God Whispered // Cease and Begin Again
[Associate Pastor, Greg Miller, ECC Covington Campus]
I can find grace in the midst of a sinful world.
There is a paradox of two truths. The love of God and the wrath of God. They seem to be in opposition. However, without the wrath and judgment of God..grace would not be needed.
The lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the lord. (Genesis 6:5-8 NLT)
God's judgment is coming..
Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! (Genesis 6:11-13 NLT)
And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood. (2 Peter 2:5 NLT)
We compartmentalism God as the “Old Testament” grouchy God and the “New Testament” loving God. When in fact, he has always been the same God with the same personality and character.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. (Matthew 24:37-39 NLT)
And I need to repent..
But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:5 NLT)
Do we sometimes forget that our sin condemns us? We deserve wrath. Our sins mock the cross. Our willing disobedience breaks the heart of God and the wages for that sin is death. Judgment.
Because we are good at sinning..we should embrace repentance. We should be well practiced at falling on our knees and asking for forgiveness.
On this side of the empty tomb, it makes even more sense to fall on our knees in repentance. For now we know the extent of God's LOVE through Christ.
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. (Acts of the Apostles 17:30 NLT)
So that I can find grace..
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. (2 Peter 3:9, 10 NLT)
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:18, 20, 21 NLT)
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:4-8 NLT)
God's love for you compelled his mercy to satisfy his wrath on the cross of Christ.
I can find grace in the midst of a sinful world.
- I am causing God to grieve by ______________ and today I commit to change (repent).
- I accept the grace that God has given me through Jesus on the cross.