Blog Pursuing God's Sovereign Grace

We can agree that God’s grace is sovereign and worth pursuing. Nothing the world offers matches the Lord’s holiness. When God shed His grace on our hearts, it unlatched the door to His kingdom. And the moment we entered, our Father placed our spirit inside Christ.

When Jesus preached His Sermon on the Mount, He showed us how to pursue God’s sovereign grace.

Christ said:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7–8


These two scriptures illuminate God’s profound omnipotence. Jesus unwraps God’s incredible might. He gives us wisdom into the Lord’s supreme capabilities. Christ says when we ask God for help, He gives without hesitation. He states seeking after our Father in heaven; we find His divine revelations. And by knocking on the narrow gate, God opens the door to His kingdom.

Then Jesus shows how God never gives the wrong outcome to our personal needs.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

Matthew 7:9–10


In these verses, Christ points out God’s truthfulness and how He won’t lead us into false promises. Have you ever noticed God’s answers aren’t what we expected? Why? Because we don’t know what’s in our best interest, but He does. Therefore, God replies with great wisdom, and we find incredible strength to overcome adversity.

After Jesus unearthed God’s superior authority, He showed God’s irrefutable love for humanity.

Christ said this:

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11


It may surprise you that Christ calls us evil. But, it’s true. Remember, the devil lied to Eve (Genesis 3:4–5), and she succumbed to his deception (Genesis 3:6). Her disobedience included Adam’s fall, and this sin separated them from God’s grace. From that point forward, every human being’s birth begins with sin (Romans 5:12). For this reason, our Father in heaven gives salvation to those He chooses.

Jesus acknowledges humanity gives splendid gifts to children. This implies God’s written law is in man’s heart (Jeremiah 31:33). But He clarifies God’s blessings far exceed those given by humanity. It’s here Christ pronounces God is almighty and never fails to provide us with the strength to live holy.

We end this week with Jesus speaking about treating others as you want them to treat yourself.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12


Christ reemphasizes that following God’s commandment is a significant necessity when dealing with other people (Matthew 6:31). Who doesn’t want others to show them love, respect, and kindness? But instead, our sinful nature uses anger, resentment, and intolerance when interacting with others. This is why Jesus reminds us to pass on God’s affection, mercy, and forgiveness to our neighbors.

When we show others God’s love, peace, and humility, it testifies to how Christ works through our hearts because they witness the Holy Spirit. This spiritual interaction between us and others isn’t easy to keep, for we fall short and revert to sinful behaviors. But with a persevering faith and reliance on Christ, we stay on the straight and narrow.

By pursuing God’s sovereign grace, we discover holiness equipped to handle the trials and tribulations found in a world riddled with wickedness. The exciting part of seeking God is how the Holy Spirit releases an unbelievable oneness with Christ and God. This intuitive holy awareness inspires us to abandon ourselves to Jesus.

How do you experience God's sovereign grace?
 
May 24, 2016
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Hope all is well with you, SW. Yes, God's grace is magnificent. Have a blessed weekend my friend.
 

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