Walk In More Grace

God is not merely interested in repairs, did you know? He didn't just patch you up; He renewed you. You're a new creation. God isn't in the business of band-aid solutions; He operates in excellence.

April 1, 2024

God is not merely interested in repairs, did you know? He didn’t just patch you up; He renewed you. You’re a new creation. God isn’t in the business of band-aid solutions; He operates in excellence. That’s why Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross – to bring about your renewal. He didn’t come to slightly improve you; He came to transform you entirely. You’re a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

You’re a new being, a type that didn’t exist before. You’ve been recreated. Just like a king in his palace wouldn’t mend a broken expensive chandelier, but would instead acquire a new one, because he’s a king, God didn’t just mend the old within us. The old had to die for the new to emerge. You’ve been remade. Jesus died so you could be made new, completely new. Your identity and image have been renewed in Jesus. It’s challenging to grasp, but it’s true. You’ve been remade in the likeness of Jesus.

Therefore, the gospel isn’t about becoming a better version of yourself; it’s about becoming a completely new person. You’re new. That’s why everything prior to Jesus, the old self, has passed away. To experience resurrection, one must first experience death. Without death, there’s no resurrection. Consider this: Jesus conquered death, right? Indeed. He could’ve defeated death the very first time he faced it, with just a word. But instead, he absorbed every ounce of death’s power into himself. He allowed death to fully consume him. And then, from that emptiness, he emerged alive. The power of resurrection is revealed in death. You can’t see resurrection without death.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The problem with the Christian gospel is that an average believer thinks that he needs to die to get to heaven. But the truth is, if you are believing in Jesus, you are already dead. That means you are already in heaven because you are already dead.

I’ve been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ who lives in me, you no longer live the one who is living in you.’ His name is Christ. You are no longer living. See, we are holding onto these ambitions and desires and we are getting frustrated because they don’t happen. But the truth is, you’re no longer living. When you accepted Jesus, you accepted his death. If you can’t accept his death, you cannot receive his resurrection. What he says is, ‘No longer I who live but Christ who lives in me,’ and the life I now live in the flesh.

Are you living in the flesh? So it’s talking about now, not in heaven, the life that you live right now, in the flesh you live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. We as Christians, we as believers, we are dead. It begins with death that as Jesus died, we died with him so that Christ can live in us. So if you haven’t died, if you haven’t died to your understanding, if you haven’t died to your natural wisdom, logic and reasoning, if you haven’t died to your ego, you cannot experience resurrection.

If you truly desire to experience resurrection, you must first undergo the death of your ego, the death of yourself. Do you realize that there’s a consumer mindset that has infiltrated the church? You know, what’s a consumer mindset? It’s like when you go to McDonald’s and if they mess up your order, you’ll likely raise your voice, saying, ‘How dare you mess up my order? Do you know I’m paying 500 rupees?’ That’s a consumer mindset because it’s transactional – you pay for something, so you expect to receive what you ordered.

But in the church, if you bring this consumer mindset, you’ll never find true blessing. Have you ever heard statements like, ‘This church should be like this,’ or ‘This church should be like that’? Remember, who is the church? You are the church. We must remember the essence of the church, which is not a building or an institution, but rather the collective body of believers.

When you say ‘church should be like this,’ what you’re essentially expressing is that the church should behave with me in a certain manner. That’s what you’re trying to say. You’re not taking responsibility for it, but rather expecting the church to be polite, not rude, and selfless. However, you’re completely separating yourself from the church when in reality, you are the church. Anything that you desire the church to do, you should be willing to do it yourself.

Yes, when I was part of the church, I used to feel frustrated. Some churches lacked certain aspects, and I would become frustrated. Then one day, the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘Your frustration is your vision.’ It dawned on me that everything I was frustrated about was a calling for me to step in and fill the gap. Are there gaps in the church? Absolutely. Is the body of Christ perfect? Absolutely not. But instead of complaining about these frustrations, we should strive to fill in the gaps.

