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Friday, March 4, 2022

All You Need is Grace


He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

—Romans 8:31-32, NKJV


God never withholds His love from you. Why would He ever withhold anything good from you when He gave His only Son so you could have a new and abundant life (John 10:10)?  God never would withhold what you need because His very nature is love (1 John 4:8).


It is hard to draw near to a Father when you aren’t certain if He loves you. If you believe God takes away or harms you for an unknown purpose or for a “greater good,” then you doubt your standing in your relationship with Him. You doubt the right-standing Jesus died to give you. You doubt how God thinks about you. Trust is then very difficult, and fear springs up destroying any intimacy you might have. 


God is love (1 John 4:8) He does not harm you. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God does nothing to make you question His love. That is the enemy trying to kill, steal, and destroy the freedom God has for you (John 10:10). If the enemy can convince you that God will harm you for a greater good, then you will believe a lie that will keep you in perpetual bondage. And you will never find fulfillment in God’s Grace.


The true nature of God is unconditional love and Grace. If He did not spare His own Son out of love for you, why would He use harm to win your love?  Why would He not give you what you need to encourage you and build your trust?


And we wonder why people are afraid of God?  They have been told falsely by religion that they can never be good enough to please God. They have been told they must work to earn His approval. To have an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father, you need to believe in your heart that Jesus’ love for you on the Cross was enough and that there is nothing more you have to do to be accepted by God (Ephesians 1:6). To live in intimacy with God, continually, “draw near (to Him) with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22, NKJV).


When you believe in your heart that you have been washed clean in the blood of His sacrifice, you are delivered from a conscience that condemns you. You can rest in the awareness of His love for you.


God loves and is pleased with His Son. He sees His Son when He sees you. He loves and is pleased with you. What you have with God is not a religion. It is not a list of works to perform to win God’s love. You have a relationship with God, and He wants you to know Him as He knows you. 


Learn in His Word how God sees you. Discover what it means that you are blameless and holy in God’s eyes because of Christ’s sacrifice. When you know who you are in Christ, you believe in your heart His forgiveness is enough. Your lifetime of sins has been completely punished in the body of Christ on the cross. Your sin-consciousness is crucified with Christ. You are free of its condemnation. And you can draw near to God with full assurance of faith. 


“Who condemns you?” Christ asked the woman condemned by her sin and her accusers. 


Knowing her accusers were gone, she answered, “No one.”


“Neither do I,” Jesus told her. “Go and sin no more.”

 (John 8:10-11)

When you really believe in your heart that you are thoroughly forgiven—washed clean—made new in His Grace—have no debt to pay—then sin no longer has power. The love of God in Christ Jesus has given you everything you need to live a righteous and holy life. You live in the fullness of His Grace—free of an evil conscience that condemns you—when you know and believe that His Grace was sufficient for your sins—your sickness—your need. His Grace is sufficient for everything (2 Corinthians 12:9). His perfect work is done (John 19:30).


When you believe there is nothing more to be done, you are free of condemnation, guilt, and shame. You are continually being renewed in your mind by His truth and love for you. You continually put on the new nature Christ has given you—the righteous one that He created (Ephesians 4:23-24).


And you live in the freedom of your intimacy with God.


© 2022 Lynn Lacher






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