|Pastor E. A. Deckard: Grace & Mercy - Part I
4/16/2014 2:43:45 PM
By Pastor E. A. Deckard
“I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous Presence.”
- Christopher Columbus
Forward Thinkers the bible warns us that our life span would be short but full of trouble. This idea of a life full of trouble could easily cause us to live in fear, depression, and hopelessness but in the midst of it all God promised His grace and mercy would be sufficient enough for us to enjoy an abundant life.
Forward Thinkers we must remember there is a constant battle going on between our flesh and our spirit. Our flesh fights daily to dominate our spirit and have us operating with a worldly attitude. This battle within puts us in what I call the “Pressure Zone” but thank God for grace and mercy. Grace and mercy gives us what we need to win this battle and even protects us in the midst of the battle.
Define Pressure: The force that is produced when something presses or pushes against something else, the continuous force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it
Pressure in Greek: (thlipsis) Persecution, affliction, to rub against causing to feel confined, without options, hemmed in, no way to escape
Pressure opposes your faith. Your faith says I can do, I am victorious, I have overcame, I will win, I shall prosper, I’m wealthy, and I’m healthy.
Pressure comes along and says, you’re hemmed in, stuck, defeated, and you’re going to die.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 the Apostle Paul gives us insight on dealing with the pressures of this world and encourages us that God’s grace and mercy is always sufficient.
7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.
-To Keep Me From Becoming Conceited-
Forward Thinkers is order to win this battle with our flesh we must address self-centeredness vs. Christ-centeredness. Our flesh will have us thinking too highly of ourselves instead of thinking with the mind of Christ. The flesh can never be satisfied, therefore; when we live in self-centeredness we become conceited and dysfunctional. Forward Thinker whenever our flesh puts pressure on us to think too highly we must remember it was the Lord that gave us success, wealth, and the ability to achieve upward mobility.
-I Received Great Revelation-
Forward thinkers the Apostle Paul received great revelation and warn us that with great revelation comes great pressure. When the unknown becomes known that’s revelation and revelation brings elevation. I’ve discovered with every level of elevation there is a new level of pressure waiting.
Forward thinkers everything you need to succeed and prosper already exist somewhere and revelation reveals where it’s located. Now the only question is do you have the faith to go get it?
Forward Thinkers revelation also produces transformation. Remember in the bible the Apostle Paul was not always Christ-centered. Saul (the Apostle Paul’s name before transformation) received revelation on Straight Street and became Paul. Revelation produced transformation causing Paul to become a brand new person. Yes, Forward Thinkers you can become a brand new you in 2014.