The Ministry of Grace
Did you know it’s possible to be a Christian and live without the ministry of grace that’s offered by the Holy Spirit? Certainly it is. Read the book of Galatians and you’ll see. When Paul said the Galatians had fallen from grace (Galatians 5:1-4), he didn’t mean they had lost their right to go to heaven. He meant they had fallen from their dependence on the Holy Spirit. They were reverting to the traditions of the Law, and in doing so they had deprived themselves of the Holy Spirit’s ministry of grace for daily living.
You see, the Spirit of God didn’t quit ministering grace to us the day we were born again. He remains in us to minister grace—God’s favor and blessing—to us every day. But when we don’t trust and depend on His ministry, we hinder Him from performing it.
How can you demonstrate your trust in Him? By simply being obedient. You can start by obeying what you know God’s Word says. The Spirit of God is the author of the Bible, so you can be sure when you’re obeying that Word, you’re in line with the Spirit.
And we need to learn to hear the Holy Spirit in our spirit. By fellowshiping with the Lord in prayer and in the Word, we can develop our spiritual hearing and our sensitivity to the Spirit.
We need to develop our confidence to the point we know, I won’t be led astray. My heart is right before Him. I fellowship with Him. I study the Word. I walk in the fear of God and I expect to walk in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.
Once you know those things—step out and obey the promptings you receive. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. You have the protection of knowing that the Holy Spirit will never lead you contrary to God’s written Word.
By following the Holy Spirit day by day in the big things and the small, you won’t compromise God’s ministry of grace—His divine favor and blessing. You’ll keep the door open to hearing and knowing His promptings, and what He wants you to do. All that’s left is to follow through.
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I stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made me free. I refuse to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
Heiligschriftstudium: 1 Corinthians 2:10-16