“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
Do you feel like God is asking you to do something beyond your ability? This may be so, but it is never beyond HIS ability. You are the vessel He has chosen to use. Thanks to HIS power, wisdom, and strength you have the honor of doing His bidding. His GRACE will always be sufficient to accomplish His purpose.
Grace, which is accessed only by faith, is the power of God by which He does righteousness through anyone who will yield to Him. It enables us to become who He created us to be, and to do what He has called us to do. It is what gives us the desire to do His will.
If we have any hopes of experiencing the greatness of God, we must first yield to His will. When we try to do service in our flesh, it will never compare to the greatness God can accomplish through a yielded spirit. We must always remember that we are merely the vessel He has chosen to accomplish His purposes.
What a beautiful picture Hebrews 4:16 paints. God sits on a throne of grace. It is full of power, HIS power. His throne enables Him to show us mercy.
Surely there are many occasions in every believer’s life where God has granted him or her mercy. Mercy is when we are spared judgment or harm. None of us knows how many times God has dispatched His angels to keep us from danger and harm. Can you count how many times you have been spared judgment for acts of sin and unkindness? Most likely they are too many to count.
Our heavenly Father grants us the grace to forgive and show mercy. There is no excuse for us to hold grudges. The Lord tells us that His grace is sufficient to do His will and forgiving others is at the top of His list.
Grace will give you the desire to do His will. This includes loving your neighbor as yourself. All selfish desires can be set aside with His provision. Even loving your “enemies” is possible with the grace of God. With grace, a heart hardened by pain and betrayal can learn to trust and feel once again.
The gift of grace is powerful but it does require faith and a submissive heart. With its empowerment, you’ll be equipped to love others with His unconditional love. Therefore, it is no surprise that transformation is an effect of grace. With it, He will transform you into the person He created you to be so that you can do what He has called you to do.
Never be afraid to approach His throne of grace and ask for mercy. You will need it on your adventure through this life. Walking as a stranger in a foreign land is never easy. However, when you remember the words God spoke to Paul, you will know that all things are possible through Him who gives us strength… “My grace is sufficient.” (Phil. 4:13 & 2 Co. 12:9)
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)