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Grace is Favor and Destiny

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” 

– Ephesians 2:8,9

I really want you to believe in favor and destiny, because God is always on your side. If you are a parent, you understand that no matter how much your kids upset or disappoint you, you are still rooting for them; you unequivocally want them to succeed. If this is true of earthly parents, how much more is it true of you Heavenly Father, who calls you His child and adopts you into His family?

Something that Christians often misunderstand is the word grace. We know that we are saved by grace through faith, but few of us internalize the truth that grace, as it is translated in the Bible, actually means favor, and favor is approval, support, and preference. Contrary to what is often taught, Scripturally speaking, grace and mercy are not the same thing. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River and the Holy Spirit descended on Him, He received grace from God. Since He was sinless and perfect, He did not require mercy and forgiveness, so the grace He received was actually favor from the Lord to carry out His ministry. He needed the support and approval of His Father to do what He was called to do…and so do we!

Friend, like Jesus, in order to complete what God has assigned to you to here on earth, you must receive the unmerited favor He offers. Since you are destined to have an impact on the world around you, you need more of His grace. In fact, the greater the call, the more abundant the measure of His goodness required to carry it out! This is why, as you train your mind into the things of God, one of the most pivotal shifts you can make is to believe in and expect His goodness, support, destiny ,and preference in your life and circumstances. Your Lord loves you completely and His plan for you is mind-blowing and far greater than anything you can imagine! Isn’t that a wonderful thought?

Prayer


I receive your grace in my life today, Jesus, and I expect great things to unfold as I carry out what you have called me to.

Reflection


How does it impact you to know that God’s grace means favor rather than mercy? Does it change the way you see Him?

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