Christian Living
That Amazing Grace
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 7, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


While God's grace opens doors for us to experience freedom like we have never known, it is also the foundation for us to develop a deeper relationship with God. As we invite God into every area of our lives, we begin to understand how He wants to change us. Things we once took pride in we now see as shambles waiting to be rebuilt by the great Redeemer.


As we watch Him begin to put things into order for the first time in our lives, we realize we are mere bystanders, helpless to finish the work He so desperately desires to do in our hearts. Once we reach that point of surrender, admitting our need and weakness, the Holy Spirit enters the construction zone of our hearts and begins to work, sanctifying us and making us new.

If you surrender to the Holy Spirit's transforming work, imagine what His amazing grace can accomplish in your life.

So often, we want to maintain control over our lives instead of yielding to the Lord. But when we are worn down to the point of surrender, we cling only to Him. We realize it is God's grace that has provided the miraculous salvation of our hearts, and we are empowered through the Holy Spirit to relinquish ownership of our lives to God.


The apostle Paul experienced this firsthand. He underwent a dramatic conversion in his life where everything he stood for was shattered in an instant. All the pious religious duties he carried out were rendered meaningless. He encountered God—and God made it clear it was Paul's heart He was pursuing.


As the Holy Spirit began to transform Paul from a man who oversaw the murder of countless Christians to a man who preached God's Word, Paul experienced God's amazing grace. If you surrender to the Holy Spirit's transforming work in the same way, imagine what His amazing grace can accomplish in your life today

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your grace that transforms me more into Your likeness each day. Help me experience the fullness of Your freedom in my life as I surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit. I cannot rebuild the shattered areas of my life without You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me" (1 Corinthians 15:10).