ENEMIES OF GRACE
If God uncovers just some of your iniquities even those that love you will never come near you again. Why not thank God for that and don’t take it for granted. It is not because you are too righteous, intelligent or smart. The Bible said: while we are yet sinners Christ died for us. Accept it and be grateful to Him. It is on the platter of His own righteousness that He does anything for you. And that is why the Psalmist said: “Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name and forget not all His benefits – Psalm 103 : 1-2. I mean the benefits that God daily basis. From today there shall be no road block, there should be no U-turn, there shall be no stagnation anymore by the favour of God upon your life in the name of Jesus.
These are the things that disturb and stop the grace of God from flowing into your life. When I am talking about grace, I mean the unmerited favour of God upon you. So favour and grace are used connotatively in this context to denote the hand of God. And there are certain attitudes that can withhold the hand of God from reaching you. Some of them include:
Regrets over yesterday – It is literally true that nobody going forward will successfully go through without hitting the rock if he or she continues to look back. That was why Jesus warned that he that puts his hand upon the plough and looks back is not fit for the kingdom. When you look back you will turn into a pillar of salt. You can’t attain to anything when you keep regretting about the thing that happened yesterday. You are frustrating and strangulating the grace of God by your continual dwelling in the past. The Bible said, “Remember not the former things.” When you begin to remember what God does not want you to remember then you are frustrating the grace. Yesterday can be the biggest of your tomorrow. In order to remain focused on your vision, one good option is to forget your stinking past and trust God for a better future.
Anxiety over tomorrow’s problem – This is one of the biggest frustrations of grace. That was why Jesus said, “Take no thought about tomorrow; what you shall eat, what you shall put on.” Jesus said you shouldn’t worry about it. Continual worrying about your children’s future without recourse to the purpose of God for them makes you a mini-god. God, who gave you those children, had already planned their future. Be anxious for nothing for your future is in His hands; and He that never fails has gone ahead of you. He never fails. You can trust Him. He is always able to make a way where there is no way.
Lack of values for today’s blessings – Count your blessings, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done, a song writer admonished. You have to look around and see what God has done so far in your life. Some time ago, I was on my way to Apapa through CMS in my brand new car with my beautiful and lovely wife by my side. I was worried about the time we had wasted in the long traffic jam with big tankers and trailers by the sides of the road.
Suddenly, I saw a disabled man and his daughter crawling and begging arms. I said to my wife: What? A man like me created in the image of God’s likeness! How far can he go in that condition? He had a bowl in his hand and was begging for coins. Meanwhile, I was complaining that we had spent more than one hour in the traffic in a fully air-conditioned car. Instantly, my though changed and I began praising God who had showered me with mercy and blessed me.