The Spirit of Grace

Mar. 25, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Most churches stay busy giving people rules and regulations to follow, but when we get saved, it is important to fall in love with Jesus. Many of the issues with which we struggle are the same ones He has already dealt with. We struggle because we focus too much on all the religious “do’s” and “don’ts” instead of focusing on Jesus. It is impossible to live Christian lives on our own; the Holy Spirit has a huge part in bringing us a life of grace. We cannot live sinless lives through self-discipline, and we are deluded if we think otherwise. The church is not a collection of perfect people, but rather a place where we admit we need Jesus. When we want to change for the better but cannot do so by ourselves, the Spirit of grace changes us from the inside out.
  1. Grace is Jesus Christ, Himself. Living under grace enriches our lives.
    1. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 17).
      1. This specifically refers to Jesus.
      2. Grace is not a curriculum or a set of principles. Grace is a person, and His name is Jesus.
    2. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
      1. If sin dominates our lives, it is because we are still trying to conduct our lives governed by the law that came by Moses.
      2. If we are born again, we are now under grace. If we do not believe this, our mindset places us back under the law. Our belief determines where we are.
    3. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound(Romans 5:20).
      1. The devil does not need to get us to sin if he can, instead, get us to try to keep the law. The law is designed to increase sin; therefore, this will eventually cause us to sin.
    4. But then Law came in, [only] to expand  and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it  and increased the more  and superabounded (Romans 5:20, AMPC).
      1. Sin will never be greater than grace. We do not need to be so concerned about sin that we focus on it instead of grace.
  1. The sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood for sin must never be cheapened.
    1. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?(Hebrews 10:29).
      1. Jesus’ blood and body was the only sin sacrifice we will ever need for our deliverance. We must believe this.
    2. How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned  and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?(Hebrews 10:29, AMPC).
      1. We trample underfoot what God did when we do not believe what Jesus’ blood did for the forgiveness of sins.
      2. We cannot live the grace life without the spirit of grace.
      3. All sin is the same, regardless of whether we think it is big or small. If we think our “little” sin is less offensive to God than someone else’s “big” sin, we are being self-righteous.
      4. When we are under grace, we will not want to keep sinning. The spirit of grace teaches us to be righteous.
      5. The Holy Spirit restores broken people, stays with them in their brokenness, and makes them into masterpieces. He changes lives.
      6. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
    3. Let your character  or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you  nor give you up  nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless  nor forsake  nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5, AMPC).
      1. Even when we are not committed to God, He remains committed to us. If we try to walk away from Him, He will never walk away from us.
    4. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10).
      1. What God has prepared for us are things we can never know about if we are living under the law. The Holy Spirit reveals these things to us. Grace is what we cannot perceive through our five senses.
      2. One of the Holy Spirit’s major works in our lives is to remove the veil over our spiritual eyes, ears, and hearts, so that we can understand God’s plans for us.
  1. We cannot discern things of the spirit if we are still living under the law.
    1. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law(Galatians 5:18).
      1. Conversely, if we are led by the law, we are not under the Spirit.
      2. The law was elementary. We must reach a level of spiritual maturity to be able to ask God for direction and guidance, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us.
      3. The law was all about demands; grace is all about supply.
      4. Grace delivers us from the bondage of the law, including shame.
      5. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed (Romans 10:11).
    2. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed (John 8:30, 31).
      1. In Jesus’ day, anyone who was Jewish was trained under the law.
      2. Jesus is grace and grace is the truth. Knowing Jesus sets us free from the law.
      3. Many churches preach the law, but the more it is preached, the more that sin increases.
    3. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you (John 16:7-14).
      1. The sin of not believing on Jesus is responsible for every other sin.
      2. We are made righteous because of what Jesus did, not because of what we do.
      3. The disciples could not bear what Jesus had to say because the Holy Spirit had not come yet.
      4. The Spirit shows us aspects of Jesus we have never known before. The more we learn about grace, the more we learn about Jesus.
    4. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:27, 28, NLT).
      1. Sin is a non-issue in our vertical relationships with God, but it hurts others in our horizontal relationships.
      2. Sin is a central issue in many people’s lives but Jesus has already dealt with it.
      3. God is okay with us only because of our belief in Jesus. What we do does not matter.
      4. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not (1 Corinthians 10:23).
      5. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11, 12).

Scripture References

John 1:14, 17

1 Corinthians 2:9, 10

Romans 6:14

Galatians 5:18

Romans 5:20

Romans 10:11

Romans 5:20, AMPC

Hebrews 10:29

Hebrews 10:29, AMPC

John 10:10

Hebrews 13:5, AMPC

John 8:30, 31

John 16:7-14

Hebrews 9:27, 28, NLT

1 Corinthians 10:23

Titus 2:11, 12

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