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A devotional by Christine Williamson. A 5 day plan

looking at different stories of grace in the Bible  

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1 // Jacob 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been reading the book of Romans and been so encouraged by its emphasis on GRACE. If anyone understood God’s grace it was Paul, the writer of Romans. It’s easy to think of “grace” as something that appears in the New Testament but in fact it is a thread that runs from Genesis to Revelation.

 

This GRACE STORY is Jacob’s from the book of Genesis reminding us all that our God is the God of the second chance. After Jacob stole his brother’s birth-right and fled for his life God met with him and in Genesis 28:15 spoke this promise over him: “I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Remember today – no matter your past,He’s the God of the second chance!

 

Praying this GRACE PRAYER over you today: “May His joyous grace and total well-being flowing from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, rest upon you.” Romans 1:1(TPT)

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Day 2 // Mephibosheth 

Our second GRACE STORY isMephibosheth’s. Mephibosheth had a sad life – his grandfather Saul had been plagued with anger and jealousy which resulted in him trying to kill David on numerous occasions. On top of all of this, when his father Jonathan and his grandfather died when he was only 5, his nurse picked him up, ran and dropped him which left him crippled in both legs. BUT… his story turns around because of GRACE! David, the one hated by his grandfather reaches out to him and invites him to his dinner table and treats him “like one of the king’s own sons.” (2 Samuel 9:1-12).

 

This is such a picture of God’s grace to us – no matter how our parents or grandparents treated God He does not judge us but in grace reaches out and draws us to His table to feast on His goodness as his own children.

 

Praying this GRACE PRAYER over you today: “Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing, drenching all your lovers who pray to you.” Psalm 86:5 (TPT)

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Day 3 // Hosea 

This is one of those extreme GRACE STORIES. Hosea, an Old Testament prophet is told by God to take a lady of “ill-repute” as his wife and love her. Even when she continues messing up Hosea is told by God: “Go and love your wife again.” Why would God challenge Hosea to such radical living? Because, He wanted to demonstrate His grace to the people of Israel,and this was a prophetic sign that no matter how much they messed up God’s love is extreme. God says: “I will transform the valley of trouble into a gateway of hope.” Hosea 2:15(NLT)

 

Let’s be God-followers who bring hope to people today who feel they’ve been in a “valley of trouble” whether that is through their own making or someone else’s.

Praying this GRACE PRAYER over you today:

How much more are we held in the grip of grace!”  Romans 5:17 (TPT)

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Day 4 // Jesus 

Where do we start in listing the stories of grace throughout the life of Jesus? He always went out of His way to minister grace to those rejected by others – lepers (Matthew 8:14); foreigners– the Roman officer’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13); traitors – Matthew, the tax collector (Matthew 9:9-13); despised women – the woman of Samaria (John 4). This season in our world’s history is a challenge to us all as Jesus followers to reach out in grace to those no-one else is reaching out to.

 

Praying this GRACE PRAYER over you today:

“You live now for His pleasure, ready to be used for His noble purpose…you are not governed by law but governed by the reign of the grace of God.” Romans 6:13-14 (TPT)

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Day 5 // Paul 

Today we come back to where we began with the story of Paul. If anyone understood God’s grace Paul did. He spent his early years learning how to keep the law and then the next few years condemning those who didn’t! It became so extreme that he gladly watched the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts 8 and then in Acts 9 it tells us: “he was full of rage…went to the High Priest…requesting co-operation in finding and arresting any who were followers of the Way.” So, what changed? Paul collided with God’s grace in just one encounter and it changed everything!

 

Today, let’s give thanks for the day we “collided with grace” and let’s like Paul spend our lives sharing this grace with others and believing that anyone can be transformed.

 

Praying this GRACE PRAYER over you today:

“Now, may the grace and joyous favour of the Lord Jesus Christ, the unambiguous love of God and the precious communion that we share in the Holy Spirit be yours continually. Amen”.2 Corinthians 13:14 (TPT)

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