Day 2: Frustrated Grace – Why So Many Christians Struggle

Day 2: Frustrated Grace – Why So Many Christians Struggle

Day 2: Frustrated Grace – Why So Many Christians Struggle

Day 2 meditation focus is on the reason why so many Christians struggle in living the victorious life.




There is a powerful statement of victory in Paul’s letter to the Romans: “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17). It is a simple statement that believers in Jesus Christ should reign in life. The reality of this truth is indicated in the statement of Jesus, “. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Regardless of the conditions, the Christian should be “on top” of the circumstances. Life does not rule the believer; the believer reigns in life. Day 2 meditation will emphasize how to reign in life.

Day 2 meditation dictates how the believer should reign in life.

Paul knew the reality of reigning in life regardless of the circumstances for he wrote to the Corinthians:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed . . . For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might . . . redound to the glory of God. (2 Cor. 4:8, 9, 15)

.The believer should reign in life; however, the reality of far too many Christians is not one of victory, but rather of frustration, failure, and defeat. The Christian often finds himself reacting to life much like the non-believer. When circumstances are good, the emotional feelings are good. When circumstances get tough, the believer often finds himself experiencing emotional lows. The emotional status of many Christians rises and falls with the circumstances they are facing. Life is dictating to the believer, rather than the believer reigning in life.

Day 2 meditation reveals the abundance of grace that allows the believer to reign in life.

Why do so many believers experience failure and defeat, when the promise of victory is so prevalent? The answer to that question lies in the often overlooked phrases of “abundance of grace” (Rom. 5:17) and “abundant grace” (2 Cor 4:15). Again, Paul gives insight to this victorious living: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. . . I do not frustrate the grace of God. . .” (Gal. 2:20, 21). Paul did not frustrate grace and that abundance of grace allowed him to reign in life.

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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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