“Grace means that all that we are and everything that we have is given to you because God chose to give it not because you deserve it. Grace is God’s unmerited favor.” -Tony Evans
Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
God uses messed up people, in need of grace, to accomplish His will.
Grace is God’s empowering presence in our lives given to us to accomplish His will.
"Grace is the empowering Presence of God enabling you to be who He created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do." -James Ryle
How did God’s grace empower Joseph?
- God’s grace empowered him to work through the confusion of Mary’s pregnancy.
Matthew 1:18 - “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”
- God’s grace empowered him to be filled with compassion towards Mary.
Matthew 1:19 - “And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.”
- God’s grace empowered him to stay committed to Mary.
Matthew 1:20-24 - “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife...”
- God’s grace empowered him to live a life of consistency towards God
Matthew 1:25 - “...but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.”
How can God’s grace empower us to live beyond our natural ability?
- God’s grace can empower us to work through difficult, confusing situations.
2 Corinthians 12:9 - “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
“Grace doesn’t promise the absence of struggle but the presence of God.” - Max Lucado
- God’s grace can empower us to be compassionate towards those that hurt us.
James 4:6 - “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
- God’s grace can empower us to stay committed to our families.
Luke 2:52 - “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.”
- God’s grace can empower us to stay consistent in our walk with Christ.
Titus 2:11-14 - “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.”
Romans 6:14 - “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”