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Reign in Grace

“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33)

Great Power & Great Grace… these are the keys to Great Christian Character! God’s Word promotes the idea that grace is more powerful than sin or test. We should never, never, never allow our perceptions of reality to diminish the flow of God’s power. “For if by the one man’s offense, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17).

We have been made kings and priests to our God (Rev. 1:5) and grace is necessary to rule and reign in spiritual life. Grace is necessary to exercise authority in the way that God desires. God rules, but not harshly. He rules and releases His power by grace, justice, mercy and truth. In order to exercise authority in every situation, we need to receive more and more of God’s grace. This grace gives us power not only to use authority over negative situations in life, but also to testify in a way that will build strength into our faith and service for the Body of Christ.

Grace inspires us to…

1. Believe:

The Scripture tells us that Apollos helped those who had “believed through grace” (Acts 18:27). Even the faith which saves us comes through God’s grace. We don’t produce faith – we receive it as a gift from God. “For by grace you are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8). Grace is favor that inspires us to exercise the faith which God has given us (Rom. 12:3).

  • By the grace we have, we must believe God… His Word, His promises, His commandments, His judgments.

2. Receive:

God’s Word says, “much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 5:17). The Apostle Paul speaks emphatically that grace was a precursor to walking out Kingdom lifestyles and anointing for ministry…  “We have received grace and apostleship” (Rom. 1:5). God does give grace, and it should inspire our bold Christian witness. We must be willing to receive it.

Also, grace must be received as grace. It cannot be received as payment for good behavior or good works. If we are thinking we receive grace from God on the basis of our good behavior, we will not be able to receive it as grace. Grace is given to the humble heart (Jms. 4:6). This is why God many times seems to greatly bless a sinner who has recently turned to Him, while seemingly ignoring many “good church people” who have been struggling faithfully for years with pride and selfish ambitions. Many have a wrong mentality concerning grace.

3. Continue:

“Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43).

It is vitally important that all of us, especially those who have recently turned to God and trusted in His grace, continue in the grace of God. God gives more grace, so that we are inspired to flow with gracious words and activities. Jesus shocked the people of Nazareth who knew Him as a carpenter’s son, because of His gracious words (Lk. 4:22) and activity. We need to allow God to keep guiding our hearts to the place where He can continue to work in us by His grace. In the moment when we cease to allow God’s grace to work in us, we start to dry up as Christians and that life of God in us begins to lose its effectiveness. God will not force us to remain in His grace. It is something He gives us the power to do, but we must choose to go on. Don’t give up!

4. Discover & Manage:

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pet. 4:10).

Every born-again Christian has a ministry, through receiving a spiritual gift and using it for the glory of God. We have all been given grace to serve somewhere. God’s grace takes many forms, as many as there are people in Christ; every anointing is unique and special. A steward or manager must use what has been entrusted to him and multiply it, otherwise; he is not being a good and faithful steward. God’s grace and blessings were not given simply for us to sit in “services” and feel good. Rather, they were given that we might not only be blessed, but also be a blessing. Greater works (Jn. 14:12) require fresh grace!

5. Multiply & Spread It:

“For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 4:15).

Grace and peace do multiply… as more and more people spread it. We can spread God’s grace through giving, through preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and by “speaking such a word as is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29 & 5:18-21). It is the privilege of every true Christian, not just a special few; to spread God’s grace to as many as possible. When we to this, more and more people will bring pleasure to the heart of God (Ps. 133).

Grace is our Prophetic Destiny:

“Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isa. 60:1-3)

Waiting for Strength

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14)

“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord! Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture – of Trust:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Notice the emphasis on trusting in the Lord. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was offering a key to renewed strength. His strength is the primary means of experiencing His peace, His purpose, and His power. But you have to wait for it with a trusting heart!

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists are people who study birds and they say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time to learn how to soar!

Time to Soar

Waiting is not just something we do in order to get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for. Waiting – that is “biblical waiting”; is not passively sitting around for something to happen that will move us beyond our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not resignation, but spiritual posturing… for our heart to be renewed.

