Celebrate and Walk in the GRACE God Has Given You
Jesus was full of grace (Jn. 1:14). Grace is “God’s generous empowerment of gifts upon those that believe.” God’s grace calls us into salvation, keeps us in Christ and strengthens us to walk in holiness and supernatural power. Grace develops within us an increase in faith, knowledge and love through the inworking power of the Holy Spirit. Grace is the understanding that all a Christian has or is, is centered exclusively in God and Christ, and depends utterly on God through Christ.
- God pours out the spirit of grace upon us. (Zech. 12:10)
- Grace (charis) provides each of us with various gifts (charisma) to fulfill the destiny God has for us (Rom. 12:6). Notice how closely the Greek words for “grace” and “gifts” are related. God’s grace releases spiritual gifts within individuals.
- When we feel weak, we ask for God’s grace to strengthen us (2 Cor. 12:9), and then thank Him for the release of that strength. (Phil. 4:6)
- As little children, we look to our Heavenly Father in loving confidence for everything we need, whether it be pardon of sins, faith and hope for tomorrow, or for the strength that comes from knowing God works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13)
Hold a Kingdom Worldview
The Lord of All—Almighty God rules heaven and earth (Gen. 17:1; Dan. 4:17). The heart of the king is in the Lord’s hand (Prov. 21:1; Rom. 13:1-7). We pray for those in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
The defeated foe—satan (Eph. 1:1-3; 2:4-7; Col. 3:1-2), so don’t re-empower him by placing your faith in him (Matt. 9:29). Fix your eyes ONLY on Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2), never the anti-christ.
God’s government is ever increasing—which means satan’s impact is constantly decreasing (Isa. 9:7). We resist satan and he flees from us (James 4:7). We command God’s kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven, and in doing so, we demolish satan’s kingdom (Matt. 6:7). As we heal the sick and cast out demons, His kingdom draws near.
Wisdom for all—God provides heavenly counsel nightly to ALL through our dreams (Ps. 16:7; Gen. 41), meaning He speaks into the hearts of everyone nightly, providing wisdom, counsel, protection and compassion! Do you think that gives God a winning edge? Take the time to learn the biblical art of Christian dream interpretation so you can receive His nightly counsel to you.
New Age—people hungering for spiritual reality and not going through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to get it. Many of these people could not find spiritual reality in dead churches so they turned to the New Age. The Church’s birthright is to be providing them true spiritual encounters in the Holy Spirit. Let the Church not forsake it’s birthright. Let the Church not drive hungry people away.
God’s plan for our lives—to prosper us (Jer. 29:11-12), and He has promised to work all things out for our good (Rom. 8:28).
God’s exams—God tests us to see if there is faith in our hearts or if we are still grumblers (see Deut. 8:2). NEVER grumble. It is unhealthy in every respect. It is a slap in God’s face, saying to Him, “You are not watching out for me, and You are not working all things out for good.”
Pass God’s exams by always giving thanks—we are to give thanks for everything (Eph. 5:20) and in everything (1 Thess. 5:18).
Honor and love ALL people—Honoring ALL allows us to minister God’s grace to all and receive God’s grace through all (1 Pet. 2:17). Jesus loved and honored all sinners and everyone hungry for His touch. Moved by compassion, Jesus healed. So greeting those we meet with respect, a smile, and asking God how we can release His healing grace to each individual is part of the Kingdom lifestyle. Loving, touching, healing – that’s the example Jesus left us.
Honoring and loving displaces the opposite, which is judging and rejecting. We are cautioned to “cool it” when it comes to judging (Matt. 7:1-4; Jn. 8:15; 12:47; Rom. 2:16; 14:4,10,13; Jas. 4:11-2; 5:9). Satan is the accuser (Rev. 12:10). We are not called to be supporters of satan’s work.
Look for the gift: We can honor the Baptists for their passion to save the lost and to know the Bible. We can honor the Methodists for their passion for holiness and sanctification. We can honor the Pentecostal and Charismatics for their passion for the supernatural power of God. Liturgical churches with their amazing imagery convince us once again that “a picture is worth 1000 words.” Each has a gift for us to receive if we are open and can honor.
