The past two to three years have been the most challenging and rewarding years to date.
For the past couple of seasons, I have made decisions that have allowed the enemy to remove me from God’s path. The enemy was using relationships, self-esteem, family, fear, and so much more to distract me from God’s purpose.
I used to look back at my decisions and life choices with such shame and embarrassment that it would paralyze me. It was crippling to the point of putting my relationship with God at a standstill. I couldn’t allow myself to pursue the Almighty because of my decisions. That is until I rediscovered a word. One word has changed me completely and has been able to bring me so much peace, and strength. That word is Grace.
It’s a word that I have heard and read countless times in my life. But… have I ever really understood it?
The biblical definition of the word Grace is: enabling power and spiritual healing offered through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ.
Did you get that?
I was in dire need of a huge dose of this. Funny how this one word that I haven’t really given much thought to, but have heard, read, and said for so many years, all of the sudden carries so much weight. The Lord has breathed life into this word for me.
For by GRACE you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8-9
Raise your hand if you are so thankful that you are not saved my your own good works?
I know I am!
When you’re in the middle of a dark season, it’s hard to distinguish what are lies, and what is truth. For so long, I had allowed myself to believe lies.
As I started to immerse myself in the Word of God, I began to see clearly again. Every chapter, every verse… they all said grace. The Lord was showing me the truth… I already have His Grace. I already have the Power of Jesus Christ in me – I just needed to enable it.
The more and more I focused on what I was thinking, the more I realized this is where it starts.
In my mind. I have to stop here, in my mind, before lies marinate and impact my actions. As time went on, I was no longer looking at my past decisions with shame and embarrassment.
How? Because my mind was no longer filled with lies, but with truth. The truth that I have Grace. The Lord is Grace. Grace is power and it’s spiritual healing.
I hope that if you have found yourself in a season of depression, shame, guilt, all of the above, that you will stop believing the lies the enemy is telling you.
I hope instead that you immediately start reading and believing the truth:
The Lord loves you and by His Grace and Mercy, you are saved. Regardless of what your past looks like.
Stefani is a 26 year old woman in Christ, doing her best to live each day to His Glory. She is very close to her family and enjoys spending time with those she loves. She is someone who craves adventure and seeks passion in life.
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