Giving Yourself Grace
Pastor Amie Dockery
Sunday May 14, 2017
These – Grace is not of limited supply. The Bible teaches when we are willing to give grace to those who seem more blessed than us, we are accessing a prophetic opportunity God will use to miraculously provide for us in abundance.
Grace is abundant
- Sometimes we may feel we only have a limited supply of grace to give to others; that we have to ration out the small amount of grace we feel we have.
- However, grace is not limited like natural resources. Grace is home made; it cannot be borrowed or purchased from someone else.
- Grace comes from using certain “raw materials.”
- Like a knowledgeable cook, we can each use our resources to generate abundant grace.
The widow of Zarephath
- 1 Kings 17: 8-16 tells the story of a poor widow who – by grace - provided food to the prophet Elijah during a famine. God asked the “lowliest of the low” to provide from her meager resources to someone considered great in God’s Kingdom.
- The widow in this story felt empty and exhausted; she felt she was soon going to die.
- One might wonder why God would ask this poor woman to provide for someone greater than herself. Why would God ask her to potentially sacrifice in this way?
- “Grace is giving what you need the most to someone who has more than you, and needs it less.”
Ingredients to make grace
- Grace is a renewable resource. God will always give us more than what we started with.
- The widow’s three ingredients of grace:
- Barley – a hardy, drought-resistant grain. It was strong and easily grew in harsh conditions. (This represents things at which we are good.)
- Olive oil – a difficult product to produce. (This represents the difficult things we have processed in life.)
- Water – the most valuable of natural resources. (This represents the Word of God.)
- When the Word of God is activated in our daily lives, it will combine with the things at which we are good, and that which we have developed through difficult circumstances, to provide miraculous abundance.
The Word of God
- James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
- Deuteronomy 24: 19-20 revealed God’s strategy where the Israelites would continually provide for the poor by leaving a remnant of the harvest for those in need. Through this, God was systematically instituting a process where the poor would always be provided for.
- When we are in a difficult situation that requires us to give grace, God is getting ready to provide a miracle he has already prepared for us.
The widow was being blessed
- In Luke 4: 24-26 Jesus explained the widow of Zarephath was actually being blessed by God when she had the opportunity to show grace to Elijah during difficult circumstances.
- God was doing the widow a favor by putting a demand on her that required an initial sacrifice but that would ultimately generate an ongoing blessing.
- Likewise, when we feel we are at the limit of our abilities – when we perceive a challenge too great to overcome – God is providing an opportunity for Him to perform a miracle.
- We access God’s grace by faith. When we give grace to someone perceived as being greater than ourselves, we are opening up a prophetic opportunity.
Reflective Questions for Giving Yourself Grace
- Pastor Amie said true grace does not involve having pity on someone lower than ourselves. Rather, true grace involves blessing someone perceived as being in a better place. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- Why has God designed things this way: whereby He will miraculously reveal Himself when we have grace on those in a perceived higher place?
- Do you remember a time when you felt “at your wits end” – when you felt you had nothing else to give? Looking back, did you – in fact – have even more to give? From where did the ability to continue giving come?
- Explain why the combination of God’s Word, things we are good at, and the experience gained from difficult things, result in miraculous grace?