Friday, 10 May 2013

STEPPING INTO THE GRACE OF GOD


TEXT: EPHESIANS: 2: 4-9
What is grace? Grace is an unmerited favour; it is kindness from God that we do not deserve. We enjoy God’s grace because He is a merciful God. As His children; He is always ready and willing to give us everything that will make us to be happy and comfortable with Him.
One of His numerous provisions for us is His grace. Through His grace; we enjoy different blessing that we do not merit. It is by His love that we are not consumed (Lamentation 3:22) we did nothing for Him to make Him love us from the inception of the earth. (He created us in His own image) He gave His only son to die for our sin, we did nothing to merit this great love, but because His grace is always sufficient. Romans 3:23-24 says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His GRACE through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Whatever you are or do on earth is not by your power, wisdom or knowledge; it is by the grace of God
The grace of God can make a nobody to become global champion. There are some people that are well educated, influential and have all it takes to occupy a respectable post, but they just struggling without anything to show for it. There are some people that do not have good qualification, “connections” and knowledge to occupy a particular post, but because of the grace of God upon their lives; they are in the place of authority higher than their expectation.
Esther in the book of Esther chapter 2 was a candidate of God’s grace; she was not supposed to contest for the beauty pageant that made her the queen. The grace of God singled Esther out among all the qualified virgins. The grace of God can make a beggar to become a millionaire within a twinkling of an eye. I don’t think that Esther as a slave in that country could afford expensive clothes than the rest of the virgins, so it is not her dressing that attracted the king, but the grace of God upon her was what attracted the king.

Moses also was able to live by the grace of God when Pharaoh said they should kill all Hebrew boys. “Then Pharaoh gave this order to all  his people, “every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” Pharaoh’s daughter found a baby wrapped in cloth that belong to Hebrew on river Nile, she could have drown the baby in the river as her father has instructed, but for the grace of God upon Moses, she fell in love with the baby. “she opened it and saw the baby. He was crying and she felt sorry for him. This is one of the Hebrew babies she said” (Exodus 2: 6) This verse shows that Pharaoh’s daughter knew for sure that the baby was to be killed, but she spared his life by the grace of  God. The baby that was to be killed was taken care of in the palace of the person that wanted him dead!
If the grace of God is on you, what the enemies think will hurt or end your life will become what God will use to launch you out.
The grace of God was on Joseph that is why the plan to kill him was unsuccessful. When they were planning killing him, one of the brothers [Judah] advised that they should sell him to the Ishmaelite traders. [Genesis 37:18-38] If they had killed him; he would not have fulfilled his destiny. The grace of God on him made Judah to come up with the idea of selling him into slavery. One day of God’s favour through His grace, is more that many days of labour.

HOW TO STEP INTO THE GRACE OF GOD
·        Live in humility- (1 Peter 5:5)
·        Be prayerful-( 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
·        Live a holy life –(1 Peter 1:15)
·        Have faith in God (Hebrew 11:6)
·        Commit your ways to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6)
·        Fear and obey the lord- (Deuteronomy 13:4)
·        Always be in His presence by praising and worshiping Him

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