Tuesday, January 24, 2012

THIRTY DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE - DAY 24

PRAY THE NAMES OF GOD


DAY 24
GOD IS GRACE


I heard about an experience a man had at the local mall several years ago, when he backed his huge car out of a parking spot during the busy Christmas season. The problem was, he said he was not paying attention and promptly backed into the front of another car coming up the aisle! From all accounts, this old piece of Detroit steel, which seniors are known to drive, did little or no damage to the fairly new car he plowed backwards into!


The driver of the other car, got out and proceeded to tell the aging gentleman not worry about it as there was no damage! The man told me, immediately the Holy Spirit spoke these words over and over to him "Great Grace....Great Grace"! This man could have gotten a ticket or worse, even sued by the car owner he backed into...because we live in such a time. But it WAS the Grace of God that nothing happened and both men parted in well, grace and peace!


This is how God is with us. We do stupid things and commit sin knowingly. We commit sins of the flesh and thought and everything imaginable. God could easily wipe us off the face of this map with one word and in the blink of an eye. But He chooses not too, because He is Grace.


The definition of Grace is unmerited favor. We do nothing for it. In fact, if we get our just desserts, we'd be in a world of hurt. But, God....woohoo...but, God - He looked down and had compassion on us and gave Grace. His Name is Grace. His Character is full of Grace. He IS the GOD of GRACE.


Grace has been described as God's Riches At Christ's Expense...and it is! It is THE most expensive gift ever! It cost GOD the SON EVERYTHING! He poured Himself out from heaven to be abused and killed by the scum of the Earth, so that we may have reconciliation with Heaven...because of GRACE. It cost Christ EVERYTHING! It costs us nothing to obtain!


It was Grace, Grace God's Grace, Grace that is greater than ALL my sin which brought me out of darkness into Light...and it all happened at the Cross!


God resists the proud but gives Grace to the humble. Are you humble today? Do you need a touch of His Hand today? Are you even under Grace or under Law? Are you saved by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone...or are you trusting in your own so-called Goodness?


Do you have Saving Grace which rescues us from Judgment?
Do you have Sustaining Grace which lifts you up?
Do you have Sanctifying Grace to grow in Him?
Do you have Serving Grace to help others?
Do you have Sovereign Grace to glorify Him?


If you do...or wish to, let's pray right now:


Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for being God Who gives Grace and offers Grace to the lost and formerly arrogant! I thank You that You have given us of Yourself rather than what we deserve, which is death and destruction!


Lord, You said in Ephesians 1:5-8 that You "predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of YOUR will, to the praise of YOUR glorious GRACE"....for that, I am in awe and throw myself at Your feet in gratitude.


You said in that same passage that You "blessed us in the Beloved (Jesus) and that in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses".... Lord, thank You for Calvary and the Precious Blood of the Lamb, which was shed for all mankind on that day....and the Blood whose Crimson flow comes in like a tide to make us as white as snow!


You said again in those verses that it was "according to the riches of HIS GRACE, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight"...and Father, that wisdom and insight was Yours. YOU came up with that amazing plan to rescue men and women from the pit we were heading to, because of Adam's sin.


Father God, I am eternally grateful and surrender all to you, because Your Saving Grace sustains me daily. Your Sustaining Grace energizes and carries me through difficult times so that your Sanctifying Grace could grow me into the person YOU wish me to be.

Lord, let me serve others with the Sovereign Grace You imparted to me when You called me to be Your son that they may see You, in me, and proceed to Glorify You, my Father in Heaven....to the Power and Majesty of His Name, the Name above all Names, amen and amen!!



TOMORROW: GOD IS COMFORTER



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