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A GRACE CHANGE OR A GRACE TEST!

"… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)

The only way to pass the grace test is to empty ourselves of ourselves...to humble ourselves under God's mighty hand. When we pass the test, God gives us grace, and more grace! So, are you being tested? Are you failing, or passing with flying colors?

Taking and passing the 'grace test' is one of the most difficult - and most gratifying - things we will ever do. When we pass this test, God gives us more grace and He exalts us! Today and tomorrow — and the next day — may we live in a place of humility and pass the 'grace test'! God wants us to grow in grace. Have you considered that? You can grow in more and more grace!

There are ways to grow in grace — through recognizing a 'grace change' or passing a 'grace test.' I have come to believe that the subject of God's Grace is one of the least understood and most under-utilized benefits the Lord has given us! Let's dig a little deeper.

God's grace is manifold. It's huge. It's tangible. It's a kiss from heaven! God's grace is His divine influence on our hearts; it's His inner strength, His favour and His ability. When we are lost, by His grace we can have faith to be found. When we are weak, by His grace we are made strong. When we feel inept, by His grace we can do all things through Christ. God's grace endows us with His ability to know, do, believe and say. Just about every letter in the New Testament begins and ends with a blessing and pronouncement of grace upon the reader! Grace is more than the well-known acronym: God's Riches At Christ's Expense — it's much more than a cliche!

The Bible describes three types of grace: saving grace, standing grace and serving grace. Without saving grace, we cannot have faith to be saved! We need to receive God's saving grace, in order to have faith to believe in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Without standing grace, we are weak and defeated. We need to access God's standing grace to be strong and victorious in our Christian life, as well as to endure trials, pressures, challenges, temptations and persecutions. (Romans 5:2,
2 Corinthians 12:9)


Without serving grace, we operate in the flesh and become weary. We need to employ God's serving grace to do our part in fulfilling the callings, tasks, plans, purposes and assignments He has for our lives. (1 Peter 4:10, Romans 12:6) So, the question we must ask is this: are we accessing, or frustrating God's grace in our lives? As we recognize His divine grace changes in our lives, we are able to access more grace. If we flunk the grace tests that come our way, we frustrate the grace of God.

PRAYER: "Father, I thank You for Your divine tests. I want to pass the grace test. I repent for my ugly pride. I choose to demote myself. I know for certain that without You I am nothing, I have nothing, I can do nothing, and I know nothing. Today, I humble myself under Your mighty Hand. I thank You that—as I live a life of humility in word and deed—You will give me more grace and promotion. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
(Beth Jones' Ministries)

 
 
 
 






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