Pastor Lael

Friday, October 08, 2010

Grace

I am so very appreciative for the love and encouragement I have received from your comments. It is my desire to equip and empower you with all of the grace that God has made available to us through Jesus Christ.  Just as Paul was admonished by the Lord saying, "My grace is sufficient for you (II Corinthians 12:9)", the Lord has caused His grace also to abound toward you (Roman 5:15).  Now while I am on this topic I must go further to explain what the Lord meant by "My grace...".  This word "grace" is the word "charis" in the Greek.We get the word "charisma and charismatic" from this word. This word means "gift" or "gifted". A gift cannot be earned, it must be given without merit otherwise it is owed because of works.  There are many graces given by the Father such as the gift of salvation in Ephesians 2:8. The grace that the Lord spoke of, that was sufficient for Paul, was not a "grit and bare it" grace, but an overcoming, authoritative, and powerful grace to combat the messenger of Satan sent to buffet him. This is the grace that benefits and is abounding to us.