Summary: In this 4th and final segment, we discuss the importance of resting in God's grace. Once we have repented, received forgiveness, made restoration and rejected the causes of past failures, we must learn to rest in God. It is He Who will perform the work in
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VII. Rest in God’s Sustaining Grace
NOTE: THIS POINT PREACHED 11/29/2009
• Limited review.
• I will do a wrap-up at some service soon.
A. God is The Sustainer of Our Salvation
1. Kept in the Hand of God (From Evil Men) (John 10:28)
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
2. Kept by the Power of God (To an Incorruptible Inheritance) (1 Peter 1:3-5)
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
3. Kept in the Love of God (In all Dangers) (Romans 8:31-39)
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Transition: “More than conquerors”
B. God is The Sustainer of Our Sanctification
• As we have just seen, many verses teach the security of the believer.
• But there is much more to sustaining grace than just allowing you to arrive home tattered and bruised!
• Amen! God will keep your soul, yes!
• But He will also help you keep your testimony!
THE SEVEN-FOLD ASSURANCE OF GOD’S SUSTAINING GRACE!
He sustains me by …
1. By Creating Me for Good Works (Eph. 2:8-10; Philip. 3:12)
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12 (AMP) Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
2. By Living and Working Within Me (Heb. 13:5,20; Gal. 2:20; Philip 2:13)
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
[By Becoming My Life] Galatians 2:20 [NOTE: Do not dwell since I will be preaching on this verse in a small series] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.