Friday, February 12, 2010

GRACE...Undeserved Mercy

Romans 3:3-4 talks about...No matter what I do, GOD is faithful. I fail HIM everyday, I fail HIM many times an hour, but HE never fails me. For me, everyday when I wake up it's a new day. I try and I fail...I fail and GOD is faithful to forgive me.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (New Living Translation)

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Romans 3:5-8 talks about God's righteous character and how we twist it around to make it sound like it's okay for us to sin. We tend to take GOD'S grace for granted and just think...It's okay if I do that because GOD is so loving HE will just keep on forgiving me. I don't think it's that easy. If we keep on doing the same sin over and over, expecting that GOD will just overlook it, because it's HIS nature to forgive, we better look out!! Sin drives us further and further from GOD whenever we persist in it. At what point do we go to far. Eventually our sin will separate us from GOD. It's not always easy to find your way back...but, it's not impossible. GOD is full of grace for us.

I like what Chuck Swindoll writes..."Every time we make the choice to sin we are harming someone. Either ourselves or someone that's in our path. Worse though is the fact that we make GOD grieve. When we sin it separates us from HIM. But HE loves us so much that all we have to do is ask for HIS forgiveness. As soon as we do that HE extends HIS grace to us and forgives us."

GOD'S grace is available to us anytime we ask Him for it. GOD'S grace provides everything we need to make it through life. We are alive because of GOD'S grace. We are all sinners saved by the grace of GOD.

Kay Arthur writes..."For the victorious Christian, the one who lives as more than a conqueror, grace is more than a theological term. Grace is a reality, a fact of life. It is by grace that one becomes a Christian, and it is by grace that one lives the Christian life."

2 Corinthians 12:9 says
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

"Righteous" is defined as "guiltless".

Romans 3:10
10 As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous—
not even one.

I know I'm not guiltless...I sin everyday. People in general are unacceptable before GOD because we are all sinners. We all hurt people's feelings, get angry when people don't agree with our way of thinking, think things we shouldn't...we are all guilty.None of us are innocent. We can't fix this on our own. We have to ask JESUS to forgive us. Then we have to seek after HIM HIM out...and then believe HIM. In Chuck Swindolls book on Romans he says..."Those who respond to GOD, as HE revealed himself through JESUS CHRIST, will be declared righteous by grace through faith."

My goal is to become a victorious Christian. I want to be a victorious warrior over the devil. To be a victorious warrior you have to pray and read the word all the time. Immerse yourself in GOD. That is how you will defeat the devil. With the help of the LORD, I can!!

1 comment:

Denise said...

Wonderful Chelle! What a challenge we have before us, but with perseverance we can win the race! :)