Walking in Grace

I just finished reading a book entitled, “Grace Walk” by Steve McVey.  This book itself is prime evidence of the truth it teaches – that Jesus Christ will do more through us that we could ever do for Him.  (Grace verses Works) has always been a struggle within the Christian life.  Most of us know a little about God’s grace, or at least enough to say it is AMAZING right.  You also may know about what works are all about.  If you read the Bible enough you know that it is full of things we should and should not be doing.  The problem comes we place works ahead of grace this is called “Legalism.” Legalism is when we try and try to do what is right in God’s eyes, living the best we can for Him and all the while we struggle to live up to God expectations.  Legalist Christians, feel defeated, feel like a failure, simply because of the struggle to maintain the Christian appearance.  I wonder, have you ever felt this way.  Well, I have.  I have fell into the trap of legalism, more times than I can count.  This is where living the Christian life can seem hard and frustrating at the same time.

True followers of Christ truly want to live in Christ like victory.  We even sing about it when we sing, “Victory in Jesus.”  Many of us wonder is a victorious Christian life even possible.  And the answer is YES!  In his book, Steve points out some very important truths that we as Christians seem to miss.  We buy into the lie that tells us that we need to live a perfect life and we do this by trying to live out the Christian life on our own, as if we have the power to do it. God knows we can't live up to His standards thats why God sent us His Son, so His standards could be lived out through Jesus' life. Christ never intended for any of His followers to live the Christian life.  If you think about it, living the Christian life is impossible for you and me.  Christ must be the one who lives the Christian life in us.  That is what makes us a Christian in the first place.  You can’t be a Christian without Christ, and you certainly can’t live out the Christian life without Christ. This is the fundamental truth about Christianity.  And somewhere along the way we forgot this or just ignored it. 

We read the Bible and we see all these do’s and don’ts and we start trying to live these things out in our life hoping to please God in the process.  We forgot that it was Christ in the first place that gave us the new life, and guess what it is Christ’s life that is the NEW LIFE that lives in us.  It makes sense when you think about it.  This is just another piece of what God’s grace is trying to do in our life.  It was God’s grace that justified us and gave us a new life and its God’s grace that is needed to sanctify us.  The problem comes when we think we can do ourselves. 

Look at it this way; you cannot save yourself can you.  In order to be saved from your sins you must receive God’s gift, (the gift of grace) Jesus Christ is God’s gift of grace to all who believe and put their faith in His name.  It only stands to reason that if you can’t save yourself then you cannot live a saved life by yourself either. This is why Jesus said that in order to be a true follower one must “deny self.” Now this is where the struggle comes from.  We keep putting self ahead of God.  Remember, self died when you became one with Christ.  Paul put it this way, “It is no longer I that live but Christ who lives within…” Galatians 2:20.  Until you and I come to a place where we understand this truth and accept it, we will always struggle in our Christian walk. 

We need to walk in Grace not in works alone.  Don’t worry about the works, because the works will come as an outflow of Christ living His life through you.  It is automatic my friend. Let me just say that this book is worth the time to read it.  It has opened my eyes to deeper understanding of God’s amazing grace for my life.  Walking in grace frees me live the Christian life.  It’s not me living it, it is Christ living it through me.  Praise be to God who gives us His strength and power in our lives to be Christ to the world around us. There is so much more to this.  So I encourage you to take the time needed to read “Grace Walk” by Steve McVey.  Click Here if you wish to buy the Steve McVey's book. As pastor of the Ridgemont family my hope and prayer is that we continue to grow in God's grace and learn what it really means to live out the Christian life.

Walking in God's Grace,
Bro. Jeff

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