The Activation of the Measure of Grace
The Apostles gave powerful testimonies about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great measures of grace rested upon them all.”
Acts 4:33 TPT
Grace is poured upon us by the Father and it is a great leverage that opens us up to possibilities beyond our human capacities. In several parts of the Scriptures, Grace, which is always available to us, is usually activated either by coming into the knowledge of a Truth or by an act of obedience to what advances God’s Kingdom agenda. In our focal scripture, Acts 4:33, great measures of grace was said to have rested upon the Apostles when they gave a powerful testimony about the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Reading through the book of Acts, we read the history of the oppositions the Apostles faced as they preached about Jesus’ resurrection. There were great resistance and persecutions but they didn’t relent nor gave into the opposition. They chose to stand by their convictions of Christ’s resurrection and went about narrating this testimony to all ears.
The kind of boldness and power with which they did this in the face of huge opposition was only made possible by the help of the Holy Spirit. That was the fulfillment of the promise of the Father as Jesus Christ mentioned to them and the expression of what would happen after the Holy Spirit comes upon them.
“But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be seized with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces—even to the remotest places on earth!” Acts 1:8 TPT
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31 NKJV
What is evident in the Apostles is that they listened to Christ’s instruction to them and they obeyed. By their act of obedience, the promise of the Father was fulfilled which was the boldness with which they spoke. But it didn’t end there, measures of Grace was activated upon them in that process.
Friends, there’s a great measure of Grace that multiplies our supernatural abilities that is beyond the scope of our human limitations. This measure of Grace is activated by a chain of spiritual process as we see in all the scriptures referenced in this article and they include:
• A decision to follow Christ and listen to His instructions. Staying and doing the last instruction until He gives further instructions.
• Waiting on God for the fulfillment of the promise. Praying and steadfastly expecting what the Lord has promised without wavering.
• Leveraging the fulfillment of the promise to propagate the gospel. Testifying about Christ, declaring His Lordship and making all ears hear of His greatness.
There’s a multiplication of grace when we speak with the power and boldness that was supplied to us by the Holy Spirit. And the resultant effects of this, is that our scope of influence for Kingdom sake, gets wider.
May you and I receive great measures of Grace in Jesus name. Amen.
Writer: Adenike D-light.