February has to be one of the most enjoyable months all over the world! In South Africa, especially the Eastern Cape, it is the month with very little wind and plenty of sunshine, beautiful, warm evening sunsets! In the Northern Hemisphere, for instance Vale, Colorado in the USA, it is a winter wonderland! The days are warm enough to enjoy the beautiful slopes of the Rocky Mountains while everything is covered in soft powdery snow!
The truth is, wherever you are in the world, this is a month to take a moment to celebrate the beautiful world we live in and the wonderful, unconditional love of a generous Heavenly Father.
The last few days of January this year, we had the privilege of attending the Kenneth Copeland Ministers Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for this year, as you may know, is The Year of Great Grace! The bottom line of the messages at this conference were based on the importance of knowing who we are in Christ, what we have available to us through the finished work of the cross and being secure in the revelation of how much God loves us!
Without a revelation of Gods' love for us, we cannot operate in faith because faith works by that love. Without faith, we cannot accept and live the life of grace He has for us because we live in grace by faith! All the teachings and messages were so refreshing and encouraging. What a wonderful opportunity for us to sit under the ministry of such great generals in the faith and have them impart such wisdom and life to us.
Each speaker was a tremendous blessing and I have to say that Jeremy Pearsons gave a message that simply 'hit it out the ball park'! He spoke from 1 Peter 5:6-7.
He brought home the truth of how humility is surrendering to God's will by finding a place of rest in us trusting Him completely in all areas of our lives. This humility is saying, "I can't Lord but you can and I trust in your love for me and what Your word says concerning me." This is what activates the power of grace in our lives which is sufficient for us and exalts us to a place of supernatural peace and joy. However the opposite is also true, where we don't surrender our cares to The Lord and try to do things in our own strength, we demonstrate pride. The scripture says that God resists the pride and His grace cannot be activated to protect and elevate them in life. By resisting to trust in Him, we resist the power of His grace.
1 Peter 5:6, " Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,"
So how do we keep the wonderful, supernatural grace of God activated in our lives? We simply do what the word says, by casting all our cares on Him continually, in all things. Being convinced of His unconditional love for us. Understanding that when He considers us, He sees us without the ugliness of sin. He sees us clothed in the righteousness of His son and holds nothing against us. That's what Jesus did on the cross for us. When we go boldly before this throne of grace, we can freely, without condemnation, cast our cares on Him, knowing that He will take care of us.
v7, "Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully."
Dear friend, I so desperately needed a reminder of Gods' beautiful grace towards me. It is our prayer that in the following days and months, you would take a walk through the scriptures, refreshing and renewing your mind to His supernatural grace available to you. His love for us is so much more than we could ever comprehend, allow your heart to be flooded with it so that you can spend the rest of your life enjoying Him and the life He has for you.
These are some scriptures to meditate on, to refresh and renew your mind to His grace towards you.
Gal. 2:20; Psalm 127:2; Matt 6:24 - 34; James 4:6; Col.1:12-14; Eph. 2:1-6
Phil. 3:20 - 23; Colossians 3:1-3
We love and appreciate you so much,
Pastors Andre & Jenny