First the Blade
© 2019 by Larry Nevenhoven
Grace (Part 6)
Fifteen years ago, I listened to a teaching tape in which Bob Jones related the following experience to Mike Bickle:
Jones told how he had prophesied to his church that something big was going to happen at the next church service and everyone needed to be there. But when the night arrived, nothing happened. Period.
He went home, totally humiliated, and depressed by his missing the voice of the Lord. He stated how he told the Lord he resigned from his prophetic calling. He jumped into bed and fell asleep.
Jones then had a dream in which he stood in the throne room of God. The Father and Jesus sat on golden thrones directly in front of him. Heavenly persons stood all around and watched on.
As he stood there in awe, he felt something on his leg. He looked down and saw he was wearing a Pampers diaper and nothing else. The diaper was filled with poop and urine, which ran down his leg.
Oh no! Jones thought. What will the Lord do to me?
The Father leaned over to Jesus. “What’s happened to our little Bob?” He said.
“Oh, he’s messed himself up something terrible this time,” replied Jesus.
“Well,” said the Father, “let’s give him a bigger insurance policy of grace and send him back to prophesy twice as much.”
Jones stated he went back to his church and prophesied twice as much because of his dream. The church was blessed and so was he.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly… (Romans 12: 6)
We will probably make mistakes in our walks with the Lord. The mistakes may be big ones at times. What will we do? Resign our callings or gifts. Jump in bed and pull the blankets over your head. Sit on a back pew. Run away. Or will we be secure enough in Jesus to remember we can always do the following:
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4: 16)
Frank Viola wrote:
Perhaps you are thinking, but what if I sin against Him? The reality is that your sin doesn’t change His love for you one millimeter…Let me remind you that He saw your mistakes before you ever made them. So, He’s not surprised by them. Nor did they prevent Him from choosing you to be His before you penetrated the womb of your mother… (From Eternity to Here, 2009, Frank Viola, David C. Cook Publishing, page 75)
It is my firm belief that the highest levels we Christians will ever reach in our walks with the Lord will be directly proportional to the level of security we have in Jesus Christ.
In simple words, we all need a revelation of His grace.
Okay, do you have to agree with my “once saved, always saved” and “eternal security” revelation? Probably not. Leonard Ravenhill, John Wesley, John Lake, and many others did not agree with my revelation of grace and they were certainly used mightily by the Lord during their days.
But remember this: we are in the day when sin abounds more than ever, thus grace should abound much more. So, my advice is to study grace in the Bible and ask the Lord for a bigger revelation of His grace.
(Continued…but if you want to read all of the parts to date, you can go here.)