easiest. That’s no problem at all. You can coast through life if you always do the easiest thing. But when you’re coasting, you’re always going downhill. You’re always headed down when you coast.

On the other hand, when you try to do the right thing even though it’s not the easiest thing, it requires energy. It requires effort, strength. Many of you are the only believer where you work. It’s tough. Do you ever get tired of doing what’s right? Sure. Because it’s tough moving against the flow, swimming upstream. When all the culture is going one way and you’re trying to do the right thing, it’s tough. It’s tough being the only person in the office when someone starts some dirty jokes and you don’t want to be a part. The more you try to do what’s right, the more energy it’s going to require. Yet God says, “Let us not grow weary in doing right for we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up.”

But where do you get the power to do the right thing when you don’t feel like doing it and you’re dead tired. Sometimes I don’t want to be nice to my family, I want to be cranky. Sometimes I don’t want to be nice to a clerk I want to be grouchy. Sometimes I want to be rude back to people who are rude to me. Where does one get the energy to do the right thing?

2 Corinthians 1 “It is God who gives us the ability to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us and He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.”

The reason why some Christians are tired all the time is because they are trying to live the Christian life and that doesn’t work. You’re trying to be like Jesus. You’re trying to do good. You’re trying to keep the His Commandments. You’re trying to be a person of integrity. You’re trying, trying, trying… And you get tired.

No doubt Noah got tired building that boat. The Bible tells us in Genesis 6, “Noah
found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” We must continue to look to Him and trust Him for His strength when we are tired.

Philippians 2:13 “For God is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose.” Will and power. The Christian life is not a matter of willpower — your willpower. It is a matter of God’s will and God’s power in your life. When God gives you the will and the power to do something, you’ll be able to do it. God never asks you to do something He doesn’t give you the power to do.

There’s another way God gives us His sustaining grace. Not just when I’m tempted and not just when I’m tired.

3. God’s Sustaining Grace gives me the power to keep going when I’m troubled.

In other words, when I have problems, when I have difficulties. Jesus said, “In the world you will have trouble.” He said expect it, don’t be surprised, and don’t be blown away by it. You’re going to have difficulties; you’re going to have obstacles. You will have situations that you cannot handle. He says, “I will give you the power.”

There are three kinds of trouble. There’s a kind of trouble that blows you away like a wind. There’s the kind of trouble that weighs you down like a sack of potatoes. There’s the kind of trouble like the rug’s pulled out from beneath you.

But the most difficult kinds of trouble to handle are the troubles, the problems in life, that are unplanned, unrelenting, and undeserved. There are some things I bring on myself. I figure, “I made the mess. I’ve got to clean it up.” I don’t mind handling problems I created. I figure that’s par for the course. I did it. I have to clean it up. But God will help us if we ask him. He will give us the strength to face our trouble and help us fix the trouble we may have caused.

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

If you find yourself tempted, tired or in trouble call on the Lord and allow him to help you. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

About Ron

Ron and Anne founded the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982. Ron presently serves as its apostolic overseer. He travels nationally and internationally motivating and challenging people to be effective in their call and ministry to their local church, their community, and the marketplace.

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  1. Josam Nandwa Musambayi says:

    Its true-GOD always finishes what he has started.That is one of his attributes.For instance he said through Prophet Isaiah that his word will never return to him void. That his character, virtue and quality.

  2. janet crews says:

    Ron, you truly have a gift that many wish they possessed, wisdom. I not only see this gifting in your life, but in your son Phil and Michael Cheshire as well. Talk about balanced, stable men of God. Thanks for the wisdom and inspiration that you impart almost on a daily basis. Seems like when I am blown away by something one of y’all say, the three of you have something more or equally inspiring to share the next day. Just wanted you to know that I am very appreciative. janet

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