The Relevance of God’s Grace

by Creflo Dollar | 20 Apr 2020

Summary

The grace of God provides everything we need, but faith takes what grace has made available to us one step further. Being relevant means being connected with the matter at hand, which is something many of us seek. But when we strive to be relevant, we must not forget our identity in Christ. With this in mind, we must ask ourselves how significant God is in our lives. Most people think that He is only relevant when we die. However, God wants to show us His favor now, while we are still on the earth. For real results when we need them, we should acknowledge His significance in all aspects of our lives.

  1. God will make Himself known in all areas of our lives, if we let Him.
    1. God knows exactly what we are feeling and going through on a daily basis. He is not far away or out of touch.
      1. Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole (Isaiah 53:4, 5, AMPC).
      2. Because of the finished works of Jesus, we have already been healed.
    2. Jesus is the one who has healed us. Not only did He take away our sins on the cross, He gave us perfect health and wholeness.
      1. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24).
      2. Jesus felt that the gift of healing was important enough to offer to us, so we should assign enough importance to this gift to choose to receive it.
    3. And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion (Mark 2:1-12).
      1. Jesus also forgave the man’s sins.
      2. When He told the man to take up his bed and walk, it was for the benefit of the crowd.
      3. It was easier for them to believe what they could see with their eyes.
      4. The scribes were questioning His authority in their hearts, but He healed the man, physically, to verify what He had done, spiritually.
  1. We have the same power and authority that Jesus had.
    1. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me (John 5:36).
      1. Works and miracles back up the words that we speak.
      2. God will work miracles through our hands.
    2. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:17-20).
      1. Physical signs should accompany the works that believers will perform.
    3. We cannot ignore the connection between a word spoken in faith and the corresponding signs and witnesses.
      1. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? (Hebrews 2:3, 4).
      2. Those signs include healing, wholeness, prosperity, and salvation.

    For more on how to experience God’s grace through a relationship with Him, click on the link below for the 25-message series, 2019 Grace Life Conference.

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    Scripture References

    Isaiah 53:4, 5, AMPC

    1 Peter 2:24

    Mark 2:1-12

    John 5:36

    Mark 16:17-20

    Hebrews 2:3, 4