The Grace Response

(Ome: Hey beloveds! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Lian’s sermon one week ago. In the sermon, Pastor Lian shared with us how we can have a grace response when we are faced with challenges, as pictured in the children of Israel crossing the river Jordan. When we see and believe that our victory has been paid for, we will be able to have a grace response to our circumstances and experience victory and good success.

Be blessed!)

26 February 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Lian

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Joshua 1:1-5

1After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them–the children of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

Galatians 3:13

13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ),

Romans 8:31-32

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He 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?

1 Peter 3:10

10For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

James 3:4-5

4Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

Genesis 22:2

2Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Key take-home points:

  • Having a crunch time? Going through challenges? The Lord is saying to you today that your victory is paid for! When you go through challenges, know that you are not trying to achieve victory. Jesus has paid for your victory at the cross two thousand years ago. You are walking out the victory that He has paid for you. Go through your challenges with that mindset, and you will see victory!
  • God wants us to have a grace response to our challenges, when things get tough, when circumstances don’t seem to go the way you want. The two grace responses are: 1. Jesus took the judgment, we take the blessings. Look to the cross, look to Jesus and His finished work. Know that we don’t have to strive, we don’t have to strain to get somewhere in life. Jesus has paid for our blessings, He has given our good success. Receive them, even if our acts are not all together. 2. God never leaves us nor forsake us. God forsook Jesus when the darling Son needed Him most, so that today when we need Him the most, He is here with us all the time. Practice His presence. Keep on practicing His presence, and the results will come. The breakthrough will come.
  • There is a beautiful picture in the way the city of Jerusalem is built. It has valleys on three sides as natural defenses to enemy attack: south, east and west. Only on the north is there no valley; if an enemy were to attack Israel, the most sensible choice would be to attack from the north. But the north side is where Calvary was, where Jesus died on the cross! God’s answer to every weakness, every vulnerability in our lives, is the cross. Here we see this verse in action: “For my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” God knows every weakness, every challenge in our lives before we know them, and God has sent His Son to take the judgment, and because Jesus has taken all our judgments, therefore we are blessed!