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These are unprecedented times when the foundations of our world are being shaken. Fear and scarcity are everywhere. But God, in the face of overwhelming fear, offers the world overflowing grace. Endless. Infinite. Unfailing. Recreating grace! And in this viral test, I believe that’s exactly what God wants to do—to renew, restore, and reinvent His bride, the church.


Things will probably get worse before they get better; harder before they get easier. But they will get better. Grace cannot fail! This is a time for deep decisions. This is a time for deciding who you are as an individual (and who you want to be) and who we are as a church and who we want to be). This is a time to choose between a worldview built on a God-less scarcity or on the infinite overflow of an abundant grace. 



2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”


True or False?


One of two things IS going to happen in this season: we’ll grow larger in Christ or we’ll grow smaller in fear. Either faith will rise, or faithlessness will. Either way, few of us will ever be the same. 


Our faith in grace WILL be the difference!


To do?


Live the Overflow of Christ!

(Trust nothing but grace—)


John 7:38 

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, 

rivers of living water will flow from within them.”


John 10:10b

“I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full…”

(There is no “empty” in Christ!)


“In our culture, the three gods we trust for security are possessions, power, and human relationships.” Grace and Addiction Gerald May, M.D.


  • We’re all addicts, all addicted to this unholy trinity:
  • “In the realm of possessions we try to acquire and hold onto sufficient income and property” to attain the “freedom” of financial security. “But most often the acquisition of money and possessions leads to less freedom and more worry.”


  • “In the arena of power, we seek status, influence, and control over our lives.” “Freedom” here normally refers to the capacity to secure our self-interests. But self-guided self-interest is simply a prison without God….


  • In terms of human relationships, we try to secure personal worth, value, and affirmation from other people. But our worth is given by God! “When we feel bound to extract these qualities from other people, something is wrong.”


How do I know if something’s an addiction? How do I feel when it’s taken away?


The Covid-19 season is revealing where our security really lies! It threatens our possessions by rattling the economy. It threatens our power by proving our weakness in sickness. And it threatens our relationships, our social security though social distancing.



In the fear of this season, remember your salvation!



We’ll grow the same way we were saved—

by endless grace and courageous faith!



Ephesians 2:8-10

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are the work of God, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


Grace:

  • We can’t earn it, control it, predict it or dictate what it should look like in our lives…. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  • We can only open our needy emptiness to the fullness of Love. (1 John 4:16)
  • Comfortable people never follow Jesus; desperate people do. (Bob Goff.)


Faith

  • “Will kill every earlier version of you.”
  • Is active confidence the success of God’s will.
  • Requires courageously seeing the promises of God as bigger than the problems of life. (2 Corinthians 5:7)



The choice is ours; real growth in a season of fear, or helpless decline in the eclipse of God. But if you’ve been saved, then live saved!



2 Corinthians 9

 6 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 

 8 “And God IS able to make ALL grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 


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