(Have The Same Mindset With God)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
(1 Corinthians 15:10)
From the human point of view, Paul should have never qualified to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, he became such an outstanding apostle who did so much for the Gospel, more than all the other apostles in his time. In his first letter to the Corinthian church, he celebrated the grace of God upon his life (1 Corinthians 15:10), acknowledging that it was God’s grace that enabled him accomplish so much for Christ.
This reminds me of Gideon’s encounter with the Angel of the Lord in Judges 6. The Angel appeared to him and said, “…The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor…Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites…” (Judges 6:12-14). Gideon, assessing himself from the natural standpoint, didn’t believe he was a mighty man of valour. After all, he was the least in his family, which hailed from the poorest clan in one of the lesser-known tribes of Israel! (Judges 6:15). All Gideon needed was to believe God’s Word and be confident in His grace upon his life. That made all the difference, and God mightily used him to deliver Israel from the Midianites.
Like Gideon, the Lord might have impressed it on your heart to do something that seems well beyond you, and you feel you don’t have what it takes. Stop looking at your inadequacies; begin to trust instead in God’s ability and walk in the consciousness of His grace. That’s all you need, and that’s all it takes to accomplish notable feats to the glory of God.
Go Deeper: 2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 3:20, Romans 5:17
Speak: Dear Father, thank you for blessing me so richly with your Word; I acknowledge that your grace is at work in me, and I take advantage of it in advancing your Kingdom through my role as your partner in soul-winning, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR Revelation 13:1-10, Daniel 5-6
TWO YEAR Acts 2:14-24, 2 Chronicles 35
Act: Take a few minutes to meditate on the grace of God. Think about all that you can achieve through His grace—anything and everything! Take action to keep your dream alive and let nothing stop you!