“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Note to reader: if you missed the last two entries, you need to pause a moment and read them before proceeding.
Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will.
Our visual Tour Guide (pictured at the right) now makes perfect sense. By looking at the illustration we can see that God’s will for each of our lives is measured out as a specific sphere of ministry and influence around our lives. And He has matched that measure with a proportionate supply of His grace – the power of Christ to do God’s will.
Once we humble ourselves in agreement with God and embrace His will for our lives, His grace begins to fill our sphere of influence with power, purpose, provision, and peace. Like Paul we can now say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
When we are standing in the center of God’s will, then we have everything we need to be and do whatever it is that God wants for us. Paul said, “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 to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). This says it all!
To take it one step further, now let’s fill in the next measure…..the Measure of Faith. (write FAITH in the box on your personal copy) click here to get copy of drawing
Remember? Paul told us about this. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think (i.e., outside your measure); but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom 12:3).
The measure of faith which God has dealt to you is in exact proportion to the measure of God’s will for your life, and the measure of God’s grace in your life.
Because God made each of us unique, we all have gifts differing from one another according to the grace that is given to us, and we are to exercise these gifts “according to the proportion of faith” (see Romans 12:6).
Faith is the conscious awareness of what meets with God’s approval, as revealed to us by the Spirit of God through the Word; and the courageous decision to live within that conviction.
Faith is not merely believing you can do something; it is knowing that you can through the power of Christ – GRACE.
When faith is active in our lives we will not over-extend ourselves into matters that are outside of God’s will. Nor will we through fear and unbelief limit ourselves to doing something less than God’s will.
Presumption, thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought, takes us outside the measure of Grace….and leaves us languishing in a place called Grief. (fill in the boxes on your travel chart).
Here, then, is what we know to be true.
God has given each one of us the grace and the faith that we need to do exactly what He has called us to do – no more; no less. Life takes on its fullest meaning and finds its greatest success when we abide in this blessed place – a place named Grace.
Brace yourself; for tomorrow when we turn the corner up ahead….what you will see is going to blow your minds!