You have a vote whether or not you succeed in life. The message of grace takes the pressure off of us and it puts the spotlight of our life on God. Embracing the grace of God does not mean you will not have to do anything. We must add “good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love” to our faith. Who is supposed to do the adding? We are.
Some mistake the message of grace to mean that God will do everything for you. Others foolishly think that God has no role in their lives and they seek to accomplish everything solely by their own strength. My point is that it is not “all you”. God called you by grace and He expects you to grow in grace as you develop your faith. But if you don’t do your part you will not experience God’s best for your life. God expects you to cooperate with Him.
Peter told us that we are supposed to “confirm our calling and election” (2 Peter 1:10). God provided the calling, but we are supposed to live our lives in a way that confirms it. While God called you by grace, He expects you to pursue the calling by faith. God will not force you to do it. You are not a puppet and God is not a puppet master. For God to fully operate in your life, you must cooperate with Him.
Successful faith is faith that aligns with God’s grace. God expects us to live by faith (see Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38, Habakkuk 2:4). But faith is not you coming up with something and then attempting to get God to do it for you. Faith is not you attempting God to put a ‘yes” on your plans. No, faith is God attempting to get you to put a “yes” on His plans. God’s plans is for you to learn what He has already given you by His unearned grace and for you to then attempt to receive it by faith.
This way you live your life by faith and you receive God’s best by faith, but it is still by God’s grace (Romans 4:16). God wants us to succeed in life. It is obvious that God does not want us to fall or fail. God gave us His Son to save us from sin, His Spirit to empower us with the Supernatural, His Word to provide His will and wisdom documented, His grace to do what we could never do on our own, and His calling to the plans He made for us before the world began. God has done His part.
If you are failing in life, it is not God’s fault and you are certainly not living God’s will. God wants you to discover, develop in, and then deploy in pursuit of the manifestation of His divine purpose for your life. If you are not doing that, then it is time to make some CHANGES! #TheTRUESecretofSUCCESS