7 for 7: Week 4

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

Acts 11:23 – “Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord.”

Meditate

Those things in our lives that we actually witness, the things that cause us to rejoice, are the things that build our faith as a body. God’s grace has been evident to us as He meets with us weekly. He inspires us from His Word, He heals our sick bodies, He provides jobs and enables us to give. Witnessing, seeing and rejoicing are all part of acknowledging His grace toward us.

Pray

Dear Lord, You have been good to each one of us. You poured out Your love on us. However, we often see only what is missing, what we’re still waiting for, and what we still need. Forgive us. Your grace is rich. It is enough. And it makes us glad.

Respond

Make a list on your phone or in a notebook of times when the grace of God appeared and you felt rich. Share them aloud with a neighbor, a friend or your family. Rejoice together.

Listen

“How Sweet the Sound” as performed by Citizen Way: http://bit.ly/2dx5PkI

“King of My Heart” as performed by Jeremy Riddle & Steffany Gretzinger: http://bit.ly/2cTbS2h

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

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.   Ephesians 2:8-9

Meditate

If this passage too familiar, you’re not alone. We think we get it: we can’t be good enough to earn salvation; it is a free undeserved gift we receive through faith. We fail to grasp the wider dimension of this marvelous gift, which is revealed in the context (verses 4-7). We were spiritually dead. A merciful God brought us to life and raised us with Jesus in order that He might forever reveal Himself to us! He plans to fascinate us in Christ forever! That’s really amazing grace!

Pray

Lord, release a spirit of revelation into my spirit that I might gain more insight into the depths of what You did when You redeemed me back to Yourself. May my heart become ever fascinated with the depths of the riches bestowed on me by that single event, Your sacrificed body, Your spilled blood.

Respond

To truly understand God’s saving grace through Jesus, we need revelatory knowledge, but we must seek it. Read Proverbs 2:2-4. Ask God to help you apply your heart to understanding the gift of salvation through Christ. Call out for insight; cry aloud for understanding; search for it eagerly. God will answer. Prepare to be amazed.

Listen

“Come Thou Fount” as performed by Mercy Me: http://bit.ly/2dAhyBU

“The Struggle” as performed by Tenth Avenue North: http://bit.ly/2cAF1TI

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.   Romans 6:14

Meditate

When I look to laws and rules to follow, the focus is on me. Did I keep the law, did I do it correctly, did I meet the requirements? It’s all about ME. When I get a revelation of grace, it changes my focus to Jesus. He fulfilled the law, He died in my place, He covers my sins. “…grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) It’s all about Him!

Pray

Lord Jesus, I receive Your grace today. You have given me free and unmerited favor. I cannot keep all the laws, but You fulfilled them for me and granted me grace. I choose to look at YOU and what You accomplished. Thank You for this incredible gift.

Respond

Picture yourself holding out your hands and receiving different gifts from Jesus. He’s not giving them to you because you did a job and earned them, won an event or kept every law. He is giving them to you just because He loves you. That’s His amazing grace, favor that is not earned.

Listen

“Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful” as performed by Jesus Culture: http://bit.ly/2d1fKjy

“In Christ Alone” as performed by Mercy Me: http://bit.ly/2d4aKOz

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in

Christ Jesus.    Romans 8:1

Meditate

As Americans, we enjoy a lot of freedom. Do we take it for granted? Even more important, do we take our freedom that Christ gives us for granted? We were guilty and condemned to death, but Jesus loved us so much that He died for us, giving us our ticket to freedom and to Glory! We are in Him, and He is in us, so condemnation is a thing of the past. Through His marvelous extension of grace, we are truly FREE!

Pray

Lord Jesus, thank You for reminding me of the ultimate freedom I enjoy because of Your incredible grace in my life. Holy Spirit, please keep highlighting Your goodness and gift of abundant grace in ways that I will clearly recognize, keeping me mindful of it and grateful for it and always expecting more.

Respond

Spend some time today sitting still before the Lord, focusing upon His amazing grace in your life. Simply ask Him to help you enjoy the riches of His grace. He will be faithful to remind you of His goodness. Receive these reminders, recognizing and relishing His gifts, and gratefully acknowledge and thank the Giver of all good gifts.

Listen

“Greater” as performed by Mercy Me: http://bit.ly/2dp8K39

“The River” as performed by Jordan Feliz: http://bit.ly/1GKd3OA

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

Truly I am Your servant, LORD; I serve You just as my mother did; You have freed me from my bonds.   Psalm 116:16

Meditate

Take some time to remember what God has delivered you from. Contemplate the freedom you have experienced as each wound was healed, judgement broken, addiction removed, fear erased, racial prejudice taken away – all replaced with peace, kindness and love. Deliverance from each bond is grace extraordinaire.

Pray

Thank You, Jesus, for breaking my bonds. I love You and the freedom You have given me. Please help me to use this freedom to expand Your Kingdom. I am Your servant; please use me. I am here at Your pleasure.

Respond

Find ways to reach out to help those who are now where you once were, bound in judgement, anger, sickness, addiction, greed and blindness. Put their hand in the hand of the One who gave you freedom.

Listen

“No Longer Slaves” as performed by Bethel Music: http://bit.ly/2dAjYAG

“Only You” as performed by David Crowder Band: http://bit.ly/1VGs5bg

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

Meditate

We find we need mercy and grace at different times. It may be because we fail to live in a way that honors God. Often we are frustrated in relationships with others, and we need to offer grace or we need it ourselves. At other times we need His strength to keep going in distressing circumstances. How wonderful that we can approach His throne with confidence, knowing we will receive just what we need for the moment!

Pray

Thank You, Jesus, that You make it possible for me to approach the throne of grace with confidence. Thank You that You do not treat me as I deserve, but You offer me mercy and grace. What security I find in knowing that I can count on You in my time of need!

Respond

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you today where He is giving you grace. Thank Him for His mercy and tender care. Receive His grace, and then look for opportunities to offer that same grace to others in Your life.

Listen

“This Is Amazing Grace” as performed by Phil Wickham: http://bit.ly/1j9ha5Y

“You Alone” as performed by Lauren Daigle: http://bit.ly/2d7rd0n

This week’s breath prayer:  Help me enjoy the riches of Your grace.

Read

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access into this grace in which we now stand.   Romans 5:1-2a

Meditate

This marvelous text celebrates our standing with God as believers in Jesus. It expands the narrow view that many have of being “saved by grace.” God’s grace not only brings us into a right relationship with Him; it also sustains us in that relationship. Without His continuing grace we would all utterly fail to live the Christian life. Grace is the very atmosphere in which we live and breathe as the children of God.

Pray

Father, as one of your servants wrote, “Oh to grace, how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be.” Forgive me for sometimes taking Your grace for granted. Remind me today and every day of my total dependence on Your sustaining grace.

Respond

Look up online all the original stanzas of John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace.” Read them over slowly two or three times. Then imagine yourself standing before God’s throne of grace with your arms wide open to receive every one of the riches of grace celebrated in that matchless hymn.

Listen

“Whom Shall I Fear?” as performed by Chris Tomlin: http://bit.ly/Q9Lwxg

“Father, You Are All We Need” as performed by Citizens & Saints: http://bit.ly/2dhGayS