Church was really good today. It was on grace. Redeeming grace. The kind of grace that you fall back on at your downest moments. Even Paul with all his vim for God was tormented by the devil and prayed three times for God to take it away but God’s response was “my grace is sufficient for you”.
There are some things that you’ll cast and will be cast. Some prayers you pray and will be answered. Some things you’ll bind and will be bound. But there are also times that we’d pray, fast, cast and bind in His name and nothing will change. And at times like this, like Paul, all we need is His grace. This grace that overlooks our shortcomings, mistakes and sins. Abraham was called a friend of God, but did you know he was an idol-worshipping Syrian? He wasn’t a Jew, but the grace was sufficient. And there’s also David who didn’t make it into the army. Who spent his days in the fields with sheep. But when the grace came he found himself on the battlefield and brought Goliath down.
That’s why the Bible said even though I walk through the valleys of the shadows of death, I’ll fear no evil. Because in Christ, we our redeemed in the spirit but in the physical, there’s no definite assurance that situations will change. The only thing we’re sure of is his grace to see us through them.
So it’s not automatic prosperity once you’re born again. But with hard work and grace and patience, prosperity is sure to follow. David was diligent in the fields and the promotion came his way in due time. Finding yourself in a bad situation is a chance to put in extra effort to show your worth because in life, if you want to get a big reward, find a big problem to solve. You don’t sit at home idle because your job applications are being bounced. Find something to do, and the grace will see you through.
So grace is not all about prosperity. But that doesn’t mean the “prosperity gospel” is false. It just has to be grounded on a strong, true foundation- Christ. For it is written, “Seek ye first the kindgom of God and all other things shall be added onto you”.
The sermon was such a refresher. I would see if I can get a copy and upload it here. And it was humorous. But that’s daddy for you- yes, my father’s my pastor.
Grace! How cool?