Saved and Sustained by Grace

God’s grace saves and sustains us in our everyday life. YAHSHUA instructed us how to live a life free from worries by saying: “Stop being perpetually uneasy about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what shall you shall put on. It is not life greater than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (Matt. 6:25-26). Why would He say that if He did not care for us? Peter echoed the words of the Psalmist when he said, “Casting the whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (I Peter 5:7). In fact, YAHSHUA said, Even the very hairs of your heard are all numbered (Matt. 10:30).

 When Paul suffered from a thorn in his flesh, God in His grace said to him, My grace is enough for you; for My strength and power are made perfect and show themselves most effective in weakness. Therefore, Paul concluded: “I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of the Messiah may rest upon me!” (II Cor. 12:9).  The walk of faith accepts all and does not question God’s way. Only in that, will we understand how the grace of God works in us and toward us in all circumstances. Paul’s submission to the will of God, took him higher into his relationship with God. By that, he climbed the steep part of the mountain, (which many of us refuse to do to get closer to our God), but Paul did. It is a beautiful thing for us to submit to our Lord’s will even when all seems hopeless to experience His grace extending through His strength and power toward us. It is by God’s grace that we can draw near His throne in our time of need. We can fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace, in order to receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need (Heb. 4: 16).

By God’s grace, we are acquitted and free from condemnation. For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah YAHSHUA has freed us from the law of sin and of death (Rom. 8 :1); sin shall not exert dominion over us, since now we are not under the Law, but under grace (Rom. 6:14). We are not saved through works we do, as in practicing the Law, for only YAHSHUA could fulfill the Law in its entirety; If we try to be saved through our own merits, we not only nullify the sacrifice of YAHSHUA to save us, but also, we continue lost in our own merits and never being able to reach to the salvation by grace offered us. The position of no condemnation is given by our Lord to all who embrace His gift. In that position, nothing in this world will be able to separate us from His love and grace; no one will be able to condemn us; no one will be able to bring charge against us, as Paul concluded chapter eight of the letter to the Romans: “For I am persuaded beyond doubt that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, or powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ YAHSHUA our Lord” (Rom. 8: 33-39). God’s grace is visible through His mercy, which is renewed every morning in faithfulness to all of us. The love of our heavenly Father fills the earth with His grace through experiencing His blessings and His corrections.

Grace is YAHSHUA hung on the cross, touching heaven and reconciliating men to God. It is extended to all mankind of all races. The message of salvation is clearly demonstrated through God’s grace. It speaks to us of His forgiveness; freedom from condemnation of sin and eternal death. One cannot escape hell if one neglects and refuses to accept God’s gift wrapped up in His Grace. We are justified by God’s grace, sanctified by God’s Holy Spirit and will be glorified when we see YAHSHUA; for we will be just like He is. The Apostle John in his first letter said, “Beloved, we are now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed what we shall be, but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He is” (I John 3:2). How glorious that will be when He we shall see; no longer will we see and understand in part, but fully. Love and grace will be completely understood in the person of our Savior YAHSHUA, whom we long for, adore and worship. The sufficiency of God’s grace is understood only by faith, for it is faith that opens the spiritual eyes – the window of the soul and spirit and envelops the emotions into a song of joy, which will flow to the world. This unmerited favor from our holy God is an expression of how much He loves and cares for us. So much so, that He does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked.

God’s grace is sufficient to carry us through the hardest road we will ever travel in this world. It is the balm of Gilead that heals all pains; the comfort in our trials in the hope of His promises. “I will not leave you orphans, but I will come back for you; let not your hearts be troubled.” These were the words of YAHSHUA before He left this world. His grace abounds more and more in the lives of those who love Him, when His words are observed. Grace is a gift given to the underserving. By looking at our inner self, we will see the sinfulness of our heart and how underserving we are of His saving grace, as Peter did when he first met the Lord. “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 4:8b). The contrition of the heart is a good beginning in receiving God’s grace.  Make that your priority, my friend, and know the greatness of God’s grace.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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