I truly believe there’s a place that Believers in Jesus can live in where Jesus’ presence permeates the very atmosphere. A place of grace, filled with everything Jesus, Who is grace. There’s not a doubt in my mind that every Believer can live and remain in this place that I like to refer to as The Grace Zone. How would I know? Because I’ve personally made The Grace Zone my home these past two and a half years.
You see, as a Born Again Christian for 34 years, I lived in a perpetual state of anxiety and frustration – trying, trying, trying to live the Christian life. Living my life as a Christian wasn’t about my relationship with Jesus. It was about me seeing if I could follow all the rules and trying to improve myself over yesterday. I was completely focused on me, myself and I, working so very hard in order to find a greater sense of personal worth and value. More than anything, I was desperately hoping God would be pleased with me.
After continuing down that monotonous path for 34 years, I finally wore myself out and at the end of 2011 I told God I just couldn’t do it anymore. I just couldn’t live the Christian life. I begged for help and God heard my prayer that day.
God answered my prayer by setting me on the most amazing journey I could ever imagine. He set me on a journey to discover the riches of His grace! This was in January of 2012 and from that day until this one, God continues to unspool my wrong thinking and spool it back up again correctly.
The Holy Spirit, my amazing Helper, helped me take my eyes off of myself and my performance and place them on Jesus and His finished work on the cross. I finally got it – “Oh, God already loves me perfectly and He is pleased with me. He has fully accepted me and sees me finished, completed in His Son.” I can’t even put into words my level of relief. I literally felt as if I was Born Again, all over again. I fell completely in love with Jesus, beyond anything that I ever imagined possible!
As a result of making the switch from placing my faith in my own self-efforts to placing my faith in God’s unmerited favor (His grace), the anxiety and frustration I had lived in for so many years began to melt away. I felt a peace like nothing I’d ever felt before. In fact, at first I was thinking, “I don’t know where this new, wonderful feeling is coming from, but I’m sure it won’t last long.” I kept waiting for it to disappear, but it never did and it never has – even after 2.5 years.
Does this mean I live in peace 100% of the time. No…but here’s the truth. Before I got a revelation of God’s amazing grace – not as one message, not as a subject, but grace as the person of Jesus Christ in my life – I was living in anxiety and frustration probably 95% of the time. Now, I live in rest 95% of the time. I’m forever grateful!
This post would be way to long if I told you all the things that God has transformed in me over the past couple of years, by His grace, that I spent decades trying to change in myself, to no avail. I was deceived into thinking that I had to do it all myself, but once I got the revelation that Jesus had already won the victory for me, I stopped trying to live by all my rules and regulations. When I began to set my eyes on Jesus, rapid spiritual growth started happening!
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:18-NLT)
Oh yes, there is absolutely a place available to the Believer that is filled with peace and rest, where the presence of Jesus will permeate your world. I encourage you to set your eyes on Jesus and on everything that Jesus did for you on that cross. My life is a good example of how someone can be a Christian for many years; yet, still not be living the life that has been provided for them as a result of Jesus’ finished work. My friend, there’s no need for you to live another day without believing in and receiving everything Jesus has provided for you. You can live in The Grace Zone!