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Devotional - week of May 26, 2013


TWO WAYS TO RECEIVE GRACE

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

There are two ways that a believer can experience grace. One of those ways can be called “occasional grace.” This is the type Paul writes about in 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Paul asked God three times to remove his thorn in the flesh because it was hindering his ministry. The Lord answered with, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s weakness forced on him a life of dependence on God for his ministry. This resulted in God’s grace making him strong for ministry.

We all minister by grace when we realize our powerlessness and our faith is in God alone. This results in occasional grace. 

“Continual grace” is different. It comes from a continual filling of the Holy Spirit as we live out our oneness with Christ.

In addition to providing power for ministry, it provides daily leadership for what we need to do next. It keeps us filled with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, meekness, faith, and restraint. It provides freedom from law and victory over sin. Continual grace results in continual fellowship with God. Continual grace enables us to grow in our understanding of the word of God. It reveals to others the person of Jesus through us.

Likely, no one could provide a complete list of the benefits of living by continual grace.

All of God’s servants experience “occasional grace.” Jesus made it possible for all of God’s children to experience “continual grace.”