The expectations of grace – Part 2
Key Verse: Titus 2:12, “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (KJV)
Text: Titus 2:11-15
The teachings on “Grace” have been distorted by some people to mean free passes that allow us to sin, with no consequences for disobedience. For them, grace means permission for sloppy living. They mistaken the grace of God as a licence for immoral living. Apostle Jude warned the believers about ungodly men who have crept into the churches and are perpetrating these misconceptions of grace. Apostle Jude said to them, “I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvellous grace allows us to live immoral lives” (Jude 1:4a).
The Grace of God is not a licence for unholy living, but an empowerment from the throne room in Heaven for righteous living. The Grace of God is a divine enablement for godliness and good deeds. The Grace of God saves you from sin and also gives you power to live above sin. Paul hits hard on these serious misconceptions about “grace,” when he said the Grace of God gives us power to live soberly, righteously, godly and to say “No” to worldly passions and sinful pleasures in this present world (Titus 2:12).
The Grace of God expects us to reject wickedness, live piously, renounce ungodliness, live upright and deny the impiety and worldly desires. Grace expects us to reject everything and anything that is contrary to God’s will and unacceptable to God. Grace teaches us not to love the world system, no matter how attractive and seductive they may be. Because all in this world systems are lust of flesh, lust of eyes and pride of life. These things are not of God but of the world. Grace teaches us that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4).
Grace is an empowerment from the Holy Spirit, Which enables you to live soberly, righteously and Godly in this present existence. You cannot live soberly outside the Grace of God, and that is why so many people have been overtaken by wine and drugs today, because they are not in control of their lives. Grace brings empowerment from the Holy Spirit to live in self-discipline and self-control. The Grace of God upon your life brings you under control of the Holy Spirit and enables you to live soberly at all times to the glory of God.
Grace enables you to live a life that pleases God, a life that agrees with the Bible, a life that is submitted to the Holy Spirit and a life that brings glory to God wherever you are. You don’t wait to get to Heaven to live soberly, righteously and Godly life. People around you are going to see it, people are going to acknowledge it and people are going to proclaim it, that God has taken over your life.
You should realise that the life you live on earth is for a brief moment and during one of these days, rapture will take place. And so it is expected from you by God that you satisfy the expectations of grace in your life by living in truth, honesty and purity, so that you will not be cast away in the Lake of Fire on the last day.
We are living soberly and righteously because we are looking forward to the blessed hope, when our Saviour Jesus Christ will come back and take us to Heaven.
I invite you today to come and enjoy this great divine enablement that Grace gives.
Today’s Nugget: Grace enables you to live soberly at all times
Prayer: Lord, I receive grace to live righteously at all times
Prayer lines: 09078154261.
Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, Ag. General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.
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