2019 Our Year of Abundant Grace

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2019 Our Year of Abundant Grace : 2nd Peter 1:2

2019 Our Year Of Abundant Grace -  James and Rebecca Otitoju

Oh magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together,” (Psalm 34:3).
Another year has gone by, and by the special grace of God we are in a New Year, Praise the Lord!

Our God is worthy to be praised and magnified. We did not just find ourselves in the New Year by our own power or wisdom, but by the grace of God. Praise the Lord!

According to our theme this year, “Our year of abundant Grace”, it is by His grace that we are what we are today, and so we must acknowledge God for that unmerited favor from Him.

2 Peter 1:2 says: Grace and peace be yours in the abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
For us to understand what it really means by God’s grace, we need to know what that word Grace stands for.

“Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. It is His benevolence to the undeserving” (https://www.gotquestions.org/grace-of-God.html).

According to the above definition, Romans 3:23-24 made this clear when it says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God. The penalty for the sin we committed was death as stated in Romans 6:23a. If God stopped at the first part of that verse, we all will be doomed but because of His love and mercy, the verse continued by saying “but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The grace of God is truly a gift to us which we received “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8). Praise the Lord! Our righteous works cannot save us, accepting what God did for us through Christ Jesus will enable us to appreciate God’s abundant grace upon our lives, and surrender everything unto Him and let Him take charge.

Grace Is NOT a license to sin

Grace is not a license for us to continue in sin, but an opportunity to accept the love of God who redeems us from sin. Romans 6:1-2 says: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that Grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we who are dead to sin, live any longer therein? It is very important for us to know from the passage above that we cannot take undue advantage of grace and wilfully sin when we are supposed to be ‘dead to sin.’ Our God hates sin even though He loves as His children, we in return should hate whatever our heavenly father hates. The grace to do so, God will grant unto us in Jesus name. Amen.

Who are we now?

- Romans 6:18: now said of us that: “Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of Righteousness.”
- Because we are now in Christ, we are ‘new creation’ 2 Corinthians 5:17
- We are reconciled to God, and we are ‘the righteousness of God’ 2 Corinthians 5:18a, 21.
- God committed to us, the ministry of reconciliation and through us, appeals to people to come into that grace that we have experienced 2 Corinthians 18b, 20.
These are just a few description of what we became through the grace that God extended to us.
Bearing these in mind, we CANNOT take the abundant Grace that we received from God for granted. Instead, our deepest desire should be to live an exemplary life for God. “Now we commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified,” (Acts 20:32) in Jesus name. Amen.

We want to use this opportunity to wish you and yours a Happy New Year filled with abundance of God’s grace!

James & Rebecca Otitoju are members of Ambassadors for Christ Peacegate church Pastoral Team

2019 Our Year of Abundant Grace - John & Alice Adeyoju

Grace and peace be yours in the abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter1:2.

Grace is God’s unmerited favor. His goodness towards those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect divine favor. Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses and to impact strength, to endure trial, resist temptation, and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin. {Wikipedia.org}.
Grace can also be defined as unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification, it is a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance (Merriam-Webster unabridged Dictionary 2018).

According to Justin S Holcomb’s “On the Grace of God, 2013”, Grace is the most important concept in the Bible, Christianity and in the world. It is the most clearly expressed into promises of God revealed in Scripture and embodied in Jesus Christ. Grace is the Love of God shown to the unloved, the peace of God given to the restless and the unmerited favor of God. Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and not getting what you do deserve.
Christianity teaches that what we deserve is death with no hope of resurrection. The grace that is abundantly given to us in 2019 is the grace of God towards us that gears us to sanctification and holiness. Apostle Paul in “Titus 2:11” said the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live a self-controlled upright and the godly lives.

The abundance of God’s grace in 2019 will lead us to more spiritual growth. It will enable us to grow in the grace and knowledge of God (2 Peter 2:18). It will transform desires, motives, motivations and behavior to be God centered rather than self or world centered.
The abundant grace of God will enable us to better understand our identity in Christ; 1 Corinthians 1:10. By the grace of God, I am what I am. It will enable us to stand firm in our belief in God and in Christ (Romans 5:2).

Abundant grace helps us to moderate our behavior, to be Christ-like in a Christ less world (1 Peter 1:7). It defines our standing before God (Romans 5:2), through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of true glory of God. Our holiness depends on the grace of God (2 Timothy 2:9). Also, our strength is anchored in the grace of God (2 Timothy 2:11; Hebrews 13:9).

In our world that is daily becoming very controversial, our controversies should be guided by the grace of God (Colossians 4:6). So also is our service to mankind, it should not be according to the dictates of the present world, where everyone wants their services to be recognized and rewarded, but our service must be heavenwards (1 Peter 1:10).
In our unstable world economy, our sufficiency should be rooted in Christ - “my grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). We need the abundance of the grace of God to cope in times of disaster, both natural and man-made disasters. If not, human being tends to collapse under sudden disasters (volcanic eruptions, floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, tremors, earthquakes) because our psychic are not made for such occurrences which are becoming common in our world (Hebrews 4: 16).
Our future is secured only in the grace of God that will be revealed at the coming of Christ (1 Peter 1:13). Also, our aspiration to eternal life is bounded in the grace of God (Romans 5: 21; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2: 11; 2 Timothy 1:9).

We can become anything we aspire to be by the Grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10, 2 Corinthians 9:8). The grace of God is also a gift to us to accomplish all that we want to accomplish (Ephesians 4:7), and if it is a gift, then we can ask for more of it (Ephesians 1: 1-23); there is abundance of grace in God (1 John 1:16). Also, in this age of strange and absurd teachings, we need the grace of God to stand firm in the knowledge of Him who has called and saved us (Hebrews 13:19). It is the word of his grace that can build us up and give us the inheritance among all, those who are sanctified (Act 20: 32).
We need the Spirit of God to train us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live a self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. We need the fullness of the grace of God and power to do the miraculous within the body of Christ and among the unbelievers. We need the grace of God to endure persecutions and trials (2 Corinthians 12: 8-9).

Above all, we pray, that by the grace of God, we will be teachable and available for God throughout this New Year and beyond in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  John & Alice Adeyoju are members of Ambassadors for Christ  Peacegate Church Pastoral Team


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