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THE GRACE AWAKENING
and Receiving Godís Grace
God is awakening us to His grace. He is awakening His people to understand His grace, to seek more of His grace, to pray for His grace, to know and experience more of His grace, to receive His grace, to rejoice in His grace, to thank Him for His grace, to extend His grace to others, and to worship Him, the God of all grace.
Godís grace has been defined as Godís unmerited favor extended to us through Jesus Christ. Godís grace is His acting on our behalf, doing what we needed to do and should have done, and enabling us to do what we now can do through Him. God has already acted for us by grace, He is acting for us and in us and through us today through His grace, and He will continue to extend and increase His grace to us in the future.
God is showing the world its need of His grace. Our worldís moral values are rapidly degenerating. In many communities the divorce rate is greater than the rate of marriages staying together. Sexual perversions and their associated diseases and identity problems continue to increase. Violence and drive-by shootings are the norm in many communities. The use of guns is becoming a common thing not just among teens but even among pre-teens. Depression and drug addiction continue to devastate our society. Our western culture continues to disdain Godís presence, choosing to reap the consequences of our pride and arrogance rather than to admit our need of Godís grace.
Without Godís mercy and grace, man is eternally prone to running from God, trying to change Godís laws so that his sinful ways seem "OK," hiding his sin, excusing himself, blaming others for his sinful actions, and trying endlessly through his own efforts to make up for his sins. In His mercy, God continues to pursue men, convict them of their sinfulness, and extend His hand of grace to them, enabling them to be forgiven, cleansed, and changed so that they respect, receive, and love the ways of our Holy God.
Amidst the darkness of this world, God is offering grace to those who, through the working of the Holy Spirit, recognize and acknowledge their need of Jesus. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:5: "By grace you are saved..." God has provided the sacrifice for our sins. His Son has died for us, suffering the consequences of our sins--Godís wrath and punishment. We no longer have to hide from God, or try to make up for our sins through our "religious actions," or blame others for our wrong behavior. When Adam and Eve sinned, they ran from God, tried to cover themselves with fig leaves, and blamed others. Through accepting the grace God offers to us, we can be honest with God, cover ourselves with His sacrifice, and take responsibility for our own actions. Even though most Christians know this aspect of Godís grace--that Jesus died for our sins for us--some are still carrying guilt because they have not ceased trying to make themselves right with God through their religious actions. Some are using fear and guilt to try to shame their children into proper behavior. However, even for those who have fully realized and appropriated Godís grace for salvation, there is more in Godís grace for us.
Jesus not only died FOR our sins for us, He also died TO sin for us. (Romans 6:10) He took our sinful desires and attitudes upon Himself and said, "No!" to them for us. (Isaiah 53:6) He condemned our sinful ways (Rom. 8:2). Now we can think of ourselves as being freed from our sinful ways through Him. (Romans 6:3) By faith, we can receive His life. We can be freed from the sinful bondages of our old life by receiving His life into our inner being (Romans 5:10; 2 Peter 1:4). God has provided a new life for us through Jesus Christ. We can become one in spirit with God, wanting what He wants, knowing His will, and working with Him as He exalts Jesus in the world. Jesus came to give us this new life. (John 10:10) His prayer at the end of His life was that we might be "one with Him" through the grace that would be given Him. (John 17:20-23) This new life is available to us through Godís grace offered to Christians. However, there is more available to us through Godís grace.
Through Godís Holy Spirit, we can be continually receiving wisdom, revelation, counsel, strength, knowledge and comfort from God. We can receive the Spirit of grace, the Holy Spirit of God, into our being and be energized by Him. We can learn to live by the Holy Spirit and no longer be motivated or energized by fear, guilt, shame, pride, lust, anger, self-pleasure, worldly possessions, selfish ambitions, self-glory, and the like. God will send His Spirit into our heart, bringing life to our new nature, imparting into our new being His life, His wisdom, His strength, His counsel, His knowledge, and a deep reverence for God. This continual empowerment of Godís life and wisdom into our being is another aspect of Godís grace. However, there is still more available to us through Godís grace.
