“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
-Grace is the unmerited favor of God, His undeserved loving kindness that He shows through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. When we were still sinners, Christ died on the cross for our sins. When we deserved punishment, God sent His Son to be punished for our sake. When we deserved death for our sins, Christ became sin so that we may have life and life everlasting. When we know that we don’t deserve anything good, Jesus Christ gave us His grace. We should not then continue to sin because the grace of God abounds in us for we are dead to sin and alive in Him. Jesus our great High Priest became a sin offering, died once for all and does not need to offer a sacrifice daily, first for himself like the Old Testament priests, then for the sins of the people (Hebrews 7:27). Jesus knew no sin and in Him there was no sin, but became sin so that we may become the righteousness of God. He has justified us by His grace and set us forth as a propitiation by His blood that we may become righteous through faith in Him. In the Songs of Solomon 4:7 we read that, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you”. The lover there is our Lord Jesus who makes us beautiful and sees no spot nor spectacle in us. This does not mean that there is no wrong in us, for all have sinned but He sees no wrong in us since He already died for our sins. From Hebrews 8:12 we read that,“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” It is through faith that we are justified, clinging to God’s grace, and hold Him to His promise of salvation. There is no condemnation then for those who are of faith in Christ Jesus for we have sure hope of eternal life with Him.
Thank You Abba Father for this day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. Thank You for the gift of life and the rains that You have provided in our land, help us to bear much fruit. Be with us today and the whole of this week that Your presence may go before us and accomplish all that You desire us to achieve. Thank You Jesus for You became sin so that we may have life and life everlasting. Thank You for Your saving grace upon our lives, families, churches, nation, Africa, Israel and the whole world. Every good and perfect gift come from above, coming down from You Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows, thank You for Your gift of grace. Thank You for giving us the faith in Abraham that we may have an eternal inheritance in You. Remember all those who do not know You that they may come to faith in You. Be with all those who are sick and suffering that You may become their ever present help in times of need. Deliver us Lord from corruption and poor leadership for we belong to You. Remember all the orphans, widows and those who live in the street that Your grace may always be with them. Deliver us from condemnation for we are in You Jesus. Grant us the grace to forgive those who offend us and forgive our trespasses too. Thank you for loving us, forgiving us and forgetting our sins and lawless deeds. Thank You Jesus for setting us free indeed. Only You deserve all glory, adoration, praise and worship, we exult Your holy name now and forever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now, and forever more. Amen
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
-After God gave Moses the law and came down mount Sinai, he found the people worshiping a golden calf and the Lord’s anger burnt against them. Moses melted the golden calf, ground it into powder and instructed them to drink. Three thousand men fell that day. Later when the Israelites murmured and complained against the Lord, He sent snakes to bite them and many died. God then instructed Moses to raise a bronze snake which was a sign of Christ death and resurrection, and anyone who looked at it was healed. When the law of Moses brought condemnation and death, the death and resurrection of Jesus yielded forgiveness and restoration. God gave the law to reveal His standard of absolute righteousness to convict us all of our true guilt before Him, so that we would see our need for the gospel. Jesus did not come to destroy the law or the prophets but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Jesus summarized the law of Moses in the law of love. This was occasioned by the fact that no one can be justified through keeping the law but only by having faith in Jesus. When the Pharisees kept the law and disregarded the gospel of grace, Jesus called them blind guides; who can only lead people into a ditch. They did not seek the light of the gospel but bound heavy loads on the people with the law. James in James 2:10 says that, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. The law brings forth self-righteousness and those who trust in it; judges themselves as good. Jesus said that no one is good but God alone (Mark 10:18). Whoever seeks to be first by keeping the law is the least in the kingdom of God. Jesus condemned the Scribes and Pharisees for shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men and neither them will go in (Matthew 23;13). Under the law of Moses; God says that by no means shall He pass over the sins of men but shall remember them to the third and fourth generations but under grace God says He will be merciful to us and shall remember our sins no more. Under the law; God demands righteousness from sinfully bankrupt men but under grace God provides righteousness as a gift. In Romans 10:3-4 we see that, “since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes”. We are then called to dwell in love for God and for one another, and believe in His gospel by which there is grace and truth, and life in abundance.
Almighty Father, we come before You with humility in our hearts. Great is Your love; reaching to the heavens and Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Let us hear Your loving-kindness this morning; for we put our trust in You. Teach us the way in which we should walk, for to You we lift up our hearts to understanding. You are full of mercy and love, forgive us for all the sins we have committed knowingly and unknowingly. Do not withhold Your mercy from us, our families, churches and nation Lord; but grant us the grace to seek Your face always. We are nothing without You Jesus, guide us in Your truth. We boldly come to Your throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us at our time of need. Help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves and may Your faithfulness always protect us. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; we praise You with our entire beings. Help us and all Your people to seek You and believe in the gospel of truth that many may enter through Your Door of grace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
“Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
-Jesus went into the temple where a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Him. The Pharisees and Scribes judged her according to the law of Moses which she was liable to keep, otherwise her sentence was stoning to death. Jesus instructed them saying, whoever does not have sin let him cast the first stone. He then wrote on the temple ground made of cobalt stone, a symbol of the law which was written on stone tablets. Since the law was kept under the mercy seat, Jesus demonstrated that mercy precedes judgment. Jesus was simply saying that, no one has ever kept the perfect law apart from Him who is the law (love). Probably one of Pharisees or Scribe condemning her was the main suspect in the sinful act. When Jesus wrote on the ground, all of them were judged by their conscience and they left one by one. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8), and calls us to seek first His righteousness. Sometimes we think of ourselves more highly than others and tend to judge them. Jesus reminds us that if we judge we shall also be judged, and if we condemn we shall also be condemned, but He calls us to forgive and we shall be forgiven (Luke 6:37). When the law condemns the best of men, grace saves the worst of men. Jesus comes to shine His light of salvation in our hearts and saves us from the chains of sin, condemnation, and death. Jesus empowered the adulterous woman to sin no more through His unfailing grace. It is only through God’s grace that we can live righteous lives and not by our own power lest anyone should boast, and fall. But we have confidence in the Lord for since we are not under law but under grace, sin has no dominion over us (Romans 6:14). The Holy Spirit our Helper leads us not into temptation and delivers us from all evil. Let us then approach His throne of grace with boldness that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us at our times of need.
