THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 10-13-19



LESSON TITLE: THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME - GOD'S SAVING GRACE



WELCOME

WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD'S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD'S LIVING WORD. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR WONDROUS GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. FATHER, WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE AS OUR GOD AND HOW AWESOME YOU ARE AND FATHER WE THANK YOU BECAUSE OF ALL THAT YOU DO IN OUR DAILY LIVES KNOWING THAT EVERY GOOD GIFT COMES FROM YOU. FATHER, WE ALSO ARE MINDFUL OF THE BEAUTIFUL GIFTS THAT WE HAVE; THE RELATIONSHIPS AND THE FAMILY AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALL THAT WE LOVE ON THIS EARTH AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT FATHER. BUT HELP US TO LIVE EVERY DAY IN THIS LIFE ON THIS EARTH WORKING TOWARD THE GREAT ETERNAL REWARD THAT WE WILL HAVE WHERE SOMEDAY WE CAN LIVE FOREVER WITH YOU ON HIGH. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT GIFT. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IN EPHESIANS 2:8, PAUL SAID, "FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD." ISN'T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED BY THE VERY GRACE OF GOD. TODAY, WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE WITH A HYMN THAT REMINDS US OF THIS WONDROUS GRACE WHICH GOD HAS BESTOWED ON ALL OF HIS CHILDREN. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "A HILL CALLED MOUT CALVARY."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



THERE ARE MANY IN THIS WORLD WHO ARE WILLING TO TAKE STRONG STANDS FOR THINGS THEY BELIEVE IN. IN FACT, MANY GO TO DRASTIC EXTREMES TO MAKE A POINT, OR TO SHOW THEY ARE WILLING TO STAND UP FOR THOSE CAUSES THEY SUPPORT. YOU CAN TURN ON THE NEWS ABOUT ANY DAY AND SEE THOSE WHO MARCH BOLDLY ON THE PICKET LINE, OR OTHERS WHO ARE BEING CARRIED AWAY BY THE? AGAIN, CONSIDER HOW FAR THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE WILLING TO GO TO SUPPORT THEIR AGENDA. NOW, MY QUESTION IS, WHERE ARE WE IN OUR SUPPORT OF CHRIST? HOW FAR ARE WE WILLING TO GO AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD TO SHOW THIS WORLD THAT WE SUPPORT HIM AND THAT HIS WILL COMES FIRST. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT WE BREAK THE LAW OR DO THINGS WHICH SET A BAD EXAMPLE FOR CHRIST. HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN DO WITHIN OUR RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY TO SHOW WHERE WE STAND IN CONNECTION TO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD AND THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE AGAINST HIS WORD! ONE VERSE THAT ALWAYS STANDS OUT IN MY MIND IN RELATIONSHIP TO THIS POINT IS FOUND IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58. THERE WE READ, "THEREFORE, MY BELOVED BRETHREN, BE STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, KNOWING THAT YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD." IN THIS TEXT WE READ THAT THE FOLLOWER OF GOD IS SUPPOSE TO BE VISIBLY OBEYING THOSE THINGS OF THE FATHER! THEREFORE, PAUL ENCOURAGES US TO BE STEADFAST, NOT COWARDS OR WISHY-WASHY BUT READY TO BE COUNTED AND CONSIDERED AN ASSET TO THE CAUSE! HE SAYS WE MUST BE IMMOVABLE, NOT BLOWING WITH EVERY WIND THAT COMES, BUT BEING CONSISTENT AND STRONG IN OUR BELIEF ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL. FINALLY, THIS TEXT SAYS WE ARE TO BE, "ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD!" ARE WE WORKERS FOR OUR GOD? ARE WE SERVING OUR CREATOR BY DOING ALL WE CAN TO SHOW WE ARE WILLING TO DO THAT WHICH HE REQUIRES? BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, LET ME REMIND YOU ALL THIS WILL SURELY BE WORTH IT. OUR LABOR WILL NOT BE IN VAIN, BUT WE WILL BE REWARDED AND RECEIVE THAT WHICH GOD HAS PROMISED TO HIS OWN, WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE END. THE QUESTION FOR US THIS MORNING MAY BE, "JUST HOW FAR ARE WE WILLING TO GO TO SERVE OUR GOD?" "WHAT SACRIFICES ARE WE WILLING TO MAKE?" OR, "WHAT TYPE OF SUFFERING ARE WE WILLING TO ENDURE FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST?" "WILL YOU CHOOSE TO BE 'STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD.'"

TODAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME!" OUR NEXT LESSON IN THE SERIES WILL DEAL WITH, "GOD'S SAVING GRACE!" SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE ARE SO GLAD YOU HAVE CONTINUED WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE GREAT TRUTHS THAT TEACH US ABOUT WHO GOD IS AND THE WILL THAT GOD HAS FOR EACH OF US. AND THINKING ABOUT THAT - CERTAINLY WE BEGIN THIS MORNING WITH THE IDEA THAT IS PRESENTED TO US THE FAMILIAR IDEA OF ROMANS CHAPTER 6. AND THERE IN VERSE 23 IT TALKS ABOUT THE GIFT OF GOD IT SAYS THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING FROM GOD THAT WILL BE OURS THAT WE THAT WE ARE WORTHY OF BUT THAT GIFT IS ETERNAL LIFE ITSELF. AND SO WE KNOW THAT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE WORLD AND THE THINGS OF THE WORLD OFTEN WE LIKE TO GET GIFTS AND WE LIKE TO BE SURPRISED - AND SOMETIMES WE WILL OPEN THAT GIFT AND SOME SURPRISES ARE BIGGER THAN OTHER SURPRISES. MAYBE SOMETIMES YOU MIGHT SEE ON THE INTERNET OR ON TELEVISION OR SOMETHING SOMEONE RECEIVING A CAR FROM A LOVED ONE OR MAYBE SOMEONE RECEIVING A LARGE GIFT AND THEY'RE SO EXCITED. BUT WHAT IS THAT GOD OFFERS US IS SOMETHING BEYOND ANY OF THE FLESHLY THINGS OF THIS WORLD OR THIS LIFE AND IT IS A GIFT THAT IS ETERNAL IN NATURE AS THIS TEXT INDICATES. CERTAINLY THAT'S SOMETHING WE ALL WOULD WANT. IF I WERE TO ASK YOU THIS MORNING CAN I GIVE YOU A GIFT? OR IF I WERE TO ASK YOU THIS MORNING - DO YOU WANT A GIFT? SOMEBODY HAS GOT A REALLY BIG GIFT FOR YOU. ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THAT GIFT? DO YOU WANT THAT GIFT? YOU'RE GOING TO SAY - SURE! I CAN TELL YOU THAT IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. SOMEBODY WANTS YOU TO HAVE THE GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS. SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND THIS WORLD. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL GET SOMETHING AND THEY SAY - BOY, THIS IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME! I'M OFFERING YOU A GIFT - NOT BECAUSE OF ME BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD HAS OFFERED. I'M TELLING YOU ABOUT A GIFT AND TELLING YOU ABOUT A GIFT AND BRINGING TO YOUR ATTENTION A GIFT THAT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD. BEYOND THIS WORLD AND WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT, NOT ONLY WILL LAST TEMPORARILY, BUT ETERNALLY. THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE - NO MATTER HOW EXCITING THEY ARE - THEY ARE TEMPORARY. YOU BY THAT NEW CAR AND ITS GET OLD PRETTY QUICK AND YOU WANT A NEW MODEL. YOU GET THAT NEW PHONE AND IN SIX MONTHS THEY RELEASE THE NEWER VERSION AND YOU WISH YOU HAD THE NEWER VERSION. WE WANT TODAY'S GIFT. WELL THIS GIFT NEVER GROWS OLD. IT NEVER WILL BE REPLACED WITH SOMETHING GREATER BECAUSE THIS GIFT TELLS US WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO GO AFTER THIS LIFE AND LITERALLY LIVE FOREVER IN A PERFECT PLACE WHERE WE WILL HAVE A MANSION AND THE STREETS WILL BE OF GOLD. AND EVEN THE GATE IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE WILL MADE OF A PEARL. YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CONCEPTS OF THE ETERNAL GIFT?

