Spiritual Life and Self-Effort.

We live in a society that commends, expects, and even demands effort. In life, our parents, teachers, preachers and bosses encourage us to try harder.

In the physical world, and trying harder is a commendable, self-effort aids in achieving our goals.

However, to carry that philosophy over to the spiritual realm is a mistake because God’s ways are not man's ways and His ways are much higher than ours. Trying harder in the spiritual realm is detrimental to our spiritual life and will bring failure every time.

Salvation, justification, righteousness, satisfaction, acceptance by God, and our victory is not by TRYING  harder, it  is by TRUSTING in God! These qualities are gifts of God to be received not trophies to be earned.

There is no way people can becomes believers by their trying even a little bit. It is by  grace and grace alone. Grace plus anything is not grace! Paul says in Rom. 11:6, “If by grace, then it is no longer of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace...”.

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