Grace Under Fire

james-pond-191266-unsplashStand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (Galatians 5:1)

Did you know your anointing is designed to attract the enemy? It makes you susceptible to an attack. What bothers me is when God instigates the process. Sometimes it looks like God has set you up for failure. You follow His instructions only to find yourself embroiled in trouble. You experience a season where it looks like He’s abandoned you as your enemies celebrate your defeat. The thing that gets on my nerves about God is that He expects us to have an unnatural response to a natural situation. I don’t know about you but sometimes I want to backslide and tell people exactly what I think. At times I’d like to take matters into my own hands. No matter how long you’ve been saved, experience enough pressure and it will be easy to backslide and fall prey to old habits and tendencies.

When God exposes you to a problem, you feel weak and out of control. When He sows seasons of vulnerability into your life (notice I said when), you get to a point where all you can do is trust Him. The key to survival is to know WHO you are and WHOSE you are. Vulnerability confirms who you are. When you know who you are and whose you are, you won’t lose control. No matter what you’re facing you know God will bring you out. Your now won’t last forever.

Walking in purpose makes you vulnerable to attack. It’s not until you have a problem that grace is activated. Grace is a state of being. It empowers you to overcome everything that comes against you. Grace gets you through your issues and stormy seasons.

In Galatians 5:1 Paul admonishes his readers to stand in the liberty by which they were made free. But how do you stand when you’re faced with more month than money? How do you stand when your dream turns into a nightmare? How do you stand when you’re bombarded on every side? The word “stand” implies two things: a struggle and choice. When you’re going through you have to choose to stand. To stand means to be of a steadfast mind. You talk to your flesh and tell it what to do. Paul knew we have the ability to stand because of grace. Grace empowers you to overcome the struggle. There’s a responsibility not to go back to what you’ve been delivered from. What will you do when trouble comes knocking at your door?

With grace in operation we have the power to overcome the flesh. The Bible says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). True liberty means living as we should, not as we please. Self-will and self-preservation is a direct violation of grace. Paul says the law held us captive, but now we can live in the freedom of grace. You don’t have to resort to old tactics to free yourself from a situation. The wonderful thing about God is that while He allows you to look vulnerable to your enemies, He doesn’t leave you that way! God always makes you look vulnerable before he raises you up. Vulnerability will do three things; 1) attract the enemy, 2) expose your weaknesses and inability, 3) and activate grace.

God exposes you to a problem to demonstrate His power in your life. During the process you’ve got to have a God perspective of your problem. He sees you victorious in the situation. Obedience during the process aligns you with His will and power.

God’s grace enables you to withstand the heat of your trials. It empowers you to overcome the frustrations of your tests. The bigger the enemy, the more grace flows. God’s grace is sufficient for your thorns. God’s got more grace than you have problem. You can stand because grace does its best work when its under fire. Grace will position you for purpose. It will sustain you through your issues and problems. Grace will empower you to fulfill your purpose and destiny.

Walking in grace with you! Until next time…

Reverend Cynthia Jackson

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and the Program Manager of Innovations Ministries. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. Reverend Jackson resides in Clementon, New Jersey.

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