SO IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT ETERNAL GIFT WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION - HOW DO I GET IT? AND WHAT THE BIBLE BEGINS TO TEACH US IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT GIFT IS THAT WE GET IT BY THE GRACE OF GOD. UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S NOTHING THAT I CAN DO IN MY LIFE OR ENOUGH I MIGHT SAY THAT I COULD DO TO EVER EARN SOMETHING FROM GOD. TO SOMEHOW SAY TO GOD - YOU OWE ME AND YOU HAD BETTER GIVE ME THAT OR I AM WORTHY OF THAT. WELL YOU SEE I AS A MAN OFTEN FALL AND MAKE MISTAKES. EARLIER IN ROMANS CHAPTER 3 IT SAYS THAT ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. WE ALL MAKE THOSE MISTAKES. WE ALL SIN. AND WE DO AT TIMES FALL SHORT AND THEREFORE WE NEED SOMETHING THAT CAN SAVE US DESPITE OURSELVES. EVEN THOUGH WE OURSELVES MIGHT NOT BE WORTHY AND I MIGHT GIVE EVERY EFFORT, EVERY ENERGY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE TO GOD - I STILL WOULD NOT MERIT WHAT GOD IS OFFERING ME IN THIS ETERNAL GIFT. I DO NOT HAVE A VALUE OR A PRICE THAT COULD BE PAID FROM MY POCKET OR THE EARTH THAT WOULD SOMEHOW BE WORTHY OF WHAT GOD IS OFFERING BECAUSE HE GIVES THE GIFT FREELY. AND SO THEREFORE AS I THINK ABOUT THAT CONCEPT I UNDERSTAND THAT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS OFFERING AND HOW HE IS OFFERING SUCH A MASTERFUL, WONDERFUL, AND AWESOME GIFT THAT IS ONLY AVAILABLE AGAIN THROUGH HIS PROMISES. I WANT YOU TO TURN WITH ME NOW THEN TO A FAMILIAR VERSE IN RELATIONSHIP TO GRACE AND THAT IS FOUND THERE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2. AND IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 YOU MIGHT RECOGNIZE THERE VERSE 8 WITH ME WHERE THE BIBLE SAYS: FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED. YOU SEE THERE IT IS - SALVATION. WHAT IS THE GIFT? ETERNAL LIFE. HOW DO I GET THE GIFT? SALVATION. AND SO HOW DO I GET THE GIFT OF SALVATION THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE? GRACE. WHY? GOD, GOD ALONE HAS THE ABILITY TO GIVE IT TO ME. IN FACT, IF YOU'LL NOTICE HERE THAT'S WHAT THE CONTEXT IS TRYING TO SAY. IN THE SAME VERSE HE GOES ON TO SAY SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. AND WE WILL COME BACK TO THAT MOMENT. THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES. IT IS THE WHAT? THE GIFT OF GOD. SOUND FAMILIAR? ROMANS CHAPTER 6 - THE GIFT OF GOD; ETERNAL LIFE. YOU SEE WHAT GOD DOES FOR US? BUT THEN HE SAYS THIS IN VERSE NINE, WHICH ALSO IMPRESSES THE POINT WE WE'RE LOOKING AT A MOMENT AGO. NOT OF WORKS LEST ANYONE SHOULD BOAST. THERE IS NOTHING THAT I CAN DO TO AGAIN BOAST AND SAY - GOD YOU OWE, SEE. OR THAT GOD I HAVE PAID MY DUES BECAUSE THE GIFT IS SO MAGNIFICENT AND SO LARGE AND SO VAST AND GREAT. THAT IT ONLY IS BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT I CAN HAVE THIS GIFT, THIS FREE GIFT, PAUL SAYS AND TELLS THE ROMAN CHURCH AND OTHER CONGREGATIONS THAT HE WRITES TO IN THE BIBLE. SO WITH THOSE THINGS IN MIND THEN I WANT US TO THINK ABOUT THAT GIFT AND WHERE THAT GIFT IS FROM. AND BY THE WAY WE WILL COME BACK HERE IN JUST A MOMENT TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 SO YOU MIGHT MARK THAT IN YOUR BIBLES THERE AS YOU'LL TURN TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 4. YOU SAY - WELL, WHERE IS THAT GRACE AVAILABLE? HOW IS THAT GRACE AVAILABLE? WE GO BACK TO HEBREWS AND I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOMETHING - NOT THAT IT SPECIFICALLY TELLS US OF SOMETHING ALTHOUGH WE ALREADY KNOW GRACE IS FROM GOD BUT IT TELLS US OF SOMETHING THAT GOD IS SITTING ON. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE DESCRIPTIVE IDEA IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE 16 WHEN HE SAYS THIS. HE SAYS - LET US COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE. OH WOW. SO IF I WANT GRACE - I KNOW IT IS FROM GOD - SO WHERE IS GOD RIGHT NOW? THE BIBLE TELLS ME HE SITS ON HIS THRONE IN HEAVEN. AND GUESS WHAT HIS THRONE IS DESCRIBED AS. THE THRONE OF GRACE. SO HOW DO I FIND GRACE? I'VE GOT TO FIND MY WAY TO GOD. I'VE GOT TO GET TO GOD. I'VE GOT TO HAVE ACCESS TO GOD. AND SO THEN THE QUESTION WE ASK IS - HOW DO I GET...HOW DO I FIND THAT ROAD TO GOD? YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME A VERY FAMILIAR VERSE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN 14 AND VERSE 6 WHEN JESUS SAID: I AM THE WHAT? THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. AND THEN HE SAYS NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME. SO YOU NOTICE THE WAY TO THE TRUTH IS JESUS. HE HIMSELF IS THE WAY TO GET TO THE FATHER. WHERE IS THE FATHER? ON THE THRONE OF GRACE. AND SO THAT'S HOW I HAVE ACCESS THROUGH THE SON. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE WAY THAT PAUL SAYS IT TO TIMOTHY BECAUSE IT HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THE APPLICATION IN CHAPTER 1 OF 2 TIMOTHY AND WE WILL BEGIN THERE IN VERSE 8 OF THAT TEXT. THEREFORE HE SAYS DO NOT BE ASHAMED OF THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD NOR OF ME HIS PRISONER. BUT SHARE WITH ME IN WHAT? THE SUFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE POWER OF GOD WHO HAS SAVED US AND CALLED US WITH A HOLY CALLING. BUT NOW NOTICE WHAT HE CONTINUES TO SAY - NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS. NOTHING THAT I CAN DO. NOT ENOUGH THAT I CAN DO. BUT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE WHICH WAS GIVEN TO US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE TIME BEGAN. GOD MADE A PLAN - A PLAN ACCORDING TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3 EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN THAT THROUGH HIS SON JESUS HE WOULD SOMEDAY OFFER GRACE TO ALL MEN. HE WOULD GIVE ACCESS TO HIS THRONE IN HEAVEN FOR THE GIFT THAT JESUS GAVE. NOW HOW DID HE DO THAT? LET'S TURN BACK TO EPHESIANS AGAIN YOU'LL NOTICE THERE WITH ME IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE SEVEN IT SAYS: IN HIM ( THAT IS JESUS THE BELOVED ) IN HIM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. NOW NOTICE THIS - ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE. WHAT IS THAT VALUE IN GRACE? WEALTH IN GRACE? THE RICHNESS OF GRACE? THE GIFT OF JESUS. THAT JESUS AS GOD IN THE FLESH DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND MY SINS. KIND OF MAKES IT COME HOME DOESN'T IT? THAT MY SINS AND YOUR SINS IN A SENSE DID PUT HIM ON THE CROSS BECAUSE HE HAD THE DIE IN ORDER THAT I MIGHT HAVE WHAT? ACCESS TO THE RICHES, THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE, HAVE ACCESS TO THAT THRONE THAT I CAN APPROACH GOD THROUGH HIM, AND THEN FIND SALVATION. BECAUSE SALVATION IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH WHAT? SALVATION IS ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH GRACE.