As His grace operates IN us, it will seek to operate THROUGH us. God desires to impart His life into us. The life that is in God seeks to go out from Him into His people, and from us into others. We will become interested in seeing others know God, receive His grace and live for Him. We will no longer be satisfied in just living for ourselves, or for our own happiness; rather, we will want to have others helped by the grace of God that is operating through us. God will give us insight into the deep needs of others; He will give us revelation of how He desires to manifest His love through us to them. He will show us the things that have blinded them to knowing His love and goodness. He will use us in His plan to bring them to Himself. We will not lift up ourselves or our own good works, but rather people will know that the things we are doing and desiring for them are from God. Others will see Godís grace operating in us and will give glory to God.
Godís grace, acting for us in the death of Jesus, acting in us as He conforms us to the nature of Jesus, flowing into us as He imparts His Spirit into us, and flowing through us as we reach out to others, changes us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Godís grace frees us from all guilt and condemnation, enabling us to enjoy life in His presence. Godís grace reveals His plan, purposes and assignments to us, along with His resources, so that we can complete His works. His grace enables us to trust Him for grace for all that will come our way as we continue this life. This is the outworking of Godís grace.
Knowing, receiving, and experiencing Godís grace brings more grace. His grace then heals our inner anxieties, delivers us from our fears, heals the wounds in our inner being, frees us from our insecurities, and lifts us out of our depressions into His presence. Experiencing His grace leads us out of our life of shame and guilt into a life of living in Him, for His glory, filled with His Spirit, delighting in Him. Our life of worry, fear, and self-dependence is replaced by His life of trust, faith, hope and love. Our joy is then in seeing Godís will done, so that His people come together and worship the greatness of God and His grace extended to us. The ultimate end of Godís grace is that we know Him and worship Him Who is the God of all grace.
We are experiencing an awakening of Godís grace. He has promised to pour out His Spirit of Grace and Supplication upon us. He is awakening us to all that is ours through His grace, and He is leading, inspiring, and empowering us to pray for more of His grace in these times. Many are being led into periods of fasting and prayer. Groups are coming together to pray regularly, even daily, for a spiritual awakening in our land and in other nations. Calls are being expressed for periods of fasting and prayer, some for 40-day periods. This is occurring in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, and other nations and continents.
God is letting us experience, know, and learn more of His grace. Passages like, "He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places," are coming alive among many. Our spirits are becoming awakened to new levels of awareness of Godís activity as His grace is extended to His people. Our minds are being enlightened with a deeper understanding of His grace--yet what we are experiencing is deeper than our minds. We are becoming more desirous of serving Him, of wanting to spend time with Him, of enjoying His presence; yet the awakening is deeper than our desires or our feelings. This awakening or spiritual awareness is happening deep in our spirit, in our innermost desires and yearnings.
Our Father is awakening our spirits to His love for us and to His love for His Son. The Spirit of Christ is leading us to want to see God glorified in all we do. God is leading us to love what He loves and to hate what He hates. He is awakening us to see and participate in what He is doing in the world, and to see things from His perspective. He is cleansing us of our sinful passions that result in sinful actions. He is exposing our sinful desires, our lustful passions, our worldly attachments, our worship of the glory of people. He is leading us to repentance, to confession of the depths of our sin, and to receiving His righteousness available to us through His Spirit. He is healing and delivering us in this process so that we delight in Him and are able to share with those in the world the love of God and the life of living in His grace which He has for all who respond to Him.
In short, God sends His Spirit to us to awaken us to His Son, so that we can know all that He is, has done, is doing, and will do for us. Jesus comes to impart His nature into us so that we want to serve God as He did. He gives us a desire to repent and to be cleansed from our sin so that His Spirit can fill us and lead us, as He was led by the Spirit of God. We then increase in our desire to live in Godís presence, to know Him, to serve Him, to bring others to Him and to worship Him. Godís Spirit awakens us to more of Jesus, and the process continues. We are becoming one in our spirit with the Spirit of God. Hallelujah!
