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Sustaining Grace

I’m sure many of you know this, but just because you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, that doesn’t guarantee you will never again face conflict, trials, and tribulations in this life. The reason for this is that the world is a fallen place, and Christians are not exempt from adversity. However the good new is that God’s grace enables us to face life’s challenges with confidence and assurance.

Sustaining Grace Is God’s Answer

God’s power is most evident in our weakness. Paul wrote that he could face anything and be content (Philippians 4:11-13). He knew God’s grace was sufficient to carry him through difficult times (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Sustaining Grace Enables Us To Continue When Trials Come

When we don’t get an answer to our prayers immediately, it’s natural to wonder if God cares about our troubles. Satan wants us to distrust God, handle life on our own, and focus more on our loss than on the Lord. Grace enables us to come to God when we are under attack and confused. You have to remember, that God isn’t angered by our questions or difficulty in trusting Him.

Five Truths About Sustaining Grace

  • Giving up is unjustifiable. God is on your side.
  • The Father always has valuable lessons for us in adversity.
  • Let previous hardships in your life teach you how to respond in difficult times.
  • God doesn’t always promise an explanation. He wants you to trust Him.
  • God will use every crisis and all things for good to those that love Him (Romans 8:28)

How Grace Works

Grace releases supernatural strength to keep going in the midst of pain, suffering, and loss and the Holy Spirit helps us face adversity.  It is God’s grace that ignites determination to keep going. Grace reminds us that God is always with us and it assures us that the Lord sets limitations on what can happen to His children. Grace also gives us faith to believe God will transform tough times into something good.

When you feel discouraged and weary, take heart. Your heavenly Father still cares about you.  As you remain in close fellowship with Him, God will give you the ability to tackle life’s challenges with divine peace and joy. That’s the power of sustaining grace.

What are you facing that you need to rely on God for His sustaining grace?

— Pastor Temple

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