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  • God's Glory in Christ - Devotional

    02/28/2021 9:31:32 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Christ displayed God’s glory on earth and will again when He comes back. After seeing His glory in Scripture, we should respond in worship and righteousness. From eternity past Christ had the glory of God. He “is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature” (Heb. 1:3), and He prayed, “And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had...
  • God's Glory - Devotional

    02/27/2021 7:16:16 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The heavens are telling of the glory of God, and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). God’s glory is the radiance of all He is. In Isaiah’s vision of Heaven, angels called out, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isa. 6:3). What exactly is the glory of God? It encompasses all that He is, the radiance of His attributes and divine nature. Moses said to God, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!” (Ex. 33:18), and the Lord answered, “I Myself will make all My...
  • God Is Faithful to Keep Us - Devotional

    02/26/2021 10:58:08 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God is faithful in forgiving our sins and securing our salvation. We have learned that God protects us from temptation, but what happens when we don’t rely on God and give in to sin? John has the answer: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The Lord says in Jeremiah 31:34, “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” God...
  • God Is Faithful to Care for Us - Devotional

    02/25/2021 6:04:40 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). God is completely faithful to do what He has promised. We live in a day of unfaithfulness, don’t we? Some husbands and wives are unfaithful to their marriage vows. Children are often unfaithful to the principles taught by their parents. Parents are often unfaithful to meet the needs of their children. And all too frequently we are unfaithful to God. Only God is always faithful, a fact often celebrated in Scripture: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is...
  • God Is Truth - Devotional

    02/24/2021 6:29:27 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true’” (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. God’s truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God “will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • God's Wrath - Devotional

    02/23/2021 5:31:32 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • Being Merciful - Devotional

    02/22/2021 6:44:03 AM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, “‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him” (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazarus’s death caused...
  • God's Great Mercy - Devotional

    02/21/2021 9:01:17 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • The Measure of Grace - Devotional

    02/20/2021 6:42:13 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). God will lavish grace upon sinners who are truly repentant. Did you ever sin so terribly that you felt, I really blew it this time. There’s no way God would want to forgive me now? It’s easy sometimes to let our past sins be a constant burden to us, even after we’ve confessed and repented. Paul has comfort for those who feel this way, and that comfort is founded on the power and measure of God’s grace to us. Before his conversion, Paul (then known as Saul) persecuted the church...
  • The Meaning of Grace - Devotional

    02/19/2021 8:10:03 AM PST · by metmom · 10 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘The Lord, the Lord God, [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth’” (Exodus 34:6). God’s grace is His undeserved favor shown to sinners. God’s grace has always been a focus of praise for believers. Today’s verse is quoted several times in the Psalms and elsewhere in Scripture (for example, Neh. 9:17, 31; Ps. 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Paul is grateful for God’s abundant grace in 1 Timothy 1:14, and John writes, “For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). Today some of our favorite hymns are “Amazing Grace,” “Marvelous...
  • God's Sacrificial Love - Devotional

    02/18/2021 8:04:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life’” (John 3:16). God’s love is vicarious and sacrificial. Today we continue a short study of a topic that brings joy to every Christian: God’s love. Both Paul and John call His love “great” (Eph. 2:4; 1 John 3:1), because only great love would provide such a sacrifice as God did in Christ. We have already seen that God’s love is unconditional, unrequited, and righteous. God’s love is also vicarious; it bears the pain of others....
  • God's Unfailing Love

    02/17/2021 6:16:53 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). God’s love is unconditional and righteous. We hear a lot today about love from books, magazines, TV, and movies. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that our society is the most loving on earth. Much of the “love,” though, is nothing more than lust masquerading as love, or selfishness disguised as kindness. But today’s verse tells us that “God is love”; the character of God defines love. To clear up any confusion about love, we need only to look at who...
  • The Comfort of God's Omniscience - Devotional

    02/16/2021 5:57:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “And [Peter] said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You’” (John 21:17). Since God knows all things, He knows our struggles and will help us through them. It’s comforting to know that in the vastness of the universe, I’m not lost in insignificance; God knows me personally. Have you ever wondered if He knows you’re there? Some godly people in Malachi’s time wondered that. Malachi spoke words of judgment against the wicked, but the faithful believers feared that God might forget them and that they too would be consumed by God’s wrath. “Then those...
  • God Knows Everything - Devotional

    02/15/2021 4:18:02 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5). God knows everything, and so He knows our sin. Our time in history has been called “the Information Age.” Computers work around the clock storing the glut of information from all branches of knowledge. And this flood of data is growing bigger all the time. Without the help of advanced technology, we could process and interpret only a tiny fraction of it. In contrast, God is omniscient; He knows everything. Our Scripture for today says, “His understanding is infinite.” Isaiah asks, “Who has directed the Spirit...
  • Our Response to God's Power - Devotional

    02/14/2021 4:28:19 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. . . . They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isaiah 40:31). Relying on God’s power gives us confidence to live as Christians. What should be our response to God’s power? First, we should worship Him. Our response should follow what God told Israel: “The Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice” (2...
  • God Has Unlimited Power - Devotional

    02/12/2021 6:31:39 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Thine, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all’” (1 Chronicles 29:11). God has unlimited power and ultimate control over everything. There is no limit to God’s power. Revelation 19:6 says, “The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” In fact, one Hebrew name for God is El Shaddai (El means “God”; Shaddai means “almighty”). Another word for “almighty” is “omnipotent.” God can do anything effortlessly. It...
  • God Is Always with Us - Devotional

    02/11/2021 5:35:16 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). Understanding God’s omnipresence should encourage us in times of distress and keep us from sinning. It is a great comfort as a Christian to know that God is always present in me both essentially and relationally. No matter what the trial, He is there. Sometimes He might seem far away, but He’s really no further away than He’s ever been. His promise to us is, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). God is...
  • God Is Everywhere - Devotional

    02/10/2021 11:36:10 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee’” (1 Kings 8:27). God is in all places; He is not confined by space. No matter how big the universe is, God is bigger. His being fills up all of infinity. He is omnipresent—everywhere present. God says, “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” (Jer. 23:24). Solomon said at the dedication of the temple, “Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!” (1 Kings...
  • God Doesn't Change - Devotional

    02/09/2021 2:56:10 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end’” (Psalm 102:27). God never changes, so He can be trusted to do what He says. God alone is unchanging (or as the theologians say, immutable). The psalmist says, “Even [the heavens and earth] will perish, but Thou dost endure. . . . Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end” (Ps. 102:26-27). Though Israel deserved destruction for its sin, God was faithful to His covenant with Abraham, saying, “I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not...
  • Becoming Holy - Devotional

    02/08/2021 6:32:42 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2001 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16). God requires holiness and in Christ provides us the means to attain it. As we have learned, God is holy, and absolute holiness is the standard for anyone who wishes to be in His presence. “God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment” (2 Peter 2:4). In the same way, men who reject God...