The power of God’s grace is often lost on us. Grace is greater than our sin. Grace is greater than the power of Satan. What Satan robs us of is our relationship with God. Sin sits in power and control over our lives.
Look at the 10 Commandments as example.
The first four commandments are honoring and worshiping God and nothing and no one else (Exodus 20:3-11). When you or I place anything as more important than God, than we have joined in the worship of idolatry. It can money, or fame, or sex, or food, or relationships, or any number of things that we make more important than God. When we do not follow the holiness and ways of God in our lives, it is sin.
Note: sin is to literally miss the mark. The mark is the ways of God and sin is not following the ways of God.These first commandments relate directly to God while the rest relate to other people, but it is due to our relationship with God that
Exodus 20:12-17. Here is the summary of each one:
- Honor your parents with love and obedience, but caring for them as they age is the picture that is explained later in the books of Moses.
- Do not murder other people.
- Do not be involved in adultery, sex with others that are not your spouse.
- Don’t take things that do not belong to you, it is stealing.
- Don’t misrepresent (bear false witness) the truth about other people. Tell the truth.
- Don’t desire the things others have (possessions, their spouse, their servants) etc.
It is easy to sit in the seat of sin (to keep using the metaphor). To do what opposes God’s character. It is not just sin, it is rebelling against God’s best for us. When I sin, it is as good as saying, God what you desire for me is not good enough in my estimation. I’ll do my own thing.
But God’s grace is greater than our sin. It is a gift that we receive from God when we lay our life open to him to let him clean the sin out of our life and mold us into the likeness of his son, Jesus Christ.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:4-10
This what God’s wants to do in your life. And he will do it freely and easily.
This blog, among other things will be taking a close look at the book of Romans and realizing what grace is, where grace sits and how easily grace rests in our lives.