I’m a little hesitant to talk on the subject of grace because of all the false teachings on the subject. But I know the Spirit of grace will lead me through and into the truth.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Traditionally, when a disciple reads this text they key in on two things, grace and the gift of God. They usually conclude that because it’s a gift, you have nothing to do with it just coming into your life. They continue to reason out their “revelation” of grace. If it’s a free gift, then you have it no matter what you do! If it’s a free gift, you don’t earn it, so you exempt yourself from obeying the Word of God because you are under grace. This is commonly referred to as “greasy grace”. It’s when one invalidates most of the Bible because they are under grace. The truth is this, God gives us His grace to enable us to obey His Word.
There is a word in our text that most people conveniently overlook, it’s the word, FAITH. We are saved by grace through faith. Without faith, there can be no grace. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. People have focused on grace, but overlooked the requirement. The just shall live by faith, this has never been an option. No faith, no grace. It really is that cut and dried. People who “think” they can have grace without exercising their faith are deceiving only themselves. So what is grace and how does it affect our lives?
1 Corinthians 15:9 For by the grace of God, I am what I am.
Paul of Tarsus hated Jesus and the Christians. He thought it was his lot in life to lock-up Christians and destroy the church of Christ. However, he met Jesus on the way to arrest Christians and became a follower of Christ. He became an Apostle and then wrote two-thirds of the New Testament.
Grace is the supernatural power of God that changes a mans heart.
One minute Saul was a child of wrath and in the next, he was a child of God. That is grace. The blood of animals covered the sins of Israel for a year. But they had to sacrifice those animals every year because it did nothing to change the people. The blood of Jesus not only blotted out our sins, but it changed our nature and desire to sin again and again. If grace was just a free gift every man could just have, then everyone would be saved even without the knowledge of God!
Grace is applied only after faith is released and not until then. Grace was never intended to be a random act of God’s nature. It is the blessing of faith. Grace turned Paul from a murderer into a saint because he believed in Jesus.
The Master invites me to give, giving and sowing are the same.
I give and sow by faith.
Giving is a prophetic event,
God will confirm with a harvest.
The economy is suffering right now,but I am not moved by it.
I have a prophetic Word
and God will confirm it by harvest.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…