Defined by Grace

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Redefined Series
Session Three

Grace isn’t just a wimpy prayer we pray before a meal, or an old hymn we heard as a kid. The grace of God is a powerful force that comes to find us in our darkest places, unlocks our prison doors and beckons to us to step forward into freedom.

Grace is forgiveness of our sins, but it is so much more. Grace not only sets us free but it is the power to stay free.

Grace is what brought us near to God and grace is the force that still calls to us to come close even when we’ve done something wrong. Listen, your mistake doesn’t change how God feels about you. He loves you.

Whenever we are tempted to pull away from God, it’s always an issue of understanding and receiving grace. He would never want us to pull away, he loves us, and he always beckons to us to come near.

How do we break the dysfunctional cycle of sin and shame?

We must learn to run to Jesus. The sooner we learn to run to him in our dysfunction and allow him access to the deepest most painful things in our lives, the sooner he can lead us to freedom.

James 4:6-7 NLT
He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So, humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you.

If you are having a struggle with sin and you’ve been caught in this never-ending cycle of shame and hiding, the greatest lie you’ll ever believe is that you’ll never be free. Jesus won the victory and continues to give you grace, not as a license to sin, but as the power to live free from the grip of sin in your everyday life.


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Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world.  She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children.   Find out more about Brenda here.