Living By Grace




Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”  2 Samuel 9:8



The speaker is Mephibosheth, a descendant of Saul. He was crippled in both feet. The injury was suffered the day his Father, Jonathan, and grandfather, King Saul, were killed in battle. For reasons not explained in Scripture Mephibosheth’s nurse began running. She must have been carrying him. She fell. He was crippled in both feet for the rest of his life.


King David called Ziba, a servant in the house of Saul, to see if Saul had any descendants to whom he could show the kindness of God. Ziba told David about Mephibosheth and added that he was crippled in his feet. He would not be able to serve David.


Without hesitation, David had Mephibosheth brought to him. He bowed before David as a servant would. Then David told him that he was giving to him all of the possessions of King Saul and that he would eat at his table continually. Mephibosheth could not understand. He bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”  2 Samuel 9:8


Likely, most of us have gone before the Lord and ,in light of the grace He has shown to us and through us, have said, “Why me Lord?”


God works through anyone who walks in grace to do things far greater that he could ever do in his own wisdom and strength. That is when we are prone to say, “Why me, Lord.”


And there is more grace as we continue to live out our union with Christ.


The Five Commands



Believe              Romans 6:11            Reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Choose              Romans 6:12            Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lust.


Choose              Romans 6:13a          Do not present your members (body) as instruments of  unrighteousness to sin.


Choose & Believe  Romans 6:13b    Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead.


Choose              Romans 6:13c          (Present) your members (body) as instruments of righteousness to God.

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