The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God. Not only do we come into spiritual life by sheer grace (Act 18:27; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:5), but it is in divine grace that we continue on (Acts 13:43). It is by God's grace that our soul survives through many trials (2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 4:16), is strengthened for everyday life (2 Timothy 2:1; Hebrews 13:9), and grows into greater maturity and health (2 Peter 3:18).
And it is by God's grace that we are enabled to make choices and expend effort to seek more of God (1 Corinthians 15:10). It is a gift that we would have the desire and take action to avail ourselves of the means of God's grace -- his voice (the word), his ear (prayer), and his people (fellowship) -- with the most basic principle of grace being the enveloping of our lives in his word.
The Word Original
Before we identify the presence of God’s voice in our lives to be the many good habits of taking in his word -- whether morning Bible reading, hearing sermons, Scripture meditation and memorization, Bible studies, and much more -- first let's see his word as a general principle, rather than the specific practices.
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