Always Means Always
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: ~2 Corinthians 9:8
One of our favorite words we use in our vocabulary is the word always. It is an adverb that means “continuously,” “never stopping,” “regularly,” and “without exception.” It is a word that amplifies upon God’s will for the Christian life. This morning, let us see the ministry of always.
Always means we are complete.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” There is nothing that we are lacking for the Christian life. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have been given "exceeding great and precious promises," that by these we can be partakers of the divine nature. We are beckoned to pray and ask God in faith. We always have all sufficiency in all things.
Always means we are to be contented.
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). We are to give thanks always for all things. We are to "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." We are to be always contented in all things. This means no complaining, no comparing, and no covetousness. Good times, bad times; trials, triumphs; suffering, success; with much, and with little. We are to be contented with who we are, what we have, and what is happening to us.
Always means we are to be clean.
“Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment” (Ecclesiastes 9:8). White garments are symbolic of purity. We are to walk in holiness in our behavior and manner. Holiness means we are to be blameless and live above reproach. Our thoughts, speech, and relationships must be pure.
Always speaks about our connection.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). The Bible makes a repeated emphasis on praying always. We are told to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. Paul told his friends that he prayed always for them. Epaphras always labored in his prayers for his church to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Always speaks about our commitment.
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). The Lord should be always first place and preeminent in our life. We must be committed to