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Entering Into His Grace
Author: Creflo Dollar
“Talk is cheap” is a popular cliché; however, it describes perfectly how many Christians live. Their actions contradict their confession of God’s Word. Without action, what we say is mere talk. For example, when we say we are saved by grace, our pursuit of holiness is a demonstration of what we believe. But if there is no action, faith is dead. And when our faith is dead, we must examine whether we have truly received the Word of God. The Word of God produces faith, and our corresponding action is the evidence of what we believe. As a result, our faith gives us access to God’s grace, which is His divine power.
- We have access to grace by faith (Romans 5:1, 2).
- Webster’s dictionary defines access as the ability, the right, or the permission to enter into something.
- A synonym for access is admittance.
- We have admittance into the grace of God by faith.
- Everything we need in life can be found in His precious promises, which is His Word (2 Peter 1:3, 4, NLT).
- God does nothing aside from His promises.
- We must spend time reading, studying, and meditating His Word to know it.
- The early Christians knew how to access His power through His Word (Acts 14:3).
- By acting on His Word, they demonstrated their faith, and signs and wonders followed.
- To activate His grace in our lives, we must believe and act on His Word (Acts 20:32; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 4:2, 3).
- Whatever we believe, we will say. And whatever we say and believe comes from what we have heard and received from the Word of God (Romans 10:6-16).
- Only the Word of God can penetrate so deeply that it reaches our very core (or our spirits). The Word produces faith within us (Hebrews 4:12).
- We can have what we say (Mark 11:22, 23).
- Our spoken words are evidence of what we believe (Psalm 116:10, AMP).
- True faith speaks in line with the Word (2 Corinthians 4:13).
- For example, Jesus knew what was in the Pharisees’ hearts; however, they spoke contrary to what was in their hearts (Matthew 12:34, AMP).
- Jesus’ disciples demonstrated their unbelief when they spoke fearful words during a storm (Mark 4:35, 38-40).
- Jesus said, “Let us pass over to the other side,” then went to sleep on the boat while a storm brewed (Mark 4:35).
- After His disciples saw the wind and the rain, they woke Him, asking, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38).
- Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and asked His disciples, “How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
- Many times, we doubt Jesus’ love for us, especially when facing one of life’s storms.
- Jesus teaches us in the above passage, how to handle storms; He rebuked it.
- Instead of doubting His love for us, we should simply do what He did.
- If we are true Christians, our lifestyles will show it (Matthew 7:20, NIV).
- If we say we are saved by grace, but our actions contradict our confession, our faith is just mere talk (James 2:14-24, The Message Translation).
- Our faith is dead if there is no action to back up what we say we believe.
- Romans 5:1, 2
2 Peter 1:3, 4
Hebrews 4:2, 3,
Psalm 116:10, AMP
2 Corinthians 4:13
Matthew 12:34, AMP
Mark 4:35, 38-40
Matthew 7:20, NIV
James 2:14-24, The Message Translation
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