"Grace" means "the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in life." Grace from God makes the result miraculous. What God's grace helps us to do, to endure, to suffer, to defeat could only be done "by His grace" and not our strength. Paul describes this in 1 Cor. 15:10 and tells us it was "bestowed" and "yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." We need a continual bestowment of God's grace to meet the trials of life. Romans 12:6 tells us grace is measured, meaning the heavier the burden, the harder the task, the greater the need, the more God supplies grace. God will let us struggle without the grace but when we depend upon Him and not ourselves, "He giveth more grace." James 4:6 In 2 Cor. 1:8-12, Paul recognizes God's grace was necessary for deliverance and "that we should not trust in ourselves." Salvation is the beginning of the Christian life, and Grace is the divine influence of God to continue living for God to the end. WE CANNOT MAKE IT THROUGH all the dangers, perils, toils, snares, problems, disappointments, valleys, dry spells, hardships and needs of all kinds WITHOUT THE ABUNDANT GRACE OF GOD BESTOWED ON US! In 2 Cor. 11 and 12 Paul describes a difficult life and then his experience for which God gave him a "thorn in the flesh." He prayed about it three times and got his answer back from God, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE."

Paul has several choices for the thorn...

  1. Fight it in the flesh.
  2. Blame God with doing him wrong.
  3. Become bitter and give up, or as he did,
  4. "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
The reason many Christians become bitter and backslidden is because they fight in the flesh without the bestowment of divine influence to win over the situation, thereby losing the "power of Christ." The grace of God influences our speech, our suffering, our strength, our sight, our sweetness and our song. When we lose these things, it is because we have not trusted God for the "Grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:14-16 Read again James 4:6

Sure signs that a believer is not living in the Grace of God are anger, bitterness, resentfulness, seeking revenge, unkindness, coldness, unfaithfulness and blaming God with their condition. 1 Cor. 10:13 tells us that God will "Make a way to escape" in our time of tribulations. We look for it at the "Throne of Grace."May God's grace be upon you my Christian friends. You may have lost hope, but you'll never lack help!

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