by: Creflo Dollar
You have probably heard the term “God’s grace” used before, and perhaps you’ve heard it defined as “God’s unmerited favor.” While the favor and love of God are aspects of God’s grace, it is much more than this. 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. Through faith, we can obtain the grace to do anything we need to do, including discovering His will for our lives.
When Jesus came to the earth, He taught about grace and truth. He gave us the whole truth about the grace of God (John 1:16-17). 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 (2 Peter 1:3, AMP) because He placed His grace within our born-again spirits. It is this grace that empowers us as Believers, not our own 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 have done 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.
God did not just rescue us from sin, but He also empowered us to be able to live successful Christian lives. As a result of Jesus’ coming, the grace to help us live like Jesus lived on earth is available to us (1 John 2:6, AMP). Whenever we are falling short, we should remember God’s grace to help us overcome our shortcomings. Second Peter 1:3 says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” We have everything we need within us to dominate our circumstances and be shining examples of God’s grace for others to see.
As Christians, living a life that please God should be our goal, not continuing in sin and trying to use God’s grace as a way to keep disobeying Him. God’s grace actually empowers us not to yield to sin when temptation presents itself. It gives us the ability to rise above our flesh and resist the enemy’s suggestions. We must receive it, believe it, and begin declaring it out of our own mouths. Whatever it is you may be dealing with, say, “I have the grace to overcome this!” You are empowered to be victorious in life.
There is a grace available for love, diligence, and the wisdom to receive whatever we need, including finances. There is a grace for overcoming anger, lust, and every other evil emotion that leads to sin (Matthew 5:21-32). There is a grace to fulfill our purpose and to do what God has called us to do in life. There is a 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. By continuing to meditate on the Scriptures, and also speaking and acting on them, we release the grace that is within us and position ourselves for absolute victory in every area of our lives.
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