Thanks to Zan for the DIG today…..
As I was listening to Pastor Vic’s message the other day I was particularly drawn to Galatians 2 v 21 when Paul says “not to frustrate the grace of God”.
I wondered what we would have to do to make that happen so I looked up the Greek for ‘frustrate’ and it means to neutralise, disannul and bring to nought.
That sounds pretty serious to me especially when we are talking about the grace of God having an effect on our lives.
We know that grace here is talking about Jesus and to think we can do things to stop Him working in our lives needs to be looked into.
So many times when we put our prayers and requests to God we want immediate results and when we don’t see these materialise in our lives as quickly as we would like we start to think about possible things we should be doing or not doing so that God will bless us.
For example, is there something I need to do more of or something I must never do again and then maybe God will move in my life.
And there we have it.
As soon as we start to look at ourselves and what we might have to do or not do we ‘frustrate the grace of God’ because we are no longer looking to Jesus and His finished work on the cross but instead putting into practise the rest of verse 21 which tells us that if righteousness comes by the law then Jesus died in vain.
As soon as we think we have to do something then we immediately have put ‘works’ into practise and we negate the power of God in our lives.
We must always remember that the manifestation of God’s goodness comes by faith and not by works.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Jesus that it’s all about what you have done on my behalf and your great love for me.”
Galatians 2 v 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God for if righteousness comes by the law then Christ died in vain