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God created us so that we would know Him, respect Him, and want to serve and worship Him. He created us with a need to receive revelation of His plan and purpose and His very nature into our spirit (our inner being). We were created with the need of His grace; even before men sinned, man needed Godís grace to know His will and to receive wisdom, strength, and understanding from Him. Manís sin only compounded the problem. After he sinned, man not only needed the grace for wisdom and revelation but now he needed grace for forgiveness and cleansing, and for restoration to Godís original plans and purposes. The Bible says:
...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love... (Ephesians 1:4 NKJ)
...who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began... (2 Timothy 1:9 NKJ)
Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, (1 Peter 1:10 NKJ)
When man sinned he lost his ability to understand the things of God. He lost the ability and desire to know and be dependent upon Godís grace. He needed a new nature. One of the roles of Jesus Christ, the very Son of God who became a man, was to model for us a human life that was dependent upon the grace of God. Jesus worked out a new nature for us, showing us how to live by Godís grace. The Bible says:
And the Child [Jesus] grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:40 NKJ)
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 NKJ)
...how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14 NKJ)
God had told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He said, "In the day you eat of it you will die." Adam ate, and his spirit became dead to the things of God. His natural desire was now to live for himself, doing what he wanted to do. This sin nature needed to die, to be eternally separate from God; that is what Adam deserved.
God provided his own sacrifice for Adam and Eve. Initially this sacrifice was an animal which would be offered to God in place of man. The ultimate sacrifice was Jesus, Godís Son, Who gave Himself willingly to God to be the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus took our sins and our sinful ways upon Himself and suffered Godís punishment which was due us. He died and entered the place of eternal separation on our behalf. God then raised Jesus from hell, from the dead, and gave Him the place as ruler of all. Jesus now reigns over all men and spiritual beings. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
We now can be restored to a place of fellowship with God by accepting Godís sacrifice--by receiving His grace extended to us through Jesus. We can receive a new nature--the very nature of Jesus--a nature that wants to serve God and be dependent upon His grace. We can be saved from Godís wrath, into a place of living in His grace, through Jesus. The Bible says:
Therefore, as through one man's [Adamís] offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's [Jesusí] righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (Romans 5:18 NKJ)
...and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJ)
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:10 NKJ)
When we acknowledge our need of Jesusí sacrifice for us, and receive Him into our life, we are reconciled with God. Now we can enter into Godís grace for our daily living. We can receive the continual flow of grace from the Holy Spirit into our being. Through the power of the Holy Spirit of God we can know and do the things God desires. Through the power of the Spirit, sinful desires and our old ways of living will be revealed, and we can put them away from us. We are becoming new people through Godís Spirit working in us, convicting us of our sin and empowering us with the very righteousness of God. We do not become "god," but rather we do godly things by the power of the Spirit of God working in us. The Bible says:
For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 NKJ)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13 NKJ)
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 NKJ)
...[there] have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4 NKJ)
As new creatures in Christ we have the right and privilege to come to God for direction and strength for each situation. We learn to live by the grace of God. We realize that God asks humanly impossible things of us. He asks us to love our enemies, to be holy as He is holy, and to forgive others. He asks us to subdue the earth and to heal the sick. He asks us to realize and acknowledge our need for His grace in each situation. In short, we quickly realize that it is impossible in our own power to do all that God would teach us and enable us to do. We realize that we cannot even remember to ask for and rely upon His grace. We need His grace to do the things that only He can do in and through us. We must have His grace in order to do the humanly impossible things He desires of us. Yet, we come to realize that the things He asks are "Himpossible" through the grace He makes available to us.