So what I’m trying to convey is if you truly want to experience resurrection, it cannot happen if you’re unwilling to let go, to give up, to release your understanding and natural inclinations. In Galatians 2:20, the ‘I’ represents ego. So if you bring your ego into the church, you won’t find blessings; you won’t experience resurrection. That ego needs to die. Kill it. It died 2000 years ago with Jesus.

The pastor didn’t say, ‘Hi, I’m offended because I didn’t get to do declarations.’ Or ‘I can preach so well, yet the pastor doesn’t even recognize me.’ Consider what most of our struggles revolve around. I’m telling you, 99% of the time, they’re linked to our old self, our ego. But that’s what Jesus died for. He died so that your ego could die with him. You are dead. If you want to experience resurrection, step one is to accept that you are dead.

“It’s hard, isn’t it? Oh yes, it’s hard. You have to believe that you are dead. When you believe that you are dead, then you can move on to the next step. I live my life believing in the Son of God. Your old self cannot be alive when you’re believing in the Son of God. First, you need to die. You need to kill your ego. Let go.

I don’t know how to swim, and I hate it when my head is underwater. If someone accidentally pushes me into the water, my reflex action is to get out as soon as possible. Because when I’m underwater, I can’t think clearly. If I’m underwater and you hand me a bill of 30,000 to pay, I won’t be able to think properly, right? I might tear up the bill because I’m not thinking clearly. My understanding is impaired. But when I am above the water, now I can breathe. Now I can think.

Imagine that water represents all the issues of the world that are bothering you. When you’re submerged in the world, you can’t think properly. Your mind will tell you, ‘You can think, Sam, you’re an engineer,’ but when you’re underwater and all the problems come, you can’t think clearly. So there’s an understanding that comes from reasoning, from argument, from logic. There’s an understanding, no doubt. And most people are submerged; their heads are under the water, trying to deal with the issues of the world, thinking that they can handle them with worldly reasoning, logic, and rationality. How’s that working for us? But if we can lift our heads above the water and breathe, now we can think.

So there’s an understanding when you’re submerged in the world, and there’s an understanding when you’re out of the world. Which one do you want? For you to have the understanding that comes from beyond the world, you need to die first. You need to give up your understanding. Give up your natural understanding. Give up what your senses tell you.

Oh, I saw that. So I believe, no, I heard that. So I believe, no. Did you see it in the word? Did you hear it in the word? Can you feel it in the word? Most of our natural understanding is derived from our experiences in the world. So when we transition from the world to the Word, it happens by dying to the world. You have to die. You have to die for resurrection power to kick in.

Yes, this entire facility is currently run by a generator. You have to switch off the mains to switch over to the generator supply. You have to die to switch over to the resurrection power. You cannot cling to the wisdom of the old self and still expect the mind of Christ to work. You have to die. My message this Good Friday, when I’m coming, is ‘You have to die. You have to die. You have to die.’ You have to die to your understanding. But when you do that, when you truly die and surrender completely, when your ego is dead, then your head rises above the water. That’s when you are activated in faith.

Hebrews 11:3 – By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of visible things.

This verse says, ‘By faith we understand.’ There is an understanding that comes by faith. Now, there’s an understanding that comes when you’re in the world, but there’s also an understanding that comes by faith. By faith we understand. Which understanding do you want? Do you want to dwell in an understanding that operates at a lower frequency, rooted in worldly knowledge? Or do you desire an understanding of faith, operating at a higher frequency?

From the outside, both types of people may appear the same. Let me tell you, both someone who lacks spiritual discernment and someone who operates by faith may seem similar to an observer. It’s reasoning; it’s logic. But the result differs because the source is distinct. We could not have accomplished this through our natural understanding. Natural understanding would have deemed it a foolish plan, advising us to abandon it and save money for the next 15 years before attempting it. That would have been logical.

But faith says, now is the time. Now is the time to expand, especially when there’s famine in the land, when there’s economic recession in the land. Now is the time. Now is the time to sow. Isaac sowed in the land during the time of famine, and he reaped a hundredfold. You know, those kinds of decisions don’t just happen by following formulas and gurus. They happen when you have an understanding that comes by faith.

