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Grace Upon Grace

At a luncheon over the weekend, the message was about God’s Grace. Coincidence? I think not! Have you ever prayed for the Lord to guard and protect you in ALL your ways (Psalm 91:11), knowing some of your ways aren’t right? Or wondered whether the new way you’re doing things is right? I have!

I remember calling on the grace of God right in the middle of sinning! I heard in reply the chorus to the song by Bethel, ‘You Make Me Brave’. I heard (over and over), ‘Your love, in wave after wave, crashes over me. Crashes over me! Your love, in wave after wave, crashes over me. Crashes over me!’ Look at the strength of the words: waves… crashing. What an awesome image! Waves crashing immerse us completely; we are powerless against it. Leanne Womack sings in ‘I Hope You Dance’: ‘I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean…’ Likewise, there’s nothing we ever do, no way we ever walk in, that is bigger than the grace of God!

His Word says Christ’s sacrifice was “all-sufficient.” Because of this, the Bible says, “at ALL times, and under ALL circumstances, you will have grace SUFFICIENT for all that you need” (2 Corinthians 9:8). The grace of God does not stop short to provide for us in all our ways. We need not clean up first or figure things out; we just need to walk into the grace of God, remembering He is Daddy and it’s His job. Galatians 2:21 says, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” I am not saying it’s okay to do whatever we want to abuse the grace of God. I am saying that in our weakest moment, the grace of God will be sufficient. Just as we are, we walk into the grace of God instead of relying on ourselves to work it out.

Brantley Gilbert singing ‘Just As I Am‘ captures the essence of walking into the grace of God:

In addition to the undeserved favor that is the grace of God, it also is His ability at work in us that sees us through anything! Many of us are on the cusp of a major change. Change can be scary – even something good we really want. When I moved 15 minutes down the street, I still drove daily to my old residence. For a few weeks, I sat in the parking lot on my lunch-break because it was hard to say goodbye – even though I moved to a beautiful place the Lord provided for me. I’m in a new season that I love, but it is unfamiliar. I keep trying to figure out how it’s all going to shake out. I was reminded at the luncheon that God is Daddy; I am not. I must walk into the grace of God. I can’t do it on my own. I am afraid and tender-hearted about leaving what I am used to. But I want this new thing, and I know that “He is the one who goes with me wherever I go” (Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9). I can’t work out all the details, but I know that my Daddy can. I know He can do anything for me, because I’m His daughter. I know that “no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11).

In my flesh, my walk is NOT blameless, but, being washed in the blood of The Lamb, I am 100% completely blameless! So, this unmerited favor, this grace of God, that does not stop providing for me, truly is unmerited favor. And I know it’s my job to take whatever my Daddy gives me. I’ll take it – 100%! I’ll stand in it. I’ll walk in it, just as I am, because I am the King’s daughter! I know that full well! And my Daddy loves me like nobody else loves me!

~Shelly Hess

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