Monday, 26 May 2014

Learn More About God's Grace: My Understanding of Grace

Have you ever received a present or an award that you did not deserve?  The present was given to you out of love not because you met all the criteria.

Guess what?  God's Grace towards us is when God decides to LOVE us even when we do not deserve it.
When God decides to BLESS us even when we do not deserve it. This simply means that we cannot EARN God's Grace.

Did you know that we were saved by His Grace?  Ephesians 2:8 states that, 'For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith.  It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it'

Have you ever thanked God for His Grace upon your life?

Do you show God's Grace to others as well?

Grace also erases all our sins. E.g. Paul would not have qualified to be an apostle without the Grace of God.

Paul said, But by the Grace of God I am what I am, and His Grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (I Corinthians 15:10 NKJV).

Have you heard of dispensation of Law and dispensation of Grace?

The Bible says in Romans 5:19-21 that the Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, God's Grace even increased much more (Nonetheless, this is not a license for us to sin as God cannot be mocked, also those that love God do not consciously sin).

The LAW says we are guilty but God's GRACE set us free. An example in the Bible was the story of the woman taken in adultery, the woman ought to be stoned according to the Law, however, Jesus Christ stepped Him and said the woman should be set free. That is GRACE! it justifies. 
There are several characters in the Bible that the law could have been applied but the Grace of God was applied, the Grace justified. Therefore, we must acknowledge the role of Grace in our lives. 

Have you disobeyed any of God's commandments this week? Trust me..if you are to search your heart, you will realise that you may not have followed at least one of God's principles this week.  Nonetheless, the Bible says in Psalm 130:3 that 'if God kept a record of sins, who could stand before Him? It is the Grace of God that enables us to stand'.

The Grace of God can be applied in warfare prayers:

Zechariah 4:7 states that:

‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, Grace to it!” ’ (Zechariah 4:7 NKJV).

We can't meet all our needs by our personal abilities or undertake God's precepts by our own ability. God's Grace is available to help and guide us. The Bible says that, it is not of him that willeth, nor runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  A simpler version states that, It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy (NIV- Romans 9:16)
The Psalmist says that: 'For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give Grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. (Psalms 84:11 NKJV)'. Therefore, the Grace of God allows us to be blessed by God. 

Do you know that God's Grace is working for you on a daily basis? And God's Grace has been given to you. Ephesians 4:7 states that:
'But to each one of us Grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift'.

The month of May signifies Grace. Take time to increase your understanding of Grace and also thank God for the Grace of God upon your life, your home and your family.


- Myss Lafunky


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