Today we continue our series entitled, “Grace and Truth” by continuing to look at The Law given under Moses vs. the Grace provided by Jesus. Our main scriptures are John 1:14 & 17. Let’s look at them again.
(John 1:14 New International Version)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John 1:17 New International Version)
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
In this series, we studied Galatians 3, 4, 5 and 6. We took our time studying this book. Today we get Paul’s benediction.
(Galatians 6:18 Easy to Read Version)
My brothers and sisters, I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirits. Amen.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things.
1. Paul’s benediction to the Galatians is a prayer we can and should pray.
a) Paul’s closing statement to the believers in Galatia was, “My brothers and sisters, I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirits. Amen.”
b) Paul prayed for God’s overwhelming and empowering presence to be with the believers in Galatia. I pray a similar prayer over my children every day as they go to school. This reminds me of God’s presence with them and it does the same for them. You can pray the same prayer over yourself. We all need constant reminders of God’s presence. Especially in challenging times. Because in those times, the enemy will tell you that God is not there. But He is. He will never leave you, forsake you, or turn His back on you. We just need to be reminded of it.
c) When we pray we come in agreement with heaven in the earth. Prayer is earthly license for heavenly interference. Prayer is the earth coming in alignment with what God has assigned us to do. When Paul prayed for the grace of our Lord Jesus to be with us, as believers, he was praying for us to walk in God’s power. The grace of God enables us to do what we could never do without Him. When you pray, and you release your faith to tap into God’s grace, you are acknowledging the fact that there is nothing you can’t do. Because God lives in you and there is nothing He can’t do. When you pray this way you are opening your heart to the supernatural. You are believing God to operate in levels, ways, and realms that exceed your power, ability, and strength. You are believing God to operate beyond your ability. And when you do it… when you accomplish things that are way beyond anything you could have ever done without God, you are quick to acknowledge that you were only able to do it BY THE GRACE OF GOD! This is how we are supposed to live. By God’s grace, there is nothing we can’t do. So as you enter this day, I pray what Paul prayed: My brothers and sisters, I pray that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirits. Amen!”
2. Be aware of God’s grace daily.
a) Paul said that he prayed for “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with” the spirits of the believers in Galatia. In actuality, if you are Born-Again, God is always with you, because He lives in you. Paul was praying for believers to be cognizant of God’s presence. This is my same prayer for you this morning. God is always with you. But you may not always acknowledge Him.
b) God will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will never turn His back on you. He will never relax the grip that He has on you. God is ON you, IN you, WITH you and FOR you! Please be aware of this daily. As you engage in meetings, conversations and activities today and this week, remember that God is with you everywhere you go. His empowering presence is in you, so there is nothing you can’t do. He will give you wisdom, in a meeting, that exceeds your education and experience. He will give you words, in a conversation, that flood your heart like a download from heaven. God is with you. Be aware of His presence and acknowledge that His presence brings with it His peace and His power.
c) When you are cognizant of God’s presence and His grace on your life, you live with a level of confidence that is uncommon in this world. Because your confidence is not based on you or your power. Your confidence is based on God, His power, His grace, and his commitment to you, and the plans He made for you before the world began.
Declaration of Faith:
Father, You are with me and I am aware of it. I enter this day cognizant of Your presence, peace, power, and grace. You are ON me, IN me, WITH me, and FOR me. There is nothing You can’t do. You live in me. Therefore, there is nothing I can’t do. I enter every meeting, conversation, and activity this week with fearless confidence. Because I know You are with me. You will never turn Your back on me. You are more dedicated to me, and the plans You made for me than I ever could be to myself. My confidence is IN YOU! I trust in You. I believer in You. I acknowledge You this morning, this day, and every day, for the rest of my life! I am never hopeless because I am never helpless! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!