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Summary: Rediscover just how amazing God’s grace is in our lives as David demonstrates it for us.

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Where You’ll Find Grace

2 Samuel 9

INTRO: 1. Mephibosheth would never forget that day. Word quickly spread through the countryside, “King Saul and Prince Jonathan are dead and David is now King.” At the house of Jonathan this not only brought grief but panic as well. In that day it was customary that if a King took the throne he’d often eliminate the family of the King before him. Sitting playing on the floor was little Mephibosheth oblivious to it all and soon his nurse burst into the room grabs him up and heads toward the door to run for safety, but in so doing she drops him crushing his ankles crippling him for life.

a. He believed that there would never be a day that would so impact his life and so affect his future like that day. (Destined him for destitution, to live as a pauper instead of a prince)

b. But Mephibosheth would discover that soon would come a day that would make a far greater impact on his life and on his future. The Day he found Grace.

2. Grace is a dirty word for the devil.

a. It’s the power behind the gospel. (not creed, religion or philosophy)

“gospel of grace”

b. It’s the wonder of the gospel. (that God would reach somebody like me)

c. It’s the distinction of the gospel. (No other religion is based upon such a concept)

3. GRACE: God’s favor that is unearned, undeserved and unrepayable.

a. This concept is the key to the entirety of the New Testament

4. Too often we limit it to the work of Salvation in our lives, but Grace is power for our lives

2 Tim. 2:1 ... be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

1 Pet. 4:10 ... as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

2 Pet. 3:18 But grow in grace, ...

Rev. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

a. Satan would have you leave the grace of God at the alter of salvation, but God’s grace only starts there, enriching and enabling our lives.

b. The devil will tell you that from that point on you must pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make it in your own strength.

c. But Grace is God’s undeserved favor on our lives.

5. David had just subdued his greatest enemies the Philistines, Moabites & Syrians

a. As he sat in his palace, looking back over his past and how he had come from a sheepfold to a throneroom – no doubt he was taken by the wonder of God’s grace on his life.

b. I believed he began to look for a way that he could demonstrate the grace of God to someone that was just as unworthy as he was.

Vs.3 “that I may show the kindness of God unto him?”

6. Mephibosheth would become the recipient of David’s act of grace, but there’s a deeper story here – the story of God’s grace toward us, it reveals were we can find grace.

I. GRACE WILL FIND YOU FIRST.

a. David asked “Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? Grace begins in the throneroom and finds us.

b. Like Mephibosheth, before we were ever aware of grace at all it already began seeking us out.

- While we were yet in sin, he loved us and sought us out.

A. GOD GRACE REMEMBERS US.

1. Forgotten by his nation, abandoned by his family –no reason to remember Mephibosheth.


Talk about it...

Gerald Selleck

commented on May 23, 2009

Derrick, thanks for you Grace-analysis of this scripture. Never thought of it that way before, but wow, what a picture of Christ!

Derrick Strickland

commented on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks Gerald! I more I began to dig into this passage the more it seemed to open up. Truly God's Grace is astounding.

Manfred Schwarzkopf

commented on May 27, 2011

Amazing. Good preaching, well laid out.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks Manfred! Appreciate your kindness.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I recently posted a few more sermons. Feel free to check them out.

Barry Chaffin

commented on Apr 22, 2014

dude, you rocked this one...

Derrick Strickland

commented on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks Barry! Appreciate the kind words.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Tontony Osuya

commented on May 17, 2014

grace is all i need

Derrick Strickland

commented on Jun 2, 2014

Yes it is. thanks for the comment.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Harry Nelson

commented on Oct 2, 2014

Really excellent - uplifting! Thank you Derrick.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Oct 21, 2014

Thanks Harry! I do appreciate the kind words.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

Harry, Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

William Johnston

commented on Apr 24, 2015

Powerful and uplifting... thank you.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Apr 24, 2015

Thanks William for taking the time to let me know. I really appreciate it.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Mickey Law

commented on Jul 22, 2015

Awesome analogy, this truly blessed me.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Jul 23, 2015

Thrilled to hear it. Thanks for taking the type to let me know.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Robert Bellotte

commented on Feb 22, 2016

Thanks Derrick, I really enjoyed this message

Derrick Strickland

commented on Feb 23, 2016

So good to hear. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 1, 2016

I Just posted a number of new sermons, thought you might want to check em out.

Robert Bellotte

commented on Feb 22, 2016

Thanks Derrick, I really enjoyed this message

Nkwazema Raphael Chidiebere

commented on Mar 14, 2016

awesome message. So heartfelt and filled me with joy and relief. Thanks to God for such grace in your life, Derrick.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 14, 2016

T hanks so much for taking the time to let me know. Yes, God's grace still leaves me in awe.

Nkwazema Raphael Chidiebere

commented on Mar 24, 2016

Please can I put this message in print and distribute for free in Nigeria? I will have your name as the preacher with NOT TO BE SOLD boldly written on it. Will only have my ministry name on it as distributors. Many won't read the message online because its an under-developed nation with poor internet access.

Derrick Strickland

commented on Mar 25, 2016

You sure can. I'd be honored to in some small way to be a blessing to the work you are doing in Nigeria. May God richly bless all you do for Him.

Nkwazema Raphael Chidiebere

commented on Mar 25, 2016

Amen. Thanks Derrick and I trust God to reveal his Son in your life more and more.

Joanne Hillman

commented on May 26, 2016

An amazing message--a picture of my own life: crippled and useless, but the Great King invited me to His table, to live as His own daughter! Thank you so much for posting this!

Derrick Strickland

commented on May 26, 2016

Thanks Joanne. So kind of you to take the time to say. I was also blown away by how much this story reflected my life and the wonderful impact God's Grace makes.

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