Grace is God’s mercy and graciousness packaged and released in one piece through our Lord Jesus Christ to mankind, defined as unmerited favor. When God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, He intended that He paid the price while we enjoy the benefits including eternity with Him at the end of our lives, if only we can believe. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life"... Read More
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A believer operates in two worlds.
1.The Kingdom of God and
2.This world - which is governed by ungodly, sensual, materialistic, devious, and ungodly principles.
It's head is Satan.
1. The Kingdom of God
2. In This world
Key Notes of Realization
The call to fruitfulness in this decadence is a call to operate at the highest and ethical order. And it requires determination; hard work, self-sacrifice, godly wisdom, being proactive, etc. It is a call to counterculture, being misunderstood, satanic and human oppositions.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” - Galatians 6: 7 – 9
Text: 1 Timothy 1:12-17,
Paul received grace despite what he previously was. His grace was multiplied and he was given a ministry. He transposed from one level to another. The grace that saved im and the mercy that he received from the Lord did not end there but made him qualified to be called into the ministry. Our grace will not be ordinary but such that God will count us worthy to wear a ministerial post, an instrument for the kingdom that comes from him. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 God will make our grace abound to all good works.
-God gives grace for us to love him and for us to love ourselves.
Definition of abounding grace: God gives grace so that the grace may overflow. That is what abounding grace means. It is the grace that is surplus, plenteous, overflows and affects others positively.
A) Grace is an enabler. It helps us to do what God wants us to do. The world of grace extends past being born again. All God wants us to do and become is embedded in grace.
-Grace is a powerhouse for a believer loaded with spiritual tools of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. With these two coupled with obedience, you will live a life of overflowing with ease to become what God wants you to be. WIth obedience, you become enriched to dispense grace anywhere and to anyone.
Attributes of Grace
B) The abundance of grace in us must reflect in the abundance of good work we do in Christendom . The abundance of grace in us must abound in all good works. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Text: 2 Corinthians 12
-God told Paul that His grace was sufficient for him. God’s decision is final in every decision that we have to make. God does not encourage sin and so do not sin just because his grace is available. God had a unique role for Paul to play. Pray that God gives us something to keep us in check just like Paul had infirmity to keep him in check so that he does not go to hell. God’s desire is for everyone to prosper and be in health as our soul prospers. Paul submitted to the will of God having the internal value of what he was doing to go through.
-God told Abraham to move and he was available. David was also available to fight when God needed. Moses was also available and said yes to God. Once you say yes, God works out the details and there is grace available for you.
-The things of eternity are much more important in the mind of God when he is dealing with his children even in answering prayers. He may not answer a prayer if it would hinder you from eternity. We need to have eternity in question when we relate to God, people around us, our spouses and children.
In Matthew 26, Jesus asked us to pray that his will be done. Matthew 26:39. It is better for the will of god to be done in every area of our life. In the christian race, grace is very important.
-Grace is a teacher. You must prepare to learn to go far and so you must be available to learn.
-God does not want us to remain at the same level we were when grace met us (2 Peter 3:18). We come to a new place were the rules are different and we have to learn the standards that help us live well in this new place.
-Grace teaches us to renounce all forms of godliness because God is holy and he wants us to be holy too (Titus 2:11-12).
-God wants us to grow into maturity in grace, not baby Christians who are chasing after miracles. (1 Peter 2:2, 1 Peter 1:5-7). After giving your life to Jesus, has there been any additions to your life?`
-If you want God to commend you on the last day, You’ve got to have forgiveness, honesty, etc. Grace is available for that.
-Grace helps us to be mindful of heavenly things (Romans 8:6, 1 John 2:16). The world will pass away with its lust and pride.
-There is grace for us to be decent and beautiful. Seek after it and you’ll get it.
-Col 3:2-10 You must focus your attention on things above. Put the old man to shame and focus on the new man.
-Paul made up his mind to be crucified with Jesus and we should alo make up our mind to follow him.
Conclusion: Grace covers all the areas of our life. It helps us pray, give, forgive, love. Whatever you do not have or if there is any area that you are struggling with, go to Jesus through grace. Go on your knees and ask for grace to endure or overcome.
“Through grace, we are more than conquerors. Thus nothing should defeat us or turn us away from the life of Jesus.” Romans 8:31-39.
Merry Christmas and a blessed 2021. To God be all the glory for giving us of Himself through Christ Jesus, to save us from our sins and from the clutches of the devil. It is indeed God's love at its peak towards mankind, that our sins are not only forgiven but we are also justified and restored freely at His expense. Today, let us embrace this great love of God and humbly spread His Goodwill through our words and actions, to all and sundry. As we celebrate, may God cause our lives to abound in His goodness. May our 2021 be glorious and greatly blessed, in Jesus' name. Amen.
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