GOOD NEWS!. The Challenge of Accepting God’s Grace and Mercy. Introduction. The Good News Series – Fall 2012 Last week: Having Trouble Accepting Good News? - Mark 1:9-15 The time has come The Kingdom of God is near Repent Believe the Good News
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The Challenge of Accepting God’s Grace and Mercy
Ultimately, all of that bad news is intended to accuse us, threaten us, intimidate us, and cause us to give up. It is intended to defeat us and make losers out of us.
Satan has a vested interest in us being inundated with bad news—both real and supposed!
Paul, concerning us, Rom. 8: 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You are worth more than the whole world! – Luke 9:25 – What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
However, apart from God you are worthless – Rom. 3:10-12 – There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless there is no one who does good, not even one.
Your sin separates you from God so he doesn’t hear you – Isa. 59:1-2 – Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)That saved a wretch like me!I once was lost, but now am found,Was blind, but now I see.
The over-arching requirement is not that you be good, it is that you BELIEVE that he is that good!!
You are beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words, too wonderful for comprehension, like nothing ever seen or heard. Who can grasp your infinite wisdom; who can fathom the depths of your love? You are beautiful beyond description, majesty enthroned above! And I stand, I stand in awe of you…Holy God to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you!
2 Cor. 6:1-2 – As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Receiving gifts can be hard, especially when we know we deserve quite the opposite!