Under Grace, Not Law (January 4th Daily Devotional)
By Pastor Bob Hoekstra *Used by Permission
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
Sin dominates all of our lives, unless we are learning of God’s solution. Grace is God’s sufficient remedy that sin will no longer dominate our lives.
Before we came to faith in Jesus Christ, we were under the dominion of sin. We were condemned before God because of our sin. Others may not have been aware of our truly sinful condition. Still, we were so controlled by sin that God called us “slaves of sin” (Romans 6:6).
The law brought us no hope of escape. In fact, the law condemned us. “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19). We could never have found freedom from sin’s condemnation by attempting to perform better under the law of God. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified“ (Galatians 2:16).
On the other hand, the grace of God is our effective hope. There is forgiveness of sins by His grace: “The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). There is justification through faith by the grace of God. “Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law” (Galatians 2:16). There is growth in spiritual life by the grace of God. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). None of these heavenly blessings become ours through our ability to live up to the holy standards of God’s law.
Our relationship with the Lord is based upon grace, not upon law. We began a walk with the Lord by His grace at work for us. We continue walking with Him by His grace working in our lives.
O Lord, my God, I rejoice greatly that I am under Your grace and not under Your law. Your holy law rightly condemned me for my trespasses against You. I thank You for forgiving my sins by Your glorious grace. I praise You for justifying me, declaring me not guilty in Your sight, by Your rich grace. I magnify You for continuing to touch and shape my life by Your inexhaustible grace, in the name of Christ Jesus, my Lord, Amen. -Bob Hoekstra
365 Amazing Devotionals
“BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” —2 PETER 3:18
“God wants us to know His grace. He wants us to learn about it and then experience it at work in our lives. In these devotionals, Pastor Bob Hoekstra explains that God’s grace is much more than forgiveness. It is much more than new birth. It is much more than we have yet understood, comprehended or drawn upon. God’s grace is much more than sufficient to give us abundant life and much more than what is necessary to radically change our lives.
Grace is God freely providing for us (as we trust in the person and work of His Son) all that we will ever need, all that we will ever yearn for, and all that He has commanded us to walk in and become. These are realities that we could never produce on our own, could never earn and never deserve. Grace offers what every human desperately needs, but what God alone could provide. This grace is found in a person, the Lord Jesus. Thus, it is accessible only through an ongoing, humble, and dependent relationship with Him. Through each devotional in this book, Pastor Bob points us to the One in whom this wonderful, all-sufficient grace is found.” –Devotional Book “Day by Day by Grace” Pastor Bob Hoekstra