Grace Keeps You
I’ve made some mistakes in life. Just within the last few months I made a decision to do something that was completely out of my character. I did something that did not represent me morally nor spiritually. What do you do when you fall? Simply put you get back up. Shake the dust off and get it right.
Do you know that God has given us Grace to keep us when we fall short. Grace is not a free ticket to keep sinning. Grace is an upholding that keeps you from the harm sin would’ve caused. Its like a credit or token that is used to pay for the sin you indulged in. Grace is Jesus paying the price for what you did.
Let me explain to you how God explained Grace to me.
I was 26 at the time. I was praying, going to church, reading my Word, taking care of my family, and not indulging in sin at all. Then, guess what? I began to entertain someone who I knew God did not approve of. They lived a lifestyle that was not conducive to where God was leading me at the time. I knew very well what I was doing and that God did not approve of me hanging out with this person but I did it anyway. He even gave me dreams as a warning and I ignored them.
Well, as time went on I got into legal trouble with this person. And what do we do when we get into trouble? We call out to God with all our might and strength to come rescue us. All the while He had warned me through dreams, circumstances, people and any other way He could get my attention and I completely ignored Him. But as soon as trouble hit, I was all ears and wanted to finally acknowledge and adhere to Him.
I began to pray, asking Jesus to forgive me and help me out of this situation. I wanted for Him to completely take this web of trouble, that I consciously had gotten myself into, completely away. He answered me in a vision. In this vision I was walking on a beach into the horizon. There was someone walking next to me holding my hand. I looked to my right at the person walking with me and asked Him his name. He said, “Grace.”
Instantly, God downloaded knowledge and gave me insight as to what was happening. He let me know that his Grace and Mercy was with me and although I am about to be corrected/disciplined, He would not take his hand off me. He also let me know that he would be merciful to me and had given me the grace to make it through. He gave me the understanding that He was going to correct me because He corrects those whom He loves.
Long story short, His correction/discipline worked. I went through what seemed like hell, but all the while he had His hands on me and kept me from being destroyed in that situation. I remember saying to myself, “I don’t want to ever have to be disciplined again.”
Contrary to how I felt at that time, I can look back now and see how I grew closer to Him during that season. I learned so much from Him and in the end His correction was worth it. I understood He loved me and was not only determined to keep me from eternal damnation, but was determined to show me how important my purpose was and that it WOULD be fulfilled.
When we find ourselves falling short and have done something not pleasing to God. Don’t leave Him. Thats the time to draw even closer to Him. When we are weak He is our strength. He loves us and has already made provision for our mistakes. Its up to us to decide not to throw in the towel and give up when we fall. His Grace is given to us to help us get back up.
‘For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.’ Hebrews 12:6 NLT
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
‘That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ 2 Corinthians 12:10
‘The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.’ Proverbs 24:16 NLT