At times, when we ask for help, we are truly and honestly asking for assistance. But at other times, we’re asking that someone else do the thing that we do not want to do ourselves. Recently, God made me super aware that I do the latter a lot… with Him! With the world being “shut down” due to the corona virus outbreak, my daily routine was thrown off. From a schedule standpoint, my sleep and prayer routine became raggedy and I found myself slacking in work, and other goals I wanted to accomplish.
So late one night, because I was up, I spoke with the Lord about it and asked Him to help me get back on track with a healthy sleep schedule and prayer routine that allowed me to show up and be productive. The next morning, a very short three and a half hours later, I woke up at 6:30 a.m. An entire 30 minutes before my alarm went off. Initially I thought, “It’s early, I can go back to sleep.” But in that moment, I realized that I felt a grace to be up at that time and it was the answer to the prayer I just prayed.
After my prayer time, initially, I felt a sense of gratitude (for His grace) but immediately after, repentant tears rolled down my face. I began to cry because, in a flash, I remembered the times when I asked for God’s help and He extended His grace, but I rejected it. Through that repentance He showed me something.
Grace is His power, His ability, His strength and it’s what He provides in our weakness (for our weakness) and in order to experience it, we have to receive it. When we don’t overcome the things that work against His plan for our life, it’s not because we’re unable to, it’s because we don’t receive the power that enables us to. In short, God’s grace is given but, it also needs to be accepted.
Not too long ago, I went through a season of just outright rejecting God’s grace. I also was not reading my Bible or praying with the intention to change. I didn’t have His word so my faith could not rise to the occasion when the opportunity to overcome was presented. Faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. And I wasn’t trying to hear Him on this particular matter. The danger in constantly rejecting God’s grace, is a thickening of our heart where it’s no longer tender; so now, we are dealing with pride in addition to the issue we need to overcome.
We fail in the areas that we don’t let the Word touch. We must be willing to allow God’s truth (His word) to dig up in our heart and destroy the things that contend with the righteousness that God has called us to. When we posture ourselves in humility and decide that we want to shift our dependency from ourselves to God, then we will be able to receive and fully experience the power of His grace.
What is your honest request? Is it, help me to not feel bad about this thing that I’m doing? Or is it, help me to do the things that are pleasing to you, God. Knowing the difference will determine your ability to accept His grace and live and create, by His power, on purpose.
With this blog, my desire is to encourage, equip and empower you to live and create on purpose. If you’d like to connect or want prayer, email me; I’d love to hear from you!