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!
John 1:14 (NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Here, we see the love of God demonstrated so completely. Jesus, the Word of God, took on human form to dwell with us. Not just an angelic momentary visitation, sighting, or conversation like in the Old Testament, but Jesus actually lived among us, fellowshipping, teaching, ministering and touching us. And John says even though we have seen him as a man, we have also seen His divine nature, His glory , via miracles, his resurrection and walking so closely with Him attesting to His oneness with God.
And the very expression of Jesus (the Word) is FULL of GRACE ( empowering favor, benevolence, mercy kindness) and TRUTH (Jesus declared the truth only with all sincerity and integrity). How wonderful that we can go to His Word today and receive that grace and truth.
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!
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
I meant to post this scripture on MLK Day, because it illustrates one of his more famous quotes on being great through service. The partial quote says, “Anybody can be great because anybody can serve …. you only need a heart full of grace…”
The scripture states that God abundantly pours out grace to us, not only just to meet our needs, but to bless and serve others also. We are conduits/ vessels of God’s grace to others. It’s no wonder that Dr. King said it only takes a heart full of grace, because we can’t serve people well when we are on empty. We become resentful. But when we allow God to continuously pour His grace in and through us, we can joyfully serve others.
Jesus, our example who is all grace, said it this way Matt 20:26-28 “ Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Romans 6:14 NLT Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
God’s grace is more powerful than sin! We can truly walk and live in the freedom that God’s amazing grace brings. This verse establishes the authority and demonstrates the dominion that we have over sin, because Gods grace supersedes the law. That is great news!
It recognizes again that we cannot live perfect obedient lives in a legalistic way in our own strength, because that clearly did not work in the Old Testament. In fact in Romans 7, Paul talks about how hard it is to do it on our own. But the victory we have in Jesus’s sacrifice and victory on the cross and the freedom that His grace brings gives us dominion over sin in our lives.
Additionally, Gods grace molds our character to live in freedom. Galatians 5:22-23, says. “Now the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” When we allow God to transform us, the law is not necessary.
Lord, thank you for your grace in our lives that gives us dominion over sin. Help us to walk humbly before you that the fruit of the Spirit is manifested in our lives. Truly, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! #Grace #Dominion #freedom #law #fruitofthespirit
2 Timothy 2:1 NIV You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
This verse exhorts us to be strong in the grace found only in Jesus. We learned previously we grow in grace as we grow in our knowledge in the Lord Jesus Christ. So take up the yoke of Christ and learn of Him and you will found yourself growing stronger and stronger in His empowering grace.
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.
2 Corinthians 8:7 NIV But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you —see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” The Grace of Giving: This passage references a special grace in giving that the Macedonian churches had, especially since they were not rich. Because they had a burning heart to give to support the work of the ministry, they gave, even when they didn’t have much, and God was able to make it more than enough.
Paul was encouraging the Corinthian church, who was so great in everything else, to excel in the grace of giving. You see, they started off very excited to give, full of intention, and then dropped off, even though they had abundance. This special grace of giving, shows that you when you honor the work, your giving comes from your heart and is not based on duty or because you have resources to spare. When we give toward something we really care about, we enjoy our own things better.
This grace of giving makes everything sufficient, everything enough. If we are willing to give, God makes it enough. Indeed our little becomes much in His hands. Jesus is our example, He gave his life for us all and we all gained eternal life. This is why it is more blessed to give than to receive. Our little truly becomes much in God’s very capable hands.
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