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 Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!