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The Demand of Reformation

When one has his own desires in grace, he may be taking a right that would liberate him from the plan of God. Grace does not extend itself that we may willfully go against the plan of God. Grace is the sufficiency of communion with a Person within the plan.

God has many methods of grace; whereas man has many manipulating moves to escape the method. It is vital to accept God’s method of grace as the truth of response in our lives. An example is found in 2 Kings 5. Naaman was wroth with God’s method of grace. When Elisha told him to wash himself in the Jordan seven times, Naaman was outraged. He had a preconceived idea of the method he desired God to use. When God did not choose to complement his own desire, Naaman reacted.

There is a cleansing involved in God’s method of grace. Our conscience is freed from the strivings of human responsibility. We cast our cares upon One Who is able to supply our need in grace. Situations, therefore, cannot make demands of us and neither can we demand certain results from any situation. Instead, grace reigns and causes the situation to be filled with grace because we have made ourselves available, without demand, to grace. It is not how the situation should change, but it is how I change as I behold One Who has a changeless life. I do not call out for reformation according to my desires, but I live in revelation that Christ may express regenerating Life in terms of His desires.

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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