Does the grace you believe in draw you closer to God?
Everything we experience in life should cause us to have a greater dependency on God—drawing us nearer to Him.
There are a few areas in my life where I have been living in sloppy grace. I am at present making an exchange my sloppy grace for His real grace.
Sloppy grace says; “I can’t overcome my flesh or human weakness, but it’s okay because grace covers—so no big deal. Sloppy grace is to be slack-full. The trouble with this mindset is that we don’t move forward. Instead we settle for not being able to overcome, or worse—live in denial that sin even exists.
Being under grace does not mean we give into the weakness of our flesh. No, being under grace is to be justified and to live our lives filled and led by the resurrection power of Christ, which overcomes all weakness.
The travesty with living a sloppy grace lifestyle is that we don’t depend on God (thus draw nearer to Him) for the strength needed to push through and overcome. Why? Because grace is not seen as a strength and help—but only as justification from sin. Consequently, we miss out on all that grace is and can be in our lives.
God is showing me that real grace says; “I can’t—but by God’s grace I can.” “I don’t have to be perfect—but I do have to be submitted to God” Then receives the truth, and disciplines self to stop feeding the flesh and to do God’s will. Moving forward, trusting and depending on God for the strength and grace to walk out the hard stuff in life and overcome challenges.
Real grace draws us nearer to God because we realize—He is our life source and strength to overcome (by His grace) any weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Grace is sufficient for us because it not only helps us receive and live in what the cross did for us, but it is God’s divine assistance—we overcome sin by the resources that God’s grace provides us.
If you are living in sloppy grace—please be encouraged to make the exchange—God’s grace is sufficient!