Saved and Called By Grace (Part 2)

by Rick

Today we continue our series entitled “Destiny’s Child – You Are Not a Mistake!”  I am showing you scripture after scripture that drive home the fact that God made plans for you before the world began.  Yesterday we looked at 2 Timothy 1:9.  Let’s go back to it again today.

(2 Tim 1:9 KJV) 

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

So what does this mean for you today?  A few things.

1.  God saved you when you repented of sin and made Jesus your Lord, but He called you before the world began.

— This means God thought about you well before you thought about Him.

— It means God loved you well before you loved Him.

— It means God had plans for you before your parents did.  He dreamed about your life before you ever had dreams of your own.

— When you internalize the fact that God planned for you and that you are not a mistake, it changes everything!  It is then and only then that you are able to open your heart to the fulness of God’s amazing grace, so you can become everything He planned!

2.  God did not call you according to your own works.  He called you according to His own purpose and grace.

— God did not call you because you were good enough.

— It was not because you prayed long enough, or went to church enough times, or gave enough of your time, talent, and treasure.

— God did not make plans for you because you were so faithful.  Before you ever did anything RIGHT or WRONG, God called you to a HOLY calling!

— God’s call on your life is NOT based on your works.  God’s call is based on His purpose and grace.

— God established your purpose before you were born and He then sent you to this planet with the grace to get it done!

— God gave you His purpose and the grace for the purpose.

— Just like you would never require your children to do something you have not equipped them to do, God equipped you to do what He expects you to do.

3.  God’s grace is always sufficient.  Grace is always enough.

— God calls us to do things we could never do without Him.

— God’s call is not based on our performance, because our performance could never measure up to God’s goodness.

— When you know that God called you before the world began and you discover portions of the call, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, you must free yourself from the limitations of your humanity.  What I mean by this is the following: God reveals His plans to you, the plans far exceed what you consider to be your qualifications, and you feel woefully inadequate.  At that point, you must remind yourself that God’s grace is always enough.  God did not call you based on your performance.  God called you based on His purpose and grace.

— God’s grace and His Spirit enable us to live the life God has called us to live.  Please embrace both.  Be honest.  You are who you are by the grace of God, not because you are so good.  God looked past your flaws when He called you.  So get over yourself and your flaws, so you can become the man/woman you are called to be.  

— When you know you are nothing without God and everything with Him, you are free to be yourself.  You enter into God’s rest.  You don’t take on any pressure to impress anyone.  You simply embrace the grace to be YOU, knowing that God’s grace is enough!

Declaration of Faith

Father, this is a season of LEVELING UP for me.  I LEVEL UP by embracing Your amazing grace.  I enter into Your rest.  I embrace the grace to be ME.  I have no need to envy anyone else.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I am special and unique.  I am called and destined.  I could never earn my calling.  Nor could I ever perform on the level of my purpose without You.  My ability is not good enough.  My effort could never be perfect enough.  But You are always enough.  Your grace is sufficient.  This is why I can boldly declare: GREATER IS COMING FOR ME!  I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

This is Today’s Word!  Apply it and Prosper.

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