This past Sunday we resumed our Sunday meetings after a wonderful time in England at Faith Camp. It was an awesome meeting as we met with God and one another. The Lord is teaching us to enter His glory and we’re experiencing His healing and liberating presence! Hallelujah!
God’s Word to us this Sunday was all about grace and the relationship between grace and faith. The Lord is giving us a deeper revelation of grace to encourage us to step out in faith. He showed us the following:
- The believer has been given the Holy Spirit so that we can understand what God has freely given us. 1 Cor. 2:12
- Grace is not only God’s unmerited favour but the very gift of Himself to man. Acts 2:33-39; Rom. 8:10,11; Col.2:9; 1 Cor. 1:4; Gal. 2:20,21
- Jesus, who is full of grace and truth, lives in us! John 1:14,16; Col. 1:27
The Lord then showed us that the problem with most believers is that they confuse grace with faith. Instead of having faith in God’s grace, most Christians try to work at having more faith. However, using the analogy of electricity and a light
switch, we saw that if the electricity represents grace then the switch represents faith. Consequently, the believer must realise that the power is not in the faith but in the grace – faith releases the grace! That is why the apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8 that we have been saved BY grace THROUGH faith!
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8
Having the revelation that God will make all grace abound to us encourages us to simply step out and release His grace through faith! Once we understand this important truth:
- It will stop us trying to do what only God can do.
- It humbles us to realize that our part is only in the releasing and not in the power.
- It encourages us to step out more to release God’s presence, power and love.
- It stops us from waiting for what we have already received in Christ and simply getting on with it.
On Sunday evening we had another great opportunity to minister God ‘s love to the poor at the monthly soup kitchen.
This week we’re looking forward to getting together again at our various meetings and particularly getting together with other believers to worship the Lord on the streets of Frankfurt. Hallelujah!
Quote of the week:
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1