“Bearing the MARK of GRACE”
They think they know!
2 Corinthians 12:1-9 verse 8
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me
The purpose of this message is to give the hearer of God’s Word a sense of illumination as to why the weight and the wait has been a heavy and long process. Many times in the Body of Christ we fail to realize when the vicissitudes of life comes upon us, it’s simply God’s way of texting us a message from Heaven via the storms; revealing to us that He (God) has placed something in us so that it can be used in the earth realm. Oftentimes what happens is that we are often overwhelmed by what we see, feel, hear, and speak to others because of the natural surroundings. As the believer goes through life, there are many challenges we must confront as well as overcome by the word of our testimony. This is where the mark of God’s Grace is exemplified in the midst of the storm.
When One Bears the Mark of GRACE:
2 Corinthians 11:24-30 verse 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
Psalm 119:71 it was good that I was afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes.
Romans 7:15-25 verse 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Romans 8: 28-29 And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
When people think they know:
Job 4-6: Here we see how Job’s friend Eliphaz explains how Job should take the same advice he has been giving out to others when they come to him for Godly counsel.
John 9: 1-3 verse 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who has sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
The origin of the quote, “There but for the grace of God go I,” is attributed to John Bradford, but it is recorded a Bradford saying, “But for the grace of God there goes John Bradford.”
Bradford’s quote was prompted when he saw a group of criminals being led to their executions. Little did he know how true his quote, and the context in which he said it, was. John Bradford was an English preacher born in 1510 who at the age of 45 was executed by Queen Mary (of Bloody Mary fame) by burning at the stake. His crime was preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and exposing England as a nation that had forsaken God. At that moment in his life, on July 15th 1555, the grace of God was sufficient for John Bradford as he gave up the ghost to enter an eternal paradise.
1 John 3:1-10 verse 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.