Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 2 Peter 1:2
Do you want to live in more grace and peace? The more understanding you have of God, the more you will see increase in grace and peace. I don’t know about you, but I could use more of that in my life.
I’ve always heard that grace is the undeserved, unearned favor of God and I believe that is one aspect we need to see. However, like most things, we limit our thinking based on our knowledge and I believe that God wants us to know Him in ALL of His fullness. God is a very big God, don’t you agree?
As I was listening to a message by Graham Cooke, he gave the most compelling interpretation of the word grace, I’ve ever heard:
“Grace is the empowering presence of God that enables you to become the person that He sees when He looks at you.”
Isn’t that awesome? If I can’t see myself as God sees me, I will never allow Him to do through me what He intends to do in the earth. If I go by my own knowledge of me, it will stop me from moving forward because I know that in myself I’m incapable.
This reminds me of the story of almost every person in the Bible who was called on to do something great. God had to change the knowledge they had into His knowledge of who they were. He did it in various ways, but He called them who He saw they were. Gideon was called, “Mighty man of valor” when in his own mind he was the least of the least of the least.
If we don’t know how God sees us, how will we ever do great exploits for Him? Think about it. You weren’t just made in His image and likeness, He deposited His Spirit in you so that in every weak area of your life, He can be your strength. He never asked you to do it in your own strength. No, He said, “My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” It’s all about Him. The more we know who He is, the better we know who we are.
Father, You said that if I know the truth, it will set me free. I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and He lives in and through me. I step out of the way. I surrender all my insufficiencies for You. I’m so excited! You who began this good work in me, You are faithful to complete it. All glory is Yours in Jesus’ name, Amen.