Central Grace Church "To The Praise Of The Glory Of His Grace"
--Ephesians 1:6

By: Central Grace Church | January 26, 2017

   The Lord gently rebuked His disciples for having ‘little faith.’   They needed the rebuke and so do we.  After all they heard and saw from the Lord , and yet they  still did not believe Him and trust Him as they should.  How often did they hear His powerful voice, full of wisdom and wonder, and how often did they see everything He said come to pass?  And what about all the miracles they saw?  Every day they saw the Lord perform miracle after miracle,  yet they still had many of the same fears and worries.  And what about us?  How many years has the Lord provided for us and protected us?  How often have we heard His Word, seen His glory, experienced His grace, yet have so little faith?  By little faith is meant, so many doubts, fears and worries.  Since faith cometh by hearing the Word of God, then little faith means we are not hearing what He says. 

  Why are we so quick to believe what we hear from man and not to believe our God?  Why are we so fretful over what we see going on around us when He said not to look at the things that are seen, but the unseen?  Why do we call upon, look to, and lean upon other poor creatures like us, rather than the all-wise and powerful Heavenly Father?  O’ WE of little faith!!

  Lord, we believe . . .  please forgive and help us with our unbelief.

Category: Unbelief 

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By: Central Grace Church | January 24, 2017

    This is surely one of the most comforting verses a sorry, saved sinner could hear; that,  the Lord of Glory is not ashamed to call us brethren.  O’ how ashamed we are of ourselves.  As the Lord said through Ezekiel; after we hear of all that the Lord has and will do for us, “ye shall remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations”(Ezek.36:31).  And yet, the Lord God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is not ashamed of those He died for; not ashamed of them, though they have shamefully treated him.  He is not ashamed of them, for He knows their frame; He knows their hearts; He knows the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  He knows they believe Him (He gave them the faith) though they often act and speak like they don’t.  He knows they love Him (He gave them that love) though they sometimes act and speak like they don’t.  He knows them, like a Father knows His child, like a brother knows His brother, like a husband knows His wife.  He knows them better than they know themselves, and so, He is not ashamed to call them brethren.   

  We can’t help but think of the story of Joseph, when He revealed himself to his brethren;  those  sorry brothers who hated him, sold him, and forgot about him.  But Joseph never hated them, never rejected them; he never forgot about them.  And when the Lord brought them into Joseph’s hands, to do with them as he pleased, Joseph, a type of Christ, was not ashamed to own them as his brethren.  In his first words to them, he said, “I am Joseph your brother”. . And the fame thereof (Joseph’s love and mercy) was heard in Pharoah’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come” (Gen.45:4,16).  And so it was, of the Lord’s first words to  His disciples (all of whom forsook Him), through Mary, were,  “Go tell my brethren.”

  What a loving, merciful, longsuffering, kind, compassionate, patient and understanding Elder Brother we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.  O, how we ought to fear sinning against such love; fear doing anything to put Him to shame.  But O’ what hope and comfort it will give us, that even when we do sin,  “He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”  None who put their trust in Him will ever be put to shame; none will ever be disowned by Him. For He abideth faithful.

Category: Comfort 

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