My Monday night bible study that I lead has just finished up this book and it has been amazing! We have all really enjoyed this book and found it to be very moving. I would like to caution some points though; as with any book we must remind ourselves that we must read it critically and through the lens of the Bible. No human book ever written is infallible and we must remember that. All that said though, I did find this book very encouraging and convicting.
David Mathis goes through three different topics, which he calls habits of grace. First through God’s word, through prayer, and finally through fellowship. I would like to say though that as humans there is no way for us to earn favor with God or earn our salvation. These habits of grace are simply God’s saving work in our lives that produces these actions and desires. Because we have our gift of salvation through Jesus; we should want to read his word, commune (pray) with Him, and spend quality time with people who will encourage us to be more like Christ.
“Paul’s own reliance on God for ongoing grace is a powerful testimony to this Christian dynamic of the means of grace and the habits of life we cultivate. He says in 1 Corinthians 15:10, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am…I worked hard than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.’ God’s grace didn’t make Paul passive, but supplied the energy for discipline and effort, and every ounce of energy expended was all of grace.”
As Christians we must cultivate a lifestyle of learning, learning about who our savior is, and what He has done for us. We must refresh our minds in His word just like the Psalmist does so many times. We need to remember that our power in this life comes through God alone and these avenues are extremely important.
God has given us a great blessing with the book that He has written to us. He has given us every ability to learn about Him and His righteous deeds. We are commanded to delve into the word and learn. Without this knowledge we have very little to base our faith upon.
Not only do we have the fullness of revelation at our fingertips; we also have a direct line to our heavenly father! What an incredible blessing that we have. As Christians we have an unique ability to talk to our heavenly father. Psalm 145:18 reminds us, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Let us all remember this amazing blessing that we possess.
We are commanded in the scriptures to meet together and have times of collective worship. We are called to be a part of a local church, no matter the size. Having this collection of believers is an incredibly encouraging experience. We need other Christians in our lives who will admonish us and encourage us. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us, “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
I hope you all take the time to read this book, it has been incredibly useful to me and the others in my Bible study group!
Redeemed By the King