GRACE FOR ABUNDANCE Text: 2 Cor.9:8
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
The word Grace carries power. Power is the ability or the quality to do something or to get something done. Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This scripture shows us that there are things that you cannot do except you receive the power to do it.
Abundance talks about having more than enough. Many times when we talk about abundance our mind goes to abundance of money but it is not only limited to money. Abundance talks about: abundance of joy, abundance of peace, abundance of fruitfulness, abundance of favour, abundance of good health and so on. This is why Ephesians:3:20 says, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.
From the opening text, the bible lets us know that God is able to make all grace abound towards us. The phrase “all grace” here shows us that grace is required to get the abundance.
Brethren, many times we talk about God’s grace. Most of us know what grace talks about but one thing I can assure you of is that grace is an enabler. Grace enables you to do what ordinarily you cannot by yourself do. Grace gives you what ordinarily you are not qualified to take. Grace takes you to a place where ordinarily you are not qualified to be. Outside of grace man will labour.
Many times we feel that we can achieve a thing. We feel if we put in more effort or if we are more diligent we can achieve a certain goal. In Genesis 24:62 -67, the Bible talks about when it was time for Isaac to get married, Abraham called Eliezer his servant to go and look for a wife for his son. This servant stressed himself, laboured himself and hungered himself because of Isaac and after everything he brought Rebecca to Isaac without any effort on Isaac’s part. Rebecca became Isaac’s wife effortlessly. This is how grace works, Isaac did not labour.
On the other hand, in Gen29:18-30, Jacob loved Rachael so much that when he was asked what was going to be his wage , he told them he was ready to serve for seven years to marry Rachael. The Bible records that seven years were like yesterday to him. After serving, he discovered that he had been tricked by his father in - law. Jacob was not discouraged. He was convinced that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Rachael he served another seven years which made a total of 14 years to marry Rachael.
Jacob had to serve for 14years for a wife but on the other hand Isaac without effort got his own. The difference between the two of them is that one laboured to receive while the other obtained grace to receive.
Grace makes the journey easy. It makes complex things easy. Grace also makes those things that seem impossible possible.
AREAS WHERE WE NEED GRACE
1.Grace To Give Thanks Always: When Life is good it is easy to give thanks always. 1 Thessalonians. 5:17 encourages us to give thanks always. Many times when you look at ourselves we feel so proud of what we have achieved and have, but the truth is that it is God that gave you the grace to achieve whatever you have achieved. When a man does not give thanks he is saying that whatever I have achieved is by my power. Herod took the glory that was due God instead of giving glory to God. So also Nebuchadnezzar and God showed them that it was by His grace that they got there. Instead of complaining learn to give thanks.
2.Grace To Make Up Your Mind To Get The Abundance, Believe It And Confess It: Many times when pastor declares a thing, some say it but do not believe it. I have learnt over time that: what you do not believe in will not work for you, what you take lightly will never take you seriously and that what you despise can never honour you. Hebrews 11:6 says that it is impossible to please God without faith.
3.Grace To Walk In It: This Means To Be Diligent. Whether you like it or not there are people who want to do something but do not have the capacity to do it. The Bible says that whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it well. It takes grace for a man to do something well. The natural tendency is for a man to choose the shortest way possible. In Proverbs 22:29 the Bible says, “See thou a man diligent in his work he shall stand before kings and not mere men.”
4.Grace To Be Sensitive To The Spirit And Move Of God: Whether you are ready or not God is always moving. He does not wait for anybody. The GO gave us prophesy, saying that anyone who refuses or is slow to move the same shall be trampled upon (2kings 7:20). Brethren, God is moving, opportunities are opening up. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, “…the race is not to the swift neither is the battle to the strong….” Opportunities happen to those that are ready for it.
5.The Grace Not To Settle Down (Gen. 11:31): God told Haran to go to the land of Canaan, on his way to the land of Canaan and he got to a place called Haran and he settled there. He did not get to the place that God asked him to go to. Brethren, many of us are settling on the way to where God is taking us to. Many are stopping on the way to the place God is taking them to.
6.Grace For Help: More than ever before you need grace to help others. Pray for others this year, assist others, touch lives this year. The quality of the life of a man is not measured by the abundance of what you have but the abundance of lives you have touched. Ask yourself these questions: Which life have I touched? Which people have benefitted from the gift that God has given me? We must be mindful of the things of others (Philippians 2:4).
7.The Grace To Honour God: In times of recession, there is tendency to want to hold on to what you have. But the truth is that what belongs to God is for God what belongs to man is for man. Prov3: 9-10 says, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase”. When you give your first-fruit to God you are honouring God and not man. It belongs to God. Your tithe does not belong to you it belongs to God, he takes 10% and gives you 90%. I have learnt over-time that if 90% is not enough for you 100% cannot be enough for you. God is always testing us and until we pass the test we cannot have any testimony.
8.The Grace To Please God: it is not easy to please God but when God releases the grace to please him to you anything that he tells you to do will be easy for you. If you please God there is nothing that God cannot do for you. When God is satisfied with you, before you ask God will answer you.
In conclusion, grace is available for every one willing to walk in it. I can assure you that everyone of us has a measure of grace but are we utilizing such grace? Somebody said recently, “When you run with a man you run a race but when you run with God you are running in grace.” Why will I run a race when I can go in grace?
You are welcome to your month of “Turning Point”.╦