I’m going to share how this topic came about and what it means for us. I was in a place where I felt overwhelmed, burned-out and exhausted; didn’t feel like doing much of anything. Everything seemed to overtake me at the time. All I wanted to do was escape. If I had the opportunity to evade all responsibilities I would have been one happy gal. However, I’m not afforded that opportunity nor do I really want it because truth be told I love what I do. I found I needed to bring balance to my life. Then God spoke to my heart saying, “The reason you feel like this is because you do not have the grace to do this. I have not given it to you.” It rung a bell because my spiritual father said this to me before and I didn’t quite understand it…until now. Abba broke it all the way down for me.
I didn’t want to feel this way any longer. Once God said those four words to me, “Operating outside of grace”, I knew something had to be done and I had to make some changes but in order for me to understand what operating outside of grace meant I had to understand what operating inside of grace signified.
Grace: χάρις cháris, khar’-ece; from G5463; 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):—acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace(- ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy).
Acts 14:26 – And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. (KJV)
I Cor 3:10 – According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (KJV)
II Cor 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (KJV)
Operating Inside of Grace
II Corinthians 9:8 definitely sums up where God is getting ready to take us. When God gives us a work to do for Him, ourselves and or to help someone else, He also supplies the grace we need to complete the work. Grace covers and supplies the love, the skill set, the wisdom, the know-how, the anointing and the energy to equip us to complete the task. When you think about being task-oriented and completing the work you need all of those things mentioned before to include loyalty and faithfulness. Having these vital items to finish the task means you have everything you need to get it accomplished. When it is done it will bear fruit and not just fruit but good fruit.
Also, when it comes to operating in the grace of God, that means there is a time limit for the work. This is where a lot of us fail when it comes to operating inside of His grace. We start off with the task with momentum then what happens is when it is not completed in that timeframe things no longer come together and makes it a harder push. It will already require quite a bit of energy but it requires more than the measure given at that time. Just like God gives us a measure of faith, He also provides a measure of grace for the work at hand. It’s hard to function outside of grace. It’s never easy to complete a project. There are a lot of man hours that goes into it. Plus, you always have those distractions and things not working out the way we planned but when the set time is up for it then it’s that much harder to get it completed. When we are operating inside of His grace those things will not overwhelm us, consume us nor overcome us. It will have its struggles but it won’t be to the point to where it’s exhausting or to the point where you just don’t want to do it anymore. We have to make sure we’re operating in its season and timeframe. If we don’t then we run the risk of operating outside of grace.
Operating Outside of Grace
When we operate outside of His grace then we no longer have the things we need to have to complete the task. The anointing for that particular task may be done. You will always have the skill set and the wisdom but the anointing, the love, passion, the time, the faithfulness and the loyalty to the project will no longer be there. You will have to put it down or to the side or throw it out completely (depending on how the Lord leads you) until that time comes around again for you to finish it.
God works on a timeframe. If He has said, “You have six months to write a book” but what you do not know is that He has laid you on someone’s heart to publish your book for you. Nevertheless, without knowing the blessing, you take a year and a half, that is an example of being out of His timeframe and missing the blessing. You no longer have the anointing to complete it. It will either be difficult to finish or you will miss the open door completely.
Sometimes God will extend the grace but when He does you need to realize it quickly and comply!
The way God works in time and seasons is up to Him. Everyone can teach you about “seasons” and “time” but no one knows it for your life except for God himself, who orchestrates your seasons and time. One of the reasons you have a timeframe for one task or another is because there is something else He has for you to do. If you are still working in a season that is up, you cannot move forward to the season and time that is in front of you. Time doesn’t convert backwards. It’s always moving forward.
At times, we help people because it’s the right thing to do, we have a good heart and are a giving people BUT God didn’t give us the grace to help that person for whatever reason. Please, please, please pray about everything. Leave nothing to chance! Ask God if you are supposed to help this person or organization. You will save yourself a lot of time and energy and most of all painful experiences. If they are only pulling from you and never adding to you, this may not be the person to help. If you feel drained every time you’re around them, that is a sign you no longer have the grace for the task or God never gave it in the first place. Are we to help people? Yes. Are we to have compassion? Yes. Are we to be kind? Yes. Are we to be taken advantage of? No. Are we too compassionate sometimes without direction from the All-knowing One? Yes. Please know what you are getting into. Ask God to show you their heart concerning you. Ask Him to show you their motives. It is in those answers you will find out if He has given you the grace for them.
Tips you are operating outside of grace. You are:
- overly exhausted (mentally, physically and spiritually)
- lack of energy
- lack of compassion
- lack of commitment
- you loathe having to go back to the task
- it drains you while never depositing anything into you (i.e. project, task, people)
I pray this helped you to recognize whether you’re operating in His grace or not. If you have questions or comments please leave them below and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
Remember, His timing is perfect therefore so is yours because He’s the orchestrator.