Waiting is an Obedient Posture:

Those who wait are those who expect harvest, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest, because he has done his work… sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on the Lord can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the strength in their lives and the blessing in their toil. Waiting is the confident discipline of an expectant believer. Faith is something active and sometimes even painfully stretched by trusting in God. It knows that we will reap a reward… if we endure to the end (Heb. 11:6).

When Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem (Lk. 24:49), He was telling them that this was a means of experiencing His peace, His prosperity, and His power.

Four powerful things happen in our waiting for renewed strength!

  1. We come to the end of ourselves. We stop moving, fixing and over thinking life. (Acts 1:8)(Zach. 4:6)
  2. We see God moving. We catch the wind of God’s Spirit. (Jn. 3:3-8)(Acts 2:1-4).
  3. We find a prophetic destiny that we cannot achieve on our own. (Acts 2:14-21)(1 Cor. 2:9-12)
  4. We unlock the door to the Father’s Heart. (Acts 2:38-39)(Jer. 29:11-14)

Flapping, Gliding or Soaring:

Ornithologists say birds have three methods of flight. Flapping is keeping their wings in constant motion, like a hummingbird or robin, to counteract gravity. Flapping keeps them in the air, but it is a lot of work. Second is gliding. Here the bird builds up enough speed, then coasts downward a while. It is much more graceful than flapping, but unfortunately it does not get the bird very far. Reality, in the form of gravity sets in quickly. Gliding is nice, but it does not last.

The third way is soaring. Only a few birds are capable of soaring like the eagle… but it is because of their ability to wait for the right winds. Eagle’s wings are so strong that they are capable of catching rising currents of warm air called thermal winds that go straight up from the Earth. And without moving a feather, they can soar to great heights. Eagles have been clocked at up to 80 mph without flapping at all. They just soar on invisible columns of air.

I believe its time for us to soar!

Focus on Grace

Baptisms

Lukas Maina of Eldoret, Kenya

Lukas Maina is a friend who serves God in the slum region of Eldoret Kenya. He carries a heart for the Kingdom and has a word for the Church about Grace. The email below speaks of  how a tough ministry can become grace filled and strong in the midst of battle. The issues that arise within the Kenyan culture are wrestled down with more than just words. Lucas has received a powerful vision for the lost and this slum region in which he finds his calling, is shaking. I understand the warfare and obstacles he faces, because I have been there. God has ignited a fire in his life and released a prophetic destiny that has shone me a focus on grace. The amazing thing about grace is that it stirs up the religious and challenges the complacent. 

His Email: Greetings Apostle Ron

“Many souls were baptized today… over 100 people repented and gave their lives to Jesus!”

Ministry in the Fellowship

Gospel Deliverance Church

It was a big day today, full of many spiritual battles and victories! With some few people and some preachers who are saying we are taking the whole slum and baptizing all! But Praise the Lord…we only reach out in simple apostolic way. I praise the Lord today that many were baptized, in spite of bad rumors from an evil group. They are saying we are using charm to attract many to our church and baptize them. I do not fully understand; but we are marching forward, unlike many churches that are around us in the slum.“We reach people for Jesus on daily basis and we baptize all as the Lord brings them.”

To us at Gospel Deliverance Church, our mission is simply reaching all with this Good News, all the time.

We want to bring people to Jesus not to man. We are just simple men and we are making it; not by power or might, but by the Holy Spirit of the Lord. We don’t need a van for the mission. We don’t need millions of dollars. We need only the basic Truth, a willing heart, strong legs to walk in the streets and a mouth to speak out the Good News!! God will anoint His Word if we will be faithful to focus on grace!

My Final Thought!

Focus Upon the Grace of God! (Eph. 2:8-10)

Grace is power - God’s power – to become the witness God created us to be (Acts 4:33)(2 Cor. 12:9). To receive grace means to be empowered to be yourself… from God’s point of view. Grace gives us the option to choose to see from a Kingdom perspective. Let’s face it, we have been equipped and empowered to become more than we have achieved… yet grace gives us eyes to see the potential. The real hindrance is not the obsticle that stands in our way, it’s the inability to see that our steps are ordered by the Lord… grace reveals His partnership!

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