Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: Grace
Joseph Prince (May-12-2023) Daily Devotional: Unveiling the Father’s Heart of Grace.
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:20–24
Do you want to see how your heavenly Father responds when you have failed? Then I encourage you to read the entire parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11–32. Better yet, if you are feeling stressed and worried about something, take time to pull away from life’s hustle and bustle and simply meditate on Jesus’ words in this story and let His message to you soak in.
When Jesus shared the story of the prodigal son, all the Jewish people who heard Him would have been familiar with the condemnation and punishment (death by stoning) that the law specified for a stubborn, rebellious son (Deut. 21:18–21). However, instead of the law they were familiar with, Jesus revealed the Father’s heart of grace and forgiveness in the new covenant. Hallelujah!
Did the son sin against his father? Yes, most definitely. But did the father heap guilt and condemnation on his son before he received his son? No, he did not. Did it matter to the father that his son’s intention for returning home was simply because he was hungry? No, it did not.
When the prodigal son “was still a great way off,” his father saw him and had compassion and ran and fell on his son’s neck and kissed him. What a wonderful picture of God’s heart of love!
This is an eyewitness account of what God the Father is like from Jesus Himself! See how He described God’s response to those who have sinned.
How is it that the father saw his son even when he was still a great way off? That’s because the father had been waiting and longing for his son to return. He must have kept his eyes on the horizon daily, hoping that each day would be the day his beloved son returned home.
Beloved, can you see God’s heart of love for you even when you have failed Him? You just have to take one step toward God and your loving Daddy in heaven will run toward you with no condemnation.
He wants to embrace you, kiss you, and lavish you with His love and blessings! He is waiting to clothe you with the robe of righteousness, put the signet ring of authority back in your hands, and shod your feet with the sandals of right standing. He wants to reinstate you, wash you, and throw a party because you came home!
Our God is a God who will run toward you with no condemnation! You can come boldly to God today and experience the intimate love of your heavenly Father in a deep and personal way as never before. I pray that this experience will heal, renew, restore, and transform you in a spectacular way because His love for you is nothing less than spectacular!
Daily Devotional (April-28-2023) Understanding Grace.
Titus 2:11 - "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men"
The original definition of grace is "pure joy or pleasure". The idea was that something was done to another per- son that was pleasurable but undeserved. Out of the utmost and greatest joy, God blesses us for no other reason than that it gives Him pleasure. Grace means "love at work", it is a love gift.
Grace is "unmerited favour", and "enabling power". To the unbeliever, grace is an unmerited favour, which makes God to save him; but once saved, the same grace becomes an enabling power that empowers you to live the Christian life. You cannot receive God's grace with- out being empowered to become who God says you are, do what God says you can do, and have what God says you have.
Grace is the free, unmerited love and favour of God, the spring and source of all good things men receive from God. Every good thing you have and will ever receive from God, springs from and has its source from the grace of God.
"So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace" [Rom. 11:5 - 6].
"Made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast" [Eph. 2: 5 - 9].
A young man was involved in a street fight and in the process killed his opponent. The crowd who witnessed the incident invited the police, and tried to apprehend him to prevent his escape. He managed to wriggle out of their midst and sprinted home, while they pursued him.
His identical twin brother was at home when he saw him running, panting, and almost fainting, as he escaped the mob bent on killing him in revenge. He hurried towards him, dragged him into the room, and hid him.
He managed to voice out to his brother how he just killed someone, and how the police and the mob were after him. His brother quickly removed his clean clothes and exchanged it with his blood stained garment. As he just finished doing this, and coming out from that room, lo, and behold, the Police with the mob in hot pursuit arrived at their home.
Once they saw him, with the blood all over him, they seized, arrested and began to beat him violently. As they took him away, he looked back at his twin brother, with pleading eyes, "don't continue in this way of life". No one among the crowd cared to understand what just transpired. They all assumed they were dealing with the culprit, not knowing an exchange has just taken place.
That young man died for the sin of his twin brother, which is grace. He also pleaded with his brother not to continue in sin. It will be a dishonour to the memory of his brother, who loved him so much, and sacrificed his life for him, if he continued in his wayward lifestyle and prodigality. Grace, then, is the term that represents the attitude and manner in which God provides our salvation.
PRAYER: I activate the grace of God to rescue you from everyone and everything mobilized and deployed to destroy your life in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
Daily Devotional (April-20-2023) Altar of Grace.
Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4: 14 - 16 - "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need"
Everyone has a need. Anything you have that you don't need is a problem. Conversely, anything you need that you don't have is also a problem. There is nobody that does not have a need because, there are things you need which you don't have, and there are things you have which you don't need; and all these are problems you are grappling with in life. However, there is grace for every need at the altar of grace. Grace for every present and immediate need you have is readily accessed at the throne of grace.
Grace is given for the benefit of humanity and the victory of the Almighty God. Without grace, no man has any right to receive any benefit from God; and if God fails to give grace, His plan and purpose for man would fail. With grace, God qualified man for His prepared blessings.
