Holding onto Grace

shieldRomans 5:20-21 All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.

Impact Question(IQ) :  In this life are we fighting while holding onto grace?

For those who believe and accept Jesus Christ are forgiven, covered, alive, and winners.  In the fight for our lives we often operate as if we are covered by a veil of grace when in fact grace functions as a shield.  I did a little research and found that in warfare the shield was prized by a soldier above all other pieces of armor. He counted it a greater shame to lose his shield than to lose the battle; and therefore he would not part with it even when he was under the very foot of the enemy, but esteemed it an honor to die with his shield in his hand. It was the charge which one mother laid upon her son going into war: “Either bring your shield home with you or be brought home upon your shield.” She would rather have seen her son dead with his shield than alive without it.  Similarly, in this life are we fighting while holding onto grace?!  We find that, in the war of sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.  Yet it’s the battles that we fight that give us trouble, because we often forget grace.  Forgetting grace leaves us vulnerable to any attack great or small.  When we meet God, He won’t ask to see our battle scars, but He will want to see evidence that we put up a fight.  I’m so thankful that even though I may forget about grace, it is something that once I’ve accepted, it can’t be lost.  I would rather be dead with it than alive without it.

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The Mathematics of Ministry

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Impact Question (IQ):  What does the Bible really add up to?

In the mathematics of ministry the equation of the Word of God equals love.  When we take away love we’re left with selfish emptiness.  If we desire a balanced approach to life,  love is what is found on either side: death or life. -Rev. Eric Ryan Levels