‘Graced For Greatness’
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Forward Thinkers, God’s grace is sufficient.
Key word ‘IS’ not was or will be but is sufficient. Meaning the grace of God is always present and current in real time.
Forward Thinkers, I’m convinced this is the year of Increased Growth and I’m also convinced I’m/We’re graced for greatness and no matter what hurdles we face or difficulties we encounter, God’s grace is sufficient to strengthen us and empower us to victory.
Faith comes by hearing and I’m determined to keep teaching on the power of God’s grace until our faith increases to a level where Increased Growth becomes a part of our daily lifestyle.
Forward Thinkers, we need our faith at a level where we expect to always grow, increase, prosper, and win.
Luke 2:40 New International Version (NIV)
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
- Child grew and became strong
- Child was filled with wisdom
- Child had grace of God on him
Forward Thinkers, that child is Jesus Christ and we are Christ-like, therefore we can expect the grace of God to grow us stronger and fill us with wisdom.
Forward Thinkers, this year we must make becoming great decision makers a priority because our decisions will determine our destiny. God’s grace will grant us the wisdom to become great and cause Increased Growth to be released into our lives.
The opposite of strong is weak but if the grace of God is with us we can’t remain weak.
I. Agree with God’s Word
Job 22:21-23 (ESV)
21 “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents,
Forward Thinkers, when we are in agreement with God, peace and good will come to us.
Forward Thinkers, when you are in agreement with God you will be built up.
Forward Thinkers, when we are in agreement with God we receive life changing revelation.
Forward Thinkers, being in agreement with God is a game changer.
II. Affirm Yourself Based On God’s Word
Affirm – to state as a fact, assert strongly
Forward Thinkers, we must boldly believe and declare what God said about us and ignore the negative opinions of others.
I AM BLESSED
I AM GRACED FOR GREATNESS
I AM STRONG
I AM WISE
III. Ask Whatever You Will According To God’s Word
Forward Thinkers, remember we will only ask at our level of faith.
Psalm 45:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.
Forward Thinkers, our lips are anointed with grace, therefore the words that come off our lips are blessed. Stop allowing negative words to come out your anointed lips of grace.
The wise man that gave us the book of Proverbs told us life and death is in the power of the tongue. In the year of Increased Growth we will eat the fruit of what our words produce. Forward Thinkers, our words are directly related to our ability to grow.
The words we speak will either build us up or tear us down. Our words either cause blessings or curses to show up in our lives.
In the year of Increased Growth we are graced for greatness but we must go for greatness without making excuses because our results are based on our faith in action.
Forward Thinkers, I’m going to agree with God’s word that His grace is sufficient and I’m affirming within myself that I’m graced for greatness and I will boldly ask God to grace me with Increased Growth.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located at 200 W. Greens Road, Houston,Texas, 77067. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net.