Thursday already! To be honest, I thought for sure today is Tuesday when I woke up, I think because of having limited human contact the world around me has become quite small and the days seem to move along fast.
Today, the Holy Spirit is leading me to talk about the grace of God.
I believe that most people have heard these words (grace of God) at one point in their lives and if you have never heard them then fret not! This is day!
Nobody can understand God’s grace, the Amplified Bible calls it the unmerited favor of God —meaning we are getting something that we ideally do not deserve, but because He has loved us with an everlasting love to the point of giving up His only son to a cross, we receive justification, forgiveness, eternal life, redemption and we are sealed for all ages.
There are times I ask God, “what did I ever do to deserve Your son’s death, this calling?” Some days, I search my spirit and there are times I try and convince myself that I was able to come to this point, to inherit the Kingdom of God by my own works of seeking and studying the Bible, by my own deeds, by my own strength I made it this far but— he reminds me, that before I loved Him, before I sought Him, before I even tried anything, before I existed, before my birth, long before I was, HE IS. And therefore, there is nothing that I ever did or will ever do, no works will ever make me justified, only through His grace that I receive the gift of salvation.
C. H. Spurgeon said, it is a good thing God chose me before I was born, for He surely would not have afterwards.
This means He knew me even at the Genesis of all things.
All of us are deserving of death! All of us are deserving of condemnation because in the eyes of God, we have all fallen short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
None! Is worthy, none! Not one!
But through Christ we now have a claim to the kingdom of God, not by any other means! But by the means of the cross! By the means of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:24 and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
I cannot explain God’s grace with words, it is beyond any human experience. It cannot be touched, nor can it be gained by works or good deeds! It is free! It is the type of grace that sees a man dealing drugs at this very hour, one that sees a little girl in prostitution or being sold through human trafficking at this very hour, a christian lying his way out of a situation at this very hour, a rebellious child at this very hour, a woman being defiled at this very hour, a suicide mother at this very hour, a rapist at this very hour, a child, a man, a woman deserving death at this very hour but says, NO! I AM NOT DONE WITH YOU JUST YET! YES YOU! JUST AS YOU ARE! COME!
It is the type of grace that penetrates through the cracks of walls barricaded with fear, anxiety, hopelessness, despair, failure, depression, pain, rejection, hurt, loss, angers and frustrations and says! YES YOU! I WANT YOU, I WANT TO SAVE YOU.
To make you justified! Just as though you have never sinned!
It is undeserved favor! You deserve nothing but death but by His grace you are redeemed!
Now most of these things I speak of sound familiar to the ears because they have been preached, preached, taught, spoken of for many years they have become too familiar that they have lost their saltiness, even you yourselves have talked about God’s grace and favor at some point. But truly, most of us do not understand a thing about it! Even when I myself wrote the post ‘graced introvert’ my understanding was still jaded, it was still needing! So therefore, it is possible to speak of things with such certainty and not know anything about them, just like it was possible for Judas Iscariot to have been at the very heart of salvation and not have entered it, to have been on Jesus’ team and not be saved. It is possible to be almost in the kingdom, just at the door but not all together in. The sad thing unfortunately is that almost does not count.
When I look at it, I am confunded by the means unto which God used to bring salvation to the world! He did not use any blowing trumpets or fleeting angels descending down from heaven to reveal the Messiah! But He used a cross, something that was so despised, so looked down upon, a criminal’s fate, the old rugged cross.
God’s grace does not make sense in any human way! I am dumbfounded by it myself! This is the point I get to and say, for it is written, “His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts are not my thoughts” who can understand them? It is by His grace, I write to you. How can I explain it? What do I know? Nothing I know! But I take His loving grace by faith because it is written and the just shall live by faith.
Now, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all; and may the same grace lead you into a deeper experience of Christ Jesus and walk you to the cross where all things are made new and whole.
In JESUS Name!
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