THE WORD for the WEEK
Title: “GREAT GRACE” 7/22/2019
“And with GREAT power, the Apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and GREAT GRACE was upon them all.” Acts 4:33
Divine grace is the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impact strength, to endure trial, and resist temptation; and as individuals that we are, it can be a virtue of the heart of excellence-seeking on a divine order for the Lord’s sake. This is GREAT GRACE, my friend!
GREAT GRACE can also be summed up to mean “undeserved favor.” John Newton words in this famous hymn says “Amazing grace-how sweet the sound- That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. However, there is much misunderstanding about being saved by grace.
Salvation is God’s sovereign will that is working in us. Nothing you can do about what God does and what He offers. God made this world and all that is in it. He promises to take care of us and all that he has made from the beginning. Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let him have dominion…over all the earth…”. But we forfeited our rights due to our role in sin. Nevertheless, God will not; has not given up on us. His promises are true!
Grace is this example: A teenager works hard to save money and buys a car. His dad sees he saves, works xtra jobs, does not spends frivolously but still was short. Dad sees his diligence and added more to his son’s deficit and purchased even a better car for his son. Some would say the father’s GREAT GRACE stepped in right? But, not grace. What would you say if the son had been instead lazy, wasting money on girls, drinking, marijuana, etc., Then surely the Dad should not step in to help the young man??
The first instance where the father stepped in to help son and donated to funds is admirable but was based on genuine effort of the son and not true grace. The bible tells of a father who accepted son and stepped in to help when he saw he was truly unworthy; who bought nothing to his father except dishonor. The shame caused by the son was lavished with under-served blessings by the father (Luke 15:11-24). That my friends, is GREAT GRACE! Then not in our power but God’s power He gives us strength to go through the process when we bring nothing to the table. We are justified not by works but by having Faith in Jesus! Continue your Lifestyle change! Jesus gives His life for His Sheep while the Enemy will come to steal! Jn 10:10-11.