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January 22, 2013

Living in the Promises of God requires Grace

Romans 4

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

If we want to live in the promises of God and experience His grace, we need to understand a fundamental truth: It is not by obeying the law that we receive grace and life. The law will never give us life. The law shows us how much we need faith to live Christ-centered lives. The law shows me my sins and my shortcomings. The law shows me that I have fall short of the glory of God. The law is a mirror of how bad I am and a reminder that I need a Savior to save me from my sin and rebellion.

Don’t say the law is bad. The law is good. It is a good reminder to all of us that we cannot do anything apart from Christ. It shows us even our greatest works fail in comparison to the glory of God. The law tells me I need Christ.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham,who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

I thank God that it depends on faith so that I may receive the promise. The promise rest on God’s grace and work and not on my own work. My work is futile. My work compared to Christ’s work is a colossal failure. It is God who gives life. The law guides but it is the the Spirit of God that gives me the life that I’ve always wanted.

Thank you God for your grace!!!