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Strong Foundations – Multiplied grace…

Multiplied grace…

I learned this definition of grace years ago and it’s a good one

Grace = God’s willingness to use His power and ability on our behalf, even though we don’t deserve it.

2 Peter 1:2 says, “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  Most Believers have no problem at all believing that God can do something.  The issue for most of them lies in whether or not they believe that He will do it for them.  However, if you consider the definition of grace and this verse from Second Peter together then we can see that God’s willingness is actually multiplied toward you as a believer as you grow in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.  Remember Romans 10:17 told us that Faith comes from hearing the Word. Also remember that John 1:14 showed us that Jesus is the Word.  As you grow in the knowledge of the Word and of Christ you will grow in the grace of God and as a result your faith will become more effective.  The reason for that is that as you hear the Word you gain knowledge of God.  As you gain knowledge of who God is you will gain knowledge of His heart and will for you.  The more you know His willingness to act on your behalf the more the power of it is multiplied in your life.

Let’s also consider Romans 10:8, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we proclaim):”.  God hasn’t given your pastor or some other great minister more faith than you He has given each one of us the same faith.  The reason that some seem to have more faith is just that they have developed it more and are therefore able to walk in what seems to be higher levels of grace.  God is just as willing to move on your behalf as He is anyone else’s, but you will walk in greater levels of that grace as the knowledge of Him is increased in your life.  You have to see that faith is like a seed. It only grows when you plant it and water it.  (Luke 17:5-6)

There are so many that believe that everyone has more faith then they have, however, according to scripture we have all been given the same amount. Romans 12:3 states, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  Did you see that each one of us has been given a measure of faith.  God didn’t give one guy fourteen measures and another guy six and you one.  He gave us all the same measure of faith.  He gave us all the measure of faith to attain all that we need in our assignment here on earth.  He gave us all the same  Word of God.  Now each one of us becomes responsible to study and apply that Word to our lives and mature the faith that we have been given.

 

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