"I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain."
Galatians 2:21, KJV
Many people know of grace by the well-known acronym: God's Riches At Christ's Expense—and while this is a great definition, God's grace is much more than a cliché. The Bible describes at least three types of grace: saving grace, standing grace and serving grace.
Without saving grace, we cannot have faith to be saved! We need to receive God's saving grace, in order to have faith to believe in Jesus. (Eph. 2:8)
Without standing grace, we are weak and defeated. We need to access God's standing grace to be strong and victorious in our Christian life, as well as to endure trials, pressures, challenges, temptations and persecutions. (Rom. 5:2, 2 Cor. 12:9)
Without serving grace we operate in the flesh and become weary. We need to employ God's serving grace to do our part in fulfilling the callings, tasks, plans, purposes and assignments He has for our lives. (1 Peter 4:10, Rom. 12:6)
God is so kind, generous and favorable, He has made loads of grace available to us. The question we must ask is this: are we accessing or frustrating God's grace in our lives? Let's not frustrate the grace; let's access it!
Don't Frustrate the Grace: "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Galatians 2:21, KJV) It was God's grace, not our righteous works that gave us right standing with Him. Don't frustrate that grace! Lean on His saving, standing and serving grace.
Do Access the Grace: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Romans 5:1-2, NKJV) We access God's grace by faith. By faith, we can approach His very Throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help us! (Hebrews 4:16)
"Father, I don't want to frustrate Your grace; I want to access Your grace by faith. I thank You for Your saving, standing and serving grace in my life. Help me to access it more and more. In Jesus' Name. Amen."