Be Encouraged

September 2013

Last month I began writing to you on grace ~ the sound of grace.  This month I am continuing with my thoughts on grace. Enjoy!

We hear this term “God’s grace” used and you may have heard it described as God’s unmerited favor. We do have God’s unmerited favor but grace is much more than that. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior then you have been saved by grace, God’s grace.  It is by grace through your faith that you have entered into the Kingdom of God.

God’s grace is His supernatural power, which enables us to overcome our shortcomings and serve Him acceptably. It is an enablement that gives us the ability not to sin when we are presented with opportunities to do so. Grace is only available through faith in Jesus Christ, which is why we must be in Him if we want to partake of God’s grace.

God didn’t just give us grace (His empowerment) to rescue us from our sins; He also gave us grace to live successfully on this earth. Many Christians do not understand how to tap into the power that God has placed in them. The same grace we received to become born-again is the same grace we receive to live victoriously. It is through faith that we obtain the grace to do anything we need to do, including discovering His will for our lives.

2 Peter 1:3 Amp “For out of His fullness, (His abundance) we all received, all had a share and we were all supplied with one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift heaped upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.” 

God’s grace is not some vague religious concept, but is His divine power. We have everything we need to live a life that pleases Him because He placed His grace within our born-again spirits. It is this grace that empowers us as believers, not our human efforts alone. The grace of God is not something we can work to obtain. Understanding the free gift of salvation and everything that comes with it is critical to living a life that is faith-based versus performance-based. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation, which means there is nothing we can do to earn God’s grace. All we have to do is receive it by faith. Once we have a revelation of God’s grace, or divine power, we can use it in our everyday lives.

We must receive it, believe it, and begin declaring it out of our own mouths. Whatever it is you may be dealing with, decree and say, “I have the grace to overcome this situation or these circumstances! God has empowered me to be victorious in life.

There is grace available for love, grace available for diligence, and grace available for the wisdom to receive whatever we need, including finances. There is grace for overcoming anger, for overcoming lust, and every other evil emotion that leads to sin. There is grace to fulfill our purpose and to do what God has called us to do in life. There is grace for living in truth! Jesus now holds us to a higher standard since grace has been given to us. Our faith, which comes from the Word of God, is going to be the catalyst that connects us to this grace.

I encourage you to continue to meditate on the scriptures, continue to speak and act upon them. By doing so, you release the grace that is within you and position yourselves for absolute victory in every area of your life.

Look again at 2 Peter 1:3 “For out of His fullness, (His abundance) we all received, all had a share and we were all supplied with one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift heaped upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.” 

You have God’s abundance; you have God’s fullness residing in you. You have one grace after another, spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift!!  Wow, just typing this out I am ready to shout it out!!

Thank you Father for your GRACE on our lives! 

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