9 POINT PLAN - THE 9TH POINT IN FULL
- ACTIVATING THE GRACE OF MARRIAGE
THE GREEK WORD for grace is charis. Charis literally means divine influence upon the heart, it means favour. Grace is an undeserved favour. It is a gift. It is a divine power. Grace is not a natural power. It is a supernatural power that controls the natural. When the power of the Holy Spirit intervenes on behalf of a person on earth, it is called grace. There are primarily two means by which a person can achieve her goals on earth – one is by winning her spiritual warfare and the other through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit intervening on the person’s behalf. That intervention is called grace.
When grace is at work in a person’s life, she can achieve anything on earth. Apostle Paul achieved everything he did through grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon 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.”
If grace is the intervention of the heavens in a person’s life in the natural, what can you do to activate grace in your life? What is it that you need to do to provoke the heavens to act on your behalf on earth?
The only means of activating the grace of God is by sacrifice. God’s blessings are not limited only to those people who sacrifice. God can bless anyone He chooses to. But for anyone to influence or provoke the heavens to act on his or her behalf, it has to be only on the platform of sacrifice. Sacrifice is the only means of provoking the heavens to act on your behalf.
Prayer is not a substitute for sacrifice. Prayer is very important, but it cannot take the place of sacrifice. This explains why many Christians pray a lot and still have their needs unmet while unbelievers who sacrifice get what they want. In 2 Kings 3:9-27, we see how sacrifice turned a war that the Israelites had won against them. Take time to read the story carefully. Galatians 6:7 “God can never be mocked. Whatsoever a man sows that he shall reap.” Without sacrifice, the heavens would not intervene on a person’s behalf, whether the person prays or not.
We see the first place where sacrifice was offered to God for the intervention of the heavens in the affairs of man. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:3-4). God wanted to bless Abraham and instructed him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac to Him. God stopped Abraham from killing his son and provided a ram for the sacrifice instead. If sacrifice was not important, God would not have asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to receive the blessing, nor would He have provided a ram for Abraham to still do the sacrifice. (Genesis 22). After that sacrifice, the highest blessing God has ever released to a man was given to Abraham.
V 15 “The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” This is the blessings that we partake in through Jesus Christ our Lord. Halleluia!
King Solomon also moved the heavens on his behalf through sacrifice. Solomon sacrificed one thousand burnt offering. His predecessors often sacrificed one or two. Solomon gave 1000 to the LORD. That night, God asked him what he wanted. A blank cheque! 1 Kings 3:3-5, 12-13. Solomon through sacrifice was blessed by God such that there would never be any wiser than Solomon nor any king as wealthy as he. 2 Chron. 1:12 “God said to Solomon, Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee, and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there be any after thee have the like.”
God Himself followed the principle of sacrifice when He wanted to save the world. He knew He could not save man without sacrifice. He sent His only Son to offer the final blood sacrifice to rescue man from sin. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” Though God has the power to save the world without sacrifice, He still followed the principle of sacrifice because He does not break His principle. If there were any other way, God would have taken it rather than sacrifice His only Son.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary brought so many changes to humanity and to the dispensation of grace. It reconciled man with God (Romans 5:10); It brought an end to every kind of blood sacrifice in the kingdom of God (Hebrews 9: 12 and 24-26 & Hebrews 10:1 - 18); Jesus Christ became the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23); Jesus Christ became the custodian of the grace of the God (Philippians 4:23); Jesus Christ became the dispenser and distributor of the grace of God (Ephesians 4:7).
The purpose of the grace of God is for the Kingdom. It is to empower us to do the work of the ministry for the edification of the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:7,12).
This teaching is drawn from the book, “Activating the Grace of Marriage” by Pastor Chris Ojigbani. The book can be bought from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Activating-Grace-Marriage-Pastor-Ojigbani/dp/1615791256