Grace is a gift, but this gift must be received through faith. And here’s the really neat part – God provides the faith necessary to receive grace as well.
The most beautiful psalms and hymns were produced in the soil of suffering. *Don’t mind the sweat. Pastor Joel’s air conditioning went out, and he was preaching up a storm.
The problem with the Old Covenant was not that God gave bad commands, but that the people had bad hearts. However, under the New Covenant, God promises to give all his New Covenant people new hearts.
Do you have enough faith to be saved? How can a person know that their faith is sufficient?
On one side there is the ditch of the “Social-Gospel.” However, Christians must avoid the temptation of overcompensating and crashing into the other ditch of “Pietism.”
Prosperity is not God’s stamp of approval on our lives, but neither is poverty. A person can be rich and wicked. Likewise, a person can be poor and wicked. God uses both suffering and blessing to sanctify his people.