Who would I be if not for Your grace?
by Joann Laporte
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Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
The Lord has been speaking the word and work of grace into my heart over the last couple of weeks. He is teaching me to look at myself through the eyes of His grace and to continually draw from the treasure chest of grace that He has prepared for me even before the foundation of the world. As I continue to reflect on this awesome, miraculous and saving grace Holy Spirit brought to my spirit the song “Where would I be if not for Your grace?” but as I continue to draw nearer to Him to seek deeper revelation on grace Holy Spirit began to sow this question into my spirit; who would I be if not for your grace?
1 Corinthians 15:9-11 “For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, who am not fit or deserving to be called an apostle, because I once wronged and pursued and molested the church of God [oppressing it with cruelty and violence]. 10But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me. 11So, whether then it was I or they, this is what we preach and this is what you believed [what you adhered to, trusted in, and relied on].”
And the Lord says to us today, My grace has always been and will always be sufficient for everything thing in your life. It is My grace, My unmerited, unearned favor and mercy that is at work in your life to produce good and eternal fruit. This grace came by way of My beloved Son so that it is by grace that you have believed and have yielded your life to Me. As you become recipients of My available grace you will speak My grace to every mountain and every obstacle that seeks to block your way and hinder your advancing. There is a shout of a double portion of grace going forward, grace, grace! You must consecrate your living in and by My grace. Today you must be fully persuaded to continue in this grace and you will grow and become strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and every favor and spiritual blessing shall be yours. It is by My grace that you shall finish your race with joy. Submit yourself to the commands and counsels and promises of My grace. For it is by My overflowing grace that you are being built up continually and by which you are receiving the fullness of your inheritance as you are supplied blessing after blessing and favor upon favor. Do not fail to receive My grace lest you will become blinded, hardened, and made insensible to My love and kindness. Your gifts talents and abilities come by way of My grace. Your victory comes by way of My grace and you will possess the promise only by My grace. You are promoted by My grace, you obtain favor from God and man by My grace. As a recipient of My Grace you are a recipient of My eternal compassion, generosity, endless patience, loyalty, and forgiveness. This is who you are by My grace; you are consecrated, purified and transformed, delivered from the reign and dominion of sin and in right standing with Me. You are a subject of My favor and mercy, selected and chosen by grace so that it is no longer by works or anything that you have done that you are made to be the righteousness of God. So delight in Me and look to Me joyfully and boldly. By grace when you pray I listen and I will help you and rescue you and manifest all that has been promised. Growing in grace you shall still bring forth fruit in old age; you shall be over-abundant in spiritual vitality and rich in trust, love, and contentment. My beloved it is by grace that your steps are ordered. So today cry out for help and you'll find My answer is always grace, grace and more grace.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”
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