Revelation 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.
So very fitting that I conclude this 21 days of Grace series with the final verse of the Bible which emphasizes Jesus’s desire for His grace be with US, Gods people. This is the heart of God toward us, this is His desire – that His empowering, amazing grace and favor be with each of us always. He is waiting on us to receive it. And that is great news!
Thanks you all who walked with me on this grace journey. I hope we return to these verses again and again, hide them in ours heart, so that we can truly walk in Gods abundant grace so that we can be His vessel of grace to others. God bless you! #Grace #favor #GodwithUs #21Days
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me
This verse is actually the Lord’s response to Paul to remove or cure a “thorn” in his flesh. God’s answer was to say, My grace is all you need, for my strength, my power works best or is amplified best in weakness.
How do we respond when God tells us no?
Paul immediately knew that God’s “No” was always going to be better than a Yes to answered prayer.
God promised him that He would be with him at his weakest. Paul desired and valued Gods presence so much that he said he “gladly boasted” of his infirmities, his weakness so that Christ power would rest (dwell) on him. When we are most vulnerable, as we cry out to God, He promise that His power will be amplified and leverage our weakness to bridge any problem and lead us to victory. But Paul knew and we must also know, that growing in Gods presence and grace, is always the answer to every problem – it is the only solution.
Genesis 6:8 NKJV But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
This short verse really captivated me this morning. The scripture tells us that while the law came via Moses ( Old Testament), grace and truth came through Jesus Christ ( I John 1:17). So while many of us think of grace as a New Testament doctrine, we see that even before the law of Moses was established, God found grace in Noah! So the doctrine of Grace threaded, woven throughout the Bible. It is foundational.
This brief verse comes after a passage detailing the deep corruption and sin of man and God’s resulting displeasure and desire to wipe them out. Yet, in the midst of His displeasure, Noah stood out in God’s sight! Something in Noah made God pause and reconsider His plan. Noah found grace with God, because God saw Noah’s devotion, trust and faith in His word. He desired to honor God even in the midst of great evil, and was leading his family in righteousness. Noah risked ridicule and ostracism to follow what God had spoken in his heart.
This grace that God found in Noah is referenced extensively throughout the New Testament. It is the character of God. God is willing to spare His wrath, delay judgement, provide escape from destruction when He detects ONE heart willing to believe and trust in Him,even in the midst of vast corruption or persecution. In the Old Testament, we also see Abraham, petitioning God to spare Lot, delaying destruction of Sodom so Lot could escape. That was grace in action. God is a merciful and just God. He is looking for hearts turned toward Him to pour out His grace – In this case, God’s grace spared the utter destruction of the world to preserve and prepare his covenant with man. He truly is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Great is Your faithfulness to us, O’ God!
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
I love this verse, because it is the great equalizer in the Kingdom of God. We ALL have sinned and have fallen short. With God’s glory as the standard, we can never measure up or make ourselves worthy. That is why our focus should always be on Jesus and stop comparing ourselves to one another. Such great news that we are all justified (made right in His sight) the same way…freely by His grace that comes by Jesus Christ! He is no respecter of persons. We just have to ask. And that is GREAT news!
And now I commend you to God [placing you in His protective, loving care] and [I commend you] to the word of His grace [the counsel and promises of His unmerited favor]. His grace is able to build you up and to give you the [rightful] inheritance among all those who are sanctified [that is, among those who are set apart for God’s purpose—all believers].
There is much in this scripture about Grace, I used the Amplified version above to detail how much power is in these passage. Here, Paul is giving a leadership exhortation as he is departing, entrusting the church ( his leaders) to God AND God’s message of grace which has the power to 1) build us up and 2) give us an inheritance with those who are sanctified ( those who have accepted Jesus into their lives) .
God’s grace via his Word builds, strengthens, corrects, establishes and makes us firm in Him as we navigate our lives. His grace also makes us heirs to the blessings, riches, salvation that comes with being Gods children. As we come to Christ, yield to His precepts, he makes us worthy and equips us to continue to be carriers of this grace to others.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.
It is God’s grace alone that saves us. Earlier in this passage, we are told that it is His great love for us, even when we were dead in sin, that He made us alive in Christ. It is His gift to us. We can’t earn it, we just have to receive this grace BY FAITH. In this passage, Paul also recognizes man’s natural tendency to brag about our performance and he shut it down.
God’s abundant grace and gift of salvation are free to all who have faith in Christ and receive it! Ephesians 2:10 then says ““For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God then empowers us to do the work which in turn glorifies Him.
1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) (And) The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
This verse mentions the grace of God twice (in the beginning and end) and yet, most people cringe when they see the word suffer. We don’t like that word, even when bracketed by Grace. But we shouldn’t worry at all because, God first tells us who He is —“God of ALL Grace” and His desire for us “ called you to eternal glory in Christ”. Then he mentions that after we have suffered a little, He will restore us, making us stronger, firmer and more steadfast.
What a promise when we are experiencing challenges! Grace is before us and after! God leverages our suffering to make us better, stronger, more steadfast ( unwavering). In winter, things look barren, withered and dead, but under the soil, roots are growing deeper and stronger. Likewise, through suffering, God’s grace strengthens us so we are unmoved by attacks, storms and other challenges that would try to shake us from our foundation. Truly all things are working together for our good!
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Today’s verse is a clarion call for us to come boldly, confidently to God’s throne of grace to get the help, mercy and find grace when you need it! The preceding verse talks of God’s great compassion for us, that He knows our weaknesses and beckons us to come to Him. The point is that we don’t have to be fearful or timid when we approach God ( like Dorothy and crew in the Wizard of Oz), but confident that He will be just and merciful. There is also no question that once we come, we will get the mercy and find the grace we need to help us in any circumstance.
The throne of Grace also reminds us of God’s sovereignty and majesty from which His grace flows. The ability to extend grace to others is a noble leadership quality that we should emulate. Lord, help us to grow in our knowledge and trust in you that we we can confidently come to you for everything and expect that Your loving kindness, mercy and grace are available to to help us always. #Grace #Mercy #Boldness #Confidence #21DaysofGrace
James 4:6 (NLT) “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
The scriptures always talk about God’s grace in abundance. He generously and lavishly pours out his grace to us. But it is conditional! This verses refers to another scripture Prov3:34. that emphasises that God resists pride & scorn but gives grace to the humble. So humility, a humble heart, unlocks God’s grace in our lives.
Humility acknowledges the sovereignty of God, which helps restrain man’s propensity for self importance and pride. We can truly submit ourselves to one another and serve each other. 1 Peter 5:5 admonishes us to “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” and again quotes “God opposes the proud” This is very important to God. Pride is the strength of sin and can completely block the grace God desires to pour into our lives.
Lord help us to stay humble before you and others so that we are worthy of the grace you desire to pour into our lives. Help us to realize our dependency on You and open our eyes to anything else in our hearts that would block/ hinder that grace. #Grace #Humility #Humble #pride #21daysofgrace
2 Peter 1:2 NLT “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
This scripture reminds us that God gives “more and more” grace as our knowledge of Him grows. He is such a generous God and knows what we can handle at each stage in our lives. As we grow ( mature) in our knowledge of Jesus, our capacity expands and He gives us more abundant grace. My Pastor calls this the economy of grace: as we grow in God, we receive grace and when we use/deploy the grace to advance the kingdom and God gives us more grace.
Further in 2 Peter 3:18, it exhorts us to Grow in grace AND the knowledge of God. We know God through His word so Set your hearts today to learn of Him and you will find that the grace & favor of God will follow “more & more”.