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 “How to get started reading the Bible”—we’ve all googled it before. No matter how far you’ve come on your faith journey, reading the Bible can be hard! We’re right there with you. We see these Scripture meditations as a way to read Scripture in a digestible way. Let’s start together, one verse at a time!  

 

God’s Transforming Grace

TRANSFORMATION.

Everyone loves a good transformation story. From housing reality TV shows to childhood classics like Cinderella, the contrast between “before” and “after” makes our hearts swell with hope. The promise of change reminds us that our present state doesn’t have to be permanent.

You might be reading this and thinking there’s no hope for you or that you can’t change. Prior to his conversion, Paul, too, would’ve been considered by many to be a lost cause. “But by the grace of God,” he says, “I am what I am.” From a persecutor to an apostle, Paul was transformed.

Your past or present circumstances do not disqualify you from God’s grace or forgiveness. All you have to do is answer the call and allow yourself to be transformed by it.

1 Corinthians 15:9-10

“9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 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.”

Observations from the Text

  • A difficult past doesn’t disqualify us from God’s grace (v. 9)
  • God’s grace allows each of us to identify his call on our lives (v. 9-10)
  • God’s grace is powerful and effective to transform us (v. 10)
  • We can’t earn God’s favor (v. 10)

Prayers of Response

Gracious God, thank you for your grace that transforms me!

Generous Father, thank you for forgiving me of my past and giving me new life.

Prayer Requests

Gentle Healer, bind the wounds of shame and fear from ________ , and draw me into freedom and wholeness with you.

Lord, do not let the fear of my past or future hold me back from answering your call.

Prayers of Readiness

God Who Transforms, I’m ready to accept your forgiveness and allow you to transform me.

Holy Spirit, I am whole and free to live out my calling in you.

 

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