God's Grace: The Undefeated Champion

 

By Dean Smith



There are some thoughts running around in millions of Christian's minds right now that absolutely in no way line up with the Word of God; however, it's drastically affecting their joy, peace, and contentment on this earth. Thoughts like:
"I have already confessed and repented for this sin a hundred times, God won't want to forgive me this time, so I might as well just give up."
"God's never seen someone who sins quite the way I do."
"I can never be forgiven after what I just did."
"I've been a Christian for years, I knew better than to do that, I can't be forgiven now."
"I'm a pastor/leader in my church, this sin is well beyond God's grace."  

People commit sins and are fooled that their trespasses have somehow disqualified them from God's grace, mercy, and love. We somehow get this rationale in our minds that we are so much different and outside the scope of anything Jesus could have thought of when He was hanging on the cross for the penalty of our sins. Jesus tells us explicitly that nothing we can do can separate us from His love. No sin is the last straw. In fact, after we've received Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and savior and received the Holy Spirit, which is your seal of your inheritance, there is no sin, that can overtake God's grace. 


Romans 5:20 (Message) But sin didn't, and doesn't, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it's sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.

If you could just picture the very biggest sin or sins in your life in one corner of the steel cage as the low voiced announcer says, "In this corner, weighing in with a long line of adulterous, lying, cheating, stealing, murderous thoughts and actions is the sin of Dean Smith. In this corner, weighing in with no sin and saving Christians and keeping them guilt free for thousands of years, introducing, God's aggressive forgiveness itself, help me welcome, God's Grace!" You can almost hear the crowd going wild. You can believe that at the end of an extremely quick and bloody fight (insert something about it's only Jesus blood), God's grace is the victor with His hands raised up in the air with the shiny gold belt around his waist. You have to know that as you read the words on this page and live and breathe, that no sin you have ever committed or ever will commit will be able to out do God's aggressive forgiveness, we call grace.

There are countless examples in the bible of powerful, God-ordained leaders who committed huge sins against God, but were still blessed and fulfilled a huge purpose on this earth. Let's just take the examples of people who committed what we would think is one of the biggest sins: Murder.

Moses murdered an Egyptian man but God chose him to lead the Israelites in the Promised Land.
David was responsible for committing adultery with Uriah's wife Bathsheba, then he had Uriah killed and then married Bathsheba. David was the second King of Israel, which he lead to a prominence like it had never known before. 
Paul was responsible for hundreds or thousands of Christians being flogged and murdered. He also wrote most of the New Testament and was responsible for countless people repenting and giving their life to Christ. 


Don't believe that your sins have disqualified you from having an awesome destiny on this earth. God can use anyone to fulfill his purpose, as long as they make themselves available. We know that devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). What we have to understand is one of the most important targets on your life for Satan to steal, kill, and destroy is your faith in God's grace. Just like your sin, the devil can never defeat what the blood of Jesus has done for us, but he can attack your faith in the blood of Jesus. 

If you are one of those people who has been beat up and thrown around by guilt and condemnation with a deep belief that your sins are just too much for God to forgive, today is the day to stand up and claim your rightful victory over sin, over the devil, and over guilt and condemnation. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever and when He hung on the cross a couple thousand years ago, he knew you would sin, he knew what kinds of sins you would do, and that's why He paid such a high price to defeat your sins once and for all. 


Colossians 2:13-16 [13] When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, [14] having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. [15] And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Your sins of the past, your sins of the present, and your sins of the future have been nailed to the cross for now and forever. Not because of anything you have done wrong or right, but because of what Jesus did on the cross. 
Today's Exercise

Imagine God's grace as a fighter in the center of a fighting ring, with his hands raised up, standing over the top of another fighter who looks just like your sins. Focus on that image and imagine it every time you confess and repent your sins to God. His grace will beat your sin every time.
Prayer

Lord, thank you so much that where my sin is, your grace wins every time. Right now, I confess my sin of (insert sin here) and I thank you that my sin has been nailed to the cross forever. Thank you Lord, that I can come boldly to the throne of grace and receive mercy. Thank you Jesus, for sacrificing your life, so I could live. Help me continually have faith in the blood that you shed for me on the cross and the power that it holds and the freedom that it gives me in my life today. I love you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.