So without faith, it’s like a person submerged in water, unable to think straight, trying to do everything. Have you ever taken a fish out of the water? You know how it struggles to breathe? That’s like us when we’re submerged in the water, unable to breathe, yet thinking we can reason things out, we can argue things out.

Step number one is to die to yourself.

Romans 12:1 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

What is your spiritual worship? Sacrifice. Without sacrifice, there’s no spiritual worship. You can sing as many songs as you want, you can dance to as many songs as you want, but if it does not involve sacrifice, it’s not spiritual worship. It’s not just a one-time thing, it happens daily. That’s what Jesus said, “Whoever wants to follow me, take up your cross and follow me,” because taking up your cross is daily sacrifice.

How do you die to yourself? Sacrifice. Living a life of sacrifice. Do you know 99% of the people in the church would say, “I live for the kingdom”? But how do you know that you live for the kingdom? How you manage your time, how you manage your energy, how you manage your money will tell you if you really live for the kingdom. Your bank statement is a wonderful proof of what you prioritize in life.

If you don’t have a bank account, then your time management is a wonderful proof of where you prioritize. Without sacrifice, you cannot operate in faith. It’s impossible because you have to let go of your understanding to start operating in the understanding of Christ.

Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Did you know that your mind cannot be renewed unless you are willing to sacrifice? Sacrifice comes before mind renewal. Because when you’re willing to sacrifice, your head comes up above the issues of the world. And now your mind is renewed. Now you are in faith. Now there’s an understanding that comes by faith.

See, Jesus’ resurrection was not only for Jesus. Jesus’ resurrection was for each and every one of us who believes in Jesus. That’s what the Bible says, that when he died, we died with him, so that when he is raised, we were raised with him. You and I were raised with Jesus. It’s not something that is going to happen in the future; it’s something that has already happened. You and I were raised with Jesus, and we are seated with Christ.

But here’s the thing. Even though your spirit man is in heaven, your body is on the earth. And because your spirit man is in heaven and your body is on the earth, you have access to these two different dimensions, these two different realms. Where you want to operate from is your choice. Do you want to operate from the earth? Or do you want to operate from heaven?

The goal of a new creation is to operate on earth from heaven. Jesus operated on earth from heaven. That’s why you don’t see Jesus getting perplexed or worried when challenges come his way. When thousands of sick people gathered around him, he didn’t ask Peter when the next bus was coming; he took on the challenge because he operated from a heavenly realm. You can operate from a heavenly realm because you’re seated in the heavenly realms right now.

But I’m telling you how you access that. The first thing is sacrifice. You need to sacrifice your earthly wisdom, your earthly understanding, the accolades you’ve earned, the certificates on your wall. I’m not saying throw them away, but don’t give them so much value. When you sacrifice, then your mind is renewed. You walk in faith, and then understanding kicks in. Then you can operate by an understanding that comes by faith.

Ephesians 2:7 – So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

When Jesus died, you died. When Jesus was raised, you were raised. When Jesus was seated, you were also seated. Do you know why you’re seated with Jesus? This verse tells you the reason: “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Do you know why you are seated with Jesus? Do you know why Jesus was resurrected? So that God can show more of his grace toward you. Can I tell you something? The cross was just the beginning. It was not the end. The cross was the beginning of his revelation of grace, not the end. There is so much more grace that God has for you. So much more favor. Another word for grace is favor. God has so much more grace to show you, so much more kindness, so much more love. What you have experienced of God’s love is nothing. There’s so much more. You can walk in more grace.

Do you know that one moment of God’s favor is bigger than all the years of your labor? One moment of God’s favor can change your life around. Look at what this word says: “that in the coming ages he can show you more.” Have you experienced God’s grace? Good news, my friends. There is more. His grace is unlimited.

You know, our capacity to love people is limited, right? If somebody keeps pushing us the wrong way, there’s a time until we can tolerate it. But then we tell them, “Back off! Till now, I was Jesus. You’ll see another side of me.” But God’s grace is unlimited.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
The cross was the beginning of you seeing how loved you are by the Father. The graph will only go up and up and up and up. He has so much more grace to show you.

