How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Real change is hard to come by. New habits don’t come with a simple flip of the calendar. You know that it takes intense, determined, persistent effort to change even your outward patterns. How much harder is it to change what’s on the inside, what’s at your core? You see, changing something about you is one thing; changing YOU is another. Do you long for transformation, for genuine inner change that is deep and lasting? We generally sense a need for it because we know that not all is right with ourselves. Sin leaves us with guilt and regrets about what we’ve done…and what we’ve become.
God meets our sin and unchangeable nature with His grace. Quite the opposite of the false notion that 'God helps those who help themselves,' God’s grace is His undeserved love to help the helpless, the broken, the hopeless. Before Paul was known as 'Saint Paul,' he was Saul, "a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man" (I Timothy 1:13), dead set and hell-bound in his ways. Then he came face-to-face with God’s grace in the flesh: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who took Saul’s sins and yours and mine into His death as if they were His own, and rose from the dead with the victory of new life for Saul and for you and for me – for all who trust in Him. As Paul later reflected on the 180-degree turnaround of his life, he said, "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." (I Corinthians 15:10) With God’s grace is power, HIS transformative power to work deep and meaningful change in your life from the inside out. I invite you to discover GRACE 180: GOD’S POWER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Through this series, I trust that you will see that GOD’S GRACE IS NOT WITHOUT EFFECT.
Discover God's power to change your life in the GRACE 180 series.
INTRO, HOPE, COVERED, TRUTH, FULLNESS
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.