GRACE TO OVERCOME
The definition of Grace: Undeserved acceptance and love received from another, especially the characteristic attitude of God in providing salvation for sinners. In secular Greek, “grace “referred to something delightful or attractive in a person, something that brought pleasure to others and came to mean a favor or kindness done to another or a gift that bought pleasure to another. Viewed by the recipient, “grace” referred to the thankfulness felt for a gift or favor.
Other Hebrew words refer to the one merciful, loving gracious God, (Ex. 34:6, Neh. 9:17, Pss. 86:15; 103:8 ). God’s grace is demonstrated in how Jonah deals with God’s merciful concern to save the Ninevites, and Hosea powerfully conveys God’s undeserved mercy and grace with the image of the prophet’s love for the faithless Gomer. God’s grace shines forth clearly in the exodus, where God delivered an un-deserving people before they entered into His covenant. I would say that God’s grace gives you the strength, the power and enablement to do what we could not do on our own accord. God’s grace is our helper in doing, to do the things that please Him the most.
William Murphy has a song recorded on his newest CD
entitled: “Grace to Overcome.”
I’m an over-comer by the Lamb’s blood. Blood washed my sins are white as snow. I’ve got a testimony, when I was overwhelmed, and when I was under, He gave me grace to overcome.
I’m overcoming, Gods not done with me, I will not waver, I’ll still believe. And while I’m waiting, Lord I will bless your name. Because when I was under, He gave grace to overcome.
No more worries, His blood has made me whole. Jesus is a wonder in my soul. Forever grateful, His blood has made me free, and by his power, I have the victory.
Chorus: Grace to win, he ushered in, heavens win, this is not the end, we have grace to win, enter in; to that place or rest,, grace to win. When I was under, He gave me grace to overcome.
I believe that the Lord’s grace was not only given as a gift to the work of salvation, God’s grace is what gives us the power to overcome life’s circumstances. God’s grace gives us the strength to deal with adversity. God’s grace gives us the unction to function in our gifts when we get discouraged, and there is nobody to help us, sow into our ministry, encourage us and believe in us. God’s grace is there to pick you and me up when getting up is not even on our mind!
When I was under, when I was overwhelmed by the pain of grief, despair, anger, depression and loneliness, He give me grace to overcome. The Lord reminded me of who I am and “who’s I am. The Lord reached down his gracious hand of mercy picked me up out of my bed of affliction. He loved upon me in ways that no human could ever accomplish!!!
It was God’s “Grace,” that made me anew, attractive, well, let’s look again at the definition: In secular Greek, “grace “referred to something delightful or attractive in a person, something that brought pleasure to others and came to mean a favor or kindness done to another or a gift that bought pleasure to another.
When I was going through, I was none of those things. I wasn’t happy; I wasn’t pleasant to be around, I was in a stupor of anger, bitterness, questioning my faith and faithfulness, in deep pain and anguish of heart.
But thanks be to God that gives us the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus is a wonder, in my soul.
I can truly say like the hymn writer: Something within that holdeth the reigns. Something within me that banishes pain. Something within me, I cannot explain, all that I know, there is something within.
There is a powerful, supernatural source of strength, God’s en-ablement working in your innermost being, called “grace.” And you look deep into that basin, when you call upon the Lord His Grace to abound in you; when you lean not unto your own understanding, but in all of your ways acknowledge Him. He will direct your path.
I thank God for the Grace, not to just survive, but to overcome. I thank God that the troubles that I went through, did not make me bitter, but better. I thank God that my trials no longer contribute to my misery, but they assist me in my ministry. Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. I wear the aroma and the fragrance of “Grace,” which makes me attractive, vibrant, warm and engaging
I thank God that I am not a problem waiting to be handled or worked upon. But I am becoming the solution to and for others who have walked in a similar path of bereavement and sorrow such as I have.
There are still days when I wish the pain of losing my loved ones was just a dream, but then reality kicks in. I don’t understand everything the Lord does. But I know He never makes a mistake. So while I am waiting for the last piece of the puzzle to be put in its place; I will not waver, I’ll still believe. And while I’m waiting, Lord I will bless your name. Because when I was under, He gave grace to overcome. He gave me “GRACE’ TO WIN.