It seems we all have something to overcome. Sometimes I feel life is about overcoming. If you try to do it on your own, you don’t have much luck. If you do it with some others, you might succeed. Like Vesta Kelly has said ‘Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.’ But even that approach is lacking at the end. The only thing that enables us to truly overcome is God and his empowering grace.
But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me. (1 Cor. 15:10, AMP)
God’s grace brings us salvation. But that’s not the end of the story. God also empowers us with his overcoming grace. Hence, we are able to overcome. We are not alone or helpless in our battles. (If you’re looking for practical steps to overcome, read this post about how to overcome temptations).
Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12, AMP)
Life is not easy. Sometimes it feels like an obstacle course. The main thing to make life more bearable is to give our struggles to Jesus. Overcoming grace is true, it works. It is God in us and through us. Overcoming grace is a beautiful thing.
You are so good to us.
We lack nothing
because you provide everything we need.
Pour out grace upon grace, Lord.
Empower us to overcome.
Enable us to live in your joy.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you familiar with overcoming grace?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in grace and overcome with grace!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].