Monday, January 14, 2013

Grace


In our relationship with God - as we walk with Him each day - we constantly meet situations that would try to overwhelm us. Our response to God is to trust His word. We express our trust through obedience. When we are obedient, it proves that we believe what God’s word says despite what the circumstances might indicate. God’s response to our faith is His grace - His enabling power, which causes us to triumph in every situation. We can always trust in God’s grace!

The Meaning of Grace: The most common understanding of the word “grace” is “God’s unmerited favor.” In other words, even though we were sinners, deserving of judgment, God looked upon us in His love and forgave us! But this is only half its meaning. Grace also means, “God’s enabling power.” Here is the blessing of His grace. “Now may the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” (2 Thess. 2:16, 17) Not only does God’s grace make us accepted into the family of God, but it also provides the power we need to live the Christian life. It is God’s grace by which we receive forgiveness and are restored in relationship with Him even though we don’t deserve it. But it is also God’s enabling power that transforms us.

This Principle of Grace continues through our walk with God. In every area of our Christian lives, it is God’s grace that causes us to grow and be strong - God’s enabling power given to us without any merit on our part. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

The Throne of Grace: “Let us come boldly to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace (divine enablement) to help us when we need it most.” (Heb. 4:16)

God is Able! “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8) There - you have all the grace available that you will need to triumph in every situation. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Amen

- Pastor Amundson