During my Discipleship Training School through Youth With A Mission in 1994, I learned so many valuable lessons that have remained with me to this day. The most important lesson I learned was that God really is my Father and I can relate to Him as a daddy. (If you missed the article I wrote about that, please check it out by clicking on the link above.)
Perhaps the second most valuable lesson was on the subject of God’s grace. The perception I gained has helped me pray and receive His help on so many occasions. Keep reading to find the secret to winning battles.
Whenever you hear the song “Amazing Grace” what is the first thing that comes to mind? What do you think the lyricist meant? How do you define grace? Do you think of unmerited favor or something else? Is grace really worth understanding?
What Can Noah Help Us Learn About Grace?
One of my pastors growing up said that when we truly want to understand what God is trying to teach us about a concept, we need to go to the first place the word/phrase is used in the bible. So, to begin growing in our understanding of grace, let’s read Genesis 6:8.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The Lord had just stated that the whole world was full of wickedness and He was going to destroy mankind and all the animals. But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord. I believe this clearly shows us that in this instance, Noah had favor with God. Grace can definitely mean favor because he avoided certain death.
More Than Unmerited Favor
While we were in class we were taught that grace does mean God’s unmerited favor. We can not do anything to earn His favor and love. It is given to us freely, simply because we are His children. And that is what most of us grew up understanding.
However, we began to learn that it means more than that. It also means the power that God gives us to do His will. It is His divine influence on our hearts.
A Practical Example
Because our training school was over 18 hours away from my home, I traveled with one of my good friends for Thanksgiving break. Her home was only 12 hours away from our school. We had a wonderful visit with her family and on the way back to school, she became very tired, so I offered to drive.
Once I was behind the wheel, she fell sound asleep for…NINE…hours. I drove for the entire time she was asleep – without stopping. I was wide awake and alert and I was glad to help her.
Well, she finally woke up and needed to take a break. I found the nearest gas station and, literally, as soon as I stepped out from behind the wheel, a deep exhaustion hit my very being. I wanted to lie down on the concrete.
I looked at her and said, “For the first time in my life, I think I truly understand what God’s grace is. I had to drive, so He gave me grace to do His will. Now that you are ready to drive again, you have been given that same grace to go the rest of the way back school.”
It was such a clear picture of God’s divine influence over my heart. He certainly gave me the ability to be alert and focused on the task at hand.
Grace To Move Mountains
Once that nugget of truth was dropped in my heart, I began to look at grace differently as I read and pondered the scriptures. For example, Zechariah 4:6,7
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.
‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’
Whenever we are faced with obstacles that seem too large for us to handle, what does this scripture teach us to do? It reminds us that we can’t do things (especially things that seem hard) in our own strength. We must lean on His Holy Spirit and the key to making those impossible mountains disappear is His GRACE, the special power He gives to us to do His will.
Leaning On The Throne Of Grace
My favorite time of the day is when I am drawn into prayer. This scripture is one that I cling to whenever I need help, or especially when someone I know needs His intervention. This encouragement is from Hebrews 4:16.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
To me, this scripture shows us that the throne of God is one of mercy and favor, help and provision, and power and strength. We can come to Him with full assurance that He is good. Even when we mess it all up (or think we have anyway) He will shower us with His mercy and love. We don’t have to be afraid of our Father. When we pray, we can expect Him to extend His power to help us in whatever way He sees fit.
So, my prayer for us today is that we would take the time to BeLoved Completely, and as we do, that our Daddy God would shower us with His love, His perspective, and His great grace to accomplish what only He can accomplish. In our own strength we are nothing, but when we exchange our weakness for His grace, well, then I believe there is nothing that is too big for Him to do, through us.
With love, Kim