When God’s grace is workings in our everyday living, we can expect to experience his goodness. When the Holy Spirit is working in and through us, we are in position, subject to God’s sovereignty, for God to work mightily.
In Psalm 138 we read, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me” (v. 8). As I think about the Lord fulfilling his purpose for me, I know that grace is a key component. And I know there are certain biblical expectations that I have when it comes to experiencing God’s grace. I’ve found acrostics to be helpful to me in remembering important biblical principles. Here are some important grace concepts organized within the acrostic GRACE:
- We have the expectation of GOOD coming our way as we acquaint ourselves with him and receive instruction from his mouth. ““Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.” (Job 22:21–22, NKJV)
- We have the expectation of God’s living and powerful Word delivering us as we humbly RECEIVE and plant it in our heart. “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21, NKJV)
- We have the expectation of reaping benefits of eternal life now as we ABSORB the Word, sowing it to the Lord as we recite and pray our verses to the King. “My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” (Psalm 45:1, NIV)
- We have the expectation of God literally working in us and our circumstances as we COMMIT our way to him and trust him to execute his promises for us.“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” (Psalm 37:5, NIV)
- We have the expectation of living a life that ECHOES into eternity as we fix our eyes on eternal goals.“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18, NIV)
Expecting the grace of God to work in our lives is one of the core principles for a person who has entered into a supernatural relationship with God. Expect to see God at work in your life and circumstances as you cultivate your relationship with him.
How are you currently experiencing God’s grace?