“O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me, and set me free. Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors. O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood. Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me. No wonder I am always praising you!” Psalms 71:1-6
A declaration of present, personal trust in our Personal God. “In You, O LORD, I put my trust.” We cannot trust in the impersonal. Neither can we rely on the faith of other people. We must recognize the very protection of God is found in His presence. “I have come to you.”
Joshua 1:9 - “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Romans 8:38-39 - “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rest in His presence...rely on His protection.
Lord, I seek you today. Your Word says that if I seek you, I will find you.You have promised to be with me wherever I go, which also means whatever I go through. I’m trusting you Lord as my refuge...my shelter...my Rock...my protector...my home. Thank you, Father.
God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.
Luke 4:17-21 - “The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him (Jesus). He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.’ He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. Then he began to speak to them. ‘The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!’ ”
By using this text out of Isaiah, Jesus identifies four types of people that need God’s help:
The 1st are the “poor”.
So Jesus declares His ministry and His mission, saying ...
The Grace of God is defined as unmerited favor; a gift of kindness freely given.
If you are able to say that you have come to know Christ as your personal Savior, then you are the recipient of God’s Amazing Grace.
If all this is true, how can we live more consistently in the state of grace - a life of freedom, forgiveness, empowerment, faith, and strength?
The reason we are seeking to answer this question is because we often do not value God’s Grace nearly enough.
There is great value for us who have come to Christ…
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless…” Galatians 2:20-21
Will you take time to focus on the wonderful…marvelous…amazing grace of God? It will change your perspective on all that is going on in the world.
If you’ve never experienced it, I am inviting you to step into God’s Wonderful Grace today. It will change your life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all that you have done for me. Your grace is overwhelming…your love is never ending...your presence is always with me. I love you, Lord. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts