The Spirit of Grace (Part 2) NY

by Creflo Dollar | 14 Apr 2018

Summary

When we need grace, we cannot manufacture it through our own efforts; the Holy Spirit is the one who imparts unmerited, undeserved favor into our lives. We cannot live a life of grace without His help. The Holy Spirit is a real person and part of the Holy Trinity, not just a jump, a scream, or a physical outburst as defined by religion. Talking in tongues is certainly a manifestation of the Spirit, but He is much more than that. He is also a guide, a comforter, a teacher, a leader, and the one who administers the finished works of Jesus Christ into our lives. There are things that only the Holy Spirit can reveal to us that we will never know or be able to learn on our own. Trusting Him and welcoming Him into our lives takes us to a whole new level.
  1. Grace teaches us everything we need to know but cannot learn on our own.
    1. 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 it and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? (Hebrews 10:29, AMPC).
      1. Grace comes from the Holy Spirit; we cannot produce it through our own efforts.
      2. The Holy Spirit wants to be our unseen partner. We are wise to invite Him into our lives.
    2. 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. There are some things about ourselves we do not know yet; the Holy Spirit has been sent to reveal those things to us. He helps us get to know the real “us.”
      2. We all have an anointing, and He wants to show us what it is. When we discover our own personal anointing, we will accomplish tasks sweatlessly.
      3. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
      4. We cannot be successful in life without the Holy Spirit’s direction. Not even Jesus would go anywhere, or say or do anything, without the Spirit’s guidance.
      5. The Holy Spirit can cause things to happen that we cannot even articulate; at times like these all we can do is to give Him the credit.
      6. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23).
    3. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11, 12).
      1. We must yield to the Holy Spirit’s presence. We need the Spirit of grace to be imparted into our hearts and we should acknowledge His existence.
      2. The Spirit of God has been present since the beginning.
      3. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness  was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2, NKJV).
      4. During the creation of the world, when God said “Let there be,” the Holy Spirit was the administrator of the manifestations.
      5. Likewise, the Spirit is waiting for us to declare, “Let there be,” so that He can administer the physical manifestations of what we speak. We have this authority at our command.
      6. Paul admitted that the gospel he preached was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. It was from the heart, not from the intellectual mind.
  1. Grace reveals things too deep and wonderful for intellectual understanding.
    1. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law(Galatians 5:18).
      1. When we trust in the Holy Spirit, He will do things we could never accomplish on our own.
      2. In the Old Testament, the law was the people’s schoolmaster. It was given to remind them of their sins. It was never intended to bring them into the deeper things of God, but only to last until Jesus arrived.
      3. The Spirit will not lead us into stress, but into peace.
      4. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
      5. We need to let go of whatever we do not need, let God take care of us, and work to keep the world from stealing our peace.
      6. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest… (Hebrews 4:11).
    2. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers (1 Timothy 1:9).
      1. We are the righteousness of God if we have been born again. As believers, we must let the Spirit lead us into deeper things.
    3. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
      1. Sin only dominates us when we are living under the law.
      2. Rather than try to get us to sin directly, Satan tells us to follow the law, which leads us right back into sin.
    4. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:19-21).
      1. “The obedience of one” refers to Jesus.
      2. The law requires that we depend on self-effort.
    5. 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. The more the law tells us not to do something, the more likely it is that we will do that very thing. The law was given so that we would behave like this.
      2. Once we sin under the law, we are filled with guilt, condemnation, and shame. We try to do better, fail, try again, fail again, and become caught in a cycle of sin.

Scripture References

Hebrews 10:29, AMPC

1 Corinthians 2:9, 10

Matthew 11:30

Psalm 118:23

Galatians 1:11, 12

Genesis 1:2, NKJV

Galatians 5:18

John 14:27

Hebrews 4:11

1 Timothy 1:9

Romans 6:14

Romans 5:19-21

Romans 5:20, AMPC