Text: Deuteronomy 1:19-40
Everything happens for a reason.
Crucial events that happened in the past is better asked in retrospect.
What is Grace?
It is the love overwhelming of God to us.
The truth is we all live by grace. From every breath, step, move, to the most strenuous activity we do, it is only by grace we are able to accomplish such things.
God wants us to acknowledge that this grace is given to us. We experience this grace because of the unconditional love our Father has for us.
Remember: Grace is something that…
1. Leads us v. 19
Only by God’s grace can we achieve our goals.
Then we left Horeb and passed through all that immense, forbidding wilderness that you saw on the way to the Amorite hill country as the Lord our God had commanded us to do, finally arriving at Kadesh Barnea.
It was God’s command for them to go from places to places. Along their journey to the Promised land, God provided fire by night and cloud by day. V. 32-33
Literally, God was leading them. Likewise, when God leads us, He leads with clarity v. 20
2. Assures us of His promise
He gives life of abundance, and not just enough.
We are meek and lame beings. Although we are weak, we are reminded by God of His grace.
In Genesis the Father of Faith Abraham prayed to God.
But Abram said, “O sovereign Lord , by what can I know that I am to possess it?”
With the assurance of His promises, in return we must make Jesus famous! In all our ways, let’s proclaim His Gospel and represent Him in all areas of our lives.
3. Works around our weaknesses
Then they took some of the produce of the land and carried it back down to us. They also brought a report to us, saying, “The land that the Lord our God is about to give us is good.”
God works around our weaknesses. Being weak doesn’t mean we can’t do nothing, it is just a reminder that we really need our Lord to survive this life.
It’s ok to be weak but it’s never ok to quit.
Testimony: Dereck Kwan
Grace- something when added to a normal object makes it no longer normal.
The Lord is extraordinary.
“Things that I own are no longer mine. These include not just material or monetary things, but most of all my life.”
In life, we are investing over our needs, wants and future. As His children, we must also invest in His Kingdom. We are actually not giving to God. We are investing.
But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. -Matthew 6:33
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16
God gave us His only begotten Son. While, in our case, we are only asked to give 10% for His Kingdom. We have to change our mindset in terms of giving. We should learn to invest more in His Kingdom.
So give with joy, gratefulness and humility. He deserves not just our lives, but also our tithes, offerings and investments.
4. Remains in the midst of rebellion
You were not willing to go up, however, but instead rebelled against the Lord your God. -Deuteronomy 1:26
He is leading us individually and as a congregation. He reminds us that it is fun, cool, righteous to follow God.
Remember: Grace remains constant.
God wants us to experience the same grace people in the Bible experienced. From the time of Moses, Abraham, Noah, David and even to Christ, God is still the same. He is the God who can perform the miracles and acts that happened before.
His grace will always be outrageous. We just have to let it lead us. In Him, we will always have the assurance of His great promises.
Even at the peak of our weaknesses, His grace will remain sufficient and enough for us to overcome. It will never change even when we are in the midst of rebellion.
Grace is our fuel to endure this life. We just have to respond to God’s call and let His grace work in our hearts.
By Ptr Sam Tamayo
October 14, 2012