As we bow down and worship Yahweh 2x, Yahweh, Yahweh, Yahweh 2x.//  And we say that You are good and all the miracle You God have done that brought joy, and we say for the hope we have we praise Your Name right now, Father we declare (Father we declare) that we love You, we declare an everlasting love for You, 2x.

Father that our heart cry this day as we declare You as our Lord and we repose ourselves as Your children, Father accept us according to Your Word to us we pray Thee Amen. Thank You Lord for making us Your own despite our short comings. Thank You for loving us while we are yet sinner, Thank You for the gift of Your Only Son Who died that we may live. Thank You Father, we Thank You.

Beloveth, yes it love that brought grace to us, we are demerit, we have no standing at all before God, but God’s favour brought us into life (Ps 30:5b). Beloveth, God’s favour is incomparable to anything. So many in the past even at present age have receive His favour only through grace. Remember what we discuss yesterday, that they are often use interchangeably.

Grace has been in operation from the Old Testament from the time of Adam and Eve. “and Noah found grace before God Gen 6:8 and Moses in Exo 33:13;17 we saw Moses pray to God on the merit of grace and God’ responses “thou hast found grace in my sight,…. God did not act only in law in the Old Testament and only in grace in the New Testament if God does not change? If the immutability is an attribute of God, then God must always act like Himself.

Grace does not ebb and flow like the tide, it does not come like weather. There are two profound truth you must hold on to as you journey in life, first Salvation came to us only through Christ and not through any other means. Secondly truth is that grace always come by Jesus Christ.

The law was given by Moses, but grace came through Christ. This does not mean that before Christ Jesus was born there was no grace. God dealt in grace with mankind, looking forward to the incarnation and death of Jesus before Christ came.

Now, since He’s come and gone to the right hand of the Father, God looks back upon the cross as we look back upon the cross. Every body from Abel on was saved by looking forward to the cross. Grace came by Jesus Christ and everybody that has been saved since the cross is saved by looking back at the cross.

Ever asked why God spared Adam and Eve? They were save through grace even when they had no children, God spared them through grace. And when they had their two boys, one offered a lamb and thus said, “I look forward to the lamb of God.” he accepted the grace of Christ Jesus thousands of years before He was born, and God gave him witness that he was justified.

We have a topic today that should and must check mate us even as we live and proclaim “grace” is not a license to use our freedom carelessly, throwing caution to the winds. We will be considering what sin is, it consequences and the role of grace obtain through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Beloveth, if you here with me, let’s get going for the day:

“Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised Me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own wife.”—2 Samuel 12:10

What is required for God to forgive sin? Repentance. But even repentance does not ensure the removal of the consequences of sin. The consequences often remain as a reminder of the terrible, destructive nature of sin.

David was forgiven for his grievous sins of lust, adultery, robbery, and murder. God forgave him absolutely and removed his sin from him completely (Ps. 103:12). God did not, however, remove the pain that David would endure as a result of his transgressions. The child born of David’s adultery died (2 Sam. 12:14). David’s son Amnon raped David’s daughter Tamar (2 Sam. 13:14). David’s son Absalom murdered Amnon (2 Sam. 13:28–29). Absalom brought the kingdom into rebellion (2 Sam. 15). For the rest of David’s reign, violence filled his home and his kingdom. Although David knew he was forgiven, he bore the painful consequences of his sin for the rest of his life.

It is presumptuous to assume that God removes every consequence the moment you repent of your sin. Do not think that the instant you show remorse God will restore everything as it was. He may not. Some sins, such as adultery, come from a flawed character. God forgives sin immediately upon repentance, but it takes longer to build character. It is character, not forgiveness, that determines what God brings next to your life.

Because we know the devastating consequences of our disobedience, let us diligently avoid every sin and “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1b).

Did read that? The devastating consequences of our disobedience. Beloved, we must watch every step we take. For no one knoweth the hour the son of man will come even Christ does not know. Am sure if he knew He would have told us for hiddeth not from His disciple when He was with them. Even the hour appointed for your departure here on earth you knoweth not so let us take heed and run with endurance the race set before us as You have read many and many times over. Let’s keep going:

“The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

 

Believer, YOU can bear your testimony that Christ is the only begotten of the Father, as well as the first begotten from the dead. You can say, “He is divine to me, if He be human to all the world beside. He has done that for me which none but a God could do. He has subdued my stubborn will, melted a heart of adamant, opened gates of brass, and snapped bars of iron.

He hath turned for me my mourning into laughter, and my desolation into joy; He hath led my captivity captive, and made my heart rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Let others think as they will of Him, to me He must be the only begotten of the Father: blessed be His name.

And He is full of grace. Ah! had He not been I should never have been saved. He drew me when I struggled to escape from His grace; and when at last I came all trembling like a condemned culprit to His mercy-seat He said, ‘Thy sins which are many are all forgiven thee: be of good cheer.’

And He is full of truth. True have His promises been, not one has failed. I bear witness that never servant had such a master as I have; never brother such a kinsman as He has been to me; never spouse such a husband as Christ has been to my soul; never sinner a better Saviour; never mourner a better comforter than Christ hath been to my spirit. I want none beside Him.

In life He is my life, and in death He shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness He makes my bed; in darkness He is my star, and in brightness He is my sun; He is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and He shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan.

Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace He is full, infinitely full. My soul, this night, bless with all thy might ‘the only Begotten.'”

Beloveth, is He same to you? If He is, then make it a reality by letting go of those sin that easily beset us and run with endurance the race set before us as we march onward to the heavenly goals while here on earth.

As you can see sin have consequences and the finality of it all is second death and hell, beware! God of grace is also God of justice and judgment.

However, the grace of God is operated toward everyone. But the saving grace of God is different. When the grace of God becomes operative through faith in Jesus Christ then there is the new birth. But the grace of God nevertheless holds back any judgment that would come until God in His kindness has given everyone a chance to repent (Tit 2:11:14).

Please read Psalm 32.

Remain blessed in the Lord Jesus.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.

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