You are filled with the Spirit when you are self-controlled.
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Pondering the Master
This is Amazing Grace
Have you ever pondered the depth of the grace of God? If we
look at the process of salvation and sanctification, it should be enough to
blow our minds. Consider: while we were Christ’s enemies, He died for us and
rose again (Rom.
5:8-10). He made it possible for us to be saved by the act of believing (Eph.
2:8-9). Nothing else is necessary. He could have easily stopped there, but
did not. He sent the Holy Spirit to live within us (1Co.
6:19) and it is God Himself who moves within us, “both to will and to work
for his good pleasure.” (Php. 2:13 – ESV) So in reality He is the one who
causes us to do the works He Himself prepared for us to do (Eph.
2:10). Our task is simply submission to Him (Jas.
4:6-10). Thus, we should simply respond as Christ instructs us in Luke
17:10, “We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.” (HCSB)
But our Lord is not satisfied with this. No, He gives us
rewards for the works that He has done through us! (1Co.
5:10; see the promises in Rev.
2 – 3)
Consider that, we get rewarded for what He did? Is that not incredible?
Is that not amazing? Certainly we will be using those rewards for the praise of
His glory in eternity, but what generosity to reward us for the works that He
has done in and through us! Meditate on that and on the far-reaching meanings
of this Amazing Grace.
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