If I resist the grace of God can I lose my salvation?
“For those who have never experienced God’s grace, and for those who have not yet discovered that their own righteousness is woefully inadequate, this book provides a practical guide for living a joyful Christian life, filled with God’s grace. Its pages are filled with God’s extravagant love for mankind as well as admonition for avoiding the trap of legalism. It clearly points out the distinction between law and grace and the role of each in our walk with the Lord.
The question and answer format makes it easy to find specific information, such as how to study the Bible or pray. Especially helpful is the fact that in most cases scripture references are quoted rather that depending on the reader to look them up in their Bible. Caution is given to those who read passages in isolation and base their beliefs on less than the entire Bible.
The pages of this book will expand your horizons and provoke thoughtful self examination.”
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Enjoy this excerpt from- Walking in God’s Grace: Practical Answers to Tough Questions:
We all resist the grace of God daily in our lives. We think we can live this life on our own or God is interested in the ledger of good deeds and righteous works I am keeping and considers what I can do or not do in order to impress Him. We are the ones Peter speaks of in 2 Peter 1:5-9.
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from
his former sins. (ESV, my 1 John 1:8 gives the unvarnished answer to the question of our spiritual state: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
We are the ones who lack Peter’s quoted qualities and are failing. In our own self-sufficiency and self-reliance we are not looking for the grace of God. In our pride and grace-averse hearts, we work to keep logs and account books of the works we do and good deeds we do, believing that we must still do more to impress God, rather than realizing Christ said “It is finished”
Christ was the perfect sacrifice and the only acceptable sacrifice. The single sacrifice that could satisfy God’s need for justice (Romans 5:15-17). We will continually sin, resist God’s grace, try to impress God, balance grace, justify ourselves to God and others, remain self-reliant, grace averse and live as we please. That is why grace is a free gift. God is pure, so are His gifts.
Grace is one of those gifts and why it is given freely, regardless of how we respond. If it was in response or given and pulled back because we did nothing with it, abused it, did not do what God asked us to do it would not only not be a free gift, it would also not be pure. As a result it would not be from God. Not to mention that it would no longer be grace (Romans 11:6). God did not want us bringing our ledgers and books of good works to Him saying, “Look what I did.” It is totally 100% a work of God (Ephesians 2:8-10).
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