In our last post, we looked at what grace was, and realized it means God’s unconditional love and acceptance. Now we need to dig a little deeper and realize what it means to live in the light of God’s grace to us. The first thing that God’s grace means to us is that we rule at life. When it comes to life, if you truly understand grace, you rule, you rock, you win, you have it in the bag, you are going to be just fine!
That’s good news isn’t it. Let’s look at the Word of God to verify this exciting news:
Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah! (Romans 5.17 TPT)
You see you do not win in life, you do not rule in life, you do not enjoy “regal freedom” because of your works, your brilliance or your wisdom. No, it’s better than that – you enjoy it because you are “held in the grip of grace”. God’s unconditional acceptance is what leads people to win at life, to be strong in the storm, to stand boldly with courage, to take risks, to help people, to share life with others, to give big, to live big.
The issue is this though: if we do not present true grace to people we make those people weak. If we preach law to people it makes sin strong and people weak. It stops people reigning in life, it stops people enjoying life. I need to say it over and over: reigning in life has nothing to do with your works, but only to do with God’s abundant grace. God loves you, God cares for you.
Have you ever heard a sermon where they are tying your reigning with your ability? It’s soul destroying. It makes you weak. You must love God more, you must prayer more, you must do more. But the truth is that our success as Christians starts with Him, and His acceptance of us. The Bible says that we love because he first loves us (1 John 4.10)! Loving God is not you working something up in the flesh, trying to perform to impress. It is you realizing how much God loves you and accepts you and adores you. The more you realize that, you effortlessly start to love God back, and you start to operate as a champion in life. The way you walk into a room changes, your life changes, you just are more confident, more assured, more fruitful. It all comes back to grace, but not just a doctrine of grace that you can intellectually assent to, but a true revelation of God’s unconditional love, acceptance and adoration that changes your whole life. That is grace!
If it doesn’t lead to you reigning in life, you haven’t discovered grace yet. You haven’t realized how much God loves you and cares for you yet. You haven’t switched the switch in your head yet to “I must love God more” to “I am beloved by Him, and that’s all that matters”. When you do – things will change so quickly for you.
Our prayer life changes when we discover grace! Prayer is boldly approaching the throne of grace (Hebrews 4.16), not the throne of our ability. I still hear people pray “I have done good this week, Lord, please reward me”. That is just crazy talk. “I have prayed for hours now Lord you must answer”. “We have gathered 1000 people to pray, now you must hear us Lord”, “we have fasted for weeks, now Lord you have to do this and that”. That is insane praying, it’s stressful, painful and inevitably fruitless.
If you approach God with boldness on the basis of your ability, you are setting yourself up for a fall. The day you don’t do well, you then can no longer approach God. You have tied your prayer life, your ability to fellowship with God, receive from God and move mountains, to something as flimsy as your behaviour. That will never lead to you winning in life!
Today, put your confidence fully in the grace of God. His love for you does not depend on your behaviour. Your prayers being answered does not depend on your behaviour. You walking in victory does not depend on your behaviour. That way you will not get depressed when you mess up, you do not fall apart when you fall apart. If you want boldness to pray when you really need to be praying, you need to come to the throne of grace. You need to grasp grace.
Until you grasp the power of grace, you will not reign in the prayer closet and you will not reign in life. It’s that simple. To live a lifestyle of grace, you have to learn to approach God solely on the basis of His grace!