Why Grace Is Amazing – Part 4
Grace is what God freely gives as a continuous gift, so that his power may work in us and accomplish the will of God for our lives. So, it is God working in and through us accomplishing only what he can accomplish for his glory.
We see through the life of Paul how God’s grace works in
Three specific areas of our lives:
- Our Conception
- “But when God, who set me apart from birth (from my mother’s womb)…” – Galatians 1:15
Pauls reference to his mother’s womb reveals that God has a destiny for every child born. Satan seeks to destroy God’s destiny for every child by leading them down a path of destruction – it’s called the “broad way.” Matthew 7:13
- Satan’s ultimate goal is to keep God’s purpose from being understood and experienced. II Corinthians 4:4
- Jeremiah 1:5
- Isaiah 49:1
- Our Conversion
- “…and called me by his grace…” Galatians 1:15
- Paul’s life “before Christ” – verses 13-14.
Paul’s testimony of how Jesus called him and he was converted – Acts 22:6-10
- Paul conversion teaches us that no matter how far a child gets off the path God will have the final word. Mothers don’t stop praying for your children!
- How did Paul not live in his past? He persecuted the church and had Christians killed. He was behind the death of Stephen the first martyr. It is because he understood the power of Grace to bring total transformation into his life.
- Titus 3:3-7
- Our Calling
- “Was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles…” Galatians 1:16
- After his conversion on the Damascus Road that Paul received his calling into the ministry. The Call upon our lives is always initiated by God and not man. Man may be used by God to communicate prophetically about the calling upon a person’s life, but it always starts with God’s grace. Grace is given to hear and to respond.
- Acts 22:10, 14-16
- Romans 1:1