This is going to be a 2 part devotion. The second part is here.
There is a movement of Grace in the church world today. A focus toward living in the New Covenant and not being based or concerned on works of the law. Grace has always been evident throughout the New Testament, how could it not be? It has everything to do with Jesus, what He accomplished for us, what He was sent here to do. Establish Grace. I first heard this message, the new revelation of Grace, preached by Joseph Prince. I will never forget that night. I heard things that I didn't even know were in the Bible. I kept pausing the program, grabbing my Bible, searching, I knew what he had said wasn't in there... but it was every time. How could I had not seen this? I had read these scriptures over and over and over. It seems like since that day everyone is jumping on the Grace bandwagon. Joel Osteen was soon to follow. Creflo Dollar has been preaching it all year so far. Grace. Why now? I truly believe it's the message of today. Just like there where times when everyone was putting emphases on Faith or Prosperity. It's Grace's turn now. It's in the spiritual realm, that's why everyone is teaching on it. It's the rhema Word for today's time.
God first started preparing me for this new revelation of Grace a couple years ago. I began to question something in my heart. What made certain people turn to God, receive salvation, and live the rest of their life trying to please Him? What made certain people turn to God, receive salvation, and return to their previous lifestyles? Why do some people care so much and some so little? God began to speak to my heart then. I began to talk about with other believers, with my husband, anyone who would really listen. I began to get this theory so in my heart that I would tear up when I talked about. This is what he began to "move" in me. I loved God, I knew works didn't matter, I understood that is what Jesus was for, I knew there was a new covenant, but I also knew that deep down I would always be trying to do right for God, that no matter how much I knew I didn't have to do all these things that I would always, that even though I understood there was no need to pay Him back or nothing I could ever do to pay Him back, I would try daily, not because I had to, but because that desire was in me, to some how say thank you for what you have done for me, to somehow let Him know how thankful I was. That was where he started. Grace. It was what I was experiencing. Years later I would find a scripture that summed up everything he had already showed me.
Titus 2: 11-12
For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. 12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world.
See it was the Grace all along. It is what was brought to us by Jesus. It is what teaches us to have this desire / passion to live Godly lives. It is what we need. It is for everyone. We have to move in the unforced rhythm of grace. Jesus even said it Himself.
Matthew 11: 28-30
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Unforced rhythms of Grace. We can't force it. We can't purchase it. We can't make Him give it to us. We can just receive it through salvation and then live in it, move in it, and let it teach us. It really is just as simple as it sounds.
If you are struggling in your salvation, you need a revelation of God's Grace. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we are suppose to do as new or old Christians that we just eventually through our hands up because we make this so complicated and hard. I'm here to tell you this is easy. Live in Grace and God takes care of the rest. Here is a prayer to pray if you are struggling today...
God, I need your help today. The Holy Spirit is starting to reveal to me the principles of Grace and I realize that I have been trying to follow the "rules" all by myself. It isn't working. I need your Grace to be present in my life. I ask for forgiveness for trying to live my life by the old law. My eyes are open now to knowing there is nothing I could ever do too receive your Grace other than confess that I believe in Your Son Jesus. I set myself in agreement with Titus 2 11-12 that Your Grace will train and teach me how I am suppose to live. Thank you for help God. I receive Your Grace and all it has to offer me. Amen.
Jesse Duplantis put this on Facebook today and I thought it would fit this devotion perfectly.
Sometimes, we might mess up and don’t live, act or talk right. You see people aren’t quite where they should be in terms of living for Jesus, but they love God in their heart. They really do. They mess up, but they’ve got a repentant heart and really want to do right. They’re working their salvation out, day by day, trying to be the person God created them to be. That’s how we all should be!
That is what living in Grace is all about. That is what it teaches you: repentant heart, wanting to do right, loving God, working their salvation day by day, trying to be the person God created them to be, caring and respecting God enough to give Him their all. Grace.
Next week I'll talk about the New Covenant, what the Bible says about the Old Covenant now, taking Grace to far, and more basic principles of Grace.
This was written by Mary Sellers :)
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