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Monday, February 12
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Grace is one of the most misunderstood, therefore under appreciated and untapped sources of power in the Kingdom. Most believers are stuck in the mindset that grace is what saved you from your sin and helped you dodge the punishment that came with that sin. While this is true, it is a very incomplete definition. As today’s text reads, ‘God is able to make all grace abound to you’. Paul wrote this to the church at Corinth, not to the unbelievers there…so he was encouraging believers that God had more in mind when it came to grace than only forgiving their sins. Grace is God’s ability given to you to not only help keep you from falling but to also help empower you to be and receive everything that comes with being in covenant with Him. Not only did grace rescue you, it lifts you. It doesn’t just keep you, it empowers you. It is the very DNA of God Himself. It wasn’t extended to you at Calvary’s cross, but poured out on the day of Pentecost. If you’re struggling in any area of life, don’t look to your own strength. Begin to thank God for the abundant supply of grace that He has provided and access it by faith. He has provided His grace to help you abound to every good work.
Tuesday, February 13
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The first encounter any believer will have with God’s grace is when they are born again. That glorious, and often messy moment, through tears and broken heart, you recognized your need for a Savior and received the gift of eternal life by accepting the gift of salvation that Jesus paid for on the cross. The life altering, burden lifting, heart healing, power of God’s love was poured into your soul and you knew that you had encountered true love and real life for the first time. At that moment, you began to see the world around you through different lenses. Hope took the place of despair, acceptance took the place of loneliness, and mercy took the place of wrath. Every ugly thing that your past contained was covered under the Blood of God’s perfect Lamb and you were now a child of God. You had experienced grace in it’s most powerful and pure form and you knew that you would never be the same. If you’re in a place of frustration and have been finding it difficult to feel grateful, take yourself back to that day when your life changed forever. A fresh attitude of gratitude will no doubt be sure to follow.
Wednesday, February 14
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
One of the first things you realize after receiving salvation is that even though your spirit has been made new, your mind and flesh are the same mind and flesh with all of it’s same weaknesses and corruptions. It is in that moment that you begin to understand that you need God’s grace for more than simply escaping the punishment and getting to Heaven. You discover that you need grace just as much for the journey as you did for the start. When you allow the Holy Spirit to instruct and lead you, He will give you grace to overcome those areas in your mind and flesh that will try to keep themselves attached. Those habits, addictions, mindsets and weaknesses that were part of the old you cannot be laid down without the work of God’s sanctifying grace in your life. Sanctifying grace is God’s power and ability that purifies you and enables you to live a holy life in a corrupt world. It is God actually imparting His holiness into you. What areas of your life do you need to receive His sanctifying grace in? If you’ll allow Him to, He will pour His grace into your life and His love will cleanse you from those things that don’t belong.
Thursday, February 15
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
If someone were to ask you if you were reigning in life, what would your answer be? If you are like most people, you would probably come back with an answer of, “Reigning? I do good just to squeak by each day without totally giving out.” Sadly, this is the state of much of the church today. If you’re born again God doesn’t expect you just to eek out a pitiful and powerless existence during your time here on the Earth. He gave you His Spirit and power to rule and reign. The same command that God gave Adam in the garden to have dominion over the Earth is still in effect, He hasn’t changed His mind. His strengthening grace is available in abundance to energize and inspire you to live victoriously. It will empower you to reign over the challenges and circumstances of life. If you’re feeling defeated, weak, and powerless, and unable to see victory, receive a fresh infusing of God’s strengthening grace. There is not a single battle that life brings your way that cannot be won. No enemy that can’t be defeated or challenge so great the grace of God can’t empower you to defeat.
Friday, February 16
2 Corinthians 8:7
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.
What is your mindset when it comes to giving? Do you get excited because you see it as a way to have a hand in building the Kingdom? Or do you get fearful and feel put out by the fact that if you give that you’ll have to figure out how to get by with less? God never intended for giving to be detrimental to you. In fact, He established giving and generosity to be a way for you to establish yourself in his Kingdom. His intent is never for you to go without. His intent is that you’ll learn to rely on His sharing grace. His sharing grace allows you to experience life by living according to His supply, not your’s. He wants you to experience His power and ability to meet your needs and make you joyful as you give to others. He is seeking to impart His generosity into your life through this grace. He knows that if you let go of worldly things, He can provide you with Heavenly, Kingdom things. A selfish person does not show the heart of God to the world. If you struggle with selfishness and generosity seems to be a characteristic that is lacking in your life, allow the Holy Spirit to impart His sharing grace into you. He wants you to experience a full and blessed life.
Saturday, February 17
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
In today’s American society, serving others implies a state of weakness or low social status. In the Kingdom of God however, it is viewed very differently. Jesus, the greatest man to ever put on skin, was also the greatest servant to ever live. He didn’t view His power and ability, spiritual or physical, as a reason to be served. He totally flipped the script by using those strengths to reach out to and serve others, not to exalt Himself. The Bible says that He was full of grace and truth. He allowed the serving grace of God to empower Him to live a life that met every need that He came in contact with. Many people never learn the true call of God upon their life because they fail to access God’s serving grace. Serving grace will impart calling and purpose and then enable you to accomplish them. No matter what the call upon your life is, or how many gifts you can operate in, they are all put in and upon your life to serve others. Have you been asking God what your calling in life is? If so, the answer is to serve others. When you purpose to operate in serving grace, God will reveal the call and gifts that He has placed in you to better serve those who He puts in your life.
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