I talk a lot about God’s powerful promises that are available to you as a child of God. Promises for living an abundant life.
But many times I am asked, Wendy, what am I doing wrong? What do I need to do to get God to give me what I need? I am reading my Bible, I am praying. I am going to church. I am tithing.
But that’s the wrong question. And the wrong explanation of why you think you may not be receiving God’s gifts.
It’s not about what you need to do.
It’s about what you need to believe.
Ephesian 2:8-9 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Salvation is not just your ticket to Heaven. It’s an abundant lifestyle.
Jesus’ gift of Salvation is a complete package. It includes everything you need for life. Forgiveness, healing, prosperity, restoration, deliverance, freedom, protection.
God’s amazing grace on our behalf has provided all we need, not only for initial salvation but also for living the abundant life Jesus came to give you. (John 10:10)
The first phrase of Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”
There are two power actions to salvation. Grace and faith.
God, by His grace, has already provided abundant life. However, we receive it by our faith.
So what exactly is grace?
It is the divine ability, the power of God working on my behalf – doing for me what I could never do myself.
Our part is simple: We respond to His grace by faith. We BELIEVE it!
But God’s grace is for a lot more than forgiveness for sins. God’s grace, His power to live life on earth.
This is the practical side of grace. I depend on it every day.
Many Christians believe their salvation was by grace. But that’s as far as they think grace goes. They revert back to works and Old Testament law, living the rest of their life in their own strength.
This is not God’s plan. God wants us to depend on Him for everything. He came that we would have an abundant life right here and now.
It’s all provided by God’s grace. Accepted by our faith.
You’ve “fallen from grace” when you try to live life on your own, without God’s help, without His grace.
The common false doctrine “fallen from grace” implies that you are out of God’s good graces. Not acceptable. That’s not true.
“Fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4) simply means is that you are no longer depending on God’s power to do the impossible in your life – you have fallen back into a works mentality – trying to do it on your own again.
But here’s the good news! This is easily fixed. Just humble yourself and depend again on God’s grace!
You couldn’t save yourself in the first place – and you can’t keep yourself either. It’s all by God’s grace.
In the New Testament, there’s a story of Stephen, an early church believer. He was basically a church volunteer – He wasn’t an apostle or preacher. He was serving in his church. Waiting on tables at the monthly fellowship dinner. Acts 6:8 describes him as, “full of grace and power, performing great wonders and signs among the people.”
He was full of grace and power.
As a Child of God, God’s “grace and power” is our inheritance.
God’s grace and power are available to us all the time for every situation of our life.
Every morning I hold my hands up to the Heaven and say, “Father, I ask for – and so I receive – Your grace for today. Grace to know what to do, what to say, Your strength for every situation.”
If you are a parent with young children, I encourage you to employ God’s grace every morning. Parenting is impossible on your own! Grace is God’s power to do what you cannot do.
Ask God for grace to have the wisdom and patience to show your children love when they are unlovable. Ask for God’s grace to be consistent in discipline. Ask for God’s grace for discernment to understand your children’s emotional needs.
I’ll say it again: God’s grace is the divine ability, the power of God working on your behalf, doing for you what you could never do yourself.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Even with my new blog, I am depending on God’s grace to promote me and grow my audience.
God’s power is available to you. Receive it today. When you don’t – when you try to handle problems on your own – you’ve fallen from grace. Not a good place to be!
Declare this instead, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
God’s strength is His grace working in you. When you employ God’s grace – watch out!
Now nothing can stop God’s power from accomplishing the impossible through you.
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