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Did you know that God has already freely given us all the promises in the Word? That's right. They are contained in His grace.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is contained in His Grace. Salvation is contained in His grace and is a door we must walk through before we are eligible to receive many other things that are contained in His grace.

Christ provided physical healing for us at Calvary. It is contained in His grace. Jesus gave us authority over demonic forces. This is also contained in His grace.

But how do we actually acquire or receive God's grace?

The Holy Spirit told me that faith is the hand that reaches in and takes possession of the things that have already been freely given to us through God's grace.

You see, even though God has given us many great and precious promises in His grace, they don't do us any good unless and until we take possession of them and receive them by faith.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
(1 John 2:1-2)
Now notice that Jesus paid the price for our sins and not only our sins but for the sins of the whole world. That is to say that God's grace for the redemption of sin has been paid for and freely given to every man, woman, and child in the whole world. Jesus paid the price with His precious blood.

So, then, does everyone have freedom from sin? Is everyone walking in righteousness? Does everyone have eternal life?

Believe And Receive It Through Christ
Of course, the answer to all of those questions is no. You see, even though Jesus paid the price for the redemption of sin, for everyone in the whole world, only those of us who believe it and receive what Christ has done for us, through his glorious grace, will benefit from it.

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes on him would not perish but would have everlasting life.

In the first chapter of John, God tells us that to as many as receive Jesus, to them He gives the power to become the sons of God.

So you see we have to believe and receive what God has given to us by His grace. To receive something means to actively take it. Receiving is not a passive thing but takes some effort on our part.

We have to actively take possession of the things that God has freely given to us by His grace.

The children of Israel had been freely given the Promised Land, but they had to go in and actively take possession of it before it did them any good. The promise of God will do us absolutely no good until we believe it and actively receive and take possession of it.

How? Through faith.

God Won't Save Me
Several years ago my wife and I were preaching a revival in a little Assembly of God church in Kearney, Missouri. At the end of one of our services, when we called people to come forward to be saved, there was a lady that came forward.

She seemed to be really struggling and having a hard time as she was led through the sinner's prayer. As I recall this very same lady came forward another night of the meeting for salvation again and she still seemed to be struggling.

I asked her if she hadn't already received Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said no - that God wouldn't save her. She said she didn't feel saved. She said that she just couldn't believe that God would forgive her for all she had done.

Even though she wanted to be saved she just couldn't believe that God would save her, so every night she went away disappointed. That same pastor later told me that she goes forward in many meetings but never receives salvation.

As far as I know that lady has never received her salvation to this day. Even though it legally belongs to her, even though Jesus paid the price for the sins of the whole world, she could end up dying and going to hell, not receiving the promise because of her unbelief.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.
(Rom. 4:16)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(Rom. 5:1-2)
These scriptures makes it clear that the Holy Spirit was right when He told me that the way we appropriate or receive those things that are contained in God's grace is by taking them by faith.

Source: God's Grace Land by Mike Mings
Excerpt permission granted by Faithsays.com Publications

Author Biography

Mike Mings
Web site: Faith Says Ministries
 
Rev. Mike Mings is an author, teacher, and minister of the Word. He founded Living Word Church as well as their website outreach, Faith Says Ministries.
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