The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.
Equal Parts of Grace and Faith
The world has a warped way of thinking. Most people don’t understand the concepts of grace and faith and how they fit together; however, it’s important for us to have a solid understanding in this area. Grace taken too far makes us passive Christians, and faith taken too far causes us to think that our self-effort and performance can move God to act. Finding the proper balance between both prevents us from ending up in error by taking either to the extreme.
Our faith doesn’t get God to move. He has already moved, and our trust in His favor toward us moves us into a position to receive His blessings. We’re justified by our faith in Jesus, by whom we have access to this grace in which we stand. When the storms of life hit, the Lord is our help; relying on the false doctrine of self-help the world teaches won’t produce results.
We receive whatever God has promised us by faith in His grace; we’re wise master builders when we lay the foundation of our faith on Jesus Christ and on His finished works, not on our own works. Jesus is enough, and we don’t have to add anything more to what He already did. When trouble hits, our trial by fire will be whether the foundation we built is strong enough to keep us from being swept away. We’re secure if our foundation is in Christ, but if it’s built on what we do, that foundation will crumble.
God’s power has already made available to us everything we’ll ever need to succeed. We’ve been given all things pertaining to life and godliness; therefore, we don’t have to constantly beg God to do what He already did. As free moral agents, we can choose to either employ our faith to receive what grace made for us or try to manufacture our own blessings. The choice is ours. Prayer:
Lord, grace and faith are both important in our Christian walk. Thank You for teaching us not to go too far in either direction. Maintaining a proper balance keeps us in right-believing, and out of danger of misinterpreting Your Word. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.Scriptures:
Romans 5:1, 2
1 Corinthians 3:10, 11
2 Peter 1:3