Grace is Something Only Jesus Offers
Pillar Two of How to Live the Christian Life is all about Grace.
God's Grace is Sufficient. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9) Yep, if you sin, His grace is sufficient. I told God 2 years ago, "I ain't worrying about sin anymore. I'm not beating myself up over it, not controlling my thoughts, anything. Don't like it, God, kick me out. I don't give a fuck." He's still around. Oh, just admit you're a hypocrite, because we all are. You can never live above sin. That's why God's grace is sufficient.
Grace is a gift of Jesus and we are in the dispensation of Grace. We are all hypocrites. God wants you to try to live holy, but you are human and will make mistakes. Repent and move on. No need to beat yourself up over it. God knows you are human. Grace is a better way.
But, there is more about Jesus and Grace. In the Stress Cure, Jamey Hammond talked about the powerful Scripture. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30) (KJV)
Jesus promises you rest. Every have a great night's sleep and feel on top of the world the next morning? Jesus promises that in every aspect of your life. Rest. He also means rest from the burden of sin, but also means rest from the burden of life. Ooo, sound good?
Jamey explained the "yoke" is not the egg, but the collar farm animals wore when plowing the fields. Jesus said, "His yoke is easy." In other words, as Jamey said, "I am not here to add to your burdens." Jesus made salvation easy. Believe in Him and accept Him into your heart and you're saved. It is that simple.
In fact, I'll add further, Jesus is here to lighten your burdens, and, once you are His, He takes care of you: The Bible says, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) (KJV) In you are God's, He said He'd take care of you. Count on it. What are the burdens holding you down? I remember hearing this: sin is a burden and fear is its result. When Jesus takes away your sins, he also takes away your fear. "Fear Not" is said by God many times in the Bible. God never wants you living in fear. All you have to do is accept it. Let God worry about it. Live one day at a time and let God worry about the rest.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7) (KJV) God wants you to have power, fear not, love others and be of sound mind. Salvation means you are saved, Grace means you no longer worry about sin (I"m not saying go forth a sinning...LOL), and God takes away the fear, gives you power, gives you love so you can love others and gives you a sound mind. God even says so, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Romans 8:15) (KJV) When God saves you, you are taken as His (adoption) and He clearly says, "not in bondage to fear." Jesus came to set the captives free, not enslave you again.
When you repent, you are renewing your mind. (Romans 12:12) (KJV) Yeah, it's that simple. And, when you pray, you crucify the flesh. Galatians 5:24 says, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (KJV) The flesh exalts you and exalts itself above God. The flesh are those thought opposed to God. That's the flesh. Prayer puts the flesh into submission. It is why Paul said to pray daily. 1 Thessalonians even says, "Pray without ceasing." (KJV) The more you pray, the more the Holy Spirit brings the flesh into submission. The flesh is our endemic nature. I remember reading a comic one time and it said, "I fight against my greatest enemy: myself." Honestly, aren't we always our own worst enemy? The flesh doesn't like how easy all of this Jesus makes it. But, it all is that easy.
Jesus was crucified, the only blameless man to walk the earth, and rose from the dead to take away the sins of everyone. "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (1 John 1:29) (KJV)
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John 10:10-11) (KJV)
Jesus not only doesn't want to add to your burdens, and take away the ones you have, but he also wants you live more abundantly. Remember Pillar 3 in How to Live the Christian Life?: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) Jesus promised you peace. Enjoy it. It's peace amid the storms, peace amid the calm (some people love drama–but you can have peace without it), peace, peace, peace. You can have peace in poverty, in wealth, in middle class, wherever you are. Jesus alone gives you peace. Nothing the world has to offer will ever give you peace.
If you are not a Christian, doesn't this all sound good?
Do you know Jesus?
Well, it is easy to know him and experience his undying, unfathomable love and affection.
He came and died for you.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) (KJV)
There is no greater love than Jesus.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) (KJV)
Accept Him today if you don't know him.
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior."
Now, go and tell someone and welcome to His Kingdom.
Amen and Hallelujah.
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