HAPPIFIED

HAPPIFIED

Zech.12:10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

I will never forget that first taste of grace and of His Spirit. I was caught totally by surprise. I had thought that Christianity was some kind of belief in Jesus, and somehow I had to live a better life by making right decisions and by the power of my own will. When Jesus began to reveal Himself to me, it had a totally different taste than I had expected. First, I became aware of my sinfulness, at the same time I was made aware of His mercy and forgiveness toward me. Somehow in the middle of all that, I became aware of His nearness. His presence was on me and then in me. I was having my first taste of the Spirit of grace. This grace not only introduces us to Christ, He also keeps us, satisfies us, and sustains us. He is more than enough for our thirsty souls. Here is what A.B. Simpson said about the Spirit of Grace.
“Oh, how many are so foolish! They begin as hopeless sinners at the foot of the cross, taking all as the sovereign gift of divine mercy, and then they begin to build up a sort of reputation and condition of self-constituted strength and try to sanctify themselves by their own set of credentials, crucifixions, and ineffectual struggles. It is, indeed, utterly foolish and vain. We need the same grace to keep us as saves us at first. “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” Our Christian life is just a succession of the simple acts of faith with which we first began. “As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” And the Holy Ghost is essential to sustain and maintain all the exercises of spiritual life by His own divine efficiency and spontaneous working to the very close of our Christian life. O, beloved, have you been so foolish? Cease your hard and vain endeavors, and simply abide in Him. Be filled with the Spirit, and the fruit will take care of itself.”
The Apostle John described it like this, “grace upon grace”. He seemed to be saying that our life as a Christian consists of one outpouring to the next. That would seem to say that we are in a place of total dependency on the Holy Spirit. That is exactly right. How could we expect to continue or complete our spiritual life by our own strength or will power when it was started totally by the work of the Spirit? He wants us to live a life of “grace upon grace”. What is the outcome of that? God’ grace is glorified and our hearts are happified.

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