God’s Grace Prevail By Pastor Kevin Stephens 0

God’s grace must be allowed to prevail in our lives.  Let’s begin by defining two words that are vital to us as believers, they are, “grace” and “prevail”:

Grace means the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Prevail means prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious:

This message fits in beautifully with any messages on yielding.  If we allow the grace that God has for us to prevail in our lives, in our choices, then the yielding will come.  Look at it this way, God’s prevailing grace are the tracks that the yielding train runs on.

Our efforts get derailed when those tracks aren’t in place.  We go off the rails on our crazy train when God’s loving agenda isn’t under our feet.  Let’s look at an example of God’s prevailing grace.  The Bible says we were born in sin, Psalms 51:5 says,

“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

Remember, we came from Adam under the rule of the original sin.  So, when the Lord found you, you were helpless. This is a point that we must keep driving home.  A point the Holy Spirit will keep before your eyes as He leads you to disciple others.  You could not save yourself, you did not save yourself.  Whenever you tried to fix yourself, it failed.

Some of us were so far gone, and we burned so many bridges that our loved ones would have nothing to do with us.  It was bad enough for a child to be born and labeled as an inconvenience, but when that child keeps getting arrested, kicked out of school, that child can became disliked, a burden or even hated. But God’s grace can prevail.

Some of us, have a wonderful childhood but we still didn’t know the Lord or honored him, we thought our good works were enough.  In our eyes, there was no need for grace, but then we found out what a wretch we were and how we needed a savior.  Grace prevailed.

Romans 5:8 says,

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ died for us.  Christ defeated sin with His life, crucifixion and resurrection.  In a moment of revelation in your life, you accepted that sacrifice. But get this, Christ didn’t die just to get us into heaven.  John 10:10 says,

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”

And the enemy does not want you to remember that comparison.  If you did, you would let God’s grace have its way.  You would yield to God’s love and methods.  Because God’s methods lead to life and that more abundantly. Grace will always prevail in the life of the believer.

The enemy knows if he can steal that knowledge of God’s desperate love for you; If he can kill the knowledge of how to live in God’s love and grace while he dwells in you; If he can destroy the hope that God’s grace prevails over your weaknesses and sins… then he can devour you!

1 Peter 5:8 says,

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

He’s looking for someone to eat, to consume.  He’s looking for somebody he can take off the rails.  He’s looking for somebody who won’t LET God’s grace prevail.

If we allow God’s grace to win us over, instead of being devoured by the lion, we would be consumed by God.

Heb 12:28-29 tells us that,

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire”

Let the grace of God prevail in your life today.

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