God's Grace


God's Grace

Judges 16:20-21
20 Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!"
He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.

21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison

As we are reminiscent of the story of Samsom , we can relate ( at least I can ) to God's grace in our own lives .

Samson comprimised and let his flesh take over instead of asking God for direction . Satan is always around the corner of our lives just waiting to pounce.

But the story of Samson did not end as the chapter unfolds .

Although to us it might seem the story ended in trajedy because Sampson's comprimise ended in his death but we have to look at God's mercy and grace.

God's grace is always greater than our sins and failures .

Understand , Samson was set apart and had a unique relationship with the Lord. His hair growing back was a sign that God forgave him and returned to him .

God never gave up on Samson and He never gives upon us either .

God's grace is persistent . When all is striped away from us , the grace of God is still there. His grace is able to bring restoration and a return to His plan and purpose for our lives .

God knows exactly what He is doing . God is God and sometimes if He gave us explanations I don't think we would be able understand them . That is where trust comes into play .

A very good message from Charles Stanley .

How to experience God's Grace

Can we define Grace ? It is such a complex word .

Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred.
2. (n.) The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.
3. (n.) The prerogative of mercy exercised by the executive, as pardon. 4. (n.) The same prerogative when exercised in the form of equitable relief through chancery.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

(1.) Of form or person (Proverbs 1:9; 3:22; Psalm 45:2).
(2.) Favour, kindness, friendship (Genesis 6:8; 18:3; 19:19; 2 Timothy 1:9).
(3.) God's forgiving mercy (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:5).
(4.) The gospel as distinguished from the law (John 1:17; Romans 6:14; 1 Peter 5:12).
(5.) Gifts freely bestowed by God; as miracles, prophecy, tongues (Romans 15:15; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 3:8).
(6.) Christian virtues (2 Corinthians 8:7; 2 Peter 3:18).
(7.) The glory hereafter to be revealed (1 Peter 1:13).
Grace, means of
An expression not used in Scripture, but employed
(1) to denote those institutions ordained by God to be the ordinary channels of grace to the souls of men. These are the Word, Sacraments, and Prayer. (2.) But in popular language the expression is used in a wider sense to denote those exercises in which we engage for the purpose of obtaining spiritual blessing; as hearing the gospel, reading the Word, meditation, self-examination, Christian conversation, etc.