Many years ago, when my body was so riddled with pain that even getting dressed or showered seemed to take all day (and on some days, not at all). I was in a constant place of defeat and lack because I didn’t understand how to receive God’s grace.
The Bible tells us to choose life, I didn’t know how to; the horror of my situation seemed greater than the power of grace.
Are you the same? Are you so overcome by the symptoms in your body, you’re in a constant state of struggle?
I felt God give me a picture of the yellow brick road. If you remember the story, as long as Dorothy stayed on the right path, she would reach her destination, the Emerald City.
The witch tried everything in her power to steer Dorothy off the brick road, meaning she would never reach her destiny.
HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE
Each day God gives us grace; his unlimited favour and empowerment.
He gives us grace to do what we could never do in our own strength, to do those things which doctors say is unlikely, to rise above the pain, to get out of bed, to do daily chores….to believe for that miracle.
By continually receiving God’s gift of grace each day, we stay on that yellow brick road.
I would wake up in the morning, stretch out my hands and pray ‘Lord, I receive the abundance of your grace today, I receive your gift of righteousness’ Rom 5:17
I would literally put my foot on the floor and see the yellow brick road in front of me.
As long as I received the grace for that day, I would be victorious in whatever the day had in store.The more I learned how to receive God’s grace, the more I received his empowerment to reign in life.
I started to be able to do what I previously could not, like having the enthusiasm to get dressed, even if it took forever; setting myself goals; pushing boundaries where I had previously been limited.
Those ‘impossible’ daily tasks were now achievable. God’s provision of grace was greater than the pressures or demands of the illness. I could now choose life.
- The 10 spies in Numbers 13 were more conscious of the magnitude of the giants and impossibilities in the natural realm than the power and willingness of God in their situation. Joshua and Caleb saw God’s grace.
- Abraham ‘considered not his own body’ when he was more aware of God’s power than his circumstances.
- When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha saw death but Jesus saw resurrection power.
- The man lowered through the roof and his friends saw healing power, when all the pharisees saw Jesus in the natural.
HE SUPPLIES YOUR EVERY NEED
I was in my own strength, all I saw was the demands of illness and it’s limitations. I never saw Jesus as someone to supply all my needs and strength for the day ahead.
Death was reigning and I didn’t know how to choose life.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Until I had the revelation of God’s grace to empower me to do what I couldn’t do in my own strength.
He gives us air to breathe and strength to get out of bed. He will supply to us whatever we need for the day ahead. It takes faith on our part to believe this.
This fills us with such a peace and security causing us to operate from a place of rest and ease.
When Jesus fed the 5000, all the disciples saw was lack and limitation but of course Jesus supplied for the multitude with 12 basketfuls left over. His eyes were on God’s unlimited power.
Living each day with illness and symptoms can invite a stressful outlook releasing chemicals into the body which amplify symptoms. A place of dis-ease.
If we would only train our brains to see God’s unlimited power instead.
God Knows everything you need before you do; he takes care of the demands of the day so there is a rest, an ease. What a lover, what a saviour!
We choose life by allowing God to give us what we need to rise above our circumstances.
HOW DO YOU SEE GOD?
The determining factor in how to receive God’s grace is how you see God. Do you see him as someone who has already gone before you?
Do you see him as someone who knows what you need each day and wants to supply to you, to serve you, to empower you?
Or do you see Him as someone who leaves you to it? Expecting you to struggle throughout the day on your own?
“But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
God gave the Israelites manna every day. When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they were literally depending upon God’s grace for manna and for water. The provision was there.
HE PROVIDES FOR YOUR NEEDS
What provision do you need today?
God freely and continually supplies healing but it’s our responsibility to see it through the eyes of faith. The grace for healing doesn’t begin the moment you pray, the flow is already present.
Practicing his presence positions us for the receiving of grace.
Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—
A really helpful prayer each morning is ‘Lord, I receive the abundance of your grace today’. This gives the Holy Spirit permission to supply you with your every need.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
REVELATION OF WHO GOD IS
Some scholars say the term ‘El Shaddai’ means all powerful. Others say it means all sufficient.
Either way, isn’t it interesting that the moment Abraham and Sarah had the revelation of God is El Shaddai, they received the blessing they had been waiting for?
Think of the difference it would make to your life and to those in our communities if we all saw God as the all sufficient one, providing all our needs.
How we see God determines if we’ll receive his grace or not.
He supplies us with the strength to get out of bed, the willingness to keep on going, the ability to do what we could never do in the natural.
We would choose life despite illness and begin to walk in the healing Jesus died to give us. This is how we receive God’s grace when faced with unrelenting symptoms.
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