My business is in trouble.
My child is hanging with the wrong friends.
I've been troubled by these pains in my body.
Perhaps you can relate to one or all of the above. If so, I want to give you a revelation of God's grace that will cause you to face your troubles including every new one that comes your way with hope, confidence, and faith.
Waves of Grace for Every Wave of Adversity
Check out this amazing promise in John 1:16 that says: And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
Did you know that the word “for” in the verse’s original Greek language is the word “anti”? While anti can mean “against”, it also means “in place of”. So the verse actually reads: “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace in place of grace.”
Take a moment to imagine this: You’re sitting on a beach, watching wave after wave from the majestic ocean roll onto the shore in infinite cycles. Before one wave has fully receded, the next one comes crashing in powerfully. One wave on the heels of another. Endlessly.
Grace in place of grace.
Beloved, there is a fresh wave of God’s grace rushing toward you for every new trial or trouble that comes your way. Our natural inclination is to look in despair at the waves of adversity in our lives, but our loving heavenly Father wants us to look by faith at His waves of grace washing over us—one after another without end—and receive from His fullness every practical supply we need.
It pleases Him when we own our position as His beloved child, and simply trust in His inexhaustible supply of grace in our lives.
What Happened at the Arcade
Years ago when my daughter Jessica was three, I remember taking her to an arcade. She found a game she liked and quickly learned how to win at this game. She also discovered very quickly that as long as she kept slotting tokens into the machine, she could keep playing and winning.
I loved watching Jessica smile and her eyes light up when she won. While her eyes were on the game, mine were on the quickly disappearing tokens by her hand. So while she enjoyed her game, I ran back and forth buying more tokens to replace the ones she had used.
All she knew was that the tokens never seemed to run out. And all I knew was that I wanted to keep seeing her enjoy herself for as long as I could.
As Jessica’s dad, it brought me great pleasure to see my darling girl enjoying the game, simply trusting that the supply of tokens would keep coming.
God at Work, You at Rest
My friend, the Bible tells us that we have a loving Father who knows our needs even before we encounter them. He provided fresh manna every morning unfailingly for His people as they wandered in the desert (even though their behavior was not perfect). As long as they leaned upon His grace, they never went hungry.
Whatever tomorrow may bring, God has promised that He has new mercies for you every morning—fresh grace that is more than sufficient for every demand or challenge that every new day may bring (see Lam. 3:22–23).
Back then at the arcade, my cash eventually ran out but God's supply of grace is inexhaustible. Today, if you are tired or depleted in any area of life, see a fresh wave of His provision, healing, and shalom-peace come upon your situation, and find new strength, protection, and supply to ride out every wave of adversity victoriously.
Watch this video and get a powerful picture of how God sends a fresh wave of grace for every new trouble you face, and receive an uplifting prayer of blessing over you to receive God's fresh supply for your challenges today.
Know and Believe God
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.
Faith is believing that we have a good God, and that He protects and provides for those who trust in Him. Remember the parable of the prodigal son? (Luke 15:11–32) Jesus shared it to illustrate how good our heavenly Father is. The wayward son had squandered his father’s inheritance before he decided to go home to ask his father to make him a hired servant.
But before he could reach home, his father saw him from afar, ran toward him and embraced him. And instead of making him a hired servant, the father turned to his servants and said, “Bring out the best robe! Get a ring and sandals for my son! Let’s kill the fatted calf and celebrate!”
Now, when the older son returned from work and heard about the celebration, he became angry and refused to enter the house. When his father came out to ask him what was wrong, the older son complained, “Look, I’ve served you all these years. Yet, you never gave me a calf to celebrate with my friends. But as soon as this prodigal son of yours comes home, you kill the fatted calf for him!”
Notice what his father told him: “Son, you are always with me and all that I have is yours. We should celebrate because your brother was dead but is alive again. He was lost but is now found.”
Can you see how the older brother perceived his father? He saw his father as a hard and stingy man. He believed that he had to work to get something good from his father. He didn’t realize that he already had an inheritance! He could have killed the fatted calf any time for a celebration!
Like the father in the parable, God has already given you an inheritance in Christ. Don’t fail to enjoy it by doubting God’s goodness or by believing that you must work for it. See your Father’s heart of love and goodness toward you, and celebrate your inheritance today!
Thought For The Day
Faith is believing that you have a good Father who protects and provides for His children.
1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us…
You may know that God cares for you and loves you, and that He demonstrated His love for you by dying on the cross for you, but do you believe it? It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.
It is one thing to know that the sun shines on us during the day. But it is another thing to believe that the sun is still shining even though we don’t feel its warmth and all we see are dark clouds. Sometimes we are slow in believing God’s love for us when we are going through a tough time. But God wants you to know and believe that He loves you in the midst of the deal falling through, when that job is slow in coming, when the boss is fault-finding or when your child still refuses to come home.
In the midst of the pain, He wants you to know and believe that He is wholly on your side defending and taking care of you. And if God, the most powerful being in the universe, is for you, can anyone or anything come against you successfully?
Perhaps you feel like you have messed up big time. God wants you to know and believe that though others may be angry with you, He will never be angry with you. Neither will He condemn you. The sum total of His anger against your sins fell upon Jesus at the cross. So He wants you to know and believe that He will never punish you because Jesus was punished in your place.
When you feel unworthy because you have just blown it for the umpteenth time, know and believe that your heavenly Father still offers you the gift of no condemnation. So come boldly to His throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
My friend, know and believe that since He loved you and died for you while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8) at your worst and ugliest, how much more is His love for you now that you are His beloved child and the righteousness of God in Christ! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Thought For The Day
If God, the most powerful being in the universe, is for you, can anyone or anything come against you successfully?
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