Get Graced!

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
In keeping with the theme of the bible study I have been doing, I need to say a word about Grace again.  I have discovered during several messages in our Bible Conference this week and several days of my bible study that I have not fully understood the meaning of Grace.  God says in His Word that “He gives more grace to the humble” and when we need it. 
There are times when I am so overwhelmed with pain and heartache or burdened with a problem that I have wondered at what point does Grace appear?  Is it after the pain is gone and I have gotten through it unscathed?  I asked that very question on Day 3 of my study and then in Day 4. After searching scripture and seeking God (don’t you love how simple this is) I came up with this answer…
Humility, is the key to His presence, His peace and His assurance.  Grace is given to us freely but if we do not  accept it,  we are focused on the pain and we fight the reason for it.  We must 100% glory (be glad for it), the reason for the pain, so we can experience the breaking of our hearts. Pride builds a wall around our hearts not allowing us to accept healing or grace.    For grace is unwarranted favor given by God.  And only in humbling ourselves can this grace pierce our heart and thus easing the pain, heartache or burden.
How do I know this?  Because for the first time, at the altar in my church, I stopped fighting the pain and I accepted it.   I realized I was not alone, that my pain was common to all.  When I left the service the pain was channeling the power of Christ, His healing.  Tears fell and I could not stop them because He released me to feel it without resistance. You ever hear the saying “Love hurts”  I believe God made that up…because He knew what was ahead…Do not misunderstand, I was not enduring the pain, I was surrendering to it. 
Get that and you will understand what living under Grace is.
Grace to you, 100%
Shell

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