"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26Grace is seeing God's kindness in His Word and letting it infuse our heart with strength, courage, purpose, and peace. It is the untouchable love of God leading us to our flawless heavenly home, despite the brokenness of today. Through the intricate workings of the Father, Son, and Spirit, we face each day with grace. Grace to live, grace to die to self, grace to persevere, grace to thrive. Grace to stand, grace to serve. It is God's sustaining grace that not only saves us, but sanctifies us in every trial. It preserves us in the present, protects us from the past, and prepares us for eternity. In order to experience it, we have to welcome it. In our tear-stained moments we have to turn to Him and ask Jesus in. The truth is He is already there, our faith being the ever-present need to recognize His nearness. God's sustaining grace is believing that when you are falling to your knees in despair, the hands of Jesus can and will pull you up. This gift of grace is so powerful, it is what brings blessing and endurance in the midst of the most debilitating circumstances. It is the very sustenance that allows us to say with Paul in every situation, "I can do all things in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:13). When you cannot face another failure, the Holy Spirit's calming presence presses you on. He transfers His divine and infinite resources to us, that in our weakness we may shine with His glory (2 Peter 1:3).
"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength." Isaiah 40:28-29When you sin and succumb to the crushing weight of temptation and guilt, piece by piece the Father removes the dirty debris, until you rise cleansed and walk rightly with Him again. Every attack, every anxiety, every loss, while seeming to drag us to destruction–cannot. Because He walks with us through these fires determined to refine us into something more precious than gold (1 Peter 1:6-7).
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." Isaiah 43:2It's having knowledge of Christ's unending love and then taking the next step of faithfulness. It's seeing His sacrifice and receiving another ounce of strength for your own moment of self-denial to your husband, your child, your neighbor. When everything is tearing at the seams and hanging by a thread, He is there, holding your life tenderly–keeping your faith intact, providing the needed wisdom, offering everlasting hope, saying, "My grace is sufficient"(2 Corinthians 12:9). Sister, this is yours in Christ Jesus. He is our grace and truth as we embrace the work of His redemption and follow Him with all of who we are. See it in His Word. Find it in fellowship. Sing it in worship. Pray for it with praise. Such grace cannot be found elsewhere, only in the One who is the designer of your destiny. The One who is with you until the end, until you're with Him forever. By Danielle Mu√±oz Originally published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 7.