MARCH 7
   
Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 18
     Job 36
     Luke 21
     II Corinthians 6

MEMORIZE TODAY
''We then, as workers together with Him, also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.'' (II Corinthians 6:1)
 
FROM GRACE TO GRACE
             In II Corinthians 6 Paul is giving a personal testimony of the sufficiency of God's grace in every situation. He begins by exhorting us to draw on the grace of God now. Paul discusses the war he waged, the weapons he used, and the worthiness he gained in the verses of this chapter.
            The inspired apostle wants us to know that the grace of God is not a single event, but a continuing process. The grace of God that was so obviously present in creation and necessary for our personal salvation continues to be essential on a day-by-day basis in our lives.
              The grace you had yesterday will not be sufficient today. Grace is the overflowing favor of God and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed. Paul discovered that grace ''was sufficient in ''... tribulations, needs and distresses''.  (Verse 4)           Are you relying upon the grace of God today?  Are you drawing on His exhaustless source of amazing grace? Someone commented to me on one occasion. ''I don't believe I have dying grace''. I responded to them, “that's because you are not dying." God provides His grace as needed.
            We tend to make prayer the preparation for our service, yet there is never that in scripture. Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God. Don't ever say, ''I will endure this until I can get away and pray." Pray now and draw on the grace of God in your moment of need. We are very slow to learn to draw on God's grace through prayer. We may not have been in Paul's circumstance''...in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors ..." (verse 5), but in whatever circumstance you face in your life today, you can draw on the grace of God. It is available. Like the waves coming up on the shore, the grace of God continues like the tide to be available to our lives. You may find yourself today with no vision and no enthusiasm left in your life. This moment, above all others, requires the grace of Almighty God to take the next step in your devotion to Him, in the reading and studying of His Word, in your family life and in your duty to Him. It takes much more of the grace of God and a much greater awareness of drawing upon Him to take that next step than it does even to preach the gospel.
            The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. God's grace is even sufficient for those tasks that you think are beneath your dignity and too insignificant for you to do. This chapter presents the grace of God as sufficient for every situation.  It is certainly sufficient for you today.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            As long as I live, I will never forget the jet boat ride from the harbor of Hong Kong to Macau. Macau is a tiny peninsula of about 17 sq. km. It has two islands, 64 kilometers west of Hong Kong on the coast of Guang Dong Province of China. It is one of the most densely populated areas on the earth. In the capital of Macau alone are more than 500,000 inhabitants. I also will never forget the crowded conditions that this dense population provided. This place has one of the largest casinos in the world, and it is saturated with people. My greatest experience during this one-day trip to Macau was the privilege of going to the Red China border and sharing Christ with the guards. Two of the Chinese men came to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
            The needs are so great in Macau. It has the dubious distinction of being the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian. It had been the starting point for the Protestant missions to China, and was named City of the Name of God by the Portuguese. It was a Chinese god, however, who gave it its present name; it has truly become the city of sin, with gambling, prostitution, drugs, and all the activities of the many gangs in Macau. The good news is that evangelical Christians doubled in number between 1990 and 2010. The number of missionaries who have come over from Hong Kong to serve the Lord in Macau continues to increase. The sin is rampant and the needs are great among the people of this place. It is urgent today that we pray for Macau  because  what  happens  in this  urban  metropolis  will infiltrate  into mainland  China  and make  a great difference in the Christian witness there.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Christian missions is indeed amazing grace for every race."  Selected•