What About Grace?

I had a dream Sunday morning. It was about a man of God who strayed from the truth. Can you imagine what Moses felt like when the Lord told him how the children of Israel would act after he died? Deuteronomy 31:16 says, “…Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the foreigners of the land…they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.”

I finished the book of Deuteronomy, and then started to read the book of Jude. Verse 3 says, “…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Why was he exhorting them? 

Verse 4 says, “For certain men have crept in unnoticed…who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude wrote to believers. My dream was about a believer. We need to stay alert. Everything we hear preached needs to align with the truth of God’s word. If it doesn’t, and we continue to listen, it will erode our faith. 

Paul warned his son in the faith. 2 Timothy 2:18 was about two men, “Who have strayed concerning the truth…and they overthrow the faith of some.” The youth pastor I knew, passed on his erroneous doctrine of grace, and destroyed the faith of a good number of his youth group.

Think about all that you know about grace. Grace is a gift. We are saved by grace. We live in that empowerment which sufficiently enables us to persevere in all our trials. It is His special endowment, but it is not a license to sin. Romans 6:15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!” 

Years ago our youth pastor was led astray by a false teacher. He unreservedly embraced the erroneous doctrine that you can sin because there is grace to cover that sin. That is not what Romans 5:20-21 says, “…where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God’s righteousness is His heart-work of conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will ~ NOT away from it. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to this world’s system. Ephesians 2:3-4 wrote about those in the system, describing us before salvation. It says about the prince of the power of the air, “…the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh…”

That was Jude’s warning. We need to heed it today. There are those who preach a manmade doctrine of grace. Grace is so precious, but we block it when we live in sin. Sin breaks our fellowship with the Lord. 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

We miss His provision of grace: when we use it for a license to sin, hold unforgiveness in our heart, walk in pride, and seek to do things in our own strength. Rather, let us diligently search our heart. What are we believing about grace in this very moment? Then let’s humble ourselves so that His grace can flow freely into our needs. His grace is indeed sufficient.

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