Now if your name is Grace, I’m going to have to lend it — though not for a while or lifetime maybe. Only if you could pay what it takes to get it back – your heart, or you just click on my name below so we can start the talk on messenger

…bethel

JOSEPH AS A CASE STUDY

JOSEPH’S TRANSITION TO GLORY – GRACE

As Joseph’s story unfolds, it’s difficult to see God’s grace in it all—despised by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongly accused, left to rot in prison.  But that’s not at all how Joseph saw these things.  He reveals his perspective in Genesis 45:7, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” God used difficult and trying circumstances to position Joseph as the savior of his people. That’s grace!

I tried to keep track of how often the Israelites grumbled against God, broke His commands, worshiped false idols — but i quickly lost count. Time and again they turned away from God, did whatever they wanted, lost God’s protection, suffered great consequences, returned to God, and begged Him to rescue them.  Over and over again!  Sometimes there were lasting consequences for their self decisions, but God showed more grace than was deserved.

I love the acrostic for grace: God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. That is spot on. God’s grace could be defined as this: God gives us what we don’t deserve while mercy could be defined as this: God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. We are saved by grace and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9), and that’s why the gospel is such good news because if we had to depend on works, none of us could ever make it, and none of us could ever be sure if we’d done enough good works to save ourselves. That’s why messages on grace are so powerful and effective in proclaiming the gospel of redemption through Jesus Christ, and why every message should include repentance, confession, faith in Christ, and all made possible by the grace of God. It was free for us but it was of the utmost expense to God.

While speaking with my amazing friend Philip in Vancouver on the subject, he said and i quote;

Mercy is the act of withholding deserved punishment, while grace is the act of endowing unmerited favor. In His mercy, God does not give us punishment we deserve, namely hell; while in His grace, God gives us the gift we do not deserve, namely heaven.

Philip Wijaya

Philip said it correctly, but in addition to that, grace is sufficient for everyone but not at the same time — for instance, one could be praying and asking God for Material possession, it is indeed the heritage of both the righteous and the wicked to receive God’s grace. But instead God sometimes witholds the answers from the righteous and blesses the wicked instead, does this mean that God is impartial — He loves His own and gives good gift to they that seek Him. Example of this is:

During one of my adventure in the southern coasts – A man in a town called Rumuodara has two sons – the younger one was wise, intelligent and brave while the elderly one sits on the opposite side of these virtues. One day, the father was playing with his two sons, and the younger one made a demand of $800 to start up a management firm, but after thinking about it for a while, the man gave the money to the elderly one instead and told him to do whatever he wants with it . And to the younger son he said; I know that one day you’ll be great – greater than I am. Does this mean that the father was playing games with his sons — No. But later the elderly son gave the money back to the younger brother saying; You already have a great and better plan on how to spend this money, let us put ideas together and build this management firm and call it our own. In the same way, God witholds somethings from us when we ask, not because He is wicked but only wants to be sure we really need what we are asking for and He sure keeps it very close within our reach so we could grasp it when the time is right.

MEDITATION

YOUR GRACE SETS ME APART DEAR GOD – SIN AND DEATH HAS NO HOLD ON ME BECAUSE YOUR GRACE HOLDS ME NOW!