2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.
My grace is enough for you. His Grace is enough for me. It is always available and to be readily used. Grace is always enough. Enough to release His Power, His Plan, His Promise. Enough to manifest your purpose, potential and prosperity according to His Divine Will. Grace is a given. Faith in His Grace is a challenge. That’s right. It is the core essential of salvation and claimed on an ongoing basis by many who have no idea how it works or even what it does for us.
Grace is the unmerited Favor of the Living God given to all who would receive it through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is free. It is undeserved. It can never be earned. It must not be ignored or risk losing it all. Grace is available in abundance it releases God’s Glory in the life of those who believe it. However, grace is not logical. It defies our capacity of trust because by all means it seems too good to be true. God is that good. The sacrifice of His Son, Jesus was that complete. Everything you want and need can be discovered by accepting God’s Grace and inviting His Glory to pour out into your life.
I Timothy 1:14-15 (NKJV) And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Without the exceedingly abundance of God’s Grace and Love given to us in Jesus Christ – there is no relationship possibilities with the Father. It is by grace that salvation is possible through faith. It is a gift from God that cannot be reciprocated. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Faith in Jesus is impossible and impotent if it is not based solely and completely on God’s Love and Grace given to us. This is a ruthless execution of our pride and pains our flesh in that there is nothing anyone can do to earn, deserve, repay or be worthy of God’s Unmerited Favor called grace. To receive the Glory of God – we must first accept His Unconditional Love through the sufficiency of His Grace.
Galatians 2:21 (NKJV) “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
With all this in mind, how could you or I “set aside” or treat the grace of God as meaningless? It is the very essence of salvation in that without His Grace – we have no relationship with God. However, our flesh would like to disregard grace as it is magnification of human weakness and inability. It requires the death of our flesh to walk in the newness of life offered in the Spirit. It says “I must decrease so that Christ in me increases.” When I put myself in the equation for righteousness, I become religious. To think that anything I do or do not do will impact righteousness is a Pharisee ideology. To some that smacks of loose living and mistreatment of God’s Grace which is not what I am applying. You cannot enter the Kingdom of God if you do not intent to follow Jesus. Close proximity to the Lord requires us to change because He changes not. To set aside grace implies there is another route to heaven other than the vehicle of the Cross.
2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NKJV) Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began…
Please understand the exercise and discipline of faith does not impact God’s Acceptance of our soul. It leads us to a glorious life as an overcomer through Jesus Christ. It opens the windows of heaven with hands of obedience. Faith is not dependent on our doing but our believing. That which is believed is received and therefore obtained with the works of our hands. There is a specific order. Grace is received by faith and God’s Glory is released in our life which transforms us and releases God’s Favor in our flesh’s demise. God decided to save us and give us grace before we existed. The Father knew all of it before He created us. Jesus felt it all on the Cross. His Grace is always enough.
God called (or invited) us to live a holy life. Not a religious life, but one in relationship with Him. There are benefits in Kingdom living that are the inheritance given to those saved by His Grace. To participate in the Kingdom means that I believe His Grace is enough to give me full access to the exceeding abundance promised which will give us the rich, satisfying life promised by God through Christ. Now…I have to make a choice. Will I walk by faith or by sight? Will I believe the Truth (Word of God) or continue to live in the lie? Complaining and griping is a verbal declaration that the Grace of God is not enough. To believe that God punishes us or withholds from us in anger is to limit God’s Grace and an ignorance that it is whole and complete. To anyway give power to the sin including but not limited to shame and regret is to declare the Grace of God impotent. This makes grace meaningless when it really is miraculous on every level.
Psalm 84:11 (NKJV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
In Hebrews 13:9, it warns not to “be carried about with various and strange doctrine. For it is good that the heart be established by grace…” It is by grace that I am saved through faith. His Grace is enough. He promises to complete the good work that He began in me. I am not insecure. I am not insignificant. I am weak. I am imperfect. I am broken. And that is exactly where I need to be to accept that His Grace is enough for me. A perfect church does not exist. A perfect Christian is not possible. We all need grace and more grace in our life. His Mercy is new each morning. But grace, oh friend, it’s personal. You and I know the depths of depravity in our fickle heart. So does the Lord, and He chose to love us any way. I wonder today if someone might need to renew the application of God’s Grace in their life. To declare in their heart and mind, Your Grace is always enough for me, Lord. Faith renewed and restored produces new life and it is all possible by the Grace of the Living God through His Son. It is that kind of grace that gives bold access to His Presence and positions us for the outpouring of His Glory. (Hebrews 4:16) His Grace proceeds His Glory. The two together will change our life forever if accepted in full. (I Peter 1:2) It may not change our current condition or circumstances but gives substance to the hope held tightly to. God’s Grace gives me peace in the midst of my imperfection and secures my soul to the promise that will surely come to me. (2 Corinthians 1:2) God is good. He is full of grace for you. He gave His All to give it to you. He will never take it from you. His Glory belongs to those who say, “Your Grace is sufficient for me. It is enough!”
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.