grace like an ocean

I just got back from a wonderful four days in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where I spent some time in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  Tame waves, water clarity and extra wide sandbars gave me the confidence to venture out alone.  I was amazed at how close I was to the dolphins and the fishing yachts.  I felt like I was far from the shore and far from other swimmers, but I could still touch the bottom, so I just enjoyed my beautiful solitude and found the freedom to sing praises to my King.

Do you ever think about how incredibly small you are in an ocean?  That’s the image the Holy Spirit is asking me to share this morning in regards to your need and God’s grace.  Found in the anointed song lyrics of “How He Loves,” is this truth:  If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.  My friend, just because your problem is monumental in regards to your ability to tackle it, does not mean that it is also difficult for the Lord.  Even if you feel as though your life adds up to one huge heap of NEED, His grace is like the ocean, and it swamps you a billion times over!

The enemy has been very crafty in leading God’s children to believe that His grace flows like a leaky faucet.  Maybe you’ll get hit by a drop of His goodness, or maybe you won’t.  That was the mind-set of a crippled man at the pool called Bethesda whom Jesus encountered on one of His visits to Jerusalem.  The Lord simply asked the man, “Do you want to be well?”  His trickle-grace belief caused him to reply that if only someone could help him get to the water when there is an obvious stirring from an angel, he would be healed.  He didn’t understand that He was talking with the One who had told the waters of the earth where to draw their limit and let there be land!  Had he known that this is the Son of God, He would have immediately responded, “Yes!  I want to be well!”  There is just no tapping out the God of all grace, and like every other time that Jesus encountered a need, He healed the invalid.  (John 5:1-9)

Consider Psalm 103:1-5-  “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Five short verses declaring the grace of God.  The word all is used four times.  That’s not a leaky faucet with a trickle of grace, folks.  That’s an ocean of grace!  There is more than enough.  See yourself submerged in that ocean, and declare the above truths over your life.  The imagery and the spoken word will increase your faith, a key component for receiving your miracle.  I see many recordings in the New Testament scriptures of Jesus’ attraction to those with bold faith who sought Him out in their time of need.  He would make comments about their faith, saying things like, “Never have I seen such faith in all of Israel.”  My favorite exclamation of Jesus is one where his  excitement is noted:  “Woman, you have great faith!”   Finally, we repeatedly read, “Your faith has made you well.”

I have been asked by other Christians, “How do you know if it really is the will of God to heal?  How can you explain what happened to ______?”  One thing I know- God’s Word is eternal, and there is no falsehood in Psalm 103:3.  It is His will to heal!  The character of Christ is readily on display in the gospel writings, and He consistently was moved by compassion to heal every need.  He completed the work of securing abundant life for all who are harassed and helpless.  He went to the cross bearing unfathomable suffering, He died, and He rose again.  Your need?  His grace is already made available to you.  Ready to get into the ocean?

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