3 Examples of Sustaining Grace
“My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.” 1 Peter 5:12 (NLT)
You’ll face many pitfalls in the marathon of life. But regardless of what you go through, you can count on God’s sustaining grace. What does that mean: “Sustaining Grace?”
Sustaining grace is the kind of grace that gets you through a situation or a season. There are some things in life that we can’t get through on our own, some pains and some temptations that are just too great without HIS sustaining grace.
Here are three examples of what sustaining grace looks like.
God’s sustaining grace helps you keep standing when you’re tempted.
Temptation is the first thing that can cause you to stumble. The Bible says, “God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT).
God says, “I will provide the sustaining grace to always give you a way of escape.” That way of escape may mean turning the television channel. It may mean running out the door. It may mean changing the way you’re thinking.
But, through his grace, God promises that he will provide a way to escape temptation. Sometimes when we are tempted, we need to quickly pray for his grace to get us through or away from the situation.
God’s sustaining grace helps you keep standing when you’re tired.
Sometimes you’re not tempted. Sometimes you’re just tired! Life is often exhausting. It requires a lot of energy, especially when you’re trying to do the right thing rather than the easy thing.
We can’t keep doing the right thing out of our own willpower. The Bible compares life to “running a race” for a reason. It’s exhausting. We need his grace to keep going.
“It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NLT).
Having the Holy Spirit in your heart gives you the energy to do the things you can’t do in your own power.
God’s sustaining grace gives you the power to keep going when you’re troubled.
Some things in life hurt and they are out of our control.
Jesus told us that we can expect to experience hardships and suffering in this life, so we NEED his sustaining grace to get through these valleys.
This means, no matter what, you know God is going to get you through. It could be the loss of a career, but for some reason, you know you're going to be okay. That's his sustaining grace. It could be going through loss and you don't know how you will ever get out of bed, but you do, with his help. That's his sustaining grace.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you” (NCV).
Remember that you’re never alone in life and never without hope. His grace is enough.