Worn out and stressed? God doesn’t want His children living life fearful, worried, and anxious—He’s got a better plan for you. Join Joseph Prince in this three-part series and find out how you can live life under God’s never-ending supply of grace!
GRACE THAT GIVES DESPITE OUR FAILURES
“Pastor Prince, will God still send me wave after wave of His grace when I’ve failed Him, over and over again?”
That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? People wonder in their hearts, “Has God reached His limit with me? Could Jesus be so tired of my failures that He says, ‘You know what? I’ve given you so much grace and you still haven’t learned a thing. No more grace for you!’”
My friend, all you have to do is turn to the pages of the gospels and see for yourself what a kind and compassionate Savior Jesus is. People constantly thronged Him, seeking Him out to teach them, answer their questions, heal them, cast demons out of them, and raise their loved ones from the dead. And against this background of meeting the demands and needs of imperfect people, we get a glimpse of the incredible, incomparable loving-kindness and compassion of Jesus in action.
He healed all who came to Him for healing regardless of how unclean they were and what mistakes they had made in their lives.
He cast an evil spirit out of a young boy even when the boy’s father admitted that he didn’t have enough faith for his son to be delivered and freed. He saved His own disciples from being swallowed up by a mega-storm even when He knew fear had turned their hearts from trusting in His love and supply for them. This is our Jesus! He is so gracious He will never give up on you.
Once, when asked whose sin had caused a man to be born blind, Jesus showed where His heart lay when He ignored the issue of whose sin it was, but went on to restore full sight to the blind man and manifest God’s heart for the hurting. At another time and place, He miraculously fed a multitude who had come after Him, with twelve baskets full of leftovers even when there was not a single person with perfect behavior in that crowd.
Isn’t that amazing? Just read the book of Matthew and you’ll see that Jesus also faced rejection from the elders of Israel. He came to His own, but they flatly rejected Him. They even had the audacity to say that He cast out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matt. 12:24). He faced rejection from the people of His own hometown too. The folks there considered Him merely an ordinary, local guy—“Isn’t this Joseph and Mary’s kid?”—not as the Son of God, and took offence with what He was doing and saying (Matt. 13:54–58).
Yet, despite all the rejection, accusations, and failures of the people, Jesus was always healing, supplying, delivering, and saving them. He is still the same today.
His heart of compassion that made Him go to the cross to pay for your sins so that you can freely receive His blessings continues to beat for you today. No matter how you have failed, our Lord Jesus is waiting to show you His grace. Your friends and loved ones may forsake you or write you off, but He will never do that. His grace toward you endures forever. Jesus is so full of grace as the apostle John tells us, and it is out of this fullness that He gives us grace in place of grace (John 1:14, 16).
BELIEVE JESUS IS FULL OF GRACE
My friend, do you know what all this means? It means that even when you have turned away from Jesus in your anger and said things you shouldn’t have said against Him, even when you have blamed Him for the tragedies in your life, He is still full of compassion and grace toward you! He is still willing to heal you, deliver you from any bondage or oppression, and provide bountifully for all your needs.
If you need healing today, don’t say, “Oh, I’ve sinned away any grace for my healing. The days of God’s grace toward me are over.” That’s wrong believing! Step into another wave of His grace by saying, “Lord, I thank You that by Your stripes I am healed! You alone have qualified me with Your blood for healing and I receive it. I expect to get better. Thank You” (Isa. 53:5).
If you look at your bank account and see the consequences of bad choices, don’t say, “I’ve made bad investment decisions. It’s all my fault. Why would God want to help me now?” No, tell Him, “Lord, thank You for wisdom in all my decision-making. Thank You that despite my mistakes, You will still supply all my needs according to the riches of Your glory” (Phil. 4:19).
When you believe right—that Jesus is a God of abundant grace—you will have the right results.
The Lord wants you to believe right about Him—that He is so full of grace you can never out-sin His grace. Your failures, weaknesses, imperfections, and bad decisions cannot exhaust His grace. But His grace—wave after wave—will swallow all that up as you see how much He still loves and cares about you. And if you will look to Him and say, “Lord, I cannot, but You can,” you’ll see wave after wave of His wisdom entering your decision-making and leading you to make good and timely decisions that will yield good fruit. You’ll see wave after wave of His favor, goodness, and mercy protecting you and causing what you do to flourish.
Beloved, learn to enjoy every wave of God’s grace every day.
Enjoy each grace wave as it comes. Don’t settle for just one. Be like surfers—they don’t just ride one wave and end up face planted on the beach! After having the thrill of their lives on the first wave, they head for the second, and the third. And should they fall, they simply get onto their boards again and go for the next wave. They also know that the waves will keep coming—they don’t have to try to make those waves happen. That’s how you should face each day. Simply enjoy wave after wave of the Lord’s grace coming relentlessly toward you. Don’t try to merit His grace, just receive it. And if you do fall, just get up and ride the next wave. Remember, the Lord is full of grace and compassion toward you!