Do you know that the gospel is not about you loving God? The gospel is about God loving you. It’s not about what you can do for God; it’s about what God has done for you. But if you know that you are loved, you will love. If you know what he has done, you’ll do. Yes. If you are not doing, that means you don’t know what he has done. If you don’t know how to love, that means you don’t know how much you are loved.

The degree to which we can love God is the degree to how much you know that you are loved. So if you’re struggling in life, if you’re struggling in your doing, in serving, if you’re struggling in loving, that means the problem is you don’t know what he has done. You don’t have a fresh revelation of how much he loves you. It’s a stale revelation.

Do you understand the difference between stale and fresh? You know the manna, when God gave manna to the people of Israel in the wilderness, the manna is supposed to be fresh. If you keep it for the next day, it’ll go bad. The revelation that you get should be fresh. You cannot live from a 1947 revelation. You know that day when I accepted Jesus, I knew God loves me. You’re still talking, yapping about that revelation. It has to be fresh.

Did Paul encounter Jesus on the way to Damascus? Yes. Did he see a bright light? Did he encounter him? How many times does he talk about it in the epistles? None. You know why? Because every day he had a fresh revelation, a fresh encounter. Don’t limit Jesus’ revelation to that one moment in your life. You can have a fresh revelation, a fresh encounter from the Word.

How did I get here? The cross is just the beginning. God has so much more for you and me. He has so much more grace to show to you and me.

2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

How much grace? All grace. Do you know this is why Jesus died? Jesus was resurrected for this reason, so that you will experience grace upon your life.

You know, before I got into ministry, there was a time before I had a revelation of God’s grace. So I used to strive in my strength to do ministry, strive in my strength to pray, strive in my strength to read the Word, and I failed. But then once I had the revelation of God’s grace, it didn’t mean that I stopped laboring in the Word, but because of God’s grace, it became effortless. It didn’t mean that I stopped waking up early. It didn’t mean that I didn’t have discipline, but it became effortless. I didn’t feel burnout. Why? Because I knew it’s about His grace. I knew that in spite of what I felt, his love towards me didn’t change. I knew that in spite of my discipline and all those things, his love for me did not change. And that empowered me more to spend time with him.

Jesus died and was raised so that you can experience grace in your life right now, right here. Grace is like an amplifier that, when you say something, the mic will amplify the entire thing, right? So if you put in a little bit of effort, the grace of God that is upon your life will amplify the impact. It’ll amplify. It doesn’t mean that you will not do any effort, but it is effortless. Meaning stress is zero. Less effort, more impact. That is God’s grace upon your life.

And here, Paul says, “And God is able,” and God is meaning. He has the ability. He has the ability to make all grace, not some. How much? All grace, abound to you. What’s the meaning of abound? It comes from the word abundance. So it’s not just a little or just enough, more than what you need. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Having all sufficiency at all times in all things, you may abound in every good work. That is God’s grace for you. His grace will work for everything that your hand touches, not just ministry. Everything. When you’re driving, His grace will abound. When you’re speaking to somebody, his grace will abound. Anything that you lay your hands upon, his grace will abound in every good work.

You can’t be backbiting and experience God’s grace. You know, like in every good work, God’s grace will abound with all sufficiency at all times in all things.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (TPT) – Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.

God is more than ready. God does not just have the ability. He is more than ready. Like he’s waiting. He’s waiting for what? For your Yes. God is more than ready to do what? To overwhelm you with every form of grace. If grace has multi dimensions, then God is more than ready to overwhelm you. Not just give you enough, overwhelm you to point. You will start crying. Overwhelm to a point that you’ll start laughing and somebody will ask you, why are you laughing? “I don’t know, but life is so good.” God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace. Why? So that you will have more than enough of everything. Every moment and in every way, he will make you overflow with abundance.

Do you know, in the miracle of the five loaves and two fish, the disciples were already filled. The Bible says 5,000 men. So imagine an entire crowd was filled with that miracle of five loaves and two fish that multiplied. So the disciples were filled, they were full, but yet there were 12 baskets full. That means every disciple got one basket to take back home. So you will not just be filled, you will be filled and overflow. That is why it says so that you overflow with abundance. Any time you put your mind, set your mind to do a thing of the kingdom, you’ll overflow with abundance. You shall lack no good thing. You’ll overflow with abundance.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) – And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.

