Consider carefully the words used to define grace.
Dictionary definition: GRACE, the free unmerited love and favor of God; Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the Spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.
Strong’s Exhaustive Dictionary: NT:5486 charis (khar'-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): KJV - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
NT:5486 charisma (khar'-is-mah); from NT:5483; a (divine) gratuity, i.e. deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, i.e. (subjectively) religious qualification, or (objectively) miraculous faculty: KJV - (free) gift.
NT:5545 chrisma (khris'-mah); from NT:5548; an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment ("chrism") of the Holy Spirit: KJV - anointing, unction.
I want to draw your attention to the part of the definition which say “especially the divine influence upon the heart, and it reflection in the life.” I want you to know and understand that grace is the power of God bringing a divine, transforming influence upon the heart and life. When you are blessed with the grace of salvation, it will change the way you think and act. This power to change does not come from within your own self. Grace is an external influence coming from God. It will cause you to become a new person.
There are many people who are claiming to be Christian; but, they have not been changed by the grace of God. They are self-willed, refusing to submit to the commandments of God. They continue in their sins and have no power to overcome temptations. They are servants of evil and not servants of righteousness.
These people, either knowingly or ignorantly have been influenced by some man to believe that they have become sons of God without having experienced the grace of God which transforms a person from being a sinner to being a saint. They do not believe that they can say “No” to all temptations and live holy in this present world.
Titus 2:11-1511 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
God is faithful and merciful. There is only one true God. There is only one Son of God who has made it possible for you to have this grace, this divine influence in your life. If someone comes to you bringing another God and another Christ or another gospel than that which I have shared with you, do not believe or follow that person. I am telling you the truth and I will prove my message to you by the witness of the Holy Scriptures.
Paul tells Titus that our God, who is faithful, has appeared to all men to give them understanding of the “grace of God that bringeth salvation.” God has sent the Holy Spirit to speak to the heart of every person, teaching them that they cannot be disobedient to the commandments of God and also have fellowship with God. If you have caused yourself to believe that you can refuse to obey God and still have fellowship with God, you have deceived your own self.
John 1:17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
The knowledge of grace and truth has been given to us by the Spirit whom Christ has sent to teach us all things. If you are a responsible adult and you do not remember the Holy Spirit telling you that you must resist temptation and submit to God; then, you have forgotten what the Holy Spirit has spoken to you. Many people have chosen to forget what the Holy Spirit has spoken to them.
James 1:19-2619 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
God’s grace will not be given to a rebellious person who makes excuses for not obeying the commands of God.
You must be swift to hear and a doer of those things which the Holy Spirit teaches you. If you are a forgetful hearer, it is because you do not love God more than you love your own way. You choose to disregard the truth and postpone your obedience and make excuses for not doing what you know you should do.
However, God is still able and powerful to deliver you from all unrighteousness, if you will let Him have control of your life.
Jude 20-2520 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Can God’s grace deliver you from all your sins and keep you from falling back into your past unrighteousness? The answer is “Yes” if you will humble yourself and obey His commandments. When we testify that we live without committing sin, we are not boasting in something we have done, we are testifying to what God has done for us. We can not effectively resist Satan in our own strength. But, by the grace of God we can do all things
Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 2:13-1513 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
By God’s grace we can live holy.By God’s grace we can say “No” to every temptation.
By God’s grace we have the power of love, faith and hope working together in our life.
By God’s grace we are not fearful, we are not faithless when trials and persecutions come.
We are not fearful of what the world can do, because we are “sheltered safe in the arms of God.”
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
OT:7682 HEBREW> sagab (saw-gab'); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) lofty, especially inaccessible; by implication, safe, strong; used literally and figuratively KJV - defend, exalt, be excellent, (be, set on) high, lofty, be safe, set up (on high), be too strong.
Matthew 8:23-2723 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Revelation 21:6-86 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
If you have put your faith and trust in God who loves you and has promised to meet all your needs, then do not be afraid of what the world or Satan can do. God is greater than all the world; and He is greater than Satan.
Satan wants you to be afraid of sickness and disease. God has promised to heal all your diseases.
Satan wants you to be afraid of danger. Jesus Christ is Lord of the whole earth and all power belongs to Him.
Satan wants you to doubt the truth. Not one word of God’s commandments and promises will fail.
Luke 16:17And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Matthew 5:18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 1:18-2218 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.
20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
2 Peter 1:1-41 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The grace of God is the power of God working in you and on you and for you. It will change you and make you a new man in Christ Jesus.
Genesis 18:9-159 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
Is any thing too hard for the Lord?
Did God create this world by His word? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Did God make man from clay? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Did God cause the walls of Jericho to fall? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Did Elijah pray and it rained not for three years and six months? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Was Jesus born of a virgin? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Did Jesus and his disciples heal the sick, cast out devils and raise the dead? Is that too hard for you to believe?
Did Jesus rise from the grave after three days? Is that too hard for you to believe?
When God promises to give you grace and power and might for all the situations in your life so that you can live holy and blameless, is that too hard for you to believe?