Understanding Old and New Covenants
July 23, 2019
Just A Thought – July 24, 2019
July 24, 2019
Understanding Old and New Covenants
July 23, 2019
Just A Thought – July 24, 2019
July 24, 2019

The Sufficiency Of His Grace

God’s grace is more than sufficient to meet your needs and the challenges you face. His grace is quite sufficient to fully lead you in victory each time yet we may not understand the depth of the sufficiency of God’s Grace. Perhaps it’s because we may not fully understand God’s sufficiency.

TRUTH: It’s too easy to define our insufficiency to be what God’s sufficiency is. Perhaps a better definition would be to say God’s sufficiency is the depth, the breadth, the width, length of His love, and His available grace and power. In Ephesians 3:16-18 NIV Paul says, “16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” The fullness of God is His sufficiency which is more than enough to meet whatever your need is.

Paul knew God’s grace was his sufficiency and victory. He experienced it, and he shares his testimony in 2 Timothy 1:9 ESV, “[God] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” An exciting aspect of God’s grace is that it never runs out. It’s available for you in experiencing victory in your struggles today and will be the same strength you need tomorrow.

It’s all about Jesus because as John 1:17 ESV says, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” You won’t receive grace by the rules of religion. Religious rules and demands actually deplete God’s grace, watering it down. That’s when you find yourself struggling to gain victory on your own. It’s not about you but it’s always about Jesus because He IS Grace and His grace is full, plenty, and always available. Jesus is delighted for you receiving from His storehouse of your New Covenant rights and blessings. He wants you to thrive in and through His grace. Remember He lives IN you, and encourages you to draw on all His benefits.

APPLICATION: So, how do you draw on His benefits? How do you activate His grace each day? It revolves around faith and believing. When a challenge comes, you can by faith receive His grace in meeting your needs and supplying the strength and joy you need. It’s simply trusting what God said and through faith standing on what Jesus has done. God is trustworthy because Jesus secured His blessings and provisions for you. Therefore, if God says you’re than a conqueror, you’re MORE THAN a conqueror. It’s maxed out conquering. Wow!

Let’s not maintain a limited understanding of God’s working in our lives. Let’s not limit Him in any way because when we do, we water down who He is and what He can do on our behalf. Here again is where a renewing of our mind and thinking is needed. You can’t see the possibilities of God’s victory in your life if you don’t receive the revelation of His sufficiency in your life.

Repeating what we’ve said before, Jesus has already empowered you to prosper, to rise above challenges and obstacles in victory through Him. You can’t do it in your own strength or by willpower. It’s only in your position as a righteous child of God (Romans 5:17) fortifying yourself with His Word and in faith, facing challenges and in faith rising victorious and stronger in Him.

Ephesians 3:16-18 NIV – “16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Make It Personal: I have Jesus dwelling in my heart and I am strengthened with His power and established in His love. I continue learning how marvelous His love is for me, filling me continually.

2 Timothy 1:9 ESV – “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

Make It Personal: I’ve been called into God’s family, and it’s because of His goodness and grace, not anything I have done but everything Jesus did for me. His grace in my life is marvelous.

John 1:17 ESV – “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

Make It Personal: I am thankful grace and truth came through Jesus to me. I am no longer under the law but receive greater grace and truth each day through Jesus.

Romans 5:17 ESV – “…those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Make It Personal: Because I have received God’s grace through knowing Jesus, I walk in His righteousness, abundance, and grace that meets all my needs and allows me to be more than a conqueror.

2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Make It Personal: I stand in God’s full armor of God through Jesus, therefore I am equipped to resist what the devil throws at me. I will stand firm and strong in faith, knowing I am victorious.

ASK YOURSELF

How has your definition of God’s sufficiency changed through this study?

How would you define it now?

How are you drawing on His grace each day and especially when you face challenges?

How are you living out Ephesians 3:16-18?