Fresh Hope – 5th June 2019

Romans 5:17, ‘But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace’.

You’re speeding down the road 20 miles over the speed limit. Your attention is suddenly interrupted by the blue and red flashing lights in your side mirror, and the piercing sound of a police siren behind you. You’ve been done for speeding. As the police officer approaches your window, you expect the worst. “Justice must be served, a price must be paid”, says the officer to you. You nod your head in shame. How could you possible afford the fine?

“So I will pay the price, so you can go”, says the police officer.

Salvation isn’t the absence of justice. It is the fulfillment of it through Jesus. It isn’t just a “letting off the hook”. Grace isn’t just freedom from sin. It is the empowerment to do what you couldn’t do before.

Here are three things grace releases into your life when you step into it:

Grace = rest.

When Jesus said, ‘It is finished’, he wasn’t just talking about the hold of sin on our lives but also the need to earn righteousness. No perfect performance necessary anymore!

Romans 5:1 – ‘We enjoy lasting peace’.

Romans 5:2 – ‘he has given us PERFECT relationship’.

Romans 5:9 – ‘You will never experience the wrath of God’.

Grace = Confidence

Romans 5:1 – ‘He declared us flawless in his eyes’.

Romans 5:17 – ‘We continue to reign as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness’.

Jesus died not because he wanted something from you, because he wanted to fix you or change you, but simply because he loved you!

View yourself through the lenses of the cross and walk in Godly confidence. Stop saying you are worth nothing – this is false theology!

Grace = power

The law will kill you, grace revives you.

When you understand grace and the price paid for you, you develop distaste for sin.

Romans 6:1-2: ‘Do we persist in sin? … We have died to sin once and for all”.

We are a new person, the old man is dead!

Romans 6:4 – ‘So that we could be empowered to walk in the freshness of new life’.

Romans 6:8 – ‘We could not live one moment longer submitted to sins power’.

Romans 6:11 – ‘View yourself as dead to sin’s appeal’.

Focus less on your shortcomings and instead fix your focus on the finished work of the cross, for it is there you will find your rest, confidence and power!

Emma Burchell

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