I thoroughly enjoy processing my grace journey by thinking through how God’s grace plays into every single part of my life.
I had a pretty rough period of time for about 12 weeks earlier in the year, but God has really given me some huge breakthroughs recently. I’ll tell you more about those in the future, but my whole experience got me thinking about how our breakthroughs come.
How do our breakthroughs come? By God’s grace!
How do we receive God’s grace? By Faith!
Faith is not a feeling we have to work up. It’s simply trusting God. As Believers, it’s our privilege to be able to place our trust in God, knowing that He cares about every single thing that concerns us AND that He is working our whole deal together for good according to Romans 8:28!
When satan launches an attack in our lives, if we keep our eyes on Jesus and watch closely, we’ll see all of the ways in which God takes what satan meant for our harm, turns it completely around, and works so much good out of it. Believe me, I have witnessed this over this past 12 weeks!
You see, God is always extending His grace to us, but if it’s true that we receive His grace by faith – by believing – then it would also be true that we could stop receiving His grace through unbelief or wrong beliefs.
This doesn’t mean God stops extending His grace. God never stops giving. He is always supplying, but we still have to do our part which is to receive His gift of grace by faith.
There are many ways we can stop-up the pipeline of God’s grace through either unbelief or wrong believing. Maybe, after you read this post, God will show you something specific that you’re doing to stop up that pipeline.
One person told me The Lord showed her that she sometimes stops up the pipeline of His grace through negative self-talk.
I know one way I used to stop up that pipeline was by receiving guilt and condemnation. Instead of receiving God’s forgiveness provided to me through His shed blood, when I sinned I would try to pay for my own sin by feeling guilty and condemned. As a Christian, I was believing wrong by thinking I had to pay for my own sin.
Thankfully, I very rarely ever mess with guilt and condemnation anymore because… (see Romans 8:1)
Now, when the devil does try to bury me under a load of guilt and condemnation I turn away from it and turn instead to God’s grace once again by believing (trusting) that I am:
1.) Unconditionally Loved! (see Romans 8:35-39) and (Psalm 36:5)
2.) Completely Forgiven! (see Matthew 26:27-28) and (Ephesians 1:7)
3.) Righteous through Jesus! (see Philippians 3:9) and (2 Corinthians 5:21)
So always remember that the breakthroughs in your life come by way of God’s grace and you can always make the choice (in any given situation) to receive God’s grace through faith!
You can’t earn it. You can’t do enough to deserve it. You’ll never be able to merit it. But THAT’S O.K. because God’s grace is His unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor and it is a free gift to you. It’s for your salvation when you trust in Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and Savior and it’s also for your everyday life as you choose to receive it by trusting in Him to help you through the circumstances of your daily life instead of trusting in yourself and your own efforts.
My friend, I’m not talking about grace as a doctrine or a subject. Grace is a person and His name is Jesus. Jesus is God’s grace personified! Receiving grace – receiving Jesus into every situation you face – makes you a better person, births in you a greater desire to live a life of obedience and catapults you into a level of effectiveness like you never imagined possible!
Have a great week living in God’s grace!
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!