Hi. Last night we had a powerful prayer meeting during which God strongly encouraged us in regards to His grace. Many prophetic words were given which highlighted that God does not expect us to do “our best” before He helps us out. Neither does God want us to sit around doing nothing while He does it all. Rather, there is a tightly knit relationship between us and God, each working together towards the common goal of our sanctification.
Grace is not a license to sin. Grace is NOT God excusing our poor moral choices. Rather, grace is God’s divine power working in us helping us to do what we cannot do on our own.
Titus 2:11-12 « For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us, to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world. » (American Standard Version)
The verb used in the beginning of verse 12 “To Instruct” would be better translated as “To Coach.” Just as a coach comes along side an athlete to push him to the limits of his potential, so too the grace of God comes along side us and pushes us to the limits of what we can do. A coach, however, is not a task master; and neither is our God. A good coach will help an athlete when he is discouraged or when he falters. But the coach will never accept defeat. He will help his champion athlete keep his eyes on the final prize. So too, the grace of God works in us, encourages us, and pushes us towards the final prize of being like Christ.
So friend, the message for today is that you are not alone. God is with you and He is for you. And He has put His power in you to push you towards the final prize.