The last few weeks the Lord has delivered some sobering messages (some Selah moments) to us on the prayer line and to His Body. Some of the messages have been messages of beckoning and return others have forecasted a preview of what’s to come. Like the message we heard on Tuesday Night, where we heard what God was speaking through Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. We know that we are living in the last of the last days. One of the resounding things that I believe the Lord has been speaking to me and for His Body is that we will need His grace to sustain us. This morning, if I could give a title to this message it would be: The Stages of Grace.
Grace: "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it". The unmerited, Underserved, unearned kindness and favor of God.
Apostle was ministering a few Tuesday Nights ago, and brought out 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 where Paul is asking the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh. For today, I want to focus on verse 9:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV): 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1. Grace expands our capacity.
Capacity: actual or potential ability to perform, yield, or withstand: actual or potential ability to perform, yield, or withstand:
As believers, God equips us with the grace to fulfill what He’s called is to do.
I thought about the term “at capacity”. When something is at capacity, it means nothing else is able to be added (when a cup or plane is full). However the grace of God stretches our borders (or our capacity) and provides us with. Sometimes we may feel “at capacity,” Maybe you’ve said; God, I can’t take anymore. You’re unsure of the HOW in which you will get through the situations you’re facing. Gods’s grace ass to your capacity.
In Genesis chapter 5, we see that God instructed Noah to build an ark for him and his family. God gave him the grace (or the capacity) to build something he had never done or seen done before. God downloaded the blueprint in which
When we walk n the grace of God. We can do what we’ve never done before. God will place us in situations to do things we’ve never done.
2. Grace is the anchor for our faith
Anchor: to keep hold or be firmly fixed:
When you think about an anchor on a ship, it used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current. Grace brings us back to our foundation. And God has been giving us all an opportunity to re-anchor ourselves back to Him. God always knows how to draw us back to Him. There’s a specific part in verse 9 that says: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. The world will have us thinking that a person is strong because of the praise or accolades one receives.
A point that Apostle brought out while He ministered was: “The way up with God is down.”
When we walk in the grace of God, we live and walk in a continual need for Him. We can do nothing apart from God.
3. Grace Saves and Covers
Ephesians 2:5b for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ([a]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Ephesians 2:8 (AMP) For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;
Our salvation is rooted in grace. In some instances the saving grace we experience is rooted in correction. God is giving an opportunity to divinely align.
1 Peter 1:17 (MSG): You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
Pastor Lisa ministered that the Lord was dealing with us about our time, being accountable for the time God has given us.
In other words, God has given us and for some of us He has extend his grace period. He’s given us an opportunity to clean up our sloppy living.
Grace Period: A grace period is a set length of time after the due date during which payment may be made without penalty.
When we walk outside of the grace of God, we walk in entitlement.
Entitlement: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.
When we walk in grace, we walk in the humility of God. God is made strong in our weakness.
Galatians 2:21 (KJV) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Galatians 2:21 (MSG) Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily
1 Corinthians 12:9, 10 (MSG) At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
As we get ready to pray this morning, if you don’t receive or hear anything else this morning:
· I pray that you recognize that nothing we do in this life will be apart from the grace of God.
· We need the grace of God to continue to fulfill the assignments, He’s given us
· It will only be by His grace that we will continued to be sustained
· God’s grace is an act of His mercy towards us.