More examples: Some choose not to honor or utilize traditional western medicine (allopathic medicine) because they have taken the Hippocratic Oath (which involves the statement: “I swear by Apollo, the physician, and Asclepius and all the gods and goddesses that…”). Also, the widely accepted symbol for the medical profession is the caduceus (kuh-doo’-see-uhs), which was the wand of Hermes, Greek god of chance and messenger of the Olympian deities. Plus they utilize drugs, which the New Testament Greek word is pharmakeia (definition being sorcery, witchcraft), and of course they utilize naked exams. In spite of these issues, I still recommend western medicine for crisis care.
On the other hand, some choose not to honor alternative medicine, chiropractors, herbs, naturopathy, homeopathy, etc., because they are Chinese in origin and are “un-proven” according to their definition of “proven”, which means substantiated by a double-blind study (which incidentally is not a biblical requirement to prove something true). In spite of these issues, I still recommend alternative medicine for non-trauma issues.
Some do not honor children and miss the gift of their energy, curiosity, open-mindedness, faith, exuberance. Some do not honor the elderly and miss the gift of their accumulated wisdom and experience. It is time to return to a culture of honor.
Journaling/Prophecy reveals potential—a promise from God in your journal reveals what is available to you. It is stating your potential. If you go after it, you can possess it. If you don’t, you are likely to never realize it. Constantly ask God what steps He wants you to take to release this full potential, then take those steps! They release His provision to your life.
Living and walking by the Spirit—I live with my eyes fixed on Jesus, tuned to divine flow—flowing thoughts, flowing pictures, flowing emotions and flowing power which is the Spirit’s anointing (see Gal. 5:25).
Christian maturity is defined as—living as Jesus did, naturally and comfortably out of the Father’s initiative, doing what you hear and see the Father doing (see John 5:19-20,30; 8:26,28,38). This is counter to the western lifestyle that says we live out of reason (rationalism) and self-effort (humanism). So we step out of the western worldview and step into God’s anointing!
Eternal life—Intimately knowing God (Jn. 17:3). The Greek word for “know” in this verse is ginosko, which is the word for a husband “knowing” his wife and bearing a child. Intimate walks with God in the cool of the day are what Jesus offers. Paradise restored!
Use and Abuse of God’s Law…
The Law shows us that we can never be holy without Jesus’ shed blood (Gal. 3:22).
No life - only temporary protection:
The Law cannot impart life/anointing to us (Gal. 3:21). The Law keeps us from destroying ourselves before we learn to live by the Spirit (Gal. 3:23).
Spirit frees from Law:
The Law is not the driving force of those who walk in the Spirit (Gal. 3:25; 5:18).
Drawn by kindness:
The good news is that God in His kindness leads us to repentance, rescuing us from the ravages of the Kingdom of darkness (Rom. 2:4). We pray for the Spirit to draw people (Jn. 6:44).
Workers of the Law:
Attempt to become spiritual through their own efforts (Gal. 3:23).
Hearers with faith:
Believe you become spiritual by saying “yes” to what God has done (Gal. 3:2-8). You declare that everything was completed in Jesus, and now Jesus lives in you making you complete. Whenever you need anything, you ask for Christ to provide it through the indwelling Holy Spirit. You tune to flowing thoughts, flowing pictures and flowing emotions, and because of the operation of the “Law of the Spirit of Life,” you experience the Holy Spirit providing it. You thank Him for this wonderful provision. A miraculous transaction has taken place within you. You have stepped from your frame that is dust (Ps. 103:14), to the power of God in your spirit (2 Pet.1:4). You see yourself as dust fused to glory. You may take this step, from weak dust to divine anointing, hundreds of times a day.
Ongoing warfare between workers of the Law and hearers with faith:
Workers of the Law are slaves. They persecute those who are free and who live by faith (Gal. 4:21-31). They generally take satan’s stance (the accuser’s stance—see Revelation 12:10). So if you are living by faith, know that legalists will be persecuting you and calling you demonized just as they did Jesus (Matt.12:24). They will have websites against you. They carry the spirit of murder with them (see John 8:44), so they will be trying to kill you. I guess we just agree with Jesus, understanding that they think they are doing God a service as they kill the prophets (see Acts 7:51-53).