Hi and welcome once again to “Abound in Grace” as we begin a study of what it means to be “Established in Grace”. My hearts desire is that the children of God universally will come to the knowledge and understanding of the grace, that God through an exercise of His will, shows towards us. I would that all embrace what He has done for us and that we can get out from under the bondage of trying to please Him through our own efforts and dead works. Thank you for joining me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share with you from my studies on this subject, I love sharing this with people and pray that we all come into the liberty wherein Christ has made us fee, and that we can walk in that liberty.
Eph.4:23-24. (Amp) And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
(Mess) A life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
Rom.12:1-2. (Amp) I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him”, every believer should make this statement part of their lives as this is grace in a nutshell.
The word Established means: to be rooted; to be founded and grounded; it also means to demonstrate and to show.
We are to be: rooted, founded and grounded in grace so that we can demonstate and show God to the world.
Luke.2:40. (Amp) And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace (favour and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.
Jesus is and always will be an example of what we ought to be:
- The child grew.
That is something we as the children of God should be doing on a daily basis, growing in the Word of His grace.
1Pet.2:2. (Amp) Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.
It really doesn’t matter how long you have been a child of God you should always be like a new born baby thirsting for spiritual food, the reason, that you may grow to complete salvation. Jesus didn’t come to this planet with all knowledge and wisdom concerning the things of God, like you and I He had to find it in the Word. Jesus studied the Word of God!
- He became strong in spirit.
It is only through constant consideration and meditation 0f the Word that we become strong in spirit. The Word also instructs us to pray in the Spirit (tongues) to build ourselves up.
Jude.20. (Amp) But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit.
- Filled with wisdom.
We see Jesus was filled with wisdom. We too are to be filled with the wisdom of God.
Prov.2:1-8. (Amp) My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it]; Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God. For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He hides away sound and godly Wisdom and stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity, that He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.
We should really meditate the scripture’s if we want to find the knowledge of God, the Word of God is the knowledge of God and the Wisdom of God is knowing how to apply the Word of God in our lives.
- The grace of God was upon Him.
The grace of God was upon Jesus because He studied the Word, He was strong in spirit because of His meditation in the Word and because He prayed in the Spirit. He was filled with the wisdom of God because He applied Prov.2:1-8. That wasn’t just put there for you and I, you must realize that God has magnified His Word above His name, in other Words God is subject to His own Word. Because of all of the things mentioned above the grace of God was upon Him (Jesus). As He is, so are we in this world.
1John.4:17. (Amp) In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the Day of Judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
The word grace means: favour, to befriend, a friendly disposition, to regard with kindness, the free gift of God, to pardon, salvation, (deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, soundness, to be made whole, complete).
Jesus came from the Father full of grace and truth, He came to befriend man and show forth a friendly disposition, He regards man with kindness, He is God’s free gift to man, through Him we are pardoned and saved, made whole and complete, and as He is, so are we in this world.
John.1:14. (Amp) And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honour, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favour, loving-kindness) and truth.
John.1:16. (Amp) For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift [heaped] upon gift.
John.1:17. (Amp) For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favour and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Grace and blessing rests upon all of us richly as we give testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Acts.4:33. (Amp) And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving – kindness and favour and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.
2Cor.6:1. (Amp) Labouring together [as God's fellow workers] with Him then, we beg of you not to receive the grace of God in vain [that merciful kindness by which God exerts His holy influence on souls and turns them to Christ, keeping and strengthening them, do not receive it to no purpose].
Grace should permeate the life of the believer; it is what makes us like Jesus. Think on these truths and allow them to control your every word, thought and deed.
It is time for me to say “till next time” in the meantime have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to share the Word of grace with someone else and spread the fragrance of His love all around.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing that you can do for Him, embrace the salvation He is holding out to you this day by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour, your part in salvation is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for your sin, and confess His Lordship over your life by praying the following prayer:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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