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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Experiencing God's Grace"

Date published: 10/10/2011

John 1:16 “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.” (NIV)
As a Christian you have received the fullness of God’s grace.  Every aspect of God’s grace now dwells in you.  Can you fathom what it means to have the fullness of God’s grace indwelling your life?  Most Christians never ponder the magnificence of this question.  Christians often miss the implications of God’s grace by focusing instead on “churchianity” – the
disciplines and trappings of Christianity that can be done with or without knowing Christ or work of the Holy Spirit.  Several weeks after buying our last car, my wife read the instruction manual.  The more she read, the more excited she got over the car’s features.  She had access to all the car’s features from the day she drove off the car lot, but had not used them due to not knowing about them.  In a similar way, the abundance of God’s grace is often untapped by your lack of interaction with God.  James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  For the most part, the benefits of God’s grace only occur as you read, apply, and experience the instruction manual (Bible) of God’s grace in your life.  As your life becomes absorbed in prayer and God’s Word on a regular basis, you begin to experience the benefits of God’s grace.  One of the greatest pleasures of
experiencing God’s grace is the incremental process of seeing this grace
unveiled in your life.  That is why Paul said in Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.   But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on
toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
  Paul did not see his salvation as the end but the beginning of a wonderful journey in experiencing the fullness of God’s grace lavished on him.  Your salvation should make you proclaim as Paul proclaimed in Philippians 3:10-11 “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”  May you move forward to take hold of what God has for you!


John 16:24 “So far you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.”