Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE MESSAGE OF GOD’S GRACE 1

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Rom 6:1-2

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

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I was challenged by another friend last week when discussing the grace of God with a friend who was trying to understand the message of God’s grace. My friend was concerned because he saw the message of grace as a license that many Christians use to walk in sin and the flesh. I shared his concern and told him that anyone who sees the grace of God as a license to sin does so because he does not understand the grace of God. Such a one is walking in lawlessness and not grace.

Grace is indeed the opposite of the law but it is not lawlessness. When you walk in grace you are translated from the law of sin and death to the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (see Rom 8:2). Because this is also a law it means you have to submit to it. Obeying the law of the spirit of life simply means you are submitted to the authority of the spirit of God which produces the life of Christ in you. This life is the power with which you live a Holy life before God and do exploits on the earth.

There is something that must happen before this grace is activated in the life of anyone, such a person must be dead to sin; this means he is dead to the flesh and alive in the spirit. One of the ways to do this is to have more of a Holy Spirit consciousness than a ‘me’ or flesh consciousness; it should be more of what He wants rather than what I want.

Go into today determined to walk in the spirit by giving Him higher priority in your life.

Prayers: Thank your heavenly father for bringing you into this glorious day. Pray that God will give you grace to walk in grace (grace for grace; see John 1:16). Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower you to be a true agent for the advancement of His kingdom.

- SD Abraham

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