“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God..” ( 2 Cor 3:5).
There is a Baganda saying, “Yesu amala!” which loosely translates : “Christ is sufficient!” It’s a very important point which perhaps one may wish to expand on. When we receive Christ as our personal Lord and Savior he forgives all our sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” ( I John 1:9). Jesus does not firgive some sins and still hold to others but forgives us freely. Upon accepting Christ we become children of God truly forgiven through his blood which purchased our freedom.
Now in the time of Apostle Paul- and even as of now; it remains common to find those who think that their salvation in Christ was never sufficient, and must labour some more to receive or experience salvation. Beyond the cross; they add on other qualifications, of their choice. Paul did respond to these: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” ( Ephesians 2:8-9).
For the unconviced the list of “works” can range from a selection of donations to self denials of choice items. One may exert himself mercilessly in a certain task to merit grace. Because of this some people live their Christian lives, fearfully, never assured of their salvation. The cross was perhaps not enough! Yet the Lord is saying, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” ( Romans 8:1).
When Jesus died on the cross he took all our sins away. Friend, today, if you are troubled rest assured and be comforted by his word that once you received Christ your salvation was a done deal no one can take away. And more importantly, there is nothing more you can do to equal what happaned on the cross. “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” ( John 19:28-30).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, it is by grace that we have been saved and not by works, and may I live and rejoice in the comfort of that knowledge to fully experience salvation, this I pray in Jesus’ name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!