Grace Is Essential for Victory

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1, NKJV). Paul used these words not only to encourage Timothy, his spiritual son, but to tell him how to keep going. Grace is a resource God has given us so we don’t quit. When schedules, problems, and hindrances threaten to overwhelm us, we can draw upon the grace of Christ to win life’s battles.

So grace is not just for salvation; it’s for our daily Christian lives. And its Source is a Person who never tires and never falters.

Be Strong

Be strong is the message, not just for Timothy, but for us also. For the road that lies before you, for the work you’ve been given to do, for the relationships you’ve been entrusted with, be strong. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Depend on God’s ability to enable you. Depend on His grace.

We were never meant to travel life’s road alone. Life is a partnership with Jesus. In Christ, we have a Savior, a Friend, a Guide, and a Sustainer. Living powerfully each day means living in connection with Him. Through a close, vital relationship with Jesus—in which we abide in Him and He abides in us (John 15:4)—He supplies the strength we need for each day’s journey. The truth and love we receive from Him and the fellowship we share with Him infuse us with power to keep going. He is the One who meets our needs perfectly. Since He has all knowledge, He knows exactly what we need. Since He has all power, He has the ability to give us exactly what we need.

One of the delightful blessings of a relationship with God is that He makes His grace available to us. This grace comes in different packages. God’s grace takes the form of renewed enthusiasm when we have lost our fervor, peace when anxiety has overtaken our hearts, and a fresh perspective on a tough situation or relationship. God’s grace is a relief to our hearts and victory to our souls. His grace enables us to overcome weakness, fear, and worry. It enables us to do what we can’t do on our own. We can draw from the love, victory, courage, and forgiveness found in Christ. His grace never runs out. When we stay close to Him and depend on Him, we will have what we need for every part of life and ministry. Ask Him for what you need.”

- 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Day 13, page 70

Whatever you are facing today, I pray that you face it with Jesus and look to Him for the peace, strength, relief, or wisdom you need. God’s grace enables us to win battles that we can’t win on our own, and God’s Champion—Jesus Himself—is always with you. Draw upon the grace—whatever you need—that is in Him.  Don’t quit.

 

© Copyright 2014 by Katy Kauffman

grace, strength, not quitting, don’t give up, needs, 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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