God intends for his grace to be the only source of my ability to do anything.
The greatest blessing you can pray for someone is to pray for grace & peace from the Father be upon them.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12
The power is God’s GRACE to live!
We notice that there’s a colon at the end of that verse, so we must continue on….
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
If Jesus is full of grace and truth, what should we also be full of?
And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16
The more we yield to the will of God, the more grace He provides. He only uses what we yield to Him. It isn’t God’s will to wrestle with us until we give in to His will. He is seeking those that will just let go.
What have we to fear in letting go? The devil?
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
The devil can’t do anything to me that the Father doesn’t allow (remember Job?). We aren’t vulnerable to the devil. Our God is not frail and weak. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So anything that the devil throws at you is intended to grow you toward God.
God loves us so much that He will allow things to happen just to get rid of the parts of our nature that separate us from Him. Those attacks should be reminding us to humble ourselves, to seek God and to live a repentant lifestyle.
You can’t fear God & the devil at the same time.
Job was doing fine as long as he continued to worship God, but then he began to claim he didn’t deserve what he was going through. Saying, “why me, I don’t deserve this trouble” is a way of blaming God for it.
We blame God when we can’t see past what’s happening to see what God really is doing.
How do I love God during trouble? Grace through faith.
Grace helps us to have the right attitude during the worst storms.
Credit to Bishop Chester Wright. This study can be found on YouTube by searching his name and “grace”