So what should you do now? Just let grace alone accomplish everything for you or combine your acts of obedience with grace? The key to attaining balance between these two seemingly opposing positions is to be led by the spirit of the Lord.
Do only what He leads you to do. Jesus said He only did what He saw the Father doing and He was successful in everything (see John 5:19)! He was always led by the Father, so He never did any dead works, but He also didn’t just stand around and let the power of grace do it all. The Bible says He was full of both grace and truth. Jesus said He was always busy doing the Father’s works! He worked and partnered with God in all things and the grace of the Lord was with totally Him.
There was a time when I was tired and burned out from trying to make things happen in my life. That is when God first started teaching me about grace. I was trying so hard to get my soul healed, so my promises would manifest. In that process, I stepped out of grace. I crossed the line from being led by the Holy Spirit to relying on my own strength to make stuff happen. Unfortunately, the more works I did, the worse my situation became. I was acting up more, getting sicker and basically losing it. That’s when God showed me a scripture that explained why that was happening. Galatians 3:10 says “And for all who depend on the law, [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment…” I had fallen into a bad habit of keeping fleshly rituals in an effort to see my breakthrough. I fasted excessively even though the Holy Spirit hadn’t led me to do so and I repented endlessly for every little mistake. Jesus told us to fast and repent but I had let those graces turn into legalistic rituals that I was using to become “holy”. But only Jesus makes us holy, by grace through our faith, not our works. When we cross over from doing good acts of obedience into keeping excessive legalistic rituals, we will literally be cursed! No wonder things were getting so bad for me.
The Bible says that we are made the righteousness of God through Christ if we will just believe. Grace is a power that makes you righteous! It keeps your soul and strengthens your soul and it’s free. Then you will inherit your promises! How do you do that? Ephesians 2:8 says that it is by grace through faith that you are saved. Your faith releases grace. e more faith you have, the more grace will be active in your life. So how do you get more faith? You grow it!
The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When you study, meditate on and decree the word of God, it increases and grows your faith. One of the reasons why this little book is so powerful is because it’s full of the Word of God! Every time you read one of the decrees contained here, it will cause your faith to rise for healing and deliverance. When your faith rises, then grace is automatically released! When that happens, grace also flows into your soul to bring you even more healing!
The more teaching and Word you hear about grace, the more it will pour into your life until you become what the Bible calls “full of grace”! John 1:14 says this about Jesus, “[ The Word Becomes Flesh] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begot- ten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (emphasis added). Jesus is full of grace! Do you know why? Look at the above verse again. It’s because He is the Word!!
Grace is released through your faith and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word! Study grace scriptures, meditate on them and decree them. Then the Word will cause you to be like Jesus, full of grace!
BIBLE READING: Acts 6:8, Galatians 3:2-6
PERSONAL ACTIVATION: After reading these verses, sit back and get before the Lord. Imagine with Him what it would be like to be full of God’s grace and power, performing great wonders and signs among the people. Then believe in faith and decree that God can do even more than you can ask think or imagine according to His exceedingly great dunamis power within you!