Freedom through God’s Grace
As we enter into a new year, 2014, we all have goals that we want to achieve but for most of us there are things in the past that weigh us down. Things such as bad decisions, poor performances, wrong relationships, etc. Every one of us have to deal with these issues whether we like it or not. We rank ourselves against others and normally we come out on the “short end of the stick” because we didn’t measure up to someone else’s approval or standards. Thus, we get burdened down and go into the new year with 2 strikes against us. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-…to lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us….” This sin that all of us have in common is legalism, i.e., trying to measure up to standards or the standards that others have set for us. It is impossible to measure up because there will always be one more thing that we need to do. The Bible tells us in Colossians 2:14 that Jesus – “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross…” The “handwriting of ordinances” was the religious laws that people were expected to do but could not. Because Jesus fulfilled the law we are free from the law. Through His work on the cross Jesus has given us the opportunity to live in freedom from trying to meet standards of others because Jesus measured up to the highest standards of all, God’s standards. Now by trusting in His grace for us, we can walk in freedom from the things that so easily ensnare us, i.e. the law. The Bible tells us in John 1:14 that Jesus is “full of grace and truth” and by believing and trusting in Him “of His fullness (of grace) we have all received, and grace for grace”- John 1:16.
AJN encourages you to take time to seek Him with all of your heart so that He can reveal to you His immeasurable grace and begin 2014 with an expectancy of knowing Him and watching Him work through His grace in your lives. AJN prays for the LORD’s blessings to be upon you and your loved ones in 2014. Have a very fruitful New Year.