How to obtain the grace of God?
When in difficult situations people keep praying that they get the grace of God so that they overcome their situations. Some receive it easily but some struggle to receive it. Its a great help to know how to obtain the grace of God.
If the grace of God can be earned or bought then it’s not grace at all!
Just before I elaborate more on this, I’d suggest that you desire to seek the true revelation that comes from God in faith. You can also try to read through the entire article more than once to understand the points more clearly.
Firstly, one can never buy the grace of God. You may give your money to the poor and the church which is a good thing to do but that doesn’t get you the grace of God. It’s because God himself gave you the grace to earn wealth in the first place. Refer Deut 8:18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth
Secondly, you can never earn the grace of God. You may try to skip a few meals or sacrifice a lot to earn God’s grace. Now there could be seasons in life that need fasting or sacrifice so that you can spend more time with God in prayer. However, these in themselves do not earn you the grace of God.
Thirdly, the only way you can receive the grace of God is that by faith you seek the Lord God to favor you not because of what you can do but because he has mercy on you in Christ Jesus. Hebrews 11:6 says that; And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Now fasting, praying and charity are good things in themselves but remember one thing, none of these can give you the grace of God unless you totally have faith in him. These things are very helpful if they take your mind off yourself and the world and let you look up to Christ who actually gives the grace to you. If you can directly have faith then its very good. Not every time can one fast or do good works but you can always have faith. So what is important is that you have the faith that comes through Christ. Instead of looking at your faith alone, look at Christ who is the author and finisher of the faith.
It’s very easy to receive the grace of God when you are focused on Jesus. The problem is sometimes people really want the grace of Christ in their lives but keep getting scared of their situation which makes them lose faith easily if the situation worsens. You need to be realistic but also without fear. It doesn’t mean that you don’t take responsibility of yourself. When you ask for the grace of God, you take authority of your situation and also start being responsible to trust God to be good to you.
Let it make it real to you. You need to have confidence in what God is and what God can do for you. Here are a few helpful scriptures in this regard:
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 in time of need
John 1:15-17 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:20-24 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it — the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
When you need the grace of God you need to express it to him vocally or mentally if you can’t speak it loud. Sometimes you may even get it without asking but make it a habit to ask of him. It’s because praying audibly for God’s grace, you manifest your trust in Him not just to yourself but to others near you. In this way God would be glorified by your faith in his Son Jesus. Amen.
Posted on January 24, 2014, in Discernment, Reflections, Rest and tagged Divine grace, God, Grace, Jesus Christ, Moses, Prophets. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
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