Saved by grace

Romans 5:1-11 Now that we have been made right with God by putting our trust in Him, we have peace with Him. It is because of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us. By putting our trust in God, He has given us His loving-favor and has received us. We are happy for the hope we have of sharing the shining-greatness of God. We are glad for our troubles also. We know that troubles help us learn not to give up. When we have learned not to give up, it shows we have stood the test. When we have stood the test, it gives us hope. Hope never makes us ashamed because the love of God has come into our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.

We were weak and could not help ourselves. Then Christ came at the right time and gave His life for all sinners. No one is willing to die for another person, but for a good man someone might be willing to die. But God showed His love to us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Now that we have been saved from the punishment of sin by the blood of Christ, He will save us from God’s anger also. 10 We hated God. But we were saved from the punishment of sin by the death of Christ. He has brought us back to God and we will be saved by His life. 11 Not only that, we give thanks to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have been brought back to God.

Scripture can paint a grim picture of mankind. We’re spiritually dead in our sins, alienated from God, and objects of His wrath. Can you imagine a scarier situation to be in? But there’s hope for us through faith in Jesus. God opens our eyes to our hopeless condition so we can turn to His Son in repentance and receive the riches of His salvation.

By God’s grace, we’ve been reconciled to Him. On the cross, Jesus bore the Father’s wrath for our sins so we could be forgiven and declared righteous. Now instead of being His enemies, we’re His beloved children. He made us spiritually alive by giving us a new nature created in righteousness and holiness. And now His love has been poured out in our hearts, and we have the sure hope of the glory of heaven.

Knowing how amazing God’s grace is, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and wholehearted devotion. In addition, today’s passage tells us to rejoice not only in God and our hope of glory but also in our troubles. That’s because He graciously uses difficulties to make us like Christ and increase our confidence in His love.

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The Grace to Overcome

Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let’s hold firmly to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let’s approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace for help at the time of our need.

The Lord said that though adversity is part of earthly life, He has overcome the world (I have told you these things so you may have peace in Me. In the world you will have much trouble. But take hope! I have power over the world!” John 16:33). And because of God’s abundant goodness, kindness, and love for His children, we don’t have to feel discouraged or walk away from His plan.

We’ll know His divine grace divine grace is working in us when we have …

Strength to persevere. Through the Holy Spirit, God releases His power into us so we might endure (“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes into your life. You will tell about Me in the city of Jerusalem and over all the countries of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8).

A spirit of confidence. The Lord understands our troubles and urges us to approach Him boldly for help (Heb. 4:15-16 above).

A sense of His presence. When grace is at work, we will be conscious of the Spirit’s abiding support.

A focus on God. With divine help, we can shift our attention from our situation to God.

Trust that God will bring us through—and not just barely but with deeper intimacy and greater faith at the end.

Assurance of God’s sovereignty. We trust that He’s in control of our trials and will provide all we need in order to endure (You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Paul had been through shipwrecks, imprisonments, and beatings—difficulties far worse than most of ours. He didn’t quit because he drew on God’s grace and found it sufficient for every circumstance. Where do you need some grace in order not to give up and walk away?

God’s Grace Is Sufficient

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

We worship a God of grace and mercy as well as a God of justice and truth. Today’s passage is one of my favorites – reminding us that God’s grace is sufficient to cover our sins and when we are weak – God will make us strong through His strength which has no limits. God’s grace is sufficient – God’s grace is all we need.

Think with me today about areas in our faith walk or in our life in general where we find ourselves weak. Do we have trouble with a sailor’s mouth – or fighting old habits as we strive to clean up our language – in a desire to reflect better on the Lord we represent? God’s grace can forgive us – so let’s not beat ourselves up – and don’t let Satan do it either. What we need to do is confess when we fail/sin – strive to do better/turn away from the sin – sincerely – and God’s grace will cover our failure and sin.

Do we struggle with lust – thinking thoughts we know are not worthy of a child of God? Looking at pictures in magazines or on the internet we know we shouldn’t? Don’t allow Satan or ourselves to hammer our failures into our head and heart. Confess – repent – turn from our sin and seek God’s grace to cover our sin. I’m not excusing our sin nor am I trying to rationalize that God has already covered them – rather that our sins are forgiven when we go to God with them. If He forgives them – we should not carry them anymore! We should forgive ourselves and move on to maturity in Christ.

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Grace in James, John, and Jude

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The doctrines of grace were so universally known by the early church that these truths are sometimes mentioned simply in passing by the Apostles. Today, Steven Lawson examines how the sovereign mercy God lines the letters of James, John, and Jude.

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Unshakable Joy in the Pit of Despair

You have put more joy in my heart then they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. -Psalm 4:7-8

I went to church camp every summer during high school. The five days at camp would be filled with prayer, devotions, sermons, and other “cabin discussions” about God and his Word. While we certainly had fun, there was ample opportunity to focus on the Lord and to self-reflect. By the end of the week, I was emotionally charged up and devoted to proclaim the gospel to every student at school. Nobody thinks they are more willing to die a martyr’s death or storm the gates of hell than I did as I rode that rickety church bus home from camp.

When you read the words of David in Psalm 4:7-8, you might wonder if he just got back from church camp. He pens these beautiful words declaring his devotion to the Lord and trust in his absolute sovereignty. It seems he’s writing in a time where work was going great and his family doing well, which led to great rejoicing in God’s blessing.

However, when we read the context of the Psalm, we realize that David isn’t writing from “high point” in his life, he’s actually writing from the pit of despair. He’s crying out to the Lord “in distress” (v. 1).

While we know David is going through a tough time, we can’t say for certain what the situation is. Many see Psalm 4 as a continuation of Psalm 3. In Psalm 3, David is fleeing from his son Absalom who has taken over the kingdom causing David to flee Jerusalem (see 2 Samuel 15-20). Absalom’s conspiracy was effectively carried out and David was forced off his throne by his own son. To say David was facing difficulty at work and in the family would be an understatement.

It’s in the midst of despair, dishonor, and shame (v. 2) that David pens these beautiful words of devotion and trust in the Lord. How can such beauty come from such pain?


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