107 truths about God, the world, and you.
88: Jesus communicates His blessings to you through practices of grace.
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostle’s teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all…
Acts 2:42-43 NLT
Scripture, baptism, Communion, and prayer. Jesus ordained these outward means of grace to communicate His blessings to Believers. Through their religious use and the power of the Holy Spirit, we come to know and experience all He promises – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Rejoice in the Lord always. … The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
What some consider outward religious acts are in truth graces to draw us near God and teach us to live in Christ.
Today consider your attitude toward Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. What does the truth about the outward means of grace reveal about God? the world? you?