At the beginning of a new year, it is easy to reflect on the failures or shortcomings of the past and to begin making resolutions for greater endeavors and accomplishments in the future. The world around us and our own flesh demand that we try harder, do better, and produce more.
     What great comfort and peace are found in knowing that our justification and sanctification are not accomplished by our own meager efforts, but rest solely on the grace of God in Christ Jesus. As believers we are buried with Christ through baptism into death, but also made alive together with Christ, raised up with Christ, and seated with Him in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:4-6). In Christ, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) and set securely on high (Psalm 91:14).
    When we are overwhelmed by failure or distraught by inadequacy and when we recognize the depths of our sinfulness, let us be renewed and uplifted by the Word of God. Let us daily confess our sin and bring our cares to the Lord. Les us seek His abundant mercy and strength which He gives freely to His beloved children. “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need: (Hebrews 4:16).

Marian Christopherson

Text Excerpt from Threads of Grace, p.12, ©2012 Ambassador Publications, reprinted by permission. This devotional book is available at www.ambassadorpublications.org/store