Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Grace in the life of a believer is commonly defined as “the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in salvation and bestowal of His Blessings” or God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Grace is a widely used term in the church’s social circle but do we know and understand how powerful God’s Grace is and how useful and effective it can be outside of terminology. To understand God’s Grace and apply in our life will change the way we live and love. It empowers our message. It empowers our relationships. It will ultimately change our character into the likeness of God when allowed to manifest in our heart and mind.
The Throne of Grace is the place of accepting God’s Grace and thereby allowing it to work in us and through us. Receiving grace from God is not enough, it must become the life changing and pride killing essence of all we do. God’s Grace is enough. How do you know it’s enough unless you choose to try it out? Test it. The nature of God is love. Love must be defined by grace or our imperfection wrecks it. To live in weakness means to stop relying on our own strength and ability to fully trust and lean on the Lord. We only do that when we exercise His Grace in our life. It is grace that justifies us and allows us access to God’s Presence. (Romans 3:24, Titus 3:7) Grace provides access to God and allows us to fellowship with Him. (Ephesians 1:6) Grace offers intimacy with God that sin once kept us from. Grace disciplines and trains us to live in a way that honors God.
2 Corinthians 8:7 (ESV) But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
How do I excel in grace? Well, the sufficiency of God is ultimately His Grace manifested in us. It is the gift that keeps on giving. True repentance is a daily effort to live in accordance with God’s Will for us and turn from lesser endeavors. Focusing on faith, speech, knowledge and love only is possible when we excel in the act of grace. That means that in accepting God’s Grace – we in turn must become gracious. Grace is a gift. The giver had to forfeit something owned willingly losing what belonged to him in order that the recipient may profit from it. The giver decreases so the recipient thereby increases or benefits from it. We can have faith – God gave it to us. It is by taking the measure of faith and sowing it as seed that the reproduction of confident hope harvests blessing in our life. It is by changing the our words that death becomes life in our life as we begin to declare and announce God’s Blessing rather than cursing each step along the way. Our knowledge of God found in His Word gives the Holy Spirit the Truth needed to change our mind and embrace God’s Thoughts and Higher Ways as our own even when we do not understand teaching us to trust. We cannot love properly without knowing God wholeheartedly. He is love. His Love is not like the world’s love. It is unconditional and relentless. It never gives in or gives up but presses to permeate the heart of people to persevere until a relationship is formed, restored and reconciled. Apart from grace, God’s Unmerited Favor, none of these things will be possible. We must be firmly established in God’s Grace and allow it to complete its work in us. No matter what the cost. How high the price. Or the constantly giving up of our self.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV) Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
What is not working in your life today? What is broken? What is dysfunctional? What prayer is unanswered? Promise not yet fulfilled? What if the problem is not in your actions but your attitude? Have you taken it to the Throne of Grace? Pride may have already told you that the problem is not fixable. The promise too far gone. You have fallen too far. It declared your dream to be dead. Pride tells us things like that because it does not want us to find the Grace of God again. It wants us to continue in our own strength and power so it can survive another day. What if God is waiting for you to come to His Throne of Grace to receive more grace to apply it that area of your life? His Grace is sufficient. It is always enough. God’s Promise and Plan are possible only by His Grace for us. He paid a high price for you to have it and the enemy wants nothing more than to make you give it up because he cannot take it from you.
Let the Lord establish or reestablish you in His Grace today. Submit pride to the Throne of Grace to fully accept the sufficiency of God’s Grace that He has for you. Don’t let the enemy take the most powerful force in your life. It means living a life of kindness, compassion, generosity and forgiveness even when you are hurt, harmed or humiliated. To succumb to our weakness of rightness and fully assume righteousness that is only possible through Jesus Christ. When our grace runs out, there is more for the taking found at the Throne marked Grace. Run to it. Let the Lord fill you again. His Grace is the power that drive us through this life right into eternity. Thank you Jesus for allowing us to access the Grace of God today!
Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.