Father You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. Holy Spirit You are loving and Your love endures forever. Jesus You are gracious and Your grace endures to all generations. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus for You care for us. Deliver us and all the members of the society from the snares and accusations of the evil one and grant us perfect peace. May Your light shine in our lives, families, societies and nation to draw away all evil desires for the glory of Your name. We are not under law but under grace, thank You for loving us Jesus. Shine Your light of salvation on all Your people Jesus, we humbly ask You. Dwell in us and with us deeply Holy Spirit and comfort us with Your eternal grace. Only You are worthy Lord, only You are gracious and full of kindness. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.”
-Stephen a man full of wisdom and grace was chosen with six others to administer the distribution of food among the widows in the Hellenistic Jewish communities. They were facing harassment from the Hebraic Jews and intervention was imperative. By the grace or God, Stephen performed many signs and miracles which was a blessing to many. Through these signs, he gained traction thus offending members of the Sanhedrin. They accused him of speaking ill about the law and the temple with the intention of killing him. When the Sanhedrin council looked at him, he appeared like an angel displaying the presence of God in their lives. Stephen had great faith in the Lord and when he was confronted to abandon his commitment to God by condemnation to death, he remained steadfast. He was stoned to death and in the process, he looked into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56). Jesus says, “blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). As Christians, we know that persecutions will come but Jesus has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and through His grace, we will overcome it all.
What shall separate us from Your love Jesus Christ, shall trouble or hardship, persecution or famine, nakedness or danger. Nothing shall separate us from Your love Jesus, we praise You and glorify Your holy name. Thank You for this far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. We humbly ask You Lord to grant us the grace to preserver and overcome hardships for when we are weak then we are strong, because You are always in us and with us. Bless all the priests, pastors, bishops, teachers, apostles, prophets and all the ministers of Your gospel who proclaim Your truth. Be with all the persecuted Christians that they may have the faith and courage of Stephen, to preserver to the end. Fill them with Your wisdom, knowledge, understanding and grace that You may use them as vessels for the advancement of Your kingdom. Have mercy on all those who are sick and weak, and facing different challenges in life that Your may hear and answer their prayers. Be with all our school going children that You may comfort them with Your peace as they wait to go back to school. Be with all those who are unmarried and those who are in the process of marriage, that Your wisdom and counsel may never leave their homes. Guide all those who are married with Your grace that they may serve You in their union. Thank You for loving us Jesus Christ and for Your favor and grace upon our live. All glory, honor, power, strength and grace belongs to You now and forever. Amen
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
-Grace is a gift from God. God loved us so much and sent us His only begotten Son that we may abound in His grace. Through His grace, sin does not have dominion over us, for we are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14). If you are under grace and not under law, sin and everything that is brought through sin, shall not have dominion over us. Whether sickness or poverty, death or condemnation, for Christ became poor so that we may become rich and abound in the grace that yields victory because He has overcome the world. We therefore do not boast because of our works but in our infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon us. To each of us God has apportioned the gift if grace that we may abound in His truth and love.
The grace of God is undeserved favor and unmerited mercy granted to us through His everlasting love. God chose us to reign on earth and have everlasting grace through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. When we deserved to die for our own sins, Christ died for us. When we deserved everlasting condemnation, Christ granted us everlasting grace. Sin has no power over us for we not under the law but under grace. It is by grace through faith that we are justified, for the just shall live by faith. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have been saved and it’s not through our own power but it is the grace of God. The Pharisees and Scribes kept the law and forgot to believe in the gospel of Jesus. They imposed heavy loads on the people with the law and did not follow the teachings of Jesus. Jesus rebuked them for hindering the people from His kingdom knowing that they themselves will not enter. When Moses gave the law bringing forth death, Christ offered us the gift of grace that yields everlasting life. When the woman caught in the act of adultery deserved death by the law, God granted her grace. On the other hand, when Stephen deserved to live because of his strong faith in God, he was stoned to death. The grace of God absolves us from sin causing death, and gives us the strength to preserver even during times of persecution. Likewise Jesus who did not deserve to die because He was without sin, He died so that we may live forever with Him. If the grace of God then abounds in us, we should say no to all ungodliness and worldly passions and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age (Titus 2:11-12). Like Jesus let us humble ourselves before the Lord for He gives more grace to the humble and opposes the proud (James 4:6). God’s grace is sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in weakness for the power of Christ dwells in us. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence to help us at the time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Christ adopted us in His family through His death and resurrection that we can now call Him Abba Father. The grace of God is sufficient for us and when we are weak then we are strong in Christ Jesus, and we have the hope of eternal life in Him.
Your grace Lord is sufficient for us and our strength is made perfect in weakness, we have confidence in You Jesus Christ. All our hope and trust is in You Jesus. We are more than conquerors in You Jesus for You dwell in us. We come to You Jesus asking for healing and deliverance for Your grace abounds in us. When we are weak then we are strong Jesus for Your grace abounds in us. Lord help all the children living in the street and grant them favor. Thank You for the gift of grace upon our lives Jesus Christ. Thank You for the gift if salvation upon our lives and our descendants. May Your grace abound in us in all things that we may realize our true mission in You Christ. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen