The Holy Spirit really convicted me as I was typing yesterday’s post. Let me repeat. As soon as we take on a work mentality we step out of grace. Have you ever considered how we go from dependence on the Lord to self strength? It is a split second auto pilot shift. It is not something that we are consciously aware of.
Colossians 1:6 says of the gospel, “Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.” The Amplified says, “…in reality, deeply and clearly and thoroughly, becoming accurately and intimately acquainted with it.)”
Colossians 1:16 says that all things were created by the Lord and for Him. Verse 17 says, “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. The Amplified says, “…(cohere, are held together).” In our standing we are vitally united to the Lord. It is impossible to separate us now and throughout eternity.
Our progressive sanctification is a journey of learning to walk in His grace. As verse six in the Amplified implied it is becoming, and not a destination that we arrive at. John 1:16 Amplified says, “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received (all had a share and we were all supplied with) one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift.”
John 1:14 says that the Lord is full of grace and truth. Colossians 1:6 says that the gospel is actively working in our lives from the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. Our journey then is to learn to discern that split second timing when we seek to do something in our own strength. John 6:63 needs to be a conscious, constant reminder that our flesh profits nothing.
We know, from James 4:6, that God gives grace to the humble. Our flesh is fully summarized in the word pride. Our own strength works are done in our flesh. How can we readily identify it? We look to ourselves first in our thoughts before we ever execute anything. Our walk always goes back to our thoughts.
James 3:2 says, “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” Our thoughts affect our actions. When we fill our minds with God’s word, that word becomes our ready weapon. All actions can be stopped with our thoughts. A thought comes into our mind of what we want to do. At that point we stop and check in with the Lord.
That is what Proverbs 3:6 means. It says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ‘All our ways’ begins with a thought. It is essential to remember that all thoughts stem from what we believe in our heart. The moment we trust in ourselves we have fallen from grace. Grace requires humility which is a manifestation of absolute dependence on the Lord.