There is the grace that saves us, the grace that teaches us, and the grace that gives us power to win in life!
First off we are saved by grace- it is the grace that saves us. We do not work for it, we do not earn it; we simply receive it from the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is His to give and ours to receive. Grace has often been termed “unmerited favor” from God. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about the grace that saves. 10 For we are His workmanship, Ephesians 2:4-10 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (6) and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (7) that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
As I mentioned above we do not get saved (receive our salvation) by our works or else grace is not grace, so if it by works it is a payment due to us. Romans 4:4 “Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.” And see this-Romans11:5-6 “Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. (6) And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” It can’t be both ways. We do good works because we are saved, not get saved. We are saved by grace, and we are blessed by works. We do reap what we sow, either good works for blessings, or sinful works for curses (or at it will least cause us to miss the blessings). When we are obedient to do the works of God as His children there is a reward and when rebel we open ourselves for defeat from our enemy, Satan.
Note: Mercy means we do not get what we deserve and grace means we get what we don’t deserve. God is good to us. And He is rich in mercy. The Bible tells us that where sin abounds, grace abounds more. God has more mercy and grace than we have sin. So receive from the Lord His mercy and His grace.
Receive God’ grace- forgiveness of sin and eternal life given to us through His Son Jesus Christ.
The second kind of grace we will look at here is the grace that teaches us.
Titus 2:11-14 “ For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (12) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (13) looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
When we listen to the grace of God that teaches and do what He says and what His Word teaches us to do and not to do, we won’t need to go for the first grace that forgives because we will be living life in His will. Oh that we would receive the grace that teaches us and be obedient children and servants of the Most High God and who is our Father in heaven. Life would be on earth as it is in heaven, and the blessings would flow into our lives. We have our moments when we live this way. Let’s determine to live in God’s will more often the way he teaches us through His grace.
The third kind of grace is the grace that gives us power to win in life!
We can shout grace to our mountains of problems and watch them go into the sea.
Zechariah 4:6-10 “So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. (7) ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”” (8) Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: (9) “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. (10) For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Zerubbabel was building the foundation of the house of the Lord. He had a challenge to obstruct his efforts. It was his mountain to overcome. We have our mountains to overcome. God let him know it would be done in the strength which God supplies-by His Spirit. Zerubbabel shouted, “Grace, grace” to his mountain, and it became a plain. We see in verse 10 that God rejoiced to see the plumb line in his hand. A plumb line was used to see if the wall was straight. So we know Zerubbabel did build the wall. The temple of God was built. After shouting, “Grace, grace” to his mountain the work was completed. So if you have a mountain you are facing, begin to shout, “Grace, grace“ to it and watch the power of God move in your life. The mountains will fall. And if your efforts up to this point seem very small, remember the word of encouragement to Zerubbabel from the Lord in verse 10- “For who had despised the day of small things (beginnings)?” Keep speaking blessings over your challenge and see the blessings of God overtake the situation. Hang in there until victory is complete. Do not despise the day of small things-see your small things become big and completed in Christ Jesus. Also speak life over your challenges. Jesus always spoke life. Let’s speak life! John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
This grace of God is for all of us who take hold of it so we will have is the grace that saves us, the grace that teaches us, and the grace that gives power to win in life!
In the garden the night Jesus was betrayed He knew it looked bad in His fleshly eyes, but He said to His Father in heaven, “Not My will but Your will be done.” Death was staring Him in the eyes, but he knew God’s grace would bring Him victory over death. And He knew His resurrection from the dead would bring eternal life to those of us who would receive Him as Savior and Lord. We can all shout, “Grace, grace!” in the face of death and come out winners for eternity. This is for everyone who receives Jesus as Savior, everyone who confesses Him as Savior, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
Will you except God’s grace given through His Son Jesus Christ now? If so,Pray-Lord God I ask You to forgive my sins. I repent; I turn from my sins to You Lord. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to shed His blood on the cross to wash away my sins and give me eternal life. I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior and confess Jesus is my Lord. Thank You for giving me eternal life and a home in heaven. Thank You for Your grace to save Me , Your grace to teach me to do your will, and Your grace to give me power to serve you and be an over comer in life. Jesus, baptize me in the Holy Spirit for the power to be what You want me to be and to be a powerful witness of who You are. Holy Spirit help me to live a life pleasing to the Father. In Jesus Name-Amen.
Now read Romans 3:10, 3:23; 5:8-9; 6:23; 10:9-10, 13; John 3:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38 and do as it says. Get water baptized, read your Bible, pray daily, meet often with other believers, confess Jesus before others-tell them the good news of Jesus Christ.
Cowboy Partners: I join with you in shouting,” Grace, grace “to your mountains. We believe for victory in your lives. I thank those of you who are financial and prayer partners with this ministry. We believe God to cast your mountains into the sea. He is for you, not against you. You are well able to over come through Jesus Christ. Because you stand with us for the gospel of Jesus Christ it puts you in the position to receive blessings. Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it shall be given…” So expect God to move on your behalf. He loves a cheerful giver and He loves to bless His servants. The Bible says if you serve Jesus, the Father will honor you. (John 12:26) We thank our current Cowboy Partners and we welcome you as a new Cowboy Partner should God lead to come along side of us with finances, prayers, and helps as we present Jesus on the rodeo trail, at Cowboy Churches, and other points along the way.
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