Every one of our lives has a story; our Redeemer’s blood is the pen that writes the script of our lives.
But by the grace of God I am what I am. I exist because of the mercy of God. What I have is to be linked to His righteousness by the blood of the New Covenant He shed for me on Calvary. It has nothing to do with any goodness of my own or anything that I possess. All my hopes of heaven; all my energies; all my success in life; all my virtue; all my blessings in life are because He lives in me. Everything I am and will be is only by the mercy and grace of God.
In the art associated with this blog, Popeye is saying, “I yam what I yam”. Popeye always had his spinach to empower him in times of duress and distress. He would find himself in trouble, pull out his spinach and he would always become empowered to overcome. That same analogy can be translated into our daily lives. We have the Spirit of the Living God inside of us, ands in times of duress and distress we can partake of the “spiritual spinach”, (if you will) and always find ourselves victorious in Christ Jesus our Lord. Many times when in trouble Popeye would say, “If I could only reach me’s spinach”. He knew the source of his strength. Likewise, when we find ourselves in trouble we need to know the source of our strength. It is God and God alone. We need only to reach out and He will do the rest.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Flesh and heart here refer to the whole person, our complete humanity. There will be times when we give out; we are spent, desperate, and on the brink of exhaustion. Sometimes it is emotional, other times spiritual. We will find ourselves where all our strength is all gone. We might find ourselves in sickness, or in sorrow, even on the brink of death. It is then we must cry out, “But by the grace of God I am what I am”. We must know who we are in Christ. Christ is our strength then, He is object of our love and trust. It is these moments that who we are in Him is revealed. It is on Him we must rely on for our strength. When we reach out to Him, He will answer us without hesitation. We can know with entire confidence, that we can believe and rely on God and He will be our strength.
But by the grace of God I am what I am. We are chosen vessels of salvation, not by our works, nor by our statement of faith, not by our holiness, but only by His merciful grace. We are new creatures in Christ, we have being redeemed, called by His Spirit. We are sanctified, justified, pardoned, set aside from this world, and adopted into a royal priesthood by Christ Jesus. We are literal sons and daughters of our Creator, by being believers in Christ through faith. It is God’s grace, and His wonderful gift of salvation that ensures us of an eternal glory in His presence.
In our carnal flesh we should carry humble opinions of ourselves, for it is only through Christ we are exalted. When we in our sin are redeemed we become more than conquerors as we can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)
Born in sin, we are changed by His by Divine grace, turned into the faithful redeemed of the Lamb. As true believers in Christ we need to be fully aware of what His precious blood has accomplished in our lives. We need to be fully aware of our obligation to the cross and let our conduct and lives reflect the goodness of our Lord. When we believe upon Jesus Christ and Him crucified and resurrected we have an understanding of the power of that resurrection as He fills our lives with His glory. This is our creed, this is our purpose; this is who we are.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
But by the grace of God I am what I am
I am weak, He is able
I am spent, He is my strength
I am empty, He fills me
I am sin, He is my salvation
I am in pain, He is my comfort
I am a slave, He has set me free
I am poor,He is my wealth
I am shame, He is my glory
I am a loser, He is my victory
I am fading, He sustains me
I am sorrow, He is my joy
I am doubtful, He is my certainty
I am desperate, He is my solution
I am lost, He has found me
I am nothing, He is my everything
But by the grace of God I am what I am
Darrell Creswell 2011