The Grace of God 3-18-18
The Bible tells us that it is by grace that we are saved by our faith in God. What is grace? Grace is widely understood to be the unmerited or unearned favor of God. That means you cannot do anything to earn it, it is God’s gift to you.
Ephesians 2:8-9 confirms for us that we receive God’s grace when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives. God’s grace remits our past sins, our present sins and our future sins. Even so, we are not to make sinning a habit. This “undeserved favor” is supposed to create within the believer a desire to obey God. It was never intended to allow us to make excuses for a life that is not surrendered to God.
There is another aspect of grace not so widely understood or discussed. In Titus 2:11-14, we learn that God’s grace is not only for salvation, but His grace also empowers us, teaching us to say no to ungodliness and sinful passions. God’s grace transforms us - our mindsets, habits, tendencies, attitude, language, etc. In our human state, we don’t have the power to change these things in a way that pleases God, no matter how hard we try. But, God’s grace in us provides the power to change. The Holy Spirit, who is known as the Spirit of Grace according to Hebrews 10, is at work in us providing God’s transforming power.
Many believers struggle with the power to change. Their lack of success leads to a life lived in a state of frustration. Why? Because they are relying on their own power to change. Your own power will only get you so far…and not very far at that. We find in James 4:6 that God will give you sufficient grace needed for any situation you face when you humble yourself. The Apostle James admonishes us to “submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee.”
Let me assure you today that the grace of God is powerful enough to demolish any stronghold in your life; it is powerful enough to deliver you from any addiction. God’s grace can bring perfect function to any dysfunctional situation and it will set you free from the bondage of sin…and so much more.God’s grace is available to all who will come to Him. Stop trying to be your own hero. You’re not capable of achieving total and complete victory in your own strength. If you are struggling today, I encourage you to submit yourself to God and receive His grace.