Suppose for a moment your bank account had an infinite balance. An unlimited line of credit.
Just suppose that whenever you needed to make a withdrawal there was always more than you needed.
WOULDN’T THAT BE NICE???
In the real world, OUR WORLD, such a bank account doesn’t exist.
Here’s a second thought…
What if there were no limits to your human resources? What if every time you needed something- physical, spiritual, or social, the resource was there to meet that need? What would that kind of life look like to you?
In fact, the way it works is that you can only withdraw from the resources that you have previously placed into that account. Your account represents your available resources to meet your needs, wishes and intentions.
In the reality of our lives, we run short of resources on an ongoing basis. There are times we don’t know what to do. There are times we don’t know what to say. There are times we don’t know how to handle situations. There are people that we just have no resources to deal with. There are pressures we are unable to cope with.
BUT I KNOW A BANK- A RELIABLE BANK- THAT YOU COULD OPEN AN ACCOUNT WITH.
You could open and account, and make a withdrawal from…
THE BANK OF GRACE.
This bank has supernatural resources available to the people of God so that never again in your life are you in a situation where you have nowhere to turn and nothing you can do.
Just think of your helplessness, hopelessness, despair and discouragement. All of these result from an exhaustion of present resources. “I just can’t cope anymore! I’m overwhelmed, burned out, tired out, weary or confused.”
The apostle Paul was a great grace man. Over 90 times he mentions grace in his writings.
In his deepest trials when he pleaded with God for relief, God spoke to him and said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
God said, “I have the resources you need to cope with this.”
In moments of great pain, like while sitting in the Philippian jail having been been beaten, he and his buddy Silas sang praises to God.
That is drawing upon grace. This is the ability to do what normally is humanly impossible.
Paul wrote, “By grace you have been saved. It is God who does something that saves you. You cannot change yourself, only God can change you. So let God change you.”
That change would be a work of grace. Change comes when we draw upon grace.
Paul didn’t invent grace but he did understand it.
Jesus drew on His account in the BANK OF GRACE on many occasions. One of the last great challenges of his life was in the garden of Gethsemane under incredible pressure and pain. In that terrible hour, everything human about him was screaming for relief.
He turned to his heavenly father and wept bloody tears, “Your will be done.”
Jesus conquered this hour of agony to become the champion of our salvation. Paul knew Jesus didn’t quit. Yet he was a realist and knew that humanly we just can’t always win. So he drew on his unlimited credit line at the BANK OF GRACE. He turned to God believing that God could make up for his human deficiencies- whether mental, emotional, spiritual or physical. So Paul, did not quit.
Much of what happens to us is not malicious, nor are people naturally malicious. A lot of things are just part of living here in this fallen, broken world.
However, there are malicious dimensions of human experience. There is someone who specializes in taking advantage of human weakness, human failure and exploits those weaknesses and failures to his advantage.
satan (lower case intentional) does his best work when we are “out of gas”…overdrawn…weary of life.
he (lower case intentional) is described as a prowling lion looking over humanity, especially God’s people, searching for the one “out of gas” to do his work. Lions capitalize on the wounded, broken and damaged.
But Grace works there too- even while we are under physical, emotional or spiritual attack.
What your friend or churchmate or officemate or family member may not be able to resist or overcome, you as a child of God have a supernatural “grace” account upon which you can draw. You can write a check or use God’s ATM to withdraw the abilities to rise above any supernatural evil that may come into your life.
The key to all of this is to place your unwavering faith in God’s promises. Like James writes in the first chapter, when we ask of God we should not waver. The wavering is a sign of doubt. Either God will keep His word and provide the resource in His time in His way- or He cannot be trusted.
I choose to trust Him, and His limitless GRACE. Trusting God’s faithfulness means that I have decided to do the right thing, not to quit or be what I should be and then trust God to supply whatever it takes to get me through.
If my need is not met immediately today, then Grace will keep me till that need is met.
If I have no answer immediately today, then Grace will hold me together until that answer comes.
If temptation appears overwhelming today, then HE reminds me that there is a way of escape.
It is the underlying theme of the book of Acts; that supernatural resources of every kind from the BANK OF GRACE flowed from God through His people!
And because of that they were virtually unstoppable in Kingdom work.
So trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Though commonsense is good, don’t let it be the only rule of life. As a follower and disciple of Jesus, do not minimize God’s often unseen interventions in your life- which are… Grace at work. He works for you! His vast resources are for you!
Folks, take advantage of heaven’s best gift – Grace …. His favor and his unmerited blessings…
You will overcome, every time!!