Moving in the God's Grace

Moving in God’s Grace

What is grace?

Grace is God’s supernatural gift to believe and act on the Truth. Grace is God doing for us, and in us, what we cannot do ourselves.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

God’s salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, not good works, not going to church, nor anything we do. The conviction of sin, the drawing to Christ for salvation, and the faith to believe Him all come from God’s grace. God gives us the grace to believe and the power to act on it.

Faith comes from God’s grace as we hear the Word of God.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

By God’s grace, we see in the Word of God our sinfulness, our need for a savior, our need to repent, and our need to receive a new life through baptism and rebirth by the Holy Spirit.

Faith is not produced by man, but by the grace of God that is generated by the Holy Spirit, convicting the heart of repentant sinners and enabling them to believe. Again, this shows God’s grace working and not man’s ability to generate faith by his own effort. When the Holy Spirit is convicting us, we need to be responsive to this grace of God in our life.

If there is no longing to hear and no desire to respond to the Words of Christ, then there is no true salvation in that person’s life. He either doesn’t have grace to hear or he rejects the conviction from the Holy Spirit. He prefers to be his own god.

After we have been born again of the Spirit of God, there is a desire to talk about the experience and the reality of Christ. There is a desire to live out what God has worked in us.

However, moving in the grace of God is a matter of choice. We choose to die daily to ourselves and our will and move in the grace of God, or we choose to be our own lord and do what pleases us. Most of the time, the choices are very subtle and we unconsciously grieve the Holy Spirit by operating according to our desires instead of God’s Spirit.

The hazard is the possibility we will attend church, praise God, take Communion, and listen to sermons, but fail to move in the grace of God the rest of the week. We become focused on ourselves instead of Jesus Christ and others. We follow our desires instead of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we talk the talk, but we don’t walk the walk.

John 3:19-21 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."

Darkness is symbolic of evil, sin, and ignorance. It is to the folly of most men that they love darkness, for it ends in death and damnation.

Those who have faith and follow Christ, have grace to walk in the Light. Therefore, they do not remain in sin or ignorance, but continue to repent and work out their salvation as they move according to the Spirit of God who abides in them.

Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

The miraculous grace of God gradually changes the sinner into the image of Christ. Man cannot cause a Christ-like change by his own efforts. Works of true faith are performed out of promptings inspired by the Holy Spirit. This grace of God enables Christians work out their salvation purely out of love for Christ.

God’s grace gives us a new life, but He will not force us move in His grace and live according to His will. “Working out” our salvation is our responsibility. As Christians work out their salvation by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, He produces love, joy, peace—all the fruit of the Spirit to the praise and glory of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, God has graciously given us His divine power to obey and experience His great and precious promises. As we move in His grace, we will have His divine nature and escape the corruption caused by evil desires.

2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

The ultimate experience on earth is to know Jesus Christ, to know God’s will for you, and to be able to move in step with the Holy Spirit as He gives you revelation through the written Word. God’s grace empowers us to live in the center of His will and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.

Romans 6:11-14 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

By God’s grace, sin no longer has power over us. We have power over sin. We can say “No” to sin, for it is no longer our master. We have the ability and authority to do this from the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we need to move according to this grace from God.

We move in God’s grace, not by focusing on the Law, but by focusing on Jesus as Lord, King, and master of our body and life. Therefore, we must dedicate our life to Him every day, so that we can be filled with the Spirit daily and be used for His purpose.

Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life-- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.

This passage presents one example of moving in God’s grace. We live in a crooked and depraved generation where people constantly grumble, complain, and argue. It is easy to go with the “flow” and join the gripe sessions or act the same as everyone else.

However, if we move according to the Spirit of Christ abiding in us, we will act like Christ and be thankful. This grace will cause us to shine like stars in this darkness as we walk out what God has put into us.

Therefore, Christians who live and move in the grace of God know that they do not need to wait for perfect conditions before they can walk in obedience to what the Lord tells them to do. They move in the grace of God through trials, tribulations, difficulties, sickness, and death; thus, glorifying Jesus Christ.

Likewise, those who move by God’s grace will not wait until they have the perfect worship team, the best preacher, or the best facilities before they praise God and become steadfast in attendance for the purpose of encouraging their brothers and sisters.

Those who move in God’s grace understand the joy of obedience to the written Word. When the Lord tells them not to, they don’t. Likewise, when the Lord tells them to do something, they do it. They know the joy of allowing the Holy Spirit to take the Word of God and renew their mind, wash their heart, heal their most secret emotions, and strengthen the weary recesses of their soul.

The Holy Spirit is able to set us on a right course of moving according to the will of God. There is liberty for those who do not try to gain righteousness by their own efforts, but achieve righteousness through the grace of God.

Galatians 2:20-21 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"

Through the works of Jesus Christ, believers have victory over sin and all the grace they need to be like Christ. Through the Word of God and regeneration of the Holy Spirit, repentant believers are increasingly changed into the image of Christ by God’s grace. They have His power over the lures of the world, the lies of the devil, and the cravings of the flesh. They have the guarantee of His provision as long as they are seeking His kingdom and righteousness. They have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of Christ who enables them to have all the gifts they need to accomplish God’s will and to edify the Body of Christ.

By daily feeding on the Word of God and abiding in fellowship with Jesus, believers have grace to produce the fruit of the Spirit. By grace, they crucify their flesh and develop a Christ-like character which marks them as members in the family of God.

Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A day is coming when all who reject the grace of God will be judged and destroyed. There is a day already appointed when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What determines a man’s eternal destiny is when he bows that knee. The wisest choice a man can ever make, when the grace of God reveals to him his need for a Savior, is to confess his sin, repent, make Jesus his Lord by dying to his old life through baptism, and being born again of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit gives grace to a believer to continue to move in repentance. He reveals truth from God’s Word, He baptizes, indwells, seals, and gives empowerment. Without His presence in the heart and life of the child of God, all acts of religious worship are nothing but expressions of an empty religion.

If you are a believer, you have the privilege to receive all the grace from God you need to be what you are called to be—a Christian—someone who is like Christ! So don’t fail to obtain the grace of God to help you!

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.

Are you moving in the grace of God? Have you asked the Father to fill you with the Holy Spirit today?

Apart from the grace that comes from faith in Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can do nothing but sin. Now is the time to approach the throne of grace, to receive mercy, and find grace to believe and grace to act according to the Truth.

What is the grace of God revealing to you by the Holy Spirit today? You have a choice to accept it and live it out, or to reject it and go your own way.

Perhaps God is giving you grace today to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who died on the cross to atone for your sin and rose from the grave to give you eternal life. If so, confess that faith publicly and die to your old life in baptism. God will forgive your sin and give you a new life born of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will give you continuous grace to follow Jesus and deny the sinful desires of your flesh.