Renouncing Ungodliness

Titus 2:11-12, For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. This is not how the world lives; this is how we are called to live. The world embraces and enables ungodliness, the…

God’s Gracious Choosing

John 1:17, For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ (own Greek translation). Does this mean the law is evil? Not at all! It is holy, good, and righteous because it reveals what is unholy, evil, and unrighteous, namely, sin (Romans 7:7-13). But the law is not grace. What…

Habitual Prayer

Psalm 77:2, In the day of my trouble, I seek the Lord.” This verse is the perfect summation of all the Psalms—seeking God in the day of trouble is ubiquitous in the Psalms. The Psalms are the oratio (prayer), meditatio (meditation), and tentatio (temptation) of daily Christian life—that is, God uses spiritual attacks/affliction (tentatio) to drive us towards prayer (oratio) and dependence…

Chief of Sinners

2 Corinthians 6:1, We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. Even Christians are the most grievous sinners against God. The great apostle Paul—once a murderer and persecutor—called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). What serious  Christian does not plead guilty before God as the chief of sinners? Every…

Waiting for Grace

Genesis 21:1-2, The LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as He had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Can you recall a time when God called you to obedience? Indeed, He calls…

God’s Grace in Death

Romans 8:31-32, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Human death is always tragic. When a brother or…

Wrapped in Grace

Genesis 3:21-24, And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and…