June 4, 2019

So if you were to pray for someone and could ask the Lord to give them three things what would they be? Here are the three things that the Apostle Paul believed were the most important.

2 Timothy 1:2 (NLT) — 2 I am writing to Timothy, my dear son. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Have you ever thought about what a wonderful gift grace is? It was grace that enabled Abel to be a righteous man. Grace enabled Enoch to walk with God and leave early for heaven without dying. By grace Noah built an ark in a land where there was not enough water to float it and the world at that time was in opposition to him. Grace led Abraham away from family to follow a God who promised him that he would be the father of many nations. Grace gave him a son when he was 100 years old. Grace gave him the faith and courage to put his own son on the alter in obedience to God’s command.

Grace was the backbone that Moses needed to face a Pharaoh who had the most powerful army in the world and give him messages from a God that nobody had seen or heard of. Grace caused Moses to lead a couple of million of faithless, rebellious people through the wilderness for forty years.

Grace turned the harlot Rahab into a person who ended up being in the genealogy of Jesus. Grace gave Joshua the courage to lead God’s people to conquer the land of Canaan. Grace schooled the shepherd boy David to be a king and a man after God’s own heart. Grace made Solomon the wisest king in the world. Grace caused the prophets of the Old Testament to be voices for God.

Grace led a teenage girl to agree to be the mother of Jesus. Grace inspired Joseph to go along with the plan. Grace was the plan of Jesus to be the savior of the world. Grace allowed him to endure the cross and the grave. Grace was the reason the eleven disciples gave up their lives to follow Jesus. Grace got the attention of Saul who later became the Apostle Paul. When Paul was afflicted by his ‘thorn in the flesh’ and he asked God to remove it; God said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Acts 6:8 (NLT) — 8 Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed amazing miracles and signs among the people.

Every miracle that has ever been performed has been performed by Grace. Every Christian missionary has been moved by the grace of God. Every bible translator, every hero of the faith owe everything they have ever done to Grace. If you are reading this and Jesus is your savior you owe it all to Grace. Any storm in life that you have weathered with your faith and joy intact is only because of Grace. If there is a mountain in your life that needs overcoming it will be by Grace. Grace is the reason that the vilest of sinners can be saved.

Ephesians 2:4–5,8 (NLT) — 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Acts 20:32 (NLT) — 32 “And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

What about the gift of mercy? Well mercy is God not giving us what we deserve and so he gives us Grace! And peace we talked a bit about yesterday.

So when you pray for America, when you pray for the nations, when you pray for your family and friends, and when you pray for me, pray that God will pour out his grace, mercy and peace upon us all.

2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT) — 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:1 (NLT) — 1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne A Frank says

    Thank you Pastor Dan for these two messages. I needed to hear both of them. I realized that I need grace to have peace. And God will give it!

    • Daniel Mueller says

      I needed to hear them too! Read the updated verse I just put at the end of the blog. Have a Grace Day!