God’s Grace Is Abounding Towards You Right Now!

(Ome: Hey Beloveds!

I’m here with the verses and what I caught from Pastor’s sermon last week. It was the first sermon he preached in person in Singapore after his USA trip, and I think it was thick with the grace of God, and so radical grace. I don’t know about you, but it’s mind-blowing to think that God is pouring His grace towards you every moment of your life. I mean, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have this picture that when I ask, I get fresh dose of grace, when I am conscious, I get fresh dose of grace, but no, every moment of my life, God is channeling His grace towards me! That is radical! Praise the Lord, His grace is abounding towards me right now!

Beloveds, let’s live conscious of His supply, His favour ever abounding towards us. And when we are conscious of His grace, this grace will cause God to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!

Blessed week! And to those who are still having exams, me included, declaring His favour and wisdom over you!)

20 November Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

John 1:14-17

14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.”‘ 16And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 9:7-9

7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able (“dynatos” – present active participle) to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

Hebrews 11:1

1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Luke 15:28-32

28“But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29So he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31“And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”‘

Matthew 25:14-25

14“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22He also who had received two talents came and said, “Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

John 6:8-9

8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

John 6:11

11And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

John 6:23

23however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks–

Ephesians 3:20

20Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Key take-home points:

  • Today, God is continually powering, “dynamiting” His grace towards you! 2 Corinthians 9:8 sounds like God is able to make His grace abound towards you, but it’s gonna happen in the future. However, in the actual Greek, it says that God is, actually, enabling His grace towards you at the present moment. He is not going to do it some time in the future. He already is doing it! Right now, at this moment, as you are sitting in front of your computer (or iPod or iPad or Android tablet or Windows 7 tablet… must cover everything to be fair!) God is “dynamiting” His grace towards you. Why “dynamiting”? The word “dynatos” is the Greek used in the word “able” you saw in the verse, which comes from the root word “dynamai”, from where we get the word “dynamite.” God is channeling, powering grace towards you right now, constantly!
  • What is grace? Grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved favour. The core of grace’s definition is its quality of undeserving. Drop that, and grace is no longer grace. (Rom 11:6) The devil is trying to re-define grace to move away from the truth that it is unmerited, undeserved, but instigating that grace is divine empowerment. You see, grace produces divine empowerment. It is a fruit of grace. However, grace is not divine empowerment. Grace causes you to be at the right place, at the right time, grace produces prosperity, health, peace, joy, protection, and all good gifts. These are fruits of grace, but grace itself is unmerited, undeserved favour, or more accurately, grace Himself, is Jesus.
  • If God is continually “dynamiting” grace towards me, and grace produces prosperity, good results, why am I not seeing these things in my life? One of the reasons is that we are flesh-conscious. As believers, we walk by faith and not by sight. The grace that God is “dynamiting” towards us is real, just not visible. What do we do when this grace is real? We give thanks for His grace. When we give thanks, we are not doing it to get more grace. We walk by faith when we give thanks, and when we walk by faith, it’s a matter of time before His grace, which is already real, becomes real and visible in our lives. Jesus was favour-conscious when He looked at the five loaves and the two fishes. He gave thanks for the favour that was already there, and the loaves and the fishes fed five thousands with leftovers!
  • The Bible says that of Jesus’ fullness we have received, and grace upon grace. (Joh 1:16) The phrase “grace upon grace” there is, in Greek, “charis anti charis.” Usually when we see “anti” we think of “against” but “anti” can also mean “in place of.” “Anti-Christ” means “[something else] in place of Christ.” John 1:16 says “grace anti grace,” which means “grace in place of grace.” When you use up the grace that God has given you, He give you more grace in place of that grace! His grace is inexhaustible. When you use His grace, He gives you more! This is our God!