Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Encouragement to live in God's sweet and empowering grace every day.

Grace never leaves us where we are

Grace never leaves us where we are

As I sat here drinking tea, I thought about God’s grace and how many times He has extended it to me and I was overcome with awe.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word grace?
Elegance? A prayer before or after a meal? An attractive quality? Favor or goodwill? Moral strength? Maybe you know someone named Grace and that’s what comes to your mind when you hear the word grace.

The grace I’d like to share about today is the freely given, unmerited (undeserved) favor and love of God.

Here are just a few promises about grace.
(1) By grace we have a free gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not
of works, lest any man should boast.”

(2) By grace we are justified (guiltless)
Romans 3:24 “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

(3) By grace we are accepted.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Confidence is a word the Lord has given me to pursue. It means the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
We all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:24) which means we all sin, but we can still with confidence (firm trust) approach God’s throne (talk to him about anything) because it’s by his grace that we have been saved. I realize this can be hard to understand and accept. Maybe you were raised by parents or another adult who showed you no grace at all. Maybe they didn’t give you the unearned love you longed for. But God did and He still does.

I do not understand the
mystery of grace-
only that it meets us where
we are but does not leave us
where it found
us.
~Ann Lamott

So many times I’ve said to God, “I don’t deserve to stand before you and talk to you.” One day when I was writing about it to a friend, it hit me and I saw the truth that I was right. I didn’t and I don’t deserve to, but it wasn’t about me. It was about Jesus and what he did. If I think I don’t deserve to stand before God because I’ve knowingly done something wrong ( no matter how big or small it may be ), I fall into the trap of thinking I can come before him when I haven’t done something wrong. I take the glory and grace from him and put it on myself. (I feel I’ve earned it) I ‘can’ come to him but it’s not because I haven’t done anything wrong. It’s because I’m covered by the blood of Jesus. That is the only reason I can come with confidence before God. It has absolutely nothing to do with me! I don’t and can’t lose it because I never earned it in the first place. God sees the righteousness of his son. I didn’t even realize that’s what I was doing until God so lovingly showed me. I am ever so grateful that He always does because I fall short all the time. And although I do have to repent, I don’t have to be weighed down by guilt and shame. They’ve taken enough of my life from me.  Some times I have to call on His grace all day long. It’s much harder to forgive ourselves than it is for God to forgive us.

Your worst days
are never so bad
that you are beyond the reach
of God’s grace.
And your best days
are never so good
that you are beyond the need
of God’s grace.
~Jerry Bridges

(4) By grace our sins are covered. We are forgiven.
Psalm 32:1-2 “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit there is no deceit.”

Fortunately, God doesn't keep score the way we humans do. If He did, there wouldn't be one of us still standing. ~ Dr. Tim Kimmel and Darcy Kimmel Click To Tweet

(5) By grace although we still sin, He no longer counts them against us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the
righteousness of God.”

We find grace when we pursue the resources of grace; church, bible study and personal time of prayer and devotionals. I love what Paul Tripp Ministries said, “If you want to get wet with the grace of God, stand under a fountain and trust that the Lord will send water.”

There are many verses on grace in the Word of God. I’d like to encourage you to search and personally ask God to give you a verse … His promise to you … to stand on. His Word can be firmly trusted. Grace is a promise to anyone who has Jesus. It isn’t about the freedom to sin more. It’s about the freedom to not be weighed down by guilt and shame any longer. Let go and let Jesus love you the way it was always intended to be. He loves you just the way you are. Where you are at right now. This day. This moment. This very moment.

Maybe you haven’t experienced this wonderful gift of grace from God because you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior. One of the most awesome things about God is that He is always there. He’s waiting patiently with much love for you to do just that. He longs to have a relationship with you. All you have to do is invite Him in.
You can pray this prayer: Father God, I confess that I am a sinner and the only way to have a relationship with You is through Jesus. I believe and accept that Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and He died on the cross, shed His blood for my sins, and conquered death by coming back to life, so that I will not perish but have everlasting life. I ask Jesus to come into my heart and to be the Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus name Amen.
If you have genuinely repented and asked Jesus into your life, we believe you have been saved and your name is written in the Book of Life. Hallelujah!! Please let us know so we can continue to pray for you. Also, find a good body of believers to fellowship with and spend time talking to God and reading the Word.

Maybe you’re on the other side of that and you’ve heard the word grace so often it has lost it’s importance to you. Ask God to refresh His grace in your life or to make it totally new to you. Ask Him to give you a verse on grace and then hold onto that promise. We are forgiven and free in Christ.

Let’s also remember to give grace to others.

Here’s one way I
can know that I’ve
forgotten the
gospel of grace:
When your sin
bothers me more
than my own.
~ Tullian Tchividjian – Happysonship.com

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the grace You have given and shown me so many times. Thank You for giving your son. Thank you Jesus for willingly giving Your life for us and our sin. God, I ask that You make Yourself and the truth of Your grace real to anyone who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior today. I ask that You breathe new life into the grace You have given to those of us who have unknowingly let it lose its importance in our lives. Remind us to give grace to others the way You have given it to us. I ask it in Jesus name, Amen.

It’s so true what Matthew West sings in his song, Grace Wins, ‘There’s a war between guilt and grace and they’re fighting for a sacred place. But hallelujah! Grace wins every time!’

If you have time, listen the song. You won’t be sorry.

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4 thoughts on “Grace never leaves us where we are”

  • I thank our Lord for His forgiving, loving love for us. There are many days that I feel I am unworthy of his love but I know He loves me regardless.

    • I feel unworthy of His love too Sherry, but He is changing the way I feel. He is bringing me to the place of understanding that it’s not about being unworthy or worthy, but just accepting that it’s a part of who He is. He loves us. There’s no other love like it.

  • I want to show grace to all but some people make it hard …. I want Him in my heart.. In my mind… With my faith in Him gives me peace in knowing he is caring for and loving me even when I want to just give up…

    • You’re right Vickie, showing grace toward some people is a challenge. Thankfully,that’s where grace comes in. It covers them, you, me, and everyone in between. It is peaceful knowing that He loves us through those hard times when we want to give up. That’s when He carries us. <3

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