Devotional 5/17

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1

God answers the mess of life with one word: Grace.

Max Lucado

God is able to help us in our weaknesses: this is grace. Grace means undeserved kindness. It is Gods gift to us, when we feel unworthy of God’s love and favor.

When we pray and ask God for strength, not only does He know what we are going through but He knows exactly what we need to get back on track. Our Lord Jesus experienced the temptations we go through, so that He could know what it was like. The Bible says He became sin for our benefit. He experienced temptations, like we do, so that He could have first hand knowledge of how to help us overcome. This is why the scripture says, that His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9)!

The word says, God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus makes peace with God available. He gives us right standing with God, for no reason– just by faith! When God looks at us, He sees Jesus on the cross. When we need help, in Christ we have entrance to the mercy seat: to His throne of grace. When we fail, in Jesus we have a faithful high priest in service to God, who pays God for our sins: Jesus is our atonement (Heb. 2:17). Grace is not a license to sin, but when acknowledged becomes a reason to live wholly and holy for God. The Lord gives us to grace to do life with Him and for our burdens to be light.

Paul was basically telling Timothy, do the best you can according to your ability and trust God to do the rest. This is grace. He tells us the same today, do your part and God will do His! Repent, and receive God’s forgiveness by grace. Study the Bible and preach, trust God to heal, edify and deliver!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for grace and favor. Thank you for salvation and redemption. Thank you for forgiveness and new beginnings. I pray for my brothers and sisters today, who need your grace. May they be able to do their part, and rest as you do yours. In Jesus name, Amen.

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