God’s grace does not overlook sin………

 

God’s glory is seen, in part, by His grace. He is gracious and compassionate. But, in addition, God also does not leave the guilty unpunished. God’s grace does not overlook sin; it punishes sin, but in a way which forgives those who are guilty.

Our lesson considers the grace of God, a subject so immense we could spend eternity trying to fathom it. Consequently, I will attempt to summarize some of the essential elements of God’s grace by calling your attention to three stories in the Bible which describe the grace of God. The first story is of Jacob and the grace of God (ref,Genesis 25-32; Hosea 12*2-6), the second of Jonah and the grace of God, and the last is about Jesus and the woman caught in adultery (ref,John 8*1-11). In these three stories, we will encounter a man who finally ceases striving with God and men and casts himself on the grace of God (Jacob). We will consider a man who is a prophet, and yet he hates the grace of God (Jonah). And we will see a woman who is the recipient of God’s grace, while she stands condemned by some of her self-righteous peers (the woman of John 8:1-11).

 

God’ Promises and His Purposes are Certain………

The immutability of God is closely related to the immutability of the Word of God, which means His Word is never out of date, never irrelevant to our lives or our times.

The unchanging way of God is an assurance for Christians

Assurance provides stability and confidence in times of uncertainty and circumstances that appear threatening. Because our God is unchanging, His promises and His purposes are certain; they cannot change, and they will not fail. We have an incorruptible sacrifice, the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has accomplished eternal redemption for all who receive it. We have a “kingdom which cannot be shaken” (ref,Hebrews 12*28). We have a God who deals with us consistently with His character and His Word, see James 1*12-18). We have a Great High Priest who “abides forever and holds His priesthood permanently”(ref,Hebrews 7*24). Our hope and confidence is not in the “uncertainty of riches” but rather in “God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (ref,1 Timothy 6*17). The prophet Isaiah contrasted the “changing creation with the unchanging Creator” as an encouragement to endurance and faithfulness, even in the dark days

 

Regardless of What You are Going Through, be ENCOURAGED…….

God wants to encounter you right where you are, and He wants to lift you up higher than you’ve ever been before.

The Bible demonstrates that an encounter with God will make the sick well, the hurting healed, and the dysfunctional functional.

Today, there is healing ,physical, emotional, spiritual, relational, and financial in store for you. Regardless of what you are going through, be encouraged, for I am convinced . . .

God wants to lift you up!If you have ever had a physical infirmity in your body, you know sickness is like a pit. It is an attack of the enemy that saps your strength and schemes to keep you from your destiny.

Friend, God’s healing power is available to you in this hour. I believe God wants to deliver you from every infirmity. It’s time to rise up and see the power of God demonstrated in your life.

Do you remember what Peter and John said to the lame man at the temple gate called Beautiful?

As they went to the temple to pray, Peter and John encountered a man who had been lame from birth. Every day he was laid at the gate to beg for alms.

This man was sick, and he was poor . . . but he was about to be lifted up!

In Acts 3*6 Peter looked at the lame man and said:

Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

We Should be Reassured of His Goodness to Us………

Nearness to God or intimate fellowship with God is our highest good. We may say then that whatever interferes with our nearness to God, our fellowship with Him, is actually evil. And whatever draws us into a deeper fellowship with God is actually “good.” When God brings suffering and adversity into our lives, our confidence in His goodness should not be undermined. Instead, we should be reassured of His goodness to us.

In the end, Job’s suffering brought him nearer to God; thus it was good, and God was good in afflicting him. Paul’s suffering brought him nearer to God, and he saw it as a blessing (Philippians 3:10). The chastening of the Lord in the life of the Christian is not only evidence of our sonship, it is God’s working in us for good (Hebrews 12:1-13; see Romans 8:28).

Spiritual growth is detailed in 2 Peter 1*3-8, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You Cannot have Goodness WITHOUT GOD…

We cannot separate what is good from God. You cannot have goodness without God, just as you cannot have God without goodness.

God alone is good:

I said to the LORD, “Thou art my Lord; I have no good besides Thee” (ref,Psalms 16*2).

And behold, one came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is [only] One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:16-17).