"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."
1 Corinthians 15:10, NKJV
The Apostle Paul understood a divine secret. The key to the fruitful, victorious, power-packed Christian life is living in and by His grace. Living in God's grace is powerful, gritty and tangible. God's grace is a strong spiritual force that goes beyond human capacity, effort and labor.
Paul worked hard, preaching, teaching and proclaiming the gospel. He felt intense pressure and persecution and yet he prevailed in a victorious manner. How? Because he understood that it wasn't him, but the grace of God in and through him. He learned how to tap into God's supernatural kindness, favor and spiritual power—His grace!
When confronted by the messenger of Satan sent to harass him with non-stop pressure and persecution—what he called "a thorn in the flesh"—he came to conclusion that God's grace was sufficient for him to overcome all the power of the enemy.
When he needed endurance to not quit, when he needed power to stand, when he needed the demonstration of the Spirit in his preaching and teaching––he labored hard, but it wasn't him, it was the grace of God that did the work and the heavy lifting.
It was true for Paul and it can be true for us; we are what we are by the grace of God! If we want to enter into the life God intended for us—we must learn how to live by His grace. If we want to overcome the harassment, pressure and persecutions we face; if we want to do mighty things in God—we must learn to yield to the grace of God, which is in us.
Tapping into God's grace will revolutionize our lives! God's grace is sufficient for everything we need and everything we face.
"Father, by Your grace I am what I am. I will work hard to do Your will; yet I know that it won't be my human effort that produces fruit—it will be the grace of God at work! In Jesus' Name. Amen."