No-one is enjoying success and favour because they deserve it, it is God’s grace.
Unmerited. Free.There’s a challenge!
This understanding is so liberating and encouraging!
Outlandish grace starts with love
The church has to hear this message. There is nothing humanly possible that we can do to make God love us more than He already does. Can you imagine the consequences of that if it were not true! It could result in you approaching the eternal throne at the time of great need to find grace and mercy only to be told that God doesn’t love you any more you stopped doing the things that made Him love you and now God had changed his mind about you! In short, He fell out of love with you! It is simply not true!
The Bible does not tell us a way to make God love us more. It does tell us that God has taken the initiative in loving us first.
We come to God as His people, experientially knowing Him as Lord of our lives. A righteousness from God has been imputed to us when we accepted Christ. It is that very righteousness alone that makes us acceptable to God. God did it all.
You may have grasped that understanding but many in the church have not.
The good news for the Church is that God loves them completely, unequivocally and without conditions. It’s His grace He has chosen to love us, it is an act of His Sovereign will. It takes away the striving, mistrust and deep heartbreak that comes with the question, “Am I really loved does God really love me?”
The answer to so many of our
problems starts with that
outlandish grace is toward me
wrapped in the eternal,
unchanging truth God loves
God’s free and unconditional love, that you cannot work for, earn or merit, is a distinct and clear message that any prophetic ministry can bring and it needs to be heard today.
God’s extravagant, outlandish love is available for all His people and flows eternally from His presence - it’s His nature who He is. God IS love.
Outlandish grace provokes love
We do things because we love God, but not to get His approval, affection or favour. The obedience of my heart is that I want to please Him with all my life. I want to know more about Him, His ways, His heart and His plan and will for my life so that I might cooperate with Him, knowing that such things bring honour to Him. Such acts do please Him but don’t increase His perfect, eternal love for me.
Outlandish grace is available when we have sinned.
The issue of sin will always try to spoil the party. Even in our sin we are loved. That is awesome and terrible. It’s a love that will not let us go, even in the midst of our darkest moments when our heart may have grown so cold.
God never stops loving us. If we have sinned it is the love of God that calls us in the coldness of our own heart to return to Him, repent of our sin and experience the warmth of the Father’s heart for us.
As wonderful as this truth all is, it is only the start!
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