Day By Day By Grace January 28


Growing in the Grace of God
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2Pe_3:18)
Let’s reflect upon some of the heavenly territory we have explored thus far. Grace is for spiritual growth and progress in the Lord. It is not intended only for birthing and starting out with the Lord. “But grow in the grace . . . of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growth in Christ is to be produced by God’s grace at work in us.
Often, God’s people are apprehensive about an emphasis upon His grace. We become concerned that irresponsibility, ungodliness, laziness, or indulgence will result. We can rest assured on the promises and purposes of God that true grace does not produce such consequences. Such effects are produced by the flesh of man, either by licentiousness or by legalism.
Licentiousness hopes to turn grace into a means by which sinful indulgence is acceptable. “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness” (Jud_1:4). Legalism aspires to add religious performance to grace, thereby appealing to the self-righteous hopes of man. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal_3:2-3).
When a person truly lives by the grace of God, righteousness results, not ungodliness. When a person increasingly learns to draw upon the grace of God for daily living, Christlikeness develops, not worldliness. When grace becomes more and more the resource for life, sin diminishes; it does not increase. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under law but under grace” (Rom_6:14).
The temptation is to rely upon the law of God in order to generate godliness. The demand of the law to be holy, loving, and perfect becomes a false security to our flesh. We think that by hearing, repeating, or depending upon this demand, we can thereby accomplish it. Let us not forget that “the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope” (Heb_7:18-19). God’s grace is the “better hope” that does not fail to bring forth what God desires.
The Lord has ordained for us a life-long involvement with His grace. He wants to work “grace for [upon] grace” (Joh_1:16) for the rest of our days. This is the “new and living way” (Heb_10:20). Perhaps this could all be summarized in another acrostic on grace: Glorious Realities As Christ Empowers.
Gracious Father, how bountiful is Your provision for my spiritual growth. How foolish of me to think that I need more for developing in godliness than Your grace supplies. O Lord, I long to grow in the image of Christ. I beseech You, remind me and convince me that Your grace is the only sufficient hope. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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5 Road Trips to Take in 2019 (Repeat)

Looking for a new adventure to embark on in 2019? Then look no further because these are our top road trips to add to your traveling itinerary. From day trips to never-ending desert roads and thousand-mile-long coastal routes, there’s something on this list for everyone. All you need to do is fill up the gas tank, get comfortable and enjoy the magnificent sights that await after every bend in the road.

Bloomfield Track, Australia

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Travel amid the pristine rainforest, alongside the remote beaches and past the stunning waterfalls of Cape Tribulation on your way to Cooktown, in Northern Queensland. Featuring sections of dirt track and sealed road, creek and river crossings, steep climbs and descents, the Bloomfield Track is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. While the journey can easily be completed in a day, there’s a wealth of things to see on route. Visit an arts center at the Wujal Wujal aboriginal village, admire Bloomfield Falls and drink in the views from the Bloomfield River lookout. Sit in the shadow of coconut palms and mangroves at Cowie Beach. There’s camping grounds and lodge accommodation if you want your trip to last a few extra days.

Find out more about the road and its current conditions here: Bloomfield Track.

Fundy Coastal Drive, Canada

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You could spend a lifetime road tripping in Canada, but choose this one for a breathtaking insight into New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy and the Fundy National Park wilderness. Starting at St. Stephen, on the Canada-U.S. border, the Fundy Coastal Drive meanders for around 250 miles (400 kilometers) to Aulac. Spend your time spotting whales, observing the world’s highest tides at Hopewell Caves, swimming in tidal pools at long sandy beaches, crossing the Big Salmon River suspension bridge and walking in forested provincial parks. The historic charm of St. Stephen, the New England air of St. Andrew’s by the Sea and vibrant entertainment attractions of Mocton offer urban activities amid the natural splendor.

Get itinerary ideas here: Tourism New Brunswick.

Kystriksveien Coastal Route, Norway

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Discover archipelagos, fjords, glaciers, mountains and old fishing villages in Norway’s remote Nordland region. The Kystriksveien Coastal Route is a mammoth 400 mile (650 kilometer) road between Bodø and Steinkjer. With charming towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites and some 12,000 islands, you’ll want to take your time and plan side trips along the way. Include a visit to the glaciers of Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park and marvel at the power of the sea currents at Saltstraumen. Spot thousands of rare puffins in Lovund. Time your vacation well and you could be enjoying picnics beneath the midnight sun and gazing in awe at the Northern Lights.

See what else is on offer here: Visit Norway.

Salta-Cafayate-Cachi-Salta Loop, Argentina

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Set against a backdrop of the Andes, Argentina’s wild northwest is one of the nation’s lesser-traveled regions. From the colonial city of Salta, a sealed road cuts through sprawling farmland and the majestic Quebrada de las Conchas National Park. Here, immense sandstone formations and red ravines evoke comparisons with Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Visit some of the wineries in Cafayate and then return north on a section of the Ruta 40, once traveled by Che Guevara. A predominately dirt road follows the course of a river and passes sleepy pueblos, where churches and adobe houses frame cobblestone plazas. Cachi is among the most charming pueblos, from where you can join a deserted mountain pass for the return leg to Salta.

Find out more about Salta and its surroundings here: Turismo Salta.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

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Few places in the world present the opportunity to see lions and hyenas preying on marine life on beaches that wouldn’t look out of place on tropical islands. The 310-mile (500-kilometer) long Skeleton Coast takes its name from the whale bones and shipwrecks that pepper Namibia’s northern coastline. With huge sand dunes rolling down to the rough Atlantic Ocean and free-roaming elephants, giraffes and oryx, this drive is as wild as its name suggests. You’ll need to have a 4WD and be well prepared because amenities and human interaction are in short supply between Swakopmund and Terrace Bay. Go kayaking and quad biking in Dorob National Park, try dune bashing and camp on the seafront at Torra Bay.

Get help planning your Namibia road trip here: Info Namibia.

About the author: Bradley | Writer for The Discoverer

From as early as he can remember Bradley was road-tripping across the UK, France and Spain with his family. Since then he’s visited 40-plus countries and lived on four continents. Today he divides his time between Buenos Aires and the beaches of Punta del Este, Uruguay and puts his wanderlust to good use by writing about his travels.

Doctrine: Twisted Human Motives and God’s Grace, Day 1

Today’s reading is drawn from Genesis 11:1-9 and Ephesians 2:8-9.

The problem with the people of Babel was not that they wanted to be near to God — don’t we all? No, the problem was that they wanted to make a name for themselves. They were hungry for power and glory, and they were willing to go to great lengths to acquire it. A Chinese proverb says, “Those who think they are building a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.” We often secretly hope that our deeds and aspirations for promotions and acts of service will attract recognition or even earn God’s approval. But we soon discover they may only drive us further from God and wreak havoc in our lives and the lives of others. When God saw the tower that the people of Babel were building, he said, “Nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6), so he confused their language and disrupted their work. It’s as if God had said, “If I let their sin go unchecked, there is no telling how much worse it will get.” So there is grace even in this judgment: God graciously restrains us from digging our own graves, so to speak.