We know that a man is saved by grace through faith and not by works. Grace is a supernatural force of God, it affects a change wherever it is applied. One minute you’re a child of wrath and the next minute you’re a child of God. Grace is truly amazing and readily available to those who are humble enough to request it. But what happens with grace after you’re born-again, does it expire or does it change?
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are instructed to grow or increase with the very grace that gave us our sonship. Grace is not just for salvation, it goes far beyond that. Peter was a rough ole fisherman. He had a bit of an attitude. One day, some men disrespected Jesus and Peter called fire from Heaven down upon them. When they came to arrest Jesus, Peter tried to kill one of the arresting officers. He cut off one of his ears. But grace began to work in Peter and eventually he became a martyr for the cause of Christ. Peter tells us to grow in grace because it worked for him.
1 Corinthians 15:9 I am the least of the Apostles and I’m not worthy to be called Apostle because I wasted the church of God. VS. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am.
Paul testifies and says he did nothing to earn the title of Apostle. It was God’s grace working in him that affected a change. Grace will mold you into the person God wants you to be if you are willing. Paul was a terrorist on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians. Along the way, he died and when he entered the city he was a new man. That’s amazing grace. Grace never stops working in us as long as we are willing to allow it.
James 4:5 Do you think that the Scripture says in vain that our spirit in us lusts to envy? VS. 6 But God gives more grace.
All humans have lusts. They are added to us depending on how we were raised. The devil targets those lusts. They are our weakness. If we want to deal with them, God gives us grace which is more powerful than any temptation. Peter had a lust to be a bully. Paul had a lust to protect Judaism from the Christians. But when grace came they became a completely new men. The church couldn’t believe Paul could change and they were afraid of him even after his conversion.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
When we submit to God we acknowledge that we can’t succeed without His divine intervention. There are things we cannot overcome without His help. The hardest person for the devil to deal with is a humble man. It’s like a kid who gets bullied and he runs home to dad, dad teaches him how to fight and sends him back. This is the ministry of grace.
Jesus is the Lord of my life,
He said I can have whatsoever I say.
So, I say I am blessed,
God’s favor abounds in my life.
I will have divine health,
I will have more than enough.
I will not repeat what I hear the devil say.
I will have what Jesus died to give me.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming