So, we’re locked down again. Even if your area isn’t, it’s still not going to be the carefree Christmas we’d hoped for, and certainly not the financial blessing many businesses were counting on. But. This Christmas can still be the most powerful you’ve ever experienced. You can look at 2020 as a year of hell, or, the year of grace.
Grace is the empowering presence of God to be and do all he says is possible, regardless of what’s going on around you. Choosing to live in Jesus’ grace means looking at everyone and everything with the same faithfulness, hope, and love he does.
No matter what anyone does to push you out of it, God’s grace gives you the strength to stand in his joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, steadfastness, self-control, and the truth of who you he says you are. That’s a long list because grace goes a long way.
There’s no magic words or religious checklist to live in grace. It’s just a conscious choice to bring him every hurt, fear, offense, problem, and pandemic, and ask him for the grace to overcome them. How often? Until they lose their power to manipulate your thoughts and emotions. Until your eyes can see in the dark, and your words turn on the light.
“The angel said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to you: Your heart’s desire won’t be achieved by physical strength, earthly wealth, or political power. But it will be completed by my Spirit! What looks like a mountain right now will become a plain right before your eyes. All I’ve called you to will be wondrously accomplished with shouts of, “Grace, grace!”’” (Zechariah 4:6-7, paraphrase).