Lady V’s Devotional Episode
Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) says:
For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS only Son, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ESV)
That is such a powerful statement of God’s nature.
And to think—HE who is LOVE demonstrated HIS love through the greatest sacrifice of all time. HIS love is revealed through HIS Son on the Cross displaying—goodness, mercy, grace, and truth.
Nothing would stand in the way of redeeming humanity. The Heavenly Father did what was necessary to provide for the ones HE dearly loves.
You see…when God created the heavens and the earth, He also created the first man Adam, and the first woman Eve. God gave them everything they needed from the start of it all.
God provided what was necessary for the ones HE loved.
Yet, they were convinced by the serpent/Satan, that God hadn’t given them enough. That was the first time Adam and Eve had ever sinned by an act of unbelief, which was disobedience. This proved to be deadly for all humanity.
Imagine if a trial had of taken place at that moment in a heavenly court. Both Adam and Eve would have been found guilty–in the eternal degree.
But this is the GOOD NEWS! God had provided a plan of GRACE that would save humanity from a horrific eternal sentence.
Instead of seeking vengeance for the sins of the world, God sought to show HIS most INFINITE LOVE. God introduced the world to GRACE– the unmerited, abounding provision of the unrestrained operation of God’s infinite love through Jesus Christ; on behalf of man, especially those who depend on HIM (Creflo Dollar, WCCI).
God came down to our level, wrapped HIMSELF in human flesh by being born into a physical body through Mary. And at the moment Jesus was born, HE became the SAVIOR of the world.
Romans chapter 5 and verses 18-19 (NLT), says “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, BUT Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But, because ONE other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”
JESUS came to pardon humanity from a guilty sentence because of sin. He declares us NOT GUILTY by reason of HIS atoning sacrifice on the CROSS for the sins of the world.
Thus, for all who would BELIEVE in JESUS by faith, would receive forgiveness of sins for eternity.
Now that’s the Good News!
Beloved, our performance doesn’t stand before God—our faith in Jesus does. Jesus alone makes all things new—even you! Depend on the Grace of God as we partake of the blessings of THE GOOD NEWS!
For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast! (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)
God’s gift of salvation for all who would believe.
THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS!
We come to you in the Name of Jesus with thanksgiving in our hearts. Father God, we thank YOU for YOUR goodness in our lives. We thank YOU that we can always depend on YOU.
Father God, I lift up every believer in Christ, that their dependency will always be upon YOU. I pray that every heart of the believer is eagerly awaiting the return of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS!
Father God, I lift up every person on this earth that does not know Jesus as the SAVIOR of the world. I pray that if it were at all possible, that none should perish, but that all would come to repentance and turn to JESUS.
Father God, I know everyone won’t believe, but for those that will, I pray that as your word says, no one can come to Jesus unless YOU, Abba Father draws them.
So, I pray for a glorious drawing of hearts to Jesus as the Gospel is preached in the whole world and then the end will come.
On that glorious day of the return of Jesus we will REJOICE!
Thank YOU, Father, that it is so according to YOUR WILL in Jesus’ GREAT name! Amen, Amen, Amen!
Grace and Peace to you all! And remember that JESUS IS LORD!!!
|2 Peter 3:9||Matthew 24:14|
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