“And now I entrust you to God and the message of His grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.” – Acts 20:32 (NLT)
The grace of God is what God has done for us simply because He loves us. It can be defined as His love in demonstration, freely released towards us, not because we have earned it or because we are deserving of it, but because it is His will and good pleasure as a loving Father to freely bless His children. The “gospel” is the good news of God’s grace and all that it has done.
“None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24 (KJV)
The message of God’s grace includes everything that Jesus accomplished for humanity through His death, burial, resurrection and ascension so that we could have a new life. We did not deserve what Jesus did for us. All of it was an act of grace. As Christians hear this message of grace, they are empowered to experience all of the benefits that God’s grace has provided. The grace of God is more than a theological concept. It is real power from Heaven that changes lives and enables people to live victoriously!
We’re here to proclaim the Word of God that inspires faith in the hearts of those who hear it. As believers respond in faith to God’s Word, they access His grace and experience real victory in life.
“If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine.” – 1 Timothy 4:6 (NKJV)
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:8, 17 (KJV)
Faith in God is much more than a topic or an abstract theory. It is to be our way of life! In Mark 11:22, the Lord Jesus instructed us to “have faith in God” and in 2 Corinthians 5:7, Christians are instructed by the Apostle Paul to “walk by faith and not by sight”. The word “walk” in that verse refers to a person’s entire way of life. In other words, Christians are to live a lifestyle of faith. This concept is found throughout the Word of God. In fact, four places in the Scriptures teach us that the just are to live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38).
What is faith? It is trusting in God and in the words that He has spoken over what we see or feel. A person of faith simply acts like the Bible is true. Why does living by faith make such a difference? Our actions of faith in God are the way we enter into the experience of all that His grace has provided.
“Therefore, inheriting the promise is the outcome of faith and depends entirely on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor).” – Romans 4:16a (AMP)
“Through Him also we have access by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand.” – Romans 5:2a (AMP)
Jesus is our Victor and His work is finished. Now, because of what He has accomplished, we are called to live in victory! We see in God’s Word that Jesus came to bring us more than religion or tradition. He came to bring us a new life of victorious living as children of the Most High God.
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:4 (NIV)
“Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37 (AMP)
The victorious life begins when a person sees all that Jesus has done for them and within them by His grace. Acting in faith on what God says is ours now because of His grace, produces tangible victory in every realm of life!
“But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph as trophies of Christ’s victory.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14a (AMP)
“Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMP)
“Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!” – Psalm 118:15 (NLT)
Now that we are in Christ Jesus, we are VICTORS, not VICTIMS. This is our new perspective found in God’s Word. We are not supposed to live our Christian lives trying to obtain victory because our wonderful Lord and Savior has already obtained it for us. We are to live our lives from the position of victory that we now have in Christ. Jesus is now our Lord and His world overcoming victory is within us. He has destined us to experience grace, faith and victory!