Grace qualifies you where you are not qualified; it releases mercy unto you, which wipes off your past mis- takes and gives you a new beginning. Grace is the pre- cursor to the delivery of timely help from God to you. Grace sets aside laws, rules, regulations, and protocols
in order to reach you, and in the end, deliver you when nothing else can help you.
Grace is the only cure for all forms of disgrace. Grace is so essential in God's dealing with any man. Therefore, He built a throne exclusively dedicated to grace. Once you accept God's invitation and come boldly to this throne, you will obtain mercy and find grace in your hour of need. This is grace when needed, where needed and to the exact degree needed.
PRAYER: I release grace upon you to swallow up your shame, disgrace and reproach. By the grace of God, rules shall be broken, laws set aside and protocols nullified to favour you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. I Standing on the platform of grace, release to you with immediate effect every benefit from God and man meant for you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.
Bill Winston - Watch Sermon: Grace For The Humble - Understanding the Anointing.
In this third volume of The Greater Works series Dr. Winston brings a revelatory message that gives believers a clear understanding of how the anointing functions how to value the anointing through the Word of God and how honoring the anointing brings protection into your life.
Daily Devotional (April-16-2023) Grace motivates.
Scripture Reference: Titus 2:11-14 - For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
God did not cleanse us from sin to leave us alone. He had a grander purpose for us than merely to relieve the pain of sin. God seeks to reshape our lives. We leave ungodly and worldly passions to pursue a life of self-control, righteousness, and godliness. God will not leave us where He found us; He takes a person where He finds him and makes him into what He wants him to be.
The one given to selfishness learns by the grace of God to become selfless. The person given to fleshly passions learns to give his heart to that which is good and godly! He turns from the present to the eternal.
God purifies for Himself a people for his own possession, people who zealously pursue good works. Sinners become saints. They become the person they can respect; they are no longer ashamed of their lives. Grace motivates and teaches one to rise above the past. One can say, “I’m not all I ought to be; I’m not all I going to be; I’m not all I want to be; but, thank God that by His grace, I’m not what I used to be.”
Prayer: “Oh Father, thank You for helping me to see the need to change my life. I am so grateful, Father, that You loved me enough to invest in me to redeem me by the blood of Your Son Jesus. Help me to become the servant You desire for me to become. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”
Amir Tsarfati - Watch Message: Grace & Truth Through Jesus.
Moses gave the law to Israel, but Jesus gave His law to the world. Isn't that beautiful? Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind - and love your neighbor as yourself. These are the two commandments that hang all the law and the prophets!
Daily Devotional (March-19-2023) Remember Grace.
Scripture Reference: “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless.” Galatians 2:21 (NLT)
It is easy to take life for granted. How often do we wake up in the morning and go through our day complaining, moaning and bitter over life, forgetting all the good things that we have. How about people? How many times do we treat those that love us as if they were nothing special? We start to take advantage of their faithfulness and love to us. How more often do we do this with God? We do exactly what Paul said that we should not do. We treat the grace and love of God as if they were meaningless. We live as if God didn’t exist. Paul knew too well that with our humanness, our bent toward rebellion, that sooner or later we would forget. And so he made a conscious effort not to treat the grace of God with disrespect. He fought spiritual pride and his bent toward entitlement. He did this by being purposeful in the way he lived. We can do the same. The best way to be faithful to your wife is to be purposeful in loving her. Likewise, we will stay from treating the God’s grace disrespectfully by being purposeful in our relationship with Him. Today remember. Remember all that God has done for you. Remember His grace, His faithfulness, His forgiveness and His unconditional love toward you. Worship Him, praise Him, surrender your will to His control. Dedicate this day and all your days to His service. Humble yourself before Him and remember who you are without Him. May we join Paul and never treat the grace of God as meaningless.
Prayer: Father, how You have lavished Your grace on me. How You have forgiven all my sin. How You have rescued me over and over again. Forgive me for forgetting. Forgive me for my disrespect and taking You for granted. Today I come and worship You and praise You for Your grace toward me. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
Protestants vs Catholics: Is grace enough? - Frank Turek. What do Protestants and Catholics have to say about justification and sanctification? And how does it all relate to the penitent thief on the cross? Watch this video to find out!
David Jeremiah (February-02-2023) Daily Devotional: Race With Grace - Turning Point.
I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. - Psalm 119:32
Recommended Reading: Acts 20:22-24 - 22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Jaime Chien of New York City began running for exercise in 2013 after watching a friend in a marathon. Now she’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of running. “What keeps me going is being able to motivate other people,” she told Runner’s World. “There are times I don’t feel like running…. But I lead a Monday night running group, so people are relying on me.”
The Bible compares our Christian life to a running course. We’re to “run in such a way” that we’ll obtain the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24), to “run with endurance” (Hebrews 12:1), to run without stumbling (Proverbs 4:12), to “run and not be weary” (Isaiah 40:31), and to finish our course (2 Timothy 4:7).
One thing that keeps us going is the ability to motivate and encourage the other Christian runners around us; God uses the act of encouraging others to bring us encouragement too. Next time you are discouraged, reach out and encourage a fellow believer in Christ; you will both end up being encouraged!
Discouraged people don’t need critics. They hurt enough already…. They need encouragement. - Charles Swindoll