Traditionally, "saying grace" before a meal imparts a blessing which sanctifies the meal. However, grace is much far reaching beyond simply a prayer before a meal. The definition of grace is found in Philippians 2:13 "For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." Grace is, "the undeserved, unmerited favor of God freely given that gives one the ability and desire to do His will." Another aspect of grace is God giving us those things that we do not deserve. When we put these two together, all we can really say is, WOW.
There is nothing that a person can do or say to earn God's grace because it is a gift, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift." (Ephesians 4:7)
Let's face it, due to sin we deserve hell, sickness, disease and all
manner of troubles, but God chooses to give us eternal life, healing,
provision, and all manner of blessings through faith in Christ and His
meritorious work of redemption. God chooses to give us His favor. PTL
Here is another look at grace, "And if by grace, then it is no
longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of
works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work."
(Romans 11:6) This is saying that we cannot work to obtain grace or it
would no longer be grace but works based on our own merit. In a sense,
grace requires absolutely nothing on the believers part except to apply faith
Even though God chooses to give us His grace, it does not just happen in
the life of a believer. We receive God's grace by faith, "Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace..."
(Romans 4:16) Everything that believers have can be attributed to God's
grace, but we appropriate grace through faith. For instances, observe
this verse again, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8) God pours out His grace to save, but it only becomes activated when one applies faith.
In a way, it would be like owning an automobile that is sitting in your
driveway in perfect working condition, available to use with the power
to take you virtually anywhere, but it is not activated until the key is
placed in the ignition, the car started and put into gear. The ignition
key in a sense would be faith activating the car, grace, that gives us
the ability to be transported to seemingly endless destinations.
Believers will never take credit for what God does if we understand His grace. The apostle Paul says it this way, "But
by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in
vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the
grace of God which was with me."
(1 Corinthians 15:10) Paul was completely convinced that all that he was
in Christ and all that he did for Christ was by the grace of God alone.
He took no credit at all for and of the things that he accomplished for
Christ after he became a believer. We too should act in the same manner
at all time.
The grace of God is literally divine energy that the Holy Spirit releases through faith.
However, a believer can confine or squelch God's grace from flowing
when they do not know His will. Remember, grace is the undeserved, unmerited favor of God freely given that gives one the ability and desire to do His will. So,
if one does not know God's will as revealed in scripture then it is
obvious that there will be a stifling of divine energy. For instance,
many in the church today are taught to believe that what God did in the
early church, such as performing miracles, signs and wonders regularly,
He does not do today. Of course if you study the Bible being led by the
Holy Spirit you will not find one verse of scripture that supports this
erroneous teaching, unless scripture is taken out of context to mean
something that man wants it to mean. What this amounts to is, God's
grace being squelched because faith must be applied to activate grace, it is just that simple.
With that said, let's activate the grace that God has given to us through faith and
experience the "Divine Energy" of God being released to save, heal,
deliver, provide and so on. Let us no longer set aside the grace of God
but grow daily in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ remembering that the Lord said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)