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Topic: GRATE (11/19/15)
- TITLE: When frustration meets with Grace
By Maretha Retief
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The battle began in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve could not see the fullness of God that they already possessed. They tried to earn their full potential through their self-efforts by falling for the enemy's deception of what they can get for themselves is better than what God gave them.
In the Bible we read how Jesus' acts of grace grated the Pharisees' nerves as they wanted people to keep the law to earn their salvation and could not accept that Jesus, who came as an ordinary boy could be the Savior of the world. They did not understand that He never performed any act for His own glory, but only on the instruction and for the glory of His Father who has sent Him. It baffled them in their self-righteousness that one would live and be less so that Someone else could be more. How was it possible that this man who was a carpenter's son, could know the law so well yet never lived by it, who performed miracles and forgave people’s sins that could only be done by the Son of God? They were so focused on the fact that a person must work for everything that they could not understand that He did not work for but received His ability from the Creator of everything.
Jesus' ways frustrated many human minds during His ministry on earth. It is our human nature to do things for our own glory, yet they met a Man who did the most amazing acts but did not want any of the glory as it was due to His Father. A Man who should have been served, instead came to serve. It did not matter how much opposition He received, He remained faithful to His Father and the truth.
It is easy to believe in God's grace when things work in our favor, but when obstacles come and people turn their backs on us, it takes faith not to revert to our self-efforts but to continue to stand in God's grace and His promise of victory for our lives.
When we focus on God's grace, it frustrates our flesh and human understanding, but it is in the midst of that frustration that we realise our full potential. God may be using our frustrations to show us His purpose for our lives. When we realise our self-efforts have come to an end, God is able to show Himself to us and what He can do through us by His grace. Let Him show you His purpose in your frustrations.
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