APRIL 26, 2020
Phil. 1:6 – God who began a good work in you will continue
His work until it is finally finished.
I Peter 5:11 – My purpose in writing is to encourage you and
assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what
GOD’S SUSTAINING GRACE
1. Helps me keep standing when I’m tempted.
I Peter 5:8 – Watch out for attacks from the devil, your great
enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for
some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be
strong in your faith.
I Cor. 10:13 – The temptations that you have are the same
ones that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not
let you be tempted more than you can stand. When you are
tempted, God will also give you a way to escape. Then you
will be able to stand it.
2. Helps me keep standing when I’m tired.
II Cor. 1:21-22 – It is God who gives us the ability to stand
firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and He has
identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our
Phil. 2:13 – For God is at work within you, giving you the will
and the power to achieve His purpose.
3. Helps me keep standing when I’m troubled.
Isa. 41:10 – So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be
afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and
will help you. I will support you with my right hand that
Ps. 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to
help in times of trouble.
HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S SUSTAINING GRACE
1. Call out to God.
James 4:6-8 – God gives grace to the humble. So give
yourselves completely to God. Draw close to God, and God
will draw close to you.
2. Fill your mind with God’s Word.
Ps. 119:25 – I am completely discouraged; revive me by your
3. Accept support from God’s people.
Gal. 6:2 – By helping each other with your troubles, you truly
obey the law of Christ.
4. Hold on to God’s promises.
Isa. 40:29-31 – He gives strength to the wary and increases
the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired, but those
who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will
soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint.
II Cor. 4:18 – So we don’t look at the troubles we can see
right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet
seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys
to come will last forever.
Phil. 4:13 – I have strength for all things in Christ who
empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything
through Him who infuses inner strength into me.