Day 10: The Babylonian Principle – The Beginning of Frustrated Grace

Day 10: The Babylonian Principle – The Beginning of Frustrated Grace

Day 10: The Babylonian Principle – The Beginning of Frustrated Grace

Day 10 meditation reveals the beginning of frustrated grace, the Babylonian principle.

Mankind has a problem. One does not have to look very far to recognize that something is amiss in the world. From the catastrophic events of natural disasters to the personal turmoil of the individual, it seems, at best, people must put forth tremendous effort merely to survive. Even with the advances of modern man survival is still the primary issue of living.

Man with seemingly great creativity will forge ahead to catch his moment in the sun, only to find the moment lacking and briefly gone. Often as man nears the top of his quested summit, an event, a figure out of the night, plunges him back to the valley to begin once again his endless search for meaning and life. Something seems to be flawed in the very fiber of the existence of man.

Day 10 meditation reveals that there is something wrong at the core of most visible churches.

Most Christians probably can understand the plight of the world, but cannot comprehend why the church seems to be facing the same plight of endless struggles. Just as it appears that victory is here, something happens that plunges the church back into the valley of stagnation, the quagmire of apathy, and the hell of meaningless activities. The history of the church seems to move through the endless cycle of mountain-top victory and valley-low despair. It is as if something is also wrong at the very core of the visible church.

The Word of God boldly states that to be a Christian is to live life in the ultimate. Jesus said, “. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Paul’s understanding of Christianity led him to proclaim, “. . . they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17). Peter stated simply that the Christian had been given by divine power “. . . all things that pertain unto life . . .” (2 Pet. 1:3). James adds that the conquering Christian “. . . shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised . . .” (James. 1:12). Christianity is crown of life living, receiving “all things that pertain unto life,” and “reign[ing] in life.” Christians who have this life “have it more abundantly.” It is the ultimate life that all men can experience because Jesus is the essence of all life (1 John 1:2).

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Dr. James Stone is the founder and President of Christian Ministries, Inc., a ministry for personal, family, and church growth. He travels extensively across America and several foreign countries sharing his experiences with Jesus. His over 40 year career in ministry has included individual counseling, family counseling, church pastor, Bible college/seminary professorships, leader of revivals, Christian growth seminars & church growth specialist.

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