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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More than Amazing

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17 NLT

One man’s sin caused death to rule over everyone, and then one man’s sacrifice on Calvary triumphed over sin and death giving eternal life for all who would receive His wonderful grace. This new life in Christ is more than just eternal. It promises abundant life now. In a difficult world that promises nothing which lasts, His grace is more than miraculous—absolutely more than amazing.

We serve an amazing God, but we don't really understand just how amazing. His grace accomplishes what nothing else can—the gift of His righteousness within our hearts. Where we once walked in death, we now walk in life. Where we once had no hope, hope is now all we have. Grace means everything in this life. Until we understand in our hearts how He sees us—clean and righteous through the eyes of His benevolent grace—we can never be set completely free. Without the revelation of His mind-blowing unconditional love on Calvary, we can’t know who we are in His love.

We say we believe in His grace, and then we see ourselves under judgment, striving to be good enough just as the law requires. “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were, but as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21, NLT). Where once judgment and death ruled, now His wonderful grace rules. 

If we allow, His grace changes our total perspective of what it means to be loved with an everlasting love! We see ourselves through spiritual eyes instead of our natural ones. We believe in what others can't perceive with the natural mind. We walk by faith, and not by sight. We are free to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand with His heart. When we spiritually understand His grace, we live the righteousness that He ascribed on Calvary. As we grow in His grace, understanding more and more how the mind of Christ changes our perspective, we are transformed in the spirit of our minds. 

“Sin is no longer your master,” Paul wrote, “for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace” (Romans 6:14, NLT). If He is our Lord, we no longer live under the burden of judgment the law requires. We are free to live the righteousness He bought for us with His life. This truth is more than our human minds can conceive. We have to understand His grace with our spiritual minds. 

Are you free in His amazing grace? Pray for your spiritual mind to take precedent over what your natural mind reasons. Ask Him to reveal His heart to you. If you seek, you will find.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher

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