Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it was by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, nor of works, lest anyone should boast.” May we never lose the wonder of His amazing grace! How many times did you hear the gospel before you received Jesus? Most people hear the gospel many times before they receive the Lord. That is grace! He doesn’t give up on wooing us to Himself. We all know, He is the God of second chances; and oftentimes a thousand chances. Some of us were saved at an early age, while others were saved later in life. Whether you are 5 or 85, it takes the same amount of grace to deliver us from sin!
Some Christians struggle understanding they have been saved by grace, but they still want to pay Him back with good works. Know this, God’s love for us flows from His character, not ours; it is not dependent on anything we have done or will do. In fact, if you do nothing to serve Him the rest of your days, He will not love you any less. You can’t do anything to make Him love any more. And you can’t do anything to make Him love you any less!
Sin cannot destroy you relationship with God, but it can surly damage your testimony and your fellowship with Him. I am overwhelmed this morning with His amazing grace! God’s Riches At Christ Expense. Enter His throne of grace this morning. Nobody checks you out. You don’t have to stand in line. You don’t even have to make an appointment! Just come and enjoy the presence of you Heavenly Father who show us grace every day. God bless you and your family today!
Many of us know John 1:9 by heart: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But how many of us can quote Romans 6:13? Listen to the words of Paul given to him by the Holy Spirit: Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of sickness, but rather offer yourself to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” I want to challenge you to pray through this verse today and ask God to give you insight for your life. Ask Him what this means for your life.
How radical would it be to start your day off thinking victory, not defeat; to awake to grace, not shame? Facing temptation with the mindset of knowing you are a child of God and you are to live for His glory. Asking the Lord to work through your eyes, your mouth, and through your thoughts, and actions to carry out His victory. Praying each day that when we face temptation, we would claim the strength that He has given us to overcome! Sin has no authority over me any longer.
Think about this way, we are under new ownership! Promoted by love, we serve a new master. By the grace of Christ, let’s live as a victor, not as a victim. I hope you have a great Saturday! God bless.
Good morning! Ephesians 1:3-8 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Thank you Lord!
Grace comes into our lives when we receive Jesus as our personal Savior. He frees us from the penalty of sin and also the power of sin in our lives. There are 6 truths found here in Ephesians 1 about the riches of God’s grace that I want to share with you this morning. 1] The riches of the grace of God are given by God the Father. 2] These riches are freely given. That means we don’t earn these riches. 3] This grace is given to us in abundance. His grace is immeasurable! 4] His grace is given instantly. He gave us grace the moment we were saved. 5] The riches comes simultaneously. He doesn’t hold anything back and save them for late. 6] The riches of grace are totally on the merit of what Jesus did, not on any of our merit. 7] His death bought the riches for us. He paid the debt in full.
The riches of grace are eternal, money can’t buy it, and death can’t take it away. Shout out this morning with joy, because we have been redeemed, set free, and brought into the family of God! Wow, what a Savior! Let go, it’s Hump Day.
Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Romans 6:14 tells us, “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” The more we focus our eyes on God’s amazing grace, the more we grow in our faith. The Bible tells us that we are dead in our sin, and a dead person can’t have faith. Even faith, then, is a gift from God.
We need to know that our sin is not greater than our Savior! The Savior is greater than our sins. The Savior is greater than our mistakes. The Savior is greater than our guilt. The Savior is greater than our shortcomings! My Savior’s name is Jesus! He is our forgiveness. He is greater. It’s Friday and Saturday is coming. God bless.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ sake, I delight in weakness, in insult, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I want to encourage you this morning to work your weakness, and chose a life of progression, not perfection.
Whether we like it or not, God uses life to shape us and mold us. He’s desire for us is to become more like Christ! But becoming is not about the arrival, it’s about the journey! So many times in life we try to hide our weaknesses and shortcomings. But we need to understand that nothing can heal if it’s hidden. If you don’t expose your weakness, don’t expect anyone to encourage your weakness. Drop your mask, get real, and place your weakness in the hands of the Creator! Enjoy the journey. See you tomorrow.
Sin has touched us all. I don’t care what you have done. If you will receive it, God’s grace is more than enough! Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.”
We need to learn to look at Jesus instead of our sin. He doesn’t condemn us, but he does convict us. Yes, there is a difference. Condemnation says you’re heading down the wrong road and there is no turning around. Conviction says you are headed down the wrong road but Jesus can help you turn it around and get on the right road. 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul tells us that Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Conviction is all about drawing us to Jesus! Thank God this morning for conviction, forgiveness, and new life in Christ! Have a great Saturday. I will talk at you tomorrow.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:9-10, “For I am the least of the apostles and do not deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was in me.” It is only by the grace of God that can be called a child of God, spiritually alive, heavenly positioned, connected to God, billboard of mercy, and a honored child! Let that sink in this morning. How much better to begin your day thinking victory and not defeat! Awake to grace this morning and not shame.
I want to challenge you this morning to profess three things out loud. First, profess that you are a child of God. Second, profess that this day you will live for the glory of God. Last but not least, profess out loud that sin has no authority over you any longer. Come thirsty! Receive His work, and let grace run deep! Living the Christian life is not about a list of do’s and don’t, but it is all about an intimate relationship with an Holy God. Thank Him this morning for His amazing grace. God bless.
What good is water if you don’t drink? What good is grace, if you don’t let it go deep? How would you describe your heart this morning? Do you see your heart as a water drenched kid in front of a opened fire hydrant or as a dried up desert tumbleweed? It’s all about God’s grace!
Ephesians 2:4-9 says, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich In mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not of works, so that no one could boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepares in advance for us to do.” Look how God’s grace defines us: We are spiritually alive, heavenly positioned, connected to God, a billboard of mercy, and a honored child! Let that sink in this morning and then make sure you give God some praise! Grace defines you!
Have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading! God bless.
Can you imagine what it would be like if people knew you by the sins you have committed. In other words, your sins would become your identity. That would be terrible! No one I know would walk up and identify themselves as a “Lier” or “Cheat” or “Fraud.” We would be crazy to do that to ourselves, but we will sure do it to other people.
So many people wear masks at church because they are to afraid to show their true selves, for fear of being judged or condemned. Think about, Apostle Paul would have a hard time be a pastor in today’s Church. He couldn’t get pass the background check because he was a murderer. It is so easy to place labels on other people, and we all are guilty. As far as I know, there has only be one perfect person to ever walk the face of this earth, and his name was Jesus. Be willing to show grace and take time to look for the good in other people. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He overlooked my imperfections! Love you guys!!!😁