NO WONDER AS WE LOOK AT THE GOSPEL ACCOUNT OF JOHN CHAPTER 1 THAT WE SEE JESUS DESCRIBED AS THE WORD. AND HE WAS THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE WITH ME IN VERSE 14. IT SAYS: HE DWELT AMONG MAN. OR US AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY. THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER. FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. JESUS IS FULL OF THE GRACE. HE IS GRACE HIMSELF. THE ESSENCE OF GRACE. BECAUSE OF HIS SACRIFICE WHO GIVES US ACCESS TO THE FATHER; THE THRONE OF THE FATHER WHERE GRACE IS FOUND THAT WE MIGHT BE WHAT? WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE. NOW WITH THOSE THINGS IN MIND THOUGH WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 ONCE AGAIN. BECAUSE IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2 HE DOESN'T STOP THERE. HE DOESN'T STOP WITH SAYING IT'S A GIFT FROM GOD. AND THAT GIFT FROM GOD IS A GREAT GIFT. AND THEN HE DOESN'T SAY SO YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING BECAUSE IT IS JUST A GIFT AND THERE'S NO REQUIREMENTS INVOLVED. THERE'S NOTHING YOU HAVE TO DO BECAUSE GOD DID IT ALL. SO YOU HAVE EVEN TRY TO LIVE RIGHT IN ANY WAY. IT JUST THE GRACE OF GOD. EVERYBODY GETS IT. EVERYBODY IS A RECIPIENT. WELL YES IF WHAT? NOTICE WHAT THE VERSE THAT SAYS THERE EPHESIANS 2 AND VERSE 8. FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH OR BY FAITH. SO GOD'S PART IS OFFERING THAT FREE GIFT OF GRACE. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING TO DO TO RECEIVE IT. IF YOU OFFER ME A GIFT DON'T I HAVE TO REACH OUT AND TAKE IT? IF YOU OFFER ME A GIFT DON'T I HAVE TO OPEN IT UP? DON'T I HAVE TO SAY WOW AND THANKS AND YES I WILL KEEP IT. ISN'T IT UP TO ME WHETHER I RECEIVE IT AND RESPOND TO IT? CERTAINLY IT IS. IT IS THE SAME IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. AND WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE NOTICE WHAT THIS VERSE SAYS: THROUGH FAITH. GO TO THE GREAT FAITH CHAPTER. BY FAITH. WHY WAS NOAH UNDER THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD? WHY WAS ABRAHAM UNDER THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD? WHY WERE ANY OF THOSE LIKE MOSES UNDER THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD? BY FAITH THEY DID WHAT GOD ASKED THEM TO DO. NOT BECAUSE THEY COULD SOMEHOW BUY THEIR WAY TO SALVATION OR MERIT THEIR SALVATION BUT BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THEY PROVE THEIR LOVE TO GOD THUS BEING RECIPIENTS OF WHAT? HIS GRACE. REMEMBER WHAT JAMES SAYS IN JAMES CHAPTER 2? HE SAYS YOU SPEND ALL DAY LONG SHOWING ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT WORKS BUT HE SAYS I'LL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. BECAUSE EVEN THE DEVILS BELIEVE IN TREMBLE BUT IT IS BY FAITH.

