Receiving Grace One day I was in a store with my daughter feeling quite carefree and I decided to let her stand and walk around on her own. So we went on our way gallivanting around the store. In one moment, my daughter turned around with a worried face, pointed her finger at my hand where I was holding some goodies for her, and she started making this fierce whining noise. I was quite taken aback as this was not usual behavior for her. Obviously kids can have tempers still, why did she think that I wouldn’t give her something if she simply just asked for it? And right at that moment the Lord spoke to my heart, “Now, Do you see?” I became even more taken aback and repentant. Sometimes it’s hard to process a God who holds the universe in His hand who would shower us in grace and mercy at our slightest asking. Lately, the Lord has been bringing to light worldly things that have slightly bound me and He kept reminding me that He will give me victory over the strongholds; that He can give me new days. No more being troubled by ‘the schedule’ or the concerns of this world but rather waking up to be in His presence and having a heart led to worship. 2 Timothy 2 gives a perfect picture of how grace is to play out in our practical daily lives. Verse 1 “…be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Strong can mean healthy or powerful and grace of course meaning ‘unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.’ Verse 3-4 “…endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. Verse 21-22 “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” The full chapter elaborates so clearly but the best part for all Christians is how ready the Lord is to provide us with the needed grace, mercy, understanding and anything else we will need. Through His grace in salvation we were set free from a future in hell. Through His grace we are set free from the cares of this world. Through His grace we are set free from future anxieties. If we are not walking in this freedom through His grace now, we had better start. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.