NEVER UNDER-ESTIMATE GRACE

     "But the word of the Lord endureth for ever..." (I Peter I:25), and it always comes right on time!  Recently I heard these words in my spirit, truly an example of today's present Truth reality: WEAKNESS OCCURS WHEN WE UNDER-ESTIMATE THE POWER OF GRACE. To understand the fullness of grace, is to understand it's  power. "For out of His fullness (abundance) we all received-all had a share and we were all supplied with-one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift." (St Jn.1:16) Amp.

Grace is far more reaching and holds more power than just the ability to "save us" "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." (Prov.4:7) Understanding is the ability to "stand-under" and become able to bear up to misunderstandings and all other types of confusion. In our overcoming walk with God, it is vital to understand grace. "For while the Law was given through Moses, grace-unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing-and truth came through Jesus Christ." (St.Jn.1:17) Amplified

     Grace was hand delivered by Jesus himself, here's the revelation: all that accept His grace by faith in and through the blood of Jesus, ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS AND RECEIVE THE PEACE OF GOD!! "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the "free gift" came upon all men unto justification of life." (Rom.5:18)  When we (as Paul said) "awake to righteousness", condemnation flees and all the gifts that accompany grace are now available to us because guilt is gone and we have confidence towards God.

     Paul had much to say about these gifts, we must always remember they too are a part of the "free gift" brought to us by Jesus. "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts (Greek Word Charisma)  but the same Spirit."(ICor.12:3-4) The Bible teaches concerning grace that it is something to grow in.(IIPet.3:18)  It should go without saying; the goal is to make Jesus our Lord of Lords and that happens by obedience to the Holy Ghost abiding on the inside. Then we understand what is meant by "fullness of grace." Grace has an all encompassing package that saves, delivers, provides our needs and heals our bodies, but it takes faith and understanding the power and fullness of grace. Diversities mean a variety of different gifts and each one has a distinct purpose.  As I said the Greek word for "gifts" is Charisma, meaning a free gratuity showing God's favor to His true believers. If we can believe It's all ours! Therefore I submit to you, that grace, truth, mercy,peace and righteousness all belong to God's Remnant that came in a package deal called Jesus Christ.

     Finally, let's consider the words in the Epistle of Titus; "For the grace of God. that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;"(Titus 2:11-12)  Righteousness demands we see grace as our Teacher, not something that allows us an ungodly lifestyle. Since grace is God's "free gift" offered by the blood of Jesus, we should be able to "connect the dots" and let it teach us the nature and holy lifestyle of it's owner Jesus Christ.

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart

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