“How can I redeem my day?”
Well, by spending time with the Holy Spirit in prayer, and by reading and studying the Bible. Notice I didn’t say, “reading” but “reading and studying the Bible.”
If the devil is not going to be successful to convince us to sin against our God, he sure tries to make us busy so that we won’t have time to pray and study the Bible. Sometimes he makes us busy running around the church 24/7 without prayer and the Word in us.
Then, we run out of the grace of God (“spiritual gas/oil”) that helps us say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passion. Then, before we know it, we find ourselves in the middle of a heinous sin we once condemned saying, “Far be it from me to sin against God by sleeping with a person I am not married to.”
And we ask, “When and how did I get here?”
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:11-12) (The first grace is saving grace and the second one is the grace that helps us live a kind of life that God requires of us – grace that sanctifies us.)
“Does the grace I receive from God run out?”
Read this: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
The grace of God we’ve received yesterday can’t be used for today. Today is a different day with different challenges and obstacles. We need to receive fresh mercy, and a revelation of the Truth and presence of God, which only come to us through the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
So, did you pray today? Did you read and study your Bible today? Remember, our “home,” our devotion to Christ, doesn’t crumble in a day but “one brick” at a time as we inch away from Him. ///
P. S. Here’s a wonderful book to read for those who are interested to know more about the grace of God – “Overcoming sin & Temptation” by John Owen (1616 – 1683) (You can find this book online free in a pdf – you can’t read and understand the original version unless you were born in 1600 because the English pretty much sounds like Latin. Look for the recent version.)