Access to Grace
Posted on Sunday, July 28 2019 09:00:00 AM in Partner Letter by Allan Bagg
Last month we looked at the power of the abounding Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we could trust Him even in the midst of uncertain times. Sometimes, we can feel like we are struggling through the challenges of life alone. I want you to know that God never intended for you to battle along as an individual. He has brought us together as a powerful Family of God.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:16 that we as the Body of Christ,
…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
God has placed different gifts within each of us. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11,
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
The gifts are spread around the Body and yet for the profit of all. So then, how do you or I access the gifts that we might not have within ourselves? That is the power of unity as a “Body”. My little toe, the furthest member away from my head, draws the same blood, nutrients, energy, growth, etc. as any other part of my body because it is connected to that body.
Remember Ephesians 4… joined and knit together. When we are joined with an active body of ministry, God makes all the anointings available to us. Ephesians 4:11-12,
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
Through our partnership with the various anointings of the gifts of God, we receive the equipping, i.e. the knowledge, the teaching, the faith that comes by hearing that Word, the flow of grace, the commanded blessing of unity (Psalm 133), the anointing that is on that ministry for healing, provision, protection, etc.
Paul wanted his partners to be aware of this as he writes in Philippians 1:3-7,
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship [partnership] in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
Because of their commitment to stay in unity with him, the grace that was flowing in his life was available to them. Like everything else in the Kingdom of God, they had to access it by faith (Hebrews 11:6). And we know that faith can only come by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
The same way, I want you to be aware of this powerful truth of the Word of God. When you partner with a ministry, the anointing of that ministry is freely available to you. Receive it by faith!
Remember the spirit of faith is having believed, we speak (2 Corinthians 4:13).
That is why Janine and I and the many prayer intercessors of our team pray over our partners and confess everyday Philippians 4:19,
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I want you to know that as partners with us here at Allan Bagg Ministries, you are a part of a GREAT body of believers and by faith you can draw on any anointing you may need at any time and we will be standing WITH you in agreement!
You are blessed!