Topic: With God’s Grace Comes Great Ability — Tuesday September 5, 2017.
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (NIV), Ephesians 3:7 (NKJV)
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. *… I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.
The grace of God is so powerful that it is accompanied by divine enablement and empowerment. The enablement that comes with God’s grace causes you to function beyond your human ability. You function just like God. After we are saved by receiving God’s grace, we are empowered to do good works, Eph.2:8-10. This is why, in Philippians 4:13 (NKJV), Apostle Paul boldly declared, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Child of God, the grace of God is strengthening you right now. You too can also do all things through God’s grace which is at work within you. 2Peter 1:3 reveals to us that in Christ, God has given us all that pertains to life and godliness. In line with this, you must stop thinking that you do not have the ability to live or serve God in a certain way.
God has given you all of that ability in Christ. If you are ready to receive it abundantly like many people like Apostle Paul did, you will do great exploits. There is grace upon grace available for you in Christ, (John 1:16); all manner of grace. In the New International Version, 2Corinthians 9:8 says, “and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” This verse doesn’t say it will happen sometimes or only in certain areas of your life. It says at all times and in all things. As you put God’s grace to work today by faith, you will have great testimonies of exploits.
Faith Declaration: The abundant grace of God that I have received in Christ Jesus is filling me with God’s great power and ability right now. I shall do the impossible and accomplish great exploits today.
Bible In A Year Reading Plan: Psalm 146-147; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28
Empowered to do exploits...
CGMI Above Only Daily Devotional, was written by Most Rev. M.E. Benson-Idahosa, Archbishop of Church of God Mission International, CGMI.