The Stages of Grace- Eboni K. McKenzie

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.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (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 is to your capacity.

Biblical Examples:

Noah: In Genesis chapter 5, we see that God instructed Noah to build an ark for him and his family.

Moses: In Exodus 14, we see Moses delivers the Israelites out of Egypt

Gideon: In Judges 6-8 we read the story of Gideon. Gideon leads the Israelites into victory over the Midianites with just 300 men

Esther: We read how Esther who was an orphan and grew up to be a courageous queen approaches the King and ultimately delivers her people from annihilation.

God gave all these examples the grace (or the capacity) to do something in which they 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. He will give us the blueprint to complete our assignment. What God does through us, who He chooses to use, and how he does it will often go beyond our natural comprehension

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.

Acts 17:28: In Him we live and move and have our being

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.

Who we go to FIRST for relief, for provision reveals wo our anchor really is

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.

]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. Operating outside of the grace of God causes us to live us sloppy.

Sloppy: careless and unsystematic; excessively casual.

When we treat God and or our authority as common, that’s when we walk in dishonor.

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.

How do we frustrate the grace of God? By not heeding to the instructions He’s given

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.

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