We begin to realize that God has grace for us to know how to help others. He has grace for us to know what to say or do in difficult situations. We will learn to live by His grace, trusting Him to speak and act through us and to encourage us in being vessels of His love and grace to others. The Bible says:
Nevertheless, brethren, I [Paul] have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God,... (Romans 15:15 NKJ)
For I [Paul] say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 NKJ)
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:19 NKJ)
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We can trust in God. Just as He extended grace to us when Jesus died for our sins, He extends grace to us for our present-day situations. Just as He gives us grace for all our needs today, we can trust Him to have grace for us for tomorrow. Godís grace is endless. When God imparts His strength to us, He still has the same measure of strength to impart for our future. He is not limited or diminished in any way, nor does He change His ways. He is God, always wanting to extend grace to us from His infinite supply which is always available for all who come to Him. I can have peace, knowing that the God of all grace, Who has given me grace for this present situation, will also extend His grace to me to deal with whatever will come about in the future. I can find comfort and peace in the realization that he has grace for me to deal with tomorrow when the day comes. The Bible says:
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NKJ)
For I am the LORD, I do not change (Malachi 3:6 NKJ)
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians. 9:8 NKJ)
Jesus spoke the words of God. He spoke words of comfort to the needy, and of wisdom and understanding to those who needed to be taught. He spoke words of praise and adoration to His Father. He spoke words of healing to those oppressed by the devil, and of correction to those He was training. He spoke words of rebuke to the spirits that were oppressing those who came to Him, and words of warning to the spiritual powers that ruled over the cities He came into. He effected the world through the words God gave Him to speak. He was able to accomplish Godís plan and purposes for Him through speaking the words God gave to Him.
Jesus calls us to do the same. He calls us to be His disciples, to speak of the presence and manifestation of the kingdom of God. He promises to be with us, directing us in these humanly impossible endeavors. He promises to speak His word to us so He can speak His word through us ("Say to this mountain..." Mark11:22-23). We can have confidence that we can effect the situations God leads us into through the words He will give us to speak. We can have and express Godís words for our lives.
God extends His grace to us as we learn to depend upon and ask for it. We are encouraged to grow in and to understand Godís grace and how to appropriate it into all parts of our life and being. As we grow in grace we will increasingly realize our need of it and His desire to impart it to us. We will grow in grace and then learn to ask for more grace so that we can continue to grow in grace.
...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 NKJ)
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16 NKJ)
We have access to grace for each situation. Since we still have a free will, we can attempt to do things in our flesh, relying on our own strength--or we can become dependent upon Godís grace. We need to discipline ourselves to come into relying upon Godís grace; however, even here we can ask for grace to become disciplined to ask for grace. The choice is ours; the power and strength are Godís. The ability to make the choice is something we can also receive from God. Since God has provided grace for all my needs, He calls me to know and reverence Him. I need to seek, receive, and live in His grace continually. God offers me His grace to do this. The Bible says:
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJ)
For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 NKJ)
God created us with a need for spiritual help. We need wisdom, strength, understanding, etc., from spiritual sources beyond ourselves. God intended for this need to be met by His Spirit living within us. When man sinned, he rejected Godís direction and came into bondage to the Ďstrengthí that Satan provides those who live in his kingdom. In our natural state, we were then driven by such sources of power as fear, lust, envy, pride, or anger. We used these satanic sources of power to become "successful," or to cope with our problems. Through accepting Godís plan of salvation--His grace--we have been taken out from Satanís dominion and have been brought under the dominion of the reign of Jesus Christ. Some of these old powers still seek to influence us and to hold us in their prisons, but God has provided grace for our complete deliverance. Through the grace He extends to us, He is able to free us from these past sources of "strength" so that we completely rely on His grace.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in [energizes] the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (Ephesians 2:1-3 NKJ)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians1:13 NKJ)
...for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 NKJ)
...being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 NKJ)
Even before we knew of Godís grace, it had been working for us. As we grow in Him we become more aware of His grace which has always been available for us, and which He has given us on many occasions even when we did not ask. The self-centeredness and pride in our old life kept us from seeing Godís hand, and has kept us from fully appropriating all God has had for us. However, as we grow in Him we see that on many occasions God sovereignly acted on our behalf-- protecting and preserving us, and preventing us from destroying ourselves and others. We also become aware of the times He was extending grace to us and we refused it, only to suffer the consequences of our own hardheartedness. God in His mercy is continually awakening us to the grace He has prepared for us so that we can come into the fullness of His plan for us. The Bible says:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NKJ)
...looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. (Hebrews 12:15 NKJ)
Through Godís grace, we will know His grace and thus know more of Him. We will then worship Him in deeper levels of our spirit (which is His desire for us), remembering that it was only His grace that enabled us to know Him that we might worship Him. Praise God for awakening us to His grace!
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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