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Reaction or God’s Method?

Are we involved in reaction toward grace? We do not like others to go on in the manner they have been going. In a marriage, each partner wants grace to straighten the other person out, but neither has patience to bear love unconditionally while the other is being straightened out. They tell God what method He should have, and if it is not worked in that particular fashion they feel they should be relieved from the situation completely. They dictate God’s will according to their own desires. Their basis for action is not the Word of God in its unconditional ministry, but is the result of their own conditional desires. If they do not see their desires come to pass, they presume God wants them to pass on. They cry out to God saying that they cannot take it. In actuality, they are saying that God’s supply is exhaustible and that their resources have been spent beyond their capacity for possible future endurance.

Such people shape in their own minds a god after their own needs in the situation, instead of living in the mind of God Who plans our life through grace. The first exhausts all supply according to demand. The second never gets weary because His supply is according to a command that will bless forevermore. When people fashion a god to fill their need, they forfeit the possibility of individual purpose ministering unconditional love in God’s method of grace. Take up the Cross and reveal Life out of death for the purpose of the plan.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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