Listen To Most Current
Grace Notes Archive
June 2021 (3)
May 2021 (5)
April 2021 (4)
March 2021 (5)
February 2021 (4)
January 2021 (5)
December 2020 (4)
November 2020 (4)
October 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
July 2020 (21)
June 2020 (29)
May 2020 (28)
April 2020 (31)
March 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
January 2020 (5)
December 2019 (5)
November 2019 (3)
October 2019 (5)
September 2019 (4)
August 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
May 2019 (4)
April 2019 (4)
March 2019 (4)
February 2019 (6)
January 2019 (4)
December 2018 (4)
November 2018 (5)
October 2018 (4)
September 2018 (4)
August 2018 (4)
July 2018 (3)
June 2018 (4)
May 2018 (4)
April 2018 (4)
March 2018 (4)
February 2018 (5)
January 2018 (4)
December 2017 (4)
November 2017 (5)
October 2017 (4)
September 2017 (5)
August 2017 (4)
July 2017 (4)
June 2017 (5)
May 2017 (4)
April 2017 (5)
March 2017 (3)
February 2017 (4)
January 2017 (3)
December 2016 (5)
November 2016 (4)
October 2016 (4)
September 2016 (5)
August 2016 (3)
July 2016 (4)
June 2016 (5)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (5)
March 2016 (4)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (5)
December 2015 (4)
November 2015 (4)
October 2015 (3)
September 2015 (4)
August 2015 (5)
July 2015 (5)
June 2015 (4)
May 2015 (5)
April 2015 (2)
March 2015 (4)
February 2015 (4)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (4)
November 2014 (5)
October 2014 (4)
September 2014 (4)
August 2014 (4)
July 2014 (5)
June 2014 (4)
May 2014 (5)
April 2014 (4)
March 2014 (4)
February 2014 (4)
January 2014 (5)
December 2013 (4)
November 2013 (5)
October 2013 (4)
September 2013 (4)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (4)
June 2013 (3)
May 2013 (5)
April 2013 (4)
March 2013 (4)
February 2013 (5)
January 2013 (4)
December 2012 (4)
November 2012 (5)
October 2012 (4)
September 2012 (4)
August 2012 (5)
July 2012 (4)
June 2012 (4)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (4)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (4)
January 2012 (4)
December 2011 (5)
November 2011 (4)
October 2011 (4)
September 2011 (5)
August 2011 (4)
July 2011 (4)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (4)
April 2011 (5)
March 2011 (4)
February 2011 (4)
January 2011 (5)
December 2010 (4)
November 2010 (4)
October 2010 (4)
September 2010 (5)
August 2010 (4)
July 2010 (6)
June 2010 (4)
May 2010 (4)
April 2010 (4)
March 2010 (5)
February 2010 (4)
January 2010 (5)
December 2009 (5)
November 2009 (3)
October 2009 (6)
September 2009 (3)
August 2009 (5)
July 2009 (4)
June 2009 (4)
May 2009 (5)
April 2009 (4)
March 2009 (4)
February 2009 (4)
January 2009 (5)
December 2008 (4)
November 2008 (5)
October 2008 (4)
September 2008 (5)
August 2008 (4)
July 2008 (3)
June 2008 (4)
May 2008 (5)
April 2008 (4)
March 2008 (5)
February 2008 (1)
Grace Notes

Current Articles | Categories | Search | Syndication

BE SURE TO ENDORSE THE CHECK
by Philip Owen

            Satan would have us believe that we must do something in order to obtain the Lord’s blessing.  If he cannot deceive us into believing that we must earn our eternal salvation, then he will attempt to make us believe we must earn God’s daily favor.  And while no one is truly saved unless he trusts alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross, many real saints miss the daily blessing of salvation because they try to earn it.  Grace is not a reward for our good behavior; it is a gift of Christ’s perfect one.  There is only one legitimate motive for doing good works:  love.  If we do something because we love the Lord or love our brethren in the Lord, we are blessed.  If we do it for any other reason—such as, because we know we should, or because we wish to avoid feelings of guilt, or because we know others are watching—the deed may be recognized, but we will forfeit the blessing.  Paul leaves no doubt about this truth:  “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing” (I Cor. 13:2, 3).  Ability to understand the Word, even giving our possessions or self, are nothing if Christ’s love is not motivating us.

            How do we obtain this wonderful gift, if it cannot be earned or purchased?  Proverbs 3 gives us the answer:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (vv. 5, 6).  Oh-oh.  As we read the word trust, immediately our natural minds ask:  “Well, how do I do that?  How do I work myself into more belief?  How can I make myself have more faith than I already have?”

            C. I. Scofield’s note on Psalm 2 answers that question.  We do not and cannot work ourselves or exercise ourselves in to greater trust.  For trust is not an adding to but a casting off of works.  As Scofield remarks, trust means “to take refuge, to lean on, to roll on, to stay upon.”  Do you have a problem that requires solving or a need that demands filling, and do you want the Lord’s provision for it?  Then refuse to do anything about it.  Yes, refuse!  Trust in the Lord.  In other words, take refuge in Him.  Do not try to figure it out or work it out yourself.  Lean on Him.  Proverbs says that we should “not lean” on our own understanding.  If we do something ourselves, if we lean on our own strength, the arm of flesh will fail us.  Next, roll the problem onto the Lord.  Do not try to solve it in the flesh:  just give it to the Lord.  Then stay upon Him; that is, leave the problem there.  Do not try to take it back.  Do not try to undo the Lord’s work with your own, for you will succeed only in frustrating yourself and in losing the blessing He would give.

            Finally, “in all your ways acknowledge Him.”  “But don’t we have to do something to acknowledge Him?” you ask.  No, we do not.  That “acknowledge” means primarily “to know.”  Simply recognize the Lord’s hand and His work.  When trials come, when needs arise, do not fret, do not work them out in the flesh.  Nod your head so as to say, “I see Your hand at work here, Lord, and I will not be disturbed.”  Acknowledging the Lord is much like endorsing a check.  When we endorse a check, we sign it, hand it over to the bank teller, and receive something of value in return.  To acknowledge the Lord is to recognize who He is, to sign away our lives (along with the problems) to the Lord, and to receive something of value—His peace, comfort, strength, sustenance, and support—in return.

            Let me add one point.  There is a time and place for doing something, but that follows trusting in and waiting on the Lord.  For as we trust in Him and await Him, He gives us His perfect direction, His perfect will, His perfect leading.  Then, we know beyond doubt what we are to do and how we are to do it.  And we have the assurance that both the means and the end will be right.  We will love the Lord when we realize that He directs us and will bring about a fruitful end.  And that love—the love of I Corinthians 13, without which nothing is worthwhile—becomes the proper and only motivating force behind what we do.

Have you endorsed the check?  If not, small wonder you have not received the provision.

Actions: E-mail | Permalink

Previous Page | Next Page