God is able to make all grace. Grace is every favor and earthly blessing. Do you want an earthly blessing? Yes. That is in grace. Every favor and earthly blessing come to you in abundance. So that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be, self-sufficient. God wants you to be self-sufficient. Do you know the meaning of El Shaddai? A name for God means the all-sufficient one. The all-sufficient one wants you to be self-sufficient by the principle of association. He wants you to be self-sufficient. See, it’s like when a heavyweight champion, you know he’s fought the final round and he takes the trophy back home. He is a conqueror, but his wife is more than a conqueror. Do you see it? Without doing anything? By the principle of association, the victory that the husband has won, the wife is able to partake from it just by the principle of association.

Because God is El Shaddai, the all-sufficient one who lacks nothing, by the principle of association, He desires you to become sufficient. What does it mean? It means, under all circumstances and whatever the need may be, self-sufficiency. Just as God is self-sufficient, the heart of the Father is for you to be self-sufficient. Yes, you be self-sufficient. But what does that mean? It means possessing enough to require no aid or support, and being abundantly furnished for every good work and charitable donation.

That’s why, as a church, I don’t raise funds from outside, because I believe that the burden of the church needs to be carried by the sons and daughters of the house. He will make us all self-sufficient. Yes, debt-free. Completely debt-free. God desires to pour out His grace upon you. That’s His heart. He wants to pour out His grace upon you so that in everything you do, you become self-sufficient. That’s His heart. His heart is to pour out His grace. More grace.

But here’s the thing, how do you flow in that grace? First, die. Yes, die. Be crucified. Surrender your understanding. Sacrifice. Because when you do that, you gain access to a renewed mind. You gain access to faith. And from faith comes understanding. That’s why I say, you cannot experience resurrection if you don’t die. We can’t experience resurrection if we don’t die. The gospel demands that you die. The gospel demands that your ego dies. The gospel demands that your understanding dies so that you can receive fresh revelation. Even some of our stale revelations need to die. Once the Lord told me, “Sam, you cannot have a fresh revelation if you keep building a monument out of what I told you two years ago.” Because that monument from two years ago will become a stumbling block to receiving fresh revelation. And that’s what has happened with us.

You have to be willing to sacrifice. When the Lord challenges your doctrine, when the Lord challenges your deeply rooted beliefs, sacrifice. If you keep holding onto them, you will not experience resurrection. But if you’re willing to sacrifice, if you’re willing to let go, you will experience the power of resurrection.

Romans 8:10 – But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

You want to experience the power of resurrection kicking in? You need to shut off the ego. Shut off the old understanding. Shut off the old desires and dreams. Shut it off. Because when the power of resurrection kicks in from there, when you have the desire from there, when you have faith and understanding, you’ll operate differently. You’ll operate like a new creation.

The power of resurrection is for each and every one of us. It’s not just for the chosen few. It is for each and every one of us. God’s heart is that you walk in resurrection power. Because resurrection power is God’s grace. Righteousness is God’s grace towards us. We do not do anything to receive it. It’s by favor, it’s by His grace. God’s heart is that you walk in favor in all things. In your corporate job, in taking care of your children, in loving your spouse, in ministry, in missions, in all things. God wants you to abound in grace.

But the question is, are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to let go? You know, there was a picture that I saw when I was in college, and the picture was of Jesus asking a little girl to give him the doll she was carrying. So just imagine Jesus saying, “Give it to me.” He’s asking her.

And the little girl is confused. Should I give him my doll or not? But then behind his back, he has a huge teddy bear. It’s a very simple picture, but it’s like our story. Only if you’re willing to let go of your understanding, can you receive His understanding. If you’re willing to let go of your life, you can receive His life. If you’re willing to let go of your mind, you can receive His mind. Whatever you are willing to let go, you can receive from Him, and it will be much more, much more in abundance.

God wants you to become all-sufficient. He does not like His sons and daughters begging. He does not like His sons and daughters being in lack. He wants you to become all.


About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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