Victory, Overcoming, A Won Attitude, Strength, Power, Hope,Purpose,Vision, Feeling a part of something, Connected to God.
It takes God's grace for any of those things to happen in our lives.
Hebrews 12:1 says "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
" We cannot lay aside the weight and sin in our lives except it is for grace.
Grace is unmerited favor, God's mercy to us, God's forgiveness to us and God's expression of unconditional love to us (1 John 3:1).
So how does it all work? Suppose there's something about me that's not good, it's bad, it does not line up with what God would want; it's sin.
I can allow my thoughts to take me down a road of condemning myself, feeling guilty and being weighed down with worthlessness leaving me in no position to run a race victoriously or be made strong.
2 Timothy 2:1 says "You therefore my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
" Being made stronger by grace is the only way we can overcome our sin and its numbing effects in our life.
How does grace make me strong? Like this, when I sin (and I will, we all do) I know grace is there.
Romans 5:20b says "But where sin abounded grace abounded much more.
" That means grace always abounds more than my sin.
Remember this saying "you reap what you sow"? It comes from the bible in Galatians 6:7-8.
Usually it has a negative connotation to it, such as I did something bad so now I have to reap awful things.
Well let's look at that saying in it's complete context.
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
" You see it not only talks about sowing bad things ( sow to the flesh means doing things in my old nature separated from the life of God ), but also sowing to the Spirit meaning sowing or planting my thoughts in the life giving truths of what the Spirit of God has done for me.
When you start sowing to the Spirit of God the crop that will grow will overtake and far surpass the old sinful crop.
That's what "where sin abounds grace will abound much more" means.
Hey there's nothing stronger than God.
Anything that has weighed you down and keep you bound can be lifted and broken by the victory imparted by grace.
It's important to know that grace doesn't work alone.
John 1:17 says "For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
" You see grace gives you unlimited access to the life giving truths of God, and that's what sets you free.
(John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
") Truths like: I am forgiven and loved.
Ephesians 2:4-5 God wants to be kind to me.
Ephesians 2:7 The weight of condemnation is lifted.
Romans 8:1 God's goal for me is to be a conqueror.
Romans 8:37 And many more! You may be asking "OK then after I realize my sin then how long do I have to wait before I can go to God and let grace kick in?" Well God wants to lay aside that "wait" to.
Let me explain.
Guilt is a God given emotion.
It signals that something is wrong.
As soon as I realize oops I did it again then immediately go to God, ask for forgiveness and God through His grace and love for you will forgive you.
He will also lift the weight of sin off.
It's only us who keep the weight of sin on us.
As you keep believing what God says about you instead of what you may be feeling at the time, then through the power that Christ desires to supply you, your feelings of guilt, I'm no good, no hope for me and all those sorts of feelings can be blown apart, destroyed and demolished.
(Ephesians 1:19 & 2 Corinthians 10:4-5) This makes way for a new way of feeling about yourself.
The way God wants you to feel about yourself, a new life.
So in conclusion in order for us to proceed into all the victory, strength, purpose and abundant life that has been made available to us through the grace of God then we have to say "BYE BYE" to our life of pride that says "I can do it myself" and that keeps one in a stubborn place of not accepting help from God or man.
We need to say "Hello" to humility that is quick to say "Yep I did it again.
Yep I'm just that bad, but I can accept the heaping helping of heaven's answer which is to send Jesus Christ to die and pay the price for my sins past, present and future.
So no longer is it my responsibility to pay for my sins, but it's my responsibility to humbly respond to His ability.
May the grace of God be upon you.