The Spirit of Grace
Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot . . . and insulted the Spirit of grace? (HEBREWS 10:28–29 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace. Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit to do with ease what we cannot do by working at it. But first, it is the power that enables us to be right with God so He can live in us and we can become His home. With the Holy Spirit inside us, we can reach inside our hearts to draw on the power of the Spirit of Grace to do what we cannot do by striving in our own power.
For example, I spent years trying to change myself because I saw so many defects in my character. Most of the time I felt frustrated because all my effort and hard work were not producing change. If I realized I was saying unkind things I shouldn’t be saying, I would determine to stop. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t change, and sometimes I seemed to get worse.
Finally, I cried out to God, admitting that I couldn’t even try to change anymore. At that point, I heard God speak to my heart, “Good. Now I can do something in your life.”
When God makes the changes in our lives, God gets the glory; therefore, He won’t let us change ourselves. When we try to change without leaning on God, we leave Him “out of the loop.” Instead of trying to change ourselves, we simply need to ask Him to change us and then let His Spirit of Grace do the work in us.
God’s word for you today: Never try to do anything without asking God to help you.