God’s Grace: Our Key to Overcoming Obstacles

What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God. ~ Rick Warren

It’s happened too many times not to believe. Jesus stopped storms, healed thousands, forgave sins and overcame death. In my own life, I’ve stopped a few storms, healed multiple attacks on my body, and overcome any number of challenges to my peace. Yet not I, but the spirit that dwells within me, He does the works (John 14:10). Everything, every blessing and so-called miracle, comes from God by grace.

I’m smart enough to know that I can’t really do those things. A few words spoken … an obstinate “I don’t believe this garbage that’s going on in my life” attitude … isn’t enough on its own to stop the storms of life. God’s grace is. His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9). Actually, it’s more than sufficient! With it, we become more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37).

The Apostle John explained that we overcome them (the devil, the world and all the problems and obstacles of life) because greater power resides in you. That power is manifested by God’s grace. His grace, His desire to bless His children with overcoming power, sent the Holy Spirit into our hearts to strengthen and empower our faith. A chapter later, he explained, whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (I John 5:4). The Holy Spirit plugs our faith into His grace!

It is of Faith: Faith is the connector; the receiver, not the Power. It is the extension cord that ‘plugs into’ the grace of God, His infinite ever-ready power released on our behalf. Faith takes a stand. It is a decision to trust the Word of God despite any physical conditions, looking not at the seen, but at the unseen, for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18). Faith connects you to God’s truth (our place of dominion as His children) instead of the world’s challenges.

By Grace: Grace is usually defined as God’s unmerited favor. Unmerited, because there is absolutely nothing we can do or say to deserve to receive our prayers answered and problems solved. We’re talking about infinite, omnipresent, omniscient Divine Mind, GOD! That’s like the lowliest peon in the farthest part of the realm knocking on the Emperor’s door and asking for a favor. In most countries, that peon wouldn’t even be permitted on the palace grounds!

But God (I love that phrase because it signifies that God butts into the affairs of men to take care of His own – that’s us!) chooses to grant those favors anyway. Here’s the good part: Jesus told us to knock! We are supposed to ask, seek and receive! (Matt. 7:7-8) The power of God is receivable, but not buyable or earnable. It is a gift from our Almighty Father to His children.

Come Boldly: Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in a time of need (Heb. 4:16). God doesn’t want His kids cowering outside the door, whining and begging. “If you need it, come ask Me,” He said. That doesn’t mean just the big stuff, either. I’ve asked God to help me with my hairdo (“Please, Lord, let it look good today. I’ve got a meeting.”). I’ve asked Him what to fix for dinner, for a parking place when I’m in a hurry, or what to do today.

He wants to be involved in EVERY aspect of your life. He wants you to ask Him for help. He wants you to trust Him to work out the details and problems of your every-day life.

Sure to all: God’s grace is not earnable, but it’s always available. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Eph. 4:7). God has infinite grace available so there is plenty for all of us! You don’t need to ration it, or think that some problems just aren’t big enough to ‘waste’ on grace.

Whatever your obstacle or challenge, God wants to help. 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 (2 Cor. 9:8). Count the number of times God used the word ‘all’. He doesn’t put limits on His grace – we do. Maybe it’s time to increase your faith so you can believe Him for more grace!

Let the weak say:  Faith speaks. God is waiting for your words, spoken in faith, to allow Him entrance into your life. He gave you the same measure of faith that everyone receives by grace (Rom. 12:3). The difference between weak faith and strong faith is time spent in the Word – in prayer, study and meditation. Faith grows, but only if you water and fertilize it with The Word.

If you feel weak, unable to cope with Life’s obstacles and challenges, begin to say, “I am strong.” (Joel 3:10). Say “With His stripes, I am healed” (I Peter 2:24) or “God meets all my need” (Phil. 4:19). Words spoken release power. Say it until you believe it. Say it until your faith becomes strong. Say it until you see the manifestation.

Doubt not: Doubt short-circuits your faith and, as a result, limits the manifestation of grace in your life. James explained that a double-minded man – someone wavering between faith and unbelief – can’t expect to receive anything from God (v. 1:6-8). Not because God doesn’t want to give, but because the connection is broken.

It’s like pulling the plug and plugging back in, then pulling the plug again. If you turn your oven on and off every five minutes, you’ll never get that cake baked! Fight doubt like the enemy it is. Talk back to those negative thoughts with words of faith. Keep your faith plugged in to the promises of God.

Grace IS God’s unmerited favor. It is the power that manifests the solutions to overcome all of life’s obstacles and problems. God desires to see His children do well, prosper and be healthy – even as your soul prospers. He wants that above all things (3 John 1:2). Grace even gives you the ‘measure of faith’ that you can grow and nurture so you can receive more grace. More faith … more grace. Grace is the evidence and manifestation of God’s Love for His children – you and me.

Believe it, receive it; and you will overcome every obstacle, problem and challenge in your life. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2).

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  1. the grace of God is all what I needed in my race with God

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