Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11
Testimony
We prayed for healing and for the constant pain to leave. It did. It has been almost seven months since the retreat and the pain has not returned..... Read More...

Seeds of the Kingdom

Grace and Truth

by David Cross

23 November 2011

« Previous Day | Next Day »

God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:17, GNT

A little while ago I woke in the night and found myself challenged as to the purpose of my life. Somehow the older you get the more serious becomes the question: how is the rest of my life best spent?

It seemed to become very clear to me what God’s response was to this question and I ended my time awake by making Him a promise. "Lord, I am determined that the priority each day will be to walk in the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, while embracing the fullness of the identity and personality that You have given me."

In a fresh way that night I recognised that walking in His grace would mean a radical lifestyle of undeserved kindness, forgiveness and restoration, both giving to others but also receiving from Him.

I similarly saw that walking in His truth would mean no compromise, no hiding, no unreality, no masks, no pretence, no dissociation, no cover-up and no running away, and I saw that without this lifestyle of truth there couldn’t be the operation of true grace.

These thoughts, which I offer to you to consider today, were very challenging for me, but seemed to simplify the meaning and purpose of my life. The plumb-line of walking in grace and truth could be the check on my decision-making each day and the great benefit was that success would come from surrender to the One who is already complete in these attributes and not by my personal striving. I found a new place of peace that night.

Prayer: Father, thank You that the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. Amen.

David Cross David is Deputy International Director for Ellel Ministries, with particular responsibility for the Ellel centres in Western Europe. He is married to Denise and they have three grown up children and eight grandchildren. David has been a civil engineer and ski-touring instructor in the Highlands of Scotland. He is passionate about the teaching and practice of the healing and deliverance ministry of Jesus and has written several books: Soul Ties, Trapped by Control, God’s Covering, The Dangers of Alternative Ways to Healing(co-authored with John Berry), an A to Z Guide to the Healing Ministry, and, most recently, What`s Wrong with Human Rights? You can follow a daily thought from David on Twitter: @dmcross62

 

Sign Up Now

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship. Provided full acknowledgement is made to Seeds of the Kingdom as the source, you are also welcome to use it in a non-commercial way and reproduce it in magazines or other Christian websites. The copyright for any commercial use of the material remains with Ellel Ministries International.