Devotional Bible Study: By The Grace Of God, I Am What I Am 1 Corinthians 15:10.
Welcome to Day 13. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. This short devotional is based on 1 Corinthians 15:10.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:10.
"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
Paul the Apostle wrote these words to the believers in Corinth.
Do you know Paul's story?
He certainly knows God's grace in his life! Paul's passion was to preach about Jesus and the cross. His passion was to convey to the people everywhere about the life changing grace they could have in their lives, once they understood the grace obtained for them from the death of Jesus on the cross.
Paul was not always this passionate about Jesus. You could say that he was a zealot of God. He was deeply religious and loved the Law. He did not believe at first that Jesus was the Messiah that the Jews were waiting for.
Perhaps you remember that Paul was known by another name-Saul. Saul was a pathological Christian persecutor until he had a dramitic encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. You can read his story in Acts 9.
Paul was a Jew, born in the Roman city of Tarsus. He was proud of his Jewish heritage, as he describes in Philippians 3:5: “Circumcised on the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage, in observance of the law a Pharisee.”
He was very zealous and devout. It was natural for him to want to persecute the Christians.
Then he had the miraculous encounter with Jesus and his life was forever changed.
Paul's passion was changed from wanting to destroy people who believed that Jesus was the Son of God to a passion to want to proclaim the gospel everywhere. Paul is infamous for saying, " I am who I am by the grace of God".
Join me for some devotional thoughts on how we can grab a hold of some of the pasion that Paul had and the grace of the Lord that was in abundance in his life.
Paul understood what it means to be walking in God's amazing grace.
What is the grace of God?
We discussed this in our 'Walking In God's Amazing Grace 30 Day Bible Reading Plan'.
Grace is getting what you don’t deserve, and not getting what you do deserve. Christians live every day by the grace of God. We receive forgiveness according to the riches of God’s grace. When you surrender your life to God and believe that Jesus paid the ultimate price with His blood on the cross to purchase your redemption for eternity, then you are truly living in the grace of God.
So what does it mean to have the grace of the Lord in your life?
It means that when you wake up in the morning, you remember that everything that you receive and do today is totally by God's grace. Trust that God will give you the grace to do the tasks that come before you.
Some of the tasks that come across your path are difficult ones and in your own strength, you may find them impossible to do. But when you know Jesus as your savior, you can come into His throne of grace any time and all the time and ask Him to fill you with His grace to accomplish all that you need to do today and every day.
I find myself doing and accomplishing things that I never thought I would or could do. But God gives me His grace to do the work that He has called me to and I know that it is the same for you.
Be like Paul!
He just like all the apostles of Christ was quick to acknowledge that everything that he said and did was not by His own might or power or intelligence or skill. It was only by the grace of GOD, which worked in and through him for the benefit of others and for the glory of God. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and listened for His promptings as he went through his day.
This wisdom and guidence is available to you too. You just have to ask God to direct your path and listen for His nudgings.
An example of this from my own life is when I am doing that mundane chore of food shopping. I dash in to the store and grab what is on my list, but then I get this prompt to buy salt, tea or milk. It is not on my list, and instead of listening to that subtle prompt, I go to the checkout and rush home. Then I discover that I needed that very item I had felt prompted to buy but didn't! Don't be like me!
But let me tell you a story of God's grace. I listened to that prompting from the Holy Spirit. I was driving and I had this overwhelming urge to slow down (I wasn't speeding!). A car came around the corner on the wrong side of the road and it would have hit me if I hadn't slowed down. Thank you God for Your amazing grace in my life!
Would you like to know more of God's grace in your life?
God has many plans for you and He will give you the grace to accomplish them, just like He gave His grace to Paul. You can harness this grace is by spending time in God's pressence and to help you with that I have this prayer and gratitude journal with prompts to guide you through your own devotional time.
Today's devotional is based on 1 Corinthians 15:10 which is from our 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace, bible reading plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 30 scriptures about God's grace in the Resource Library. It has the bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.
What is God saying to you through these verses?
What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?
Write out your prayer request.
What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!
Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our grace bible verse for today, 1 Corinthians 15:10.
We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God at any time and in any place. You can chat with God throughout the day! Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray so join me in praying
1 Corinthians 15:10.
Thank you Father for Your grace in my life. God, I’m trusting in Your grace today, and I need more of it for all the tasks that I have to accomplish today. I can’t do anything today apart from Your grace. Fill me with Your wisdom and strength for all the decisions that I have to make. Thank you that I can come to your throne of grace and find Your help in my time of need. Help me to learn from the example of Your servant, Paul. Amen.
You will find 30 Bible Verses About God's Amazing Grace (Free Bible Plan And Prayer Journal)HERE It will have the list of 30 Bible verses that we are using for 30 days that our short powerful daily devotionals are based on.
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