LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF 2 COR 12:9 (Amp)
" but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness 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."
What is grace -Simply defined - means spiritual energy that comes in our moments of weakness OR God's ability in us to fulfill His divine will .
10 KEYS - HOW TO TAP INTO HIS GRACE (DIVINE ABILITY).
1. Grace in prayer -We all can pray . But when the problem seems to be prolonged and the burden becoming heavier and heavier by the day , with no solution in sight , we become tired and weary and can no longer pray as before . Now here is the key - at such moments when we get weary , we must now begin to look out for His grace when it comes and tap immediately into it and pray at that moment. See what I mean , you notice all of a sudden in the midst of that challenge and weariness , you all of a sudden have this divine ability to call upon God (Grace has come ) tap into it and pray , otherwise from my experience anytime I delay it , it goes and I end up not praying , giving the enemy room to do whatever he wants in my life due to fatigue . Jesus in the book Luke 22:44 (Msg)"He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face." though he was in pain , but grace was available and bible recorded that He prayed the more harder .
2.Grace to give - Giving to the poor when you have is always easy to do . but giving when you have a serious need is grace .His grace is sufficient because it is what gives us the ability to do it and the more you give the more He gives you the grace to give more. The key is this, when it comes you take advantage of it and do it . why ? If you delay it , it goes and if God loves you , it will come again. know when it comes again and don't delay it , because heaven wants to release a blessing in your life . 2 Cor 9:10 (Amp)"Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]."
3.Grace to wait - Waiting for God to fulfill His purpose in our lives , is where most believers have a challenge . It seems the waiting period is too long for us to "wait".lol.But this will encourage you , if you are waiting on God for something and you are growing in righteousness while you wait , that waiting is of God , so wait and let Him perfect you , but if the waiting is not producing any fruit of righteousness in your life better ask the giver of grace what is wrong and pray harder to break every act of wickedness around your life .Amen. Now see how Message version of Roms 8:25b describes "waiting" "That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy."
4.Grace to trust Him - we cannot trust God by our flesh (human senses) , but with our faith. The flesh is too carnal to trust the things of God , our flesh cannot understand the things of the Spirit. But the power of His grace comes , when we activate our inner man to trust Him , despite the odds working against us .Isaiah 30:15 (Msg)God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel:“Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me—The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do."
5.Grace to have faith - God has already given us the grace to have faith in Him . So what we do is we work on that grace by reading His word , praying and appreciating Him always so we can grow more in faith by grace . Roms 12:3(Amp)"For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service]."
6.Grace to appreciate Him - There are some people who can appreciate God for 30 minutes brilliantly . There are some for one hour , some for three hours without even stopping to pray. The difference is how far are you willing to work on your grace ?. The more you appreciate Him , the more His grace comes for you to appreciate Him the more . Never envy those who can do it for a whole day appreciating God , they all started appreciating Him for five minutes and then ten and moved by grace to a whole day . you can still do it because grace is available for every child of God to grow in Him.Luke 17:16(Amp)"and he lay face downward at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. He was a [a]Samaritan."
7.Grace not to lose hope -Have you ever asked yourself , what is that thing that keeps giving you hope , when it looks like there is no hope insight . Here is your answer found in the book of Colossians 1:27(Amp) " God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory." And who is this Christ - Titus 2:11(Amp)"For the [remarkable, undeserved] grace of God that [a]brings salvation has appeared to all men. " . As long as you carry Chirst (grace) in your life , never lose hope , because it cannot be over for you . Amen.
8.Grace to sing His praise - When we are down and discouraged at times, His grace comes for us to praise Him.The key always is , know when you have this divine ability and tap into it without delay and when it is done well from our heart thanking and praising His name , we encounter His salvation (deliverance ) as He has spoken in scripture . Psalm 50:23 (Amp)"He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me;And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him],I shall show the salvation of God."
9.Grace to forgive -Lets tell ourselves the truth . So many people have hurt us , that when we hear messages like this we say it with our mouths , but deep inside the pain is still there. Forgiveness comes with maturity . The more we are willing to grow and obey Him , the more He makes what use to be difficult for us to do, to become easier. When you come to know that you are as guilty as the one you are not willing to forgive , you will obey .why? Scripture says our righteousness is as a filty rag before Him.His grace comes for us to do it always . but if you are unwilling to grow in grace you will always find this area of your life difficult to do . Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
10 . Grace to love -How can you love your enemy , if not by His grace . How do you love those who you know obviously hate you if not by His grace.The grace to love others comes when we keep the first commanmdment . Matt 22:37 (NIV)"Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" It is from Him we tap into this grace .
Prayer : Father help me to grow more in your grace now in Jesus precious name , Amen.
you are blessed!