Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Grace ... What you need to know (part 2)

Grace. Unmerited favor. Love and Mercy given to us by God because He desires us to have it. There is nothing you can do to earn it. Divine favor.

This is a 2 part devotion. here is part 1.
(just click on the word here to pull up part 1 in a new window)

I talked last week on Grace. When God started teaching me on Grace and He made that revelation to me. I hope you liked it :)

I mentioned briefly about the first time I had verbally heard a message preached on Grace that ignited in me. It was Joseph Prince. I was sure he was wrong. I kept pausing the program, getting my Bible out, looking to make sure that those scriptures even existed. What was he preaching on? The old law. Something I new existed, duh the Ten Commandments. I knew the scriptures said that He, Jesus came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. I always took that as we should still keep every law. We had to, right? I was starting to realize maybe I had that wrong.

In 2 Corinthians Paul said these words when talking about the old law:

2 Corinthians 3: 7-8  Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?

I had never read this before. Did he just call the Ten Commandments the "ministry of death?"

2 Corinthians 3: 14-18  But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

It started to make sense. The veil. The veil had been broken by Jesus' death.

Mark 15: 37-38 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 

I would never want the veil to put back together. I could never live up to those standards. The rules, the punishments. Oh, did I need Grace. You need Grace. We can behold the Glory of the Lord now. We can have freedom through His Grace.

Grace was brought by Jesus. He established a covenant of Grace with us.

John 1: 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

You see the old law was here to keep us in line, accountable, until Jesus came. Then He changed it all.

Galatians 3: 23-25 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

After I had this basic knowledge of Grace, God began to move in me. He showed me Grace.

I touched on the subject last week of what Grace teaches us.

Titus 2: 11-12 For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. 12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world.

It teaches us to have a desire / passion to live Godly lives.

You see Grace isn't a free pass to live unGodly lives. It does cover you and all your sins that you were already forgiven of 2,000 years ago, but it should not be mistaken for an anything goes lifestyle.The more we sin, the more Grace He gives us.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! 

That is how it goes. He will always abound Grace towards us even when we sin. Even when we are non deserving. That is how it will always be.

You see you have to understand Grace enough to cherish it, never abuse it, and honor it. To be open enough to let it teach you how to let your life be honoring to God. It was freely given to you as a gift. It will always be there. More than you could ever imagine. There is nothing you can do to make God give you Grace, and if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior there isn't anything you can do to get Him to take it away from you. It's a funny thing with Grace. It's a gift, and He allows us to take as much as we need. You can dive in as deep as you need and learn to life life at the fullest through Him, walking in the unforced rhythms. Or you can only get your toes wet, just enough to get by. Either way it is always there.

Thanks for reading! I pray this touched you in someway and gave God glory!

Mary Sellers

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