#134 – The Magnificent Grace of God – Part 2

#134 – The Magnificent Grace of God – Part 2

What does it mean to grow in grace?

It’s the worst when you have a cord to charge your phone and the phone won’t charge.

Have you ever had that happen?  Then you start the hunt to figure out if there is something wrong with cord, something wrong with the port/plug or something wrong with your phone!  Recently this happened to me,  I was on a plane and settled in to my seat.  My phone was low on juice so I looked around for a USB port in which to pop my cord and was overjoyed to find this plane did indeed have one!

Half an hour later, we were up in the air and I discovered my phone was still losing power.  It would die soon.  I was perplexed because my phone had been plugged in the whole time. I then discovered that while the cord had been inserted into the USB port, it wasn’t actually connecting to the power.  The port was too loose and wasn’t making contact with the appropriate spots on my cord to provide power to my phone. The cord wasn’t intimately connected with the USB.

It was close.

It was touching… some.

But it was not maintaining a tight connection that would transmit power.

I have to honestly tell you that even after recording today’s podcast, I’m more deeply convicted about what I’ve shared, that I do indeed know, but need to do a better job of putting into practice.  Maybe you, like me, get close to making a connection.  You go to church.  You are involved.  You listen to the Christian music or listen to Christian radio stations. You crack open your Bible, your Jesus Calling, Daily Bread, or whatever devotional(s) are perched on your nightstand.

But you don’t have power.

Or you only experience it intermittently.

How do you move from accepting the grace of God to experiencing it in a way that it produces growth and change in you?  How do you receive the power of God’s grace operating in your life.

On today’s podcast, I talk about what I understand but am personally continuing to work on.  Connection… but more than connection… intimate connection because of my choice to abide, consistently and intentionally, in my relationship with Jesus Christ. What does growing in grace mean?  What does it require?  Why does it matter?

If you desire to have the grace of God change you, today I talk about the mechanics of how that happens.

How do you stay intimately connected to God?   Simply put, you hear what He says, believe what He says, and do what He says. Today I talk about three areas in which we can be partakers of the grace God offers and also one major problem we all face that may keep us from fully experiencing the grace of God and growing to spiritual maturity in it. Because if there is power and abundant life available, don’t you want to plug intimately into it and be changed?  I know I do.


1 Peter 3:18 says, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ“.  Join me in the second part of this month’s series as I discuss what growing in grace means, how we can experience it, and how we can address stalled growth in our Christian life.

 

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • How to grow in grace
  • What gets in the way of our growth
  • The solution to experiencing grace

Resources From Today’s Show 

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 ==> General Links 

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  1. Do you feel as if you are consistently and intimately connected to God?  Why or why not?
  2. How do you see God’s power at work in your life?
  3. What was your main takeaway today as you listened to today’s podcast?

Connect with me…

How to Listen to The Podcast

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You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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  1. Elizabeth October 10, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    I really enjoy listening to you about grace. I now fully understand what I need to do. I am in a Bible study group and learning more about God. I am doing some of the things you have talked about but not the way I should. I still need to get into the word more then I do. God bless you.

    • Chrystal Hurst October 11, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for listening Elizabeth!

  2. Christina October 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Discovered your podcast a week ago right after I realizing through some personal struggles that led me finally realize that I was believing in God but not necessarily believing God. You are inspiring and I plan to continue to listen through this speed bump in life that I’ve hit.

  3. Melanie October 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for another great podcast. Your illustrations about the Soarin’ ride (my favorite too) and using your Bluetooth at home were especially memorable since you painted pictures in our minds with your descriptions. I love your teaching style!

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