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This Week: Gratitude
WEDNESDAY— Fall Down to Christ
Big Point: Our gratitude should be a result of God’s grace for us, His free, undeserving gift He offers to each of us.
When a top executive is caught for embezzlement or a church minister is involved in an illicit affair, you will often hear the phrase “fallen from grace”. We have come to believe that when someone falls into sin, he falls from grace.
Grace is a pillar of our faith; it is God’s gracious love for us that rescues us from our sin and an eternity separated from Him. Grace is God showing us favor that is totally unmerited.
God wants us to know that when someone falls into sin, he does not fall from grace. He actually falls into grace! And God’s grace is there to put him back on his feet.
READ…What does the Bible say?
2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
1 Peter 5:10 (New International Version)
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Romans 1:21 (New Living Translation)
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
THINK…Find the answers
In 2 Corinthians 2:9 the Apostle Paul writes that God’s grace is sufficient. What does this mean to you?
Christ followers are to live with the understanding that God’s purposes realized in the future often require some struggles in the present. What does 1 Peter 5:10 promise us will happen after we experience struggles in our lives?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Can you think of a time in your life that things were not going well, possibly a time when you really messed up and you were down? How did God’s grace help you?
Lyrics to the world’s most popular
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
“Everything we do should be a result of our gratitude for what God has done for us.”
Are you aware of God’s goodness in your life? Is God’s goodness directly related to your current state of physical comfort and happiness?
On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your awareness of the goodness of which you are a recipient (1=not at all; 5=very aware)? Circle one.
1 2 3 4 5
If you are experiencing difficulty right now in your life, make 1 Peter 5:10 your prayer and ask God to show you His grace. Take a moment and write down your request to God.
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Ask God to be the one constant reliable thing in your life. Praise Him and thank Him for His unconditional love -when times are good and when times are tough.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: 2 Chronicles 21-24
21:6 Jehoram married Athaliah the daughter of King Ahab. Her mother was Jezebel, one of the most wicked women that Israel had ever known. 21:8-11 Jehoram’s reign was one of sin and cruelty. Yet he was not killed in battle or by treachery, but died of a lingering and painful disease. Our punishment for sin is not always immediate, but eventually, we suffer the consequences of our sin when we continue to ignore God’s commands.
23:15-17 Athaliah’s life ended as her mother’s had, by execution. Her life of idolatry and treachery was cut short by God’s judgment of her sin. By this time, though, Judah had slipped so far away from God that Baal was worshipped in Jerusalem.
24:5 The Levites took their time in carrying out the king’s order even though he told them to make haste. Offerings for keeping the Temple were not just the king’s wish but were also God’s command. The Levites were not only disregarding the king but disregarding God. When it comes to obeying God, a slow response is little better than no response. Obey God willingly and immediately.
24:18-20 When King Joash and the nation abandoned God, God sent Zechariah to call them to repentance. Before judgment and punishment, God gave them a second chance. God does not abandon us or lash out in revenge when we sin but he aggressively pursues us through His word, His Spirit in us and through the words of others. He desires for us to return to Him. When you move away from God remember He is pursuing you to return to Him.