Friday, February 02, 2018

Morning by Morning, February 2 - Growing in Grace
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Help me hear Your heart and let my heart be one with Yours--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of God.  ...
"In accordance with His promise, we wait for a new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by Him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.... Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:13-18).
Help me keep growing in grace today. Show me where I'm not a peace within my soul, where I'm not yet without spot or blemish, where righteousness is not yet fully at home here in my heart.... 
I don't have to wait very long for the answer or look very deep for some hidden secret sin. I'm aware of my struggles and so are You. And at the same time, You help me to be just as aware of Your grace and the power of Your love that never leaves me as I am but always empowers me to keep growing in grace everyday of my spiritual journey with You, as I "pursue righteousness and a godly life" (1 Timothy 6:11 NLT).
Thank You for the promise of how You see me, even as I journey to spiritual maturity in You:  "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set (me) free from the law of sin and death" so that now I can embrace Your grace to "walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.... (I am) not in the flesh; (I am) in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in (me).... for if (I) live according to the flesh, (I) will die; but if by the Spirit (I) put to death the deeds of the body, (I) will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God" (Romans 8:1-14).
I keep growing in grace all by the power of Your Spirit at work within me, "for God is working in (me), giving (me) the desire and the power to do what please Him" (Philippians 2:13 NLT). As best as I can and all by Your grace--morning by morning, moment by moment, step by step, and choice by choice--"(I) must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ" (Ephesians 4:15). 
Your will for me and for all who are called by Your name is that we would come "to maturity, the measure of the full stature of Christ"--to Christ-like-ness (Ephesians 4:13). "For this is the will of God, (our) sanctification" (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
As You are, so are we in this world; as You are, so are we to become, as we keep growing in grace (1 John 4:17). So in the mystery of faith and the power of Your grace, Your Word is forever true:  "For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Growing in grace, that in You we might become those who can grow to know that "righteousness is at home" in our hearts--not by what we've done, but all by what You've done for us and by what You're doing within us (2 Peter 3:13). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays

M friend, I pray you keep growing in grace every day, growing up in spiritual maturity into Him who is our head, into he full measure of the stature of Christ, as best as you can and all by His grace at work within you, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for meGod bless you, my friend! 

Friends, I welcome your prayers on this Saturday, as I have another opportunity to share a word of healing and hope to a village community in Pakistan though live-streaming internet where the Gospel is rarely shared. My souls be saved and lives be changed by the power of God's grace in the mighty name of Jesus! Thank you for joining with me in this ministry through your prayers!

I welcome you to join with me in a daily journey of passionate, pursuing prayer through my 365 Day Prayer Devotional, Morning by Morning, Second Edition, for a deeply intimate and personal journey of prayer each day.



Tommy Hays | Messiah Ministries
Healing from the Inside Out
Pastoral Director | Rapha God Ministries
4 Dominion Drive, Building 1
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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