Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 7, 2018
In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor. Ephesians 1:7, AMPC
This morning I am reflecting on the extravagant riches of God’s grace: salvation, soul care, significance and strength. Everything we need to live abundantly we already have in Christ. By faith we are crazy rich in what matters most—the grace of God expressed by His great love. Let’s not be like the person whose inheritance was never received, because he never took the time to identify himself and claim what was left to him. Faith probates God’s will to access His rich grace. Four expressions of God’s rich grace are salvation, soul care, significance and strength.
I love this acronym for G.R.A.C.E.: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Yes! The precious blood of Jesus offered on the cross gives all who believe unlimited forgiveness and love. No more guilt from the past, now you are defined in the present as a cherished child of God. The Lord’s pardon has been stamped on our heart—set free to freely serve Jesus. Salvation’s wealth is true riches!
Take time to reflect and be refreshed by God’s amazing grace. Your attentive King is enthralled by your soul beauty, so confidently carry on. A soul comforted by the loving care of grace in the countenance of the Man of Sorrows, heals and moves forward by faith to comfort others. Soul care by the One who cares for you supremely brings serenity. Calculate your blessings on the balance sheet of your life and thank God for His rich favor. A rich soul is generous with grace.
Each child of God is gifted uniquely. Discover how God has made you and be glad. Celebrate your unique gifting and work hard to develop your potential. Everyone has a different capacity based on their season of life and purpose in life, so resist the comparison trap and grow your passion and giftedness. According to the Lord’s grace He called and equipped you to do the work of the ministry. Use your vocation or avocation for the Lord—allow His grace to grow your gifts.
As crude oil is refined into gasoline, so God’s grace—in prayer—is refined into the Spirit’s energy. Much better to thrive in the Spirit than to strive in the flesh. This is how one woman, inspired by the grace of God, has the stamina of two women, she leans into her Lord in those lonely hours and trying times. Grace gets you to God—and God gets you to grace. Fill your soul with the gasoline of grace and you will persevere. Christ’s spiritual resources are rich. You are wealthy in what matters most: a growing relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
“Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift” (Ephesians 4:7, AMPC).
Heavenly Father, I praise You for the riches of Your grace, in Jesus’ name, amen.
What area of my life needs more of God’s amazing grace, so I can offer abundant grace to others I love at home and at work?
Like crude oil is refined into gasoline, so God’s grace—in prayer—is refined into the Spirit’s energy. #WisdomHunters #rich
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