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God's Grace Bring Life to the Dead

Romans 4:16-17
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham's offspring - not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (NIV)

Promises are good, but only if they can be fulfilled. That is the problem of so much business trading: orders not completed, goods not perfect, money not paid on time. But when God makes a promise He keeps it. And often He arranges things so that it seems impossible that even God can do anything - but then He does!

Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. Sarah was beyond her menopause and yet God fulfilled His promise to give them a child. Isaac would be the human ancestor of many people, including the Lord Jesus Christ through whom all who believed would receive God's blessing. God's apparent delay in fulfilling His promise proved that it was God who did it. Abraham and Sarah were as good as dead (from a biological reproduction point of view), but God's grace gave their bodies new life and Isaac was the proof. It was grace: neither Abraham nor Sarah deserved God's intervention, but God did it for His own glory.

No true believer can ever say to God, "You must be good to me because I deserve it"! No, but God's grace gives us what we do not deserve so that our lives might bring glory to Him. Spiritually dead people are born again by His grace alone. Prayers are answered by His grace alone. And often when it seems that it is impossible for God to intervene, He acts! Faith in Jesus is not a religious anti-depressant, but it tells God that we are ready to receive His grace. Believing in Him is the start of a great adventure in which He is in control, His promises will be fulfilled and His glory will be displayed ... and at every point we receive His blessing. Yes, it is all the more amazing because we do not deserve it at all - but that is the whole point of grace.

Gracious God. Thank You for all Your promises and for Your power to fulfil them. I know that I do not deserve anything from You. I can never earn Your favour. So thank You for Your grace which enables me to be a part of Your love to this world. Help me to trust You today so that I may receive strength to endure, courage to wait and wisdom to know how to work with You, as You pour out Your grace on me and those I love. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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