Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Abounding Grace


 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love to us—see that you abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7 MEV

You do well and excel in every respect—in unstoppable faith, in powerful preaching, in revelation knowledge, in your passionate devotion, and in sharing the love we have shown to you. So make sure that you also excel in grace-filled generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:7 TPT

 We who believed have received such abounding Grace. We who received this wonderful free gift of eternal life have experienced His over the top Grace. For those who have yet to receive,  God's Grace is abounding toward them searching for them, inviting them, finding ways to show them God's goodness and love.

 Grace is abounding on the Earth. Grace is constantly revealing itself. God and His Love is pouring out to the multitudes. Many churches and ministries are proclaiming God's Love and goodness and Grace more and more for all to hear. This is a move, this is God reaping the harvest of souls and lives.

 This is good news. Grace is being made known. We who have received Jesus, His free gift of eternal life, we who put our trust in Him, have experienced Grace. It compels us to share it with others. We receive Grace upon Grace and we want others to partake.

 That said what about after we've received this abounding Grace? Is that the end? We receive His Grace, we are then made a new creation, made eternally secure, made perfectly righteous, completely forgiven, and approved of God. Is this it? Is this all Grace does for us? 

 Sometimes it seems that is it. That is we get saved and afterward, it's all up to us to grow up. We are now to rely on our own efforts and doings to grow up. Grace is just the beginning, from here out its work and work and more work. 

Still, to others, it seems that Grace means we receive new life and that's it. There is no maturity. There is no renewing the mind. No growth. Just do whatever you will. Read the Bible? Give? Be a part of a local church? Build relationships? What? I have received Grace, that's all there is. 

 Both ideas are wrong. It's not Grace is the beginning and the rest is performance and hard work. It's not I received Grace, now it's just me and Jesus, I don't need to grow up. Grace is the beginning, the middle, and the end. That is the whole Christian life is about Grace.

 What the Lord is sharing is that Grace is received and afterward it continues working in you and through you. It matures you. It strengthens you. It increases you, the real you, the new creation you, the Righteous you, the forgiven you, the secure you. 

What is Grace? Grace is the unearned undeserved unmerited favor of Almighty God. You can't earn or achieve anything with God. You can't work enough for God to merit anything. When this Grace is received though, it produces an empowerment. Grace empowers you to serve others, to be generous, to believe God, to speak His words and truth. It transforms your desires into passionate devotion. It's His doing not your own that causes this to come to pass. It's abounding Grace.

 In the next few posts, we are going to be looking at how this Grace empowers our Faith. How it empowers our knowledge of Him, our words, and love to others. How it empowers passionate devotion in our lives and motivates us to be a generous blessing to the kingdom of God.

 In summation, Grace is abounding on Earth. Grace is being made known more and more. God is looking for His people to grow up in Grace. To receive it and allow it to empower all areas of our life. Receive His abounding Grace, your life will never be the same.

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