Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
Sovereignly, the Almighty has forged within us a novel being through the sanctifying power of Christ. However, His divine intervention does not extirpate every negative inclination, insulating us from all temptations of impatience, criticism, rudeness, wrath, envy, or ethical compromise. Regrettably, some individuals permit the same personal adversaries — the bitter disposition, the addictive behavior, the inability to forgive — to perpetually impede their spiritual progress. Each of us grapples with some iniquitous desires; the key, however, is to eschew justifying them and allowing their permanence. Apostle Paul's proclamation, "I die daily," epitomizes this struggle — signifying the necessity to continuously inter this temptation when it surges within us, relegating it back to its grave.
At this juncture, we witness the prodigious manifestation of God's grace 🙏✨. As recipients of His mercy, we possess the divine strength to overcome. The temptation may persist, and the desire might linger, but God's grace, His empowering force, perpetually outweighs any impediments that strive to thwart your progress. His grace is a mighty force, mightier than a judgmental attitude or a controlling addiction. If you confront and grapple with the chains that constrain you, God, in His infinite love, will unfetter the grand blessings destined for you.
Consider the words of 1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 📖
Let Us Go in the Throne Room of Grace and Mercy.
"Dear Heavenly Father, guide us through our trials and tribulations, instilling within us the strength to confront our innermost fears and temptations. May Your grace envelop us, serving as a beacon to navigate the tumultuous seas of life. Help us put to death our worldly desires daily, that we might rise anew, bathed in the radiant light of Your everlasting love. Amen. 🙏✨