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Have you ever waded through crowds of shoppers at the store to buy something, only to find out they were sold out? Perhaps you went to your local supermarket for milk and bread after an emergency was announced, but the supply of food had been exhausted and the shelves were bare. When we need something, it’s frustrating to see that it’s all gone and there’s nothing left for us. This kind of thing can happen if we rely on the world as our supply source; making God our source gives us an endless supply of grace that won’t run out when we’re in trouble.
Grace isn’t based on how much money we have, what we’ve accomplished, our educational level, who we know, or where we live. It’s unearned, undeserved favor from God; when we accept Jesus into our lives, we receive that favor. Grace is powerful and real, and is actually Jesus, Himself. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
The world is accustomed to performance-based achievements and self-effort. It can’t comprehend God’s simple message of unconditional love and acceptance with no condemnation.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself] (Ephesians 2:8, 9, AMPC).
This unmerited favor from God gives us hope and encouragement.
What we can find on earth, whether food, clothing, or shelter, can sustain us—for awhile. Global experts warn that earthly resources are limited, and we must be careful not to exhaust them. However, when God gets involved in supplying our needs, there’s no limit. Jesus removed all limitations when He fed thousands of people with only five loaves of bread and two fishes (Matthew 14:14-21).
Grace comes from heaven, which has an abundant, never-ending supply of all that’s good. We don’t have to be superstars or overachievers to receive this free gift. Instead of relying on our own strength, which can fail at any time, we can depend on God’s unlimited power to turn our weaknesses into strengths. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God wants to extend grace into every area of our lives, and for us to flourish and prosper. This happens through a relationship with Christ; this relationship makes us righteous in God’s eyes. “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12). Lebanese cedar trees are impressive and huge, and are known for their strength and endurance.
Having an inexhaustible source of whatever we need in life gives us an advantage over others who try to provide for themselves. God’s favor toward us never quits or dries up, and keeps us spiritually fed and watered. Trusting in Him anchors us in His abundance.
To learn more about how grace changes our lives, click on the link below for the two-message series, Favor is On My Side.http://bit.ly/FavorisOnMySide2MessageSeries