Weekly Grace

Meditation scripture and inspirational nuggets

The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.

FOR THE WEEK OF January 22, 2018

From Punishment to Blessing

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In the Old Testament, the children of Israel had reason to fear God. They were living under the Law of Moses, which constantly reminded them of their sins; they were required to keep every bit of the law or be punished. Under the current covenant of grace, however, God is no longer angry with us and we need not fear His wrath. He wants to bless us, not punish us.

Under the law, the curse that began in the garden of Eden was in force, and the fear of punishment determined the people’s actions. Any infraction, however minor, had serious consequences. When God made His presence known, it was often to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The sins of the fathers brought punishment to the children, to the third and fourth generations.

Jesus’ death and resurrection changed everything, and now we’re no longer under the law, but under grace. The power of sin has been broken, and every generation receives His mercy and truth. This truth is all about God’s love and favor toward us, and His intent to continually bless those who trust in Him. The punishment under the Law of Moses has been replaced by the grace and love that Jesus brings.

The finished works of Jesus Christ made every spiritual blessing available to us, as well as mercy for every generation that believes on Him. We now have a joyful anticipation of abundant blessings, instead of fear. God wants to pour out His goodness on everyone. As His children who confidently rely on Him, we can expect no less than His best.

Prayer:


God, before Your Son came, mankind lived in fear of punishment, because of Adam and Eve’s transgression. Christ destroyed the power of the curse so that we could receive generous and constant blessings. Thank You for this act of love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:


  • Isaiah 26:21
  • Exodus 20:5
  • Numbers 14:18
  • Deuteronomy 5:9
  • Romans 6:14
  • Psalm 100:4, 5
  • John 1:16, 17
  • Ephesians 1:3
  • Luke 1:50
  • Isaiah 44:3

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