How to receive God’s grace, His unearned and undeserved favor

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One of the first instructions that God gave to people after they were outside the garden that was in Eden was this:

And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. – Gen 4:6-7

Take note of these words: sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.

Now that we are outside the garden and sin is active in our lives, ruining everything, God says you must “master sin”.

The question I pose to you is… how will you do that? Will you try your best to overcome sin? Will you beat your body into submission? Will you take medicine to suppress your desire to sin? Will you accept sin and just go with it – embracing it and reveling in it?

Come on… how do you plan to overcome sin? And not just sin, but the power of death which is empowered by our sin.

Here is the scriptural way to overcome sin and death…

So that, [just] as sin has reigned in death,

[so] grace (His unearned and undeserved favor) might reign also through righteousness (right standing with God) which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) our Lord. – Rom 5:21

Through faith, through the acceptance of the full and complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ, declare this over your life every day. God’s grace and favor reigns over my life, because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

So… now… because of your acceptance of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice – the Lamb of God – you are choosing to be a beneficiary of God’s favor and grace… and the righteousness made available by Jesus Christ pours down on your life.

It looks – with eyes of faith – something like this…

God's grace reigns over us

Just as sin reigned in death, now God’s favor and grace reigns in righteousness.

Imagine a life which is saturated with God’s favor, instead of being saturated with death (sickness, poverty, isolation). You need it. I need it. And through Jesus Christ it is available to us as a free gift to be received by faith!

Make this your daily declaration. Make sure you take a deliberate stand to position yourself under His free gift of grace which Jesus Christ has made available to you.

God bless you… for real!  🙂

6 responses to “How to receive God’s grace, His unearned and undeserved favor

  1. I find it interesting how the picture you use for an analogy is predicated on a false interpretation of the word “reign”. Romans 5:21 is saying that just as how sin rules in man unto death for man, on the behalf of one man Adam. So also grace rules in the man to whom grace comes, unto eternal life for that man, on the behalf of righteousness, the righteousness of one man, Christ.

    This verse in no way is a call to position oneself to be a recipient of grace by resolving to believe so.

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  5. Hi Mark:

    I’ve never commented here before, but it’s about time. 🙂 I meditate on grace a lot..I’ve come to the conclusion that when Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven, he’s talking about grace. We get heaven (grace) here on earth! Isn’t our God amazing? 🙂

    • Hi Leigh

      Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you! I like what you wrote, it made me think a bit more deeply. Yes I think it’s possible that as God’s grace reigns (like a king) over us and the righteousness of Jesus Christ rains down on us and all around us, it will begin to transform us… into what? I’m not sure, but the bible speaks of the new heaven and the new earth descending to us from Heaven. Thank you for sharing, you have given me something to think about!

      God bless you! Mark.

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