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Working Through, But Grace - Titus 2:11-14; Romans 3:20-24


Did you know that grace gives you the ability to either override or to work through adverse circumstances in your life? We all face things that seem to be difficult to overcome. Problems, pain, frustrations, people, and it looks sometimes like we are being overridden by that which appears to be out of our control. Enter grace. What grace does is it comes alongside of us, either to override something, or take us through something that seems to be just overwhelming.

The law of gravity holds us down, but the law of aerodynamics lifts us up. It doesn’t cancel the law of gravity, but it does override it so that we can fly in an airplane even though gravity is still working.

We have three enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. They’re all trying to pull us down and bring us to defeat. Enter grace. The Holy Spirit uses grace to add a new law to the way we function as followers of Jesus Christ, lifting us above, without necessarily cancelling the reality of the law of sin and death that wants to hold us down. So, when you think about grace, think about its wings, its ability to lift us up and to take us beyond what our experience is saying what we have to live under and be controlled by.

I wish I could say, to follow Christ means all your problems will disappear, but the reality is some of your problems don’t even show up until you are following Christ. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So, grace’s empowerment provides you strength in one of three ways. 1) It is strength to be delivered from, 2) it is strength to move through, or 3) it is strength to be changed in the midst of. But any one of these will have the same result. Strength you didn’t have initially, until Someone from heaven joins you on earth, to help you lift the weight that appeared to be too heavy for you to lift. Grace gives you the power to overcome. Holy Bible App

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