South Tacoma Assembly of God

Reaching and Transforming Lives through the Love of Jesus Christ

We are an Assemblies of God church located in the Tacoma area. Our mission is to reach and transform lives through the love of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Morning Service: 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Evening Service: 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.

Boast in God's Grace for You!

“The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).

Boast in God’s Grace for You!

Thank God again for the opportunity to be with you as we continue to share in His love and joy, giving Him honor and glory forever and ever more. You know, God loved us so much that He has given us another beautiful day to add to the days of our lives. As we continue trusting Him for everything, we should also acknowledge the people that we come in contact with, thanking them for their support and their effort to keep us straight in different areas of our life.

We are almost to the end of this year and this is the last week of this month. Let’s look forward to December with expectation and preparing to set our goals for the New Year to come. We thank God for His grace that has given us the opportunity to share His love and to meditate in things of His Kingdom. How are you all doing so far? My prayer is that you will get to know Him more, and the power of His might. It is not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit that we live and are able to look at tomorrow with expectation. Now did you have a good Thanksgiving Day? I know I did and I ate too much, and again have the need to visit the gym.

Well, as we talk about our encouragement for this week, let us meditate on what Proverbs 28 talks about: The wicked flee when no man pursues; but the righteous are bold as a lion. This posture is such because the “wicked” have done wrong and, as a result, see harm coming from every direction. Conversely, the “righteous” have harmed no one, and consequently fear no one because they are bold. Why? All because of a clear conscience. The “righteous” are those who follow the Lord and His Word!

Did you know that God created you for an exhilarating life that often requires you to take bold steps of faith before you see Him come through for you? When our Lord and Savior Jesus said, “It is finished.”, what He meant was that all had been completed on the cross. Of course, there will be roadblocks for us along the way, but we have His Word, and we have His grace to believe and receive our healing or anything that we ask for! There are so many people who are unsatisfied with their lives, simply because they won’t step out of the “safe zone.” In this place, they may feel secure, but it is not always where the joy and adventure of life can be found.

That is why we should always be thankful that God has vibrant life in store for us. Please, I encourage you to not let fear destroy your destiny by keeping you from enjoying that life. Maybe you are thinking of quitting and going an opposite route. Hold on! Right around the corner is your breakthrough that you have been waiting for!

I always say to motivate myself, “Just feel the fear and do it anyway, even do it afraid!” Today, I encourage you to include more variety in your life. Try new things. When you start feeling that life is getting stale and tasteless, just add a little spice by doing something different. You can start thinking and saying, “Today, I will not live in fear!”

1 Corinthians 1:31 says, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” What a powerful Scripture. Stop boasting on things that do not matter; boast only for the cross of Jesus!

Now if someone asks you, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” You probably would answer the same way I would and tell him to confess with his mouth and believe with his heart in the Lord Jesus and he will be saved - wouldn’t you? Think about this, though. A rich, young ruler asked Jesus the same question, but instead of telling the man to believe in Him, Jesus gave him the law. (Mark 10:17-22).

What Jesus saw was that the young ruler lived his life taking pride in his ability to keep the law to earn salvation and the favor of God. But because of Jesus’s love for the man, He had to show him that those who live by the law must realize that their self-effort cannot save them. He therefore reminded him, “You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery…’Do not steal…’ Honor your father and your mother.’” In response, the young ruler showed that his trust was in his law-keeping when he replied, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

Jesus had to tell him, “One thing you lack, sell whatever you have and give to the poor…and come…and follow Me.” What happened? Well, when the young ruler heard that, he walked away sorrowful.

You see, when we boast of having kept the law, it will always point out something we lack or have failed to obey. The law is so holy and perfect that if we don’t keep even one iota of it, it has no choice but to judge and curse us (Galatians 3:10).

Therefore, God does not want us to boast in our abilities to keep the law. If we are to have confidence in anything at all, if we are to boast in anything at all, it is in the grace of God. Only His grace can completely keep, save, heal, deliver, and bless us.

In closing today, let’s not boast in what we have done or are able to do, but boast in His grace for us, boast that He is our strength, health, favor, prosperity, wisdom, hope, salvation, and glory. That is how we will see ourselves enjoying our inheritance of abundant life.

Paul is a good example of that. He explained more and more about how it is His grace that is sufficient for him. That when he asked God three times to remove that stake or thorn from his side, God said no. Instead, He gave him something better. He said, “Paul, My grace is sufficient for you. When you are weak, then I will be strong.” Now how many of us will say the same thing when we are faced with different kinds of situations?

Today I remind you, and me also, that His grace is sufficient for us, and we should live each and every day boasting about it. When we are weak, then He is strong in us. All we need to do is believe. It is done. Christ did it all on Calvary! He shed His blood for us so we can be healed and set free!

This week, go with God and let Him be your guide in all situations or circumstances that you may go through. Even in making decisions, we need to know that He loves us no matter what. Our problem is trying to make us doubt what we have already been promised by our Savior Jesus. Go with God this week and boast about His grace! He did it all! He did it all! Let His favor be with you wherever you may be! God bless you!

Prayer: Father, I pray that You will help me to break out of the ruts and boring, lifeless routines. Today, I thank You that You have a vibrant, exhilarating life in store for me. I also thank You that new adventures are just around the corner. Today, help me to enjoy each and every new thing that You bring my way. I pray for Your love to continue to envelop us throughout our walk with You as we look forward to the end of this year, and the beginning of 2019.

My prayer for you: Lord, since we cannot always do what we like, grant that we may like what we must do, knowing that truth will one day be vindicated and right in the end must prevail. Bless Your people and keep them all in Your peace. In various parts of our day, please stop us for a minute of prayer. Stop our anxious minds form wandering, and our hearts from desiring anything but to know Your will. In time of prayer and as we hear You speaking, let us stand at attention before You and hear what You have to say to us. I know that You can tell us not only what to do, but also how to do it. If it has to do with making up our minds, You who did make our minds can show how to make them up. And if our mind needs changing, You can work the miracle to do it. Today, speak, oh Lord, and make us hear. I pray that You would help us, Lord, to treat every human heart as if it were breaking, and to consider the feelings of others as we do to our own. Help us this week to be gentle, and to control our tempers that we may learn to love one another. Give us the grace to live this day, in the name of Jesus, Who loves us all. Bless Your people as they come and go. Bless them in the field and in the city. Bless them in their dwelling. Bless them at their work and in their meetings. As we go to and from all the places that we will be going, I pray Your protection and safeguarding to be everywhere we might be. I pray for forgiveness and for peace in the midst of every storm we face. Thank You for all that You have done for us. Forgive us from our sins. To You be all the glory forever and evermore. All these things we ask in Jesus’s Name, amen.

Thought: It is only His grace, not our works, that can save, keep, heal, deliver, and bless us!

Iseli

Living Large to Dream

South Tacoma Assembly of God | 7227 S Puget Sound Ave | Tacoma, WA 98409 | (253) 474-2020 | contact@staog.org