A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, September 4, 2014
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” – Romans 5:20b
Last year, I dreamed that I had a long-lost daughter named Grace. In my dream, I was heartbroken that I could not find my young daughter. I had spent many years looking for her; when, one wintery day, as the snow was gently falling upon the hills, turning the scene into a winter wonderland, there she was. Grace was dressed in all white, just standing there, at the end of a path with a big smile on her face. I ran up to her and we embraced. I asked Grace where she had been all these years, as I had been searching for her. She responded: “I have been here all the time, watching and waiting for you.”
When I woke up, I said to the Lord, “Okay Father, you really need to explain this one to me, so let’s begin.” And begin indeed He did. According to Ira Milligan’s book “Understanding the Dreams you Dream,” (© 2010, Destiny Image), one of the meanings for a child in a dream is oneself. Even though there were other possibilities, this is the one that lit up in my spiritual eyes.
The Lord then brought me to our study verse for today. The word for “grace” as used here comes from the Greek word charis (pr. khar-ece), and means “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “grace” as “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace; approval; favor.”
The two words “abound” used here are actually two completely different Greek words. The first “abounded” resulting from sin, is pleonazo (pr. pleh-on-ad-zo), which means “to have over”; and the second instance of “abound,” which results from grace, comes from the word huperperisseuo (pr. hoop-er-per-is-syoo-o), meaning “to super-abound, exceeding.”
The message of the Bible, its crowing and defining masterpiece, is God’s amazing love for us made manifest through His Son, Jesus Christ, and dying on a Cross thus taking on the sin of all of humanity—past, present, and future; and His resurrection, and ours in Him, making us a new creature in Christ by virtue of His sinless, spotless Blood. The Bible is a message of love: God’s Love, which brought Him into this world as a baby, hung our Savior on a Cross, and then broke Him out of the tomb. 2 Corinthians 5:21 testifies of this great love, that “God made Him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Isaiah, the prophet of old, pointed forward to the Cross of Christ as He prophesied “He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken!” (Isaiah 25:8). And that is exactly what our Savior did for us—swallowed up death once and for all! “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” 1 Corinthians 15:55 gives a shout of triumph as it proclaims “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
So where is your inner child of grace, my brother? Did you lose her, my sister? She’s waiting for you with open arms at the very spot where you left her.
Learn to enjoy your child of Grace, birthed from the love of the Father at the Cross of Calvary. Look adoringly into Grace’s eyes, and experience what reflects back to you; which is the Divine Love of a God who died for you so that you could live.
Father, thank You for dying for us, so that we could live. Thank You, Most Gracious and Loving Father, for coming to us in the person of Your Son, and going to the Cross so that we could be saved from our sins. Most Adoring God, help us to find our long-lost child of Grace again. Take us to your Holy Mountaintop where we can be reunited with Your grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, we thank You that “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to accept the unearned love of the Father. Choose to bask in His love, goodness, mercy, and grace. Ask God to show Himself strong to you as the God of Love. And continue to fight the good fight of always walking in grace, which does much more abound; for God, your Most Precious Gift, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.