This is May, month number five, and the number Five is considered the number of Grace. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are declaring this month our ‘Month of Great Grace.’
We are still in the Easter (resurrection) session, and in Acts 4: 33, the bible records as follows “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great gracewas upon them all”.
I declare upon every member of ACOTA, that going forward, as we give witness to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, great grace will come upon us all in Jesus name.
The number five and Grace.
There are five basic types of offerings enumerated in the Old Testament; the Burnt Offering, the Peace Offering, the Sin Offering, the Trespass Offering, the Meat Offering. They were to be made in the Tabernacle or the Temple, where God’s Grace was certainly manifested.
In Eph. 4: 11 there are five ministries listed by which the Lord’s Grace is revealed; Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers.
The story of the healing by the pool called Bethesda, around the pool were five porches. It was here that the Grace of God was shown to the invalid.
The Prophet Isaiah gives us five names for the coming Messiah; Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Five names for the Savior sent to us according to God’sGrace.
There are many other occurrences similar to those listed above.
It was grace that differentiated Noah from the people of his generation. (Gen. 6: 8).
Let us look at the some of the products of grace in the life of Noah?
1. Distinction: It caused him and his family to stand out. The same flood that sank others lifted him. It is the grace of God that makes one to stand out above all others.
It is grace that makes your case and your portion to be different (Rom. 9:16). Grace can make you come out with the same certificate as others but with a far better outcome than them in life. Grace will make you ask yourself; ‘What did I do differently?’
2. Preservation: It brought him preservation. Noah was not permitted to be drowned by the flood that drowned others. He was not swallowed by what swallowed others.
3. New Beginning: That world was wiped up, and God gave Noah a new beginning (Gen. 9:1). It is grace that makes God to do something new in the life of a person.
This season, the God of new shall do something new in your life, in Jesus’ Name.
Every day; make sure you live in the consciousness that you are carrying Grace. In faith, operate in the consciousness that the Grace is working for you.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Your Vicar and friend.
Revd. Canon Kiri Wakama.