BY FAITH PEOPLE KNOW WE ARE SERVANTS OR CHILDREN OF GOD THUS RECIPIENTS OF THE REWARDS OF GOD. YES, THAT GIFT IS OFFERED MY FRIEND. THAT GIFT IS AVAILABLE. THAT GIFT IS AVAILABLE TO THE ONE WHO IS HUMBLE (JAMES CHAPTER 4 VERSE 6) WHO HAS HUMBLED HIMSELF TO THE GIFT OF GOD, THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, BUT THAT GIFT IS AVAILABLE TO THE ONE WHO HAS LOVED HIS GOD ENOUGH TO BY FAITH BE A RECIPIENT OF THAT GRACE. I ALSO LOVE VERSE 10 THERE BECAUSE THOSE WHO SAY WELL, YOU KNOW WE'RE NOT REALLY NEEDING TO DO ANYTHING TO BE IN THE GRACE OF GOD. VERSE 10 GOES ON TO SAY THIS: FOR WE ARE HIS WHAT? GUESS WHAT. WORKMANSHIP. WE ARE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS. IF WE ARE CREATED FOR GOOD WORKS AS THE WORKMANSHIP OF GOD WHY WOULD WORKS NOT BE REQUIRED? YOU SEE THEY ARE REQUIRED NOT BECAUSE THEY CAN SAVE ME BUT BECAUSE THEY SHOW GOD I LOVE HIM AND THUS A RECIPIENT OF HIS GRACE THAT CAN SAVE ME AND CAN GIVE ME NOT ONLY THE RICHES OF THE REWARDS AND BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE BUT THE PROMISES OF THAT LIFE TO COME; THAT MANSION WE SPOKE ABOUT - THAT PLACE THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY AND ALL WHO WILL LOVE THEIR GOD ENOUGH TO PUT HIM FIRST, TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AND TO BE FAITHFUL IN HIS SIGHT UNTIL THE VERY END.



CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD'S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR HIS SAVING GRACE WHICH IS EXTENDED TO ALL OF MANKIND. HOPEFULLY, ALL MEN EVERYWHERE WILL RESPOND TO THAT GRACE, BY SHOWING LOVING AND OBEDIENCE TO HIS WILL. HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THE SAVING GRACE OF GOD TODAY?