We’re going to continue this week on the subject of Grace. Today’s message is called, “Grace, power beyond ability.”
I. Just so that we all know what were talking about, Grace is God’s unmerited (unearned) favor. It is also God’s riches at Christ expense, it’s God’s Holy Spirit,
A. In (ZEC 12:10) and in (HEB 10:29) it refers to the “Spirit of Grace.”
1. Grace is also the very heart felt attitude of God which moves Him toward people.
2. It is because of God’s Grace that God chooses to be involved in our lives.
B. But God’s Grace is also the power active within us that empowers us or gives us the ability to do the will of God.
1. He gives us the ability to do what He has told us to do.
a. In (1 Corinthians 15:10) Paul says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
i. You could say it this way, (1 Corinthians 15:10) “By the grace of God I am what I am: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
b. In (Luke 6:35) Jesus said, “Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great.”
i. You can’t truly love your enemies without the Grace of God being involved.
c. Jesus said in (Luke 6:32) “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”
i. The word “thank” in this V and in the 2 Vs that follow, is the Greek word “Charis” which almost always is translated “Grace.”
ii. In other words in (Luke 6:32), “For if ye love them which love you, what GRACE have ye? For sinners also love those that love them.”
b. You need to go beyond the human ability to give, love and to do good to others, you need the Grace to do it. (Especially those that hath you.)
II. Turn to ZEC 4:6a
A. Zerubbabel was the godly governor over Judah. One of the greatest challenges of his life came when King Cyrus of Persia commissioned him to oversee the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.
1. Even though he had been honored with this very important task, he knew that he needed the words of God’s prophet to take hold of his position with confidence.
a. In (ZEC 4:6) the prophet begins to assure him.
i. Let go back to ZEC 4:6-7.
B. God was seeking a man who would rely upon Him for the ability and wisdom to fulfill His plans.
1. He was not looking for the one with might or power in himself to try to accomplish His will.
a. The things that we do that will remain and bear fruit for the kingdom of God, are the things that are done by the Spirit of God, not on human effort alone.
i. God is not looking for ability. He’s looking for availability.
ii. He’s searches for the heart that is truly turned toward Him, those that are seeking Him and His will.
2. Even those that have an obedient heart, many times a mountain seems to stand between you and where you know God wants you.
a. Like Zerubbabel, you may have been commissioned to do a job or make some personal change, and there seems to be a very real roadblock in your path.
i. This mountain that Zerubbabel faced was not a physical mountain. It was a roadblock.
b. God’s plan can seem overwhelming from the human point of view.
i. If you focus on your own lack of ability, you will only see the mountains.
ii. You must go beyond your abilities (or lack of abilities) see the situation through the eyes of God’s Word and His promises and draw upon His ability.
C. ROM 5:2
1. We reach into increasing levels of God’s grace by faith in His Word.
a. It takes vision and faith to really grasp and begin to act on His Word and commandments for our life.
i. It takes faith to step out and do what God has told you to do, but when you do the Grace of God is there to make the difference.
b. ROM 11:29 (irrevocable)
i. But I’ll even go 1 step further to say that those that God calls he even equips.
ii. The equipment is the Grace of God.
iii. It takes faith to enter into God’s grace.
a. Let me just say this that the Grace will only come if you’re in the will of God. You can only have faith in what is the known will of God.
2. We must see beyond our own limitations.
a. Our own experience and education are important qualities, but they can betray us.
i. We can trust in our own education or experience rather than trusting in God.
III. In (Zechariah 4:7) it says, “Who [art] thou, O great mountain?”
A. The “Who” may be well-meaning people or even our own way of thinking.
1. Our problem is not always with the enemy.
a. Many times the obstacle is us.
b. We can struggle to fulfill the will of God because we’re limiting Him to work in the situation.
i. 1 way that many will limit God is through their own sense of inadequacy.
2. God is not looking for the great to do His work, He’s looking for the willing.
a. EZE 22:30
i. He didn’t say that He was looking for Kenneth Copeland or Kenneth Hagin to pray and do His work.
ii. He said that He was looking for a man. (or woman)
B. When a devoted and willing heart yields to Him, the Grace to accomplish His plans will become more and more evident.
1. Zerubbabel had the task to rebuild the temple, but he received the direction and promise how this work was to be done.
a. In (ZEC 4:6-7) it says from the LIVING BIBLE, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Almighty -- you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.” “Therefore no mountain, however high, can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him! And Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by Grace alone.”
2. You need to realize that God is committed to your success.
a. He will unleash within you all that is needed to finish the task you face.
b. But it has to be according to His plan and in line with His Word.
i. He says that you can succeed because of the Spirit of God within you, regardless of your sense of weakness or inability.
3. JOEL 3:10
a. They didn’t even have swords or spears.
i. They had to use their gardening tools and turn them into swords and spears.
b. Then He says “Let the weak say, I am strong.”
i. The mountain that stands before you can become flat, and you can move ahead unhindered by your own weakness or the attack of the Devil.
ii. You will finish the job that God has set before you, and you will do it declaring that all was done by Grace alone.
4. Faith moves mountains, but Grace gives you the power and effectiveness to fulfill God’s plan.
IV. This Grace from God can grow and even multiply in your heart.
A. (2 Peter 3:18) tells us to grow in grace.
1. Peter telles us that “Grace can be multiplied.” Paul uses the phrase, “grace did much more abound,” or the “abundance of grace.”
2. (James 4:6) tells us “He giveth more Grace.”
a. You need to activate and develop this Grace.
i. The prophet said that he would shout, “Grace, Grace to the mountain.”
b. When you increase in this grace, a greater influence will flow out from you to change things.
i. The change 1st begins on the inside. You begin to trust in the Lord’s direction, in His Word, and in His promises. Then the Grace of God will be there to change situations.
B. Turn to JOHN 1: 4-5; 16-17
1. There is a contrast here between the law given by Moses and the truth which came by the Lord Jesus.
a. The law was truth, but it produced no power for those under the law.
b. Truth without Grace only brings the law.
i. I’ve known people that know the Word, but it never did them any good. It was only a law to them. There was no Grace with it.
2. Grace and truth brings the power of God.
a. And when you do His work His way, you will see fruit that remains.
b. If you try to do His work in your own strength, without Grace you’ll never see the promise.
3. Paul reveals this in 1 COR 3:10-13 (turn there).
a. Paul’s work was according to the Grace which was given to him.
i. We need to ask ourselves, are we doing things according to Grace or are we doing them according to our own ideas?
b. Only that which is done by God’s Grace is the gold, silver and precious stones.
i. When fiery trials come only that gold, silver, and precious stones will remain.
ii. The wood, hay, and stubble will be burnt up.
c. When the attacks of the enemy come, if your doing things according to the Word of God with His Grace, you will not be moved.
i. And the victory is soon to come.
C. HEB 13:9
1. The NIV translation says, “Strengthened by Grace.”
a. You are strengthened and made to stand firm by the Grace in your heart.
i. It will keep you from being shaken.
2. God’s callings are callings of Grace; His gifts of the HS are gifts of Grace; His promises are promises of Grace.
a. You can grow in the Grace of God and complete all he has desired for you.
b. We’ll end with this last V. ACTS 20:32.
i. Fellowship with Him, learn and meditate on His Word, and follow His leadings and His direction and you will grow in Grace, and you will see the victory.
WOLCC Sun Am 10/16/94