Accurate Understanding of Self


…Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 The Message

God is a God of Judgment


I recall a deep discussion I had as a teenager with an acquaintance who did not believe in the necessity of salvation. He said he believed God was a loving God and that He would not close the door of Heaven on good people whether they profess Him as Lord or not. This acquaintance did not want to hear about the judging of God. As humans, we do not like to think of God as a judging God.

None of us want to be judged – by other people or by God. However, judgment is necessary in our secular society as well as in our spiritual lives. Society recognizes that a judge who will not judge is a mockery. A God who does not judge is a God of the imagination.

God’s judgment is a direct result of His Holiness and His reaction to sin and evil. We can see His Judgment (and His Love) all throughout scripture, beginning in Genesis with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and culminating in Revelations at the Great White Throne Judgment. Psalms 19:9 tells us that “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous…” Romans 2:11 tells us that God is impartial. Psalms 19:7 tells us that “The law of the Lord is perfect.” And Revelation 15:1 tells us that “…the wrath of God is complete.”

God’s judgment is real and certainly a part of His character. The Cross has no meaning or purpose without God’s judgment being real. It was at the Cross that God’s judgment met God’s mercy. All sin for all people for all times was nailed to the Cross and through the Blood of Jesus those who believe are judged as righteous.

Scripture

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

 Romans 3:23-26 NKJV

 Prayer

 Father, how thankful I am that You are a judging God. If you were not then there would be no purpose in seeking to be Christ-like. There would be no goodness to attain to, there would be no righteousness to seek, and we would be immersed in sin and corruptness. Although, Lord there are moments when our world feels that it is consumed with sin and corruptness, we are able to find your Grace and your Hope through the Blood of Jesus and even though we fall so short of Your perfection, we are able to face our time of judgment before you without fear knowing that you see us as righteous through the blood of Christ.

In the Name of Jesus

Amen.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, July 15, 2007

Posted to faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com on 6/6/12

Divine Grace


“Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God”, these are the first two definitions of the word Grace in the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary. As we look at the attributes of God, one of those that is most treasured is his Grace. God’s Grace is always accompanied by God’s Mercy. His Mercy does not give us what we deserve. Instead, His Grace gives us what we do not deserve.

In Genesis 6:7 the Lord said “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  In verse 8, we read, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Noah found ‘salvation’ through God’s Grace as God saved Noah and his family from death during the Great Flood.

We may experience God’s Grace as “undeserved favor, as unexpected acceptance or as unconditional love[1].  One of the most potent ways we experience God’s Grace is when we battle sin. No sin is a match for God’s Grace. His Grace is always more powerful than sin and He will always give us a means of overcoming sin in our lives through His Grace.

Jesus Christ is the giver of God’s Grace. It is through Jesus that we, like Noah, can experience God’s Grace, His salvation. The redemption from sin through the Grace which came through the spilling of Jesus’ blood is eternal Grace. It is ours for eternity.

God is a loving God who loves to give out of his love. The Gift of Grace is His greatest pleasure.

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which he purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him.

Ephesians 1:3-10 NKJV

PRAYER

Oh Gracious Lord, of all your gifts, the gift of your Grace through The Son is one of the most precious and priceless. I thank you Father for your Grace, so undeserved. May those in our families and in our friendships that have not experienced your Grace, come to meet your Son face to face. May they, too, experience the gift of your eternal Grace.

In His Name,

Amen

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, June 10, 2007

Posted to Faithfulnibbles on 6/2/2012


[1]Attributes of God: He is the Essence of Grace”, page 1960, THE WOMAN’S Study Bible, NKJV, Copyright ©1995 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Riches or Right Living?


Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.

Proverbs 11:4   NKJV

I guess compared to many in the world, my husband and I would be classified as wealthy; however, our financial status truly is lower middle class and soon will be low middle class, I’m sure, as retirement comes our way.  I am so thankful that we do not have to buy our salvation with money or material wealth!!!

As Christians saved by Grace, we may stumble in our goal of “right living”. Fortunately for us, God sees us as righteous through the blood of His Son, Jesus.  So through Jesus’ death we gain life!  Praise God!!!

Divine Grace


“Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification;

a virtue coming from God”,

these are the first two definitions of the word Grace in the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary. When we look at the attributes of God, one of those that is most treasured is his Grace. God’s Grace is always accompanied by God’s Mercy. His Mercy does not give us what we deserve. Instead, His Grace gives us what we do not deserve.

In Genesis 6:7 the Lord said

“I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In verse 8, we read,

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

Noah found ‘salvation’ through God’s Grace as God saved Noah and his family from death during the Great Flood.

We may experience God’s Grace as

“undeserved favor, as unexpected acceptance or as unconditional love”.

One of the most potent ways we experience God’s Grace is when we battle sin. No sin is a match for God’s Grace. His Grace is always more powerful than sin and He will always give us a means of overcoming sin in our lives through His Grace.

Jesus Christ is the giver of God’s Grace. It is through Jesus that we, like Noah, can experience God’s Grace, His salvation. The redemption from sin through the Grace which came through the spilling of Jesus’ blood is eternal Grace. It is ours for eternity.

God is a loving God who loves to give out of his love. The Gift of Grace is His greatest pleasure.

SCRIPTURE

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his Grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which he purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him.

Ephesians 1:3-10

PRAYER

Oh Gracious Lord, of all your gifts, the gift of your Grace through The Son is the most precious and priceless. I thank you Father for your Grace, so undeserved. May those in our families and in our friendships that have not experienced your Grace, come to meet your Son face to face. May they, too, experience the gift of your eternal Grace.

In His Name,

Amen