I’ve been seeing this up quite a bit around the internet Oprah’s “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude” and it made me think, “Is it really possible to manifest Grace?”
Well that depends on what we mean? The common Christian definition of Biblical grace is unmerited favour, what about manifesting? To manifest means to make something which may seem abstract, unclear or invisible clear, plain and real. So if we put these two things together manifesting grace simply means to see unmerited favour more clearly and plainly. But if I go to Deepak ad Oprah’s website, that’s not what they are saying to me, here is there definition:
Grace is the benevolent, powerful, unwavering energy of the universe that guides you to the best version of yourself. When you shift into a state of gratitude, grace opens itself to you – it responds in turn by bringing you even more to be grateful for. Your day-to-day becomes increasingly effortless, more enjoyable, and more vibrant. It is a blissful, life-affirming state of being that is available to everyone, all the time. ~ Source
Is this what the Bible says?
I don’t think so. I wanted to create an acronym for GRACE and came up with these two.
The problem with Deepak and Oprah’s definition of Grace is that it boils Grace and God down into energy that we can just tap into, manipulate and manifest according to our own will. God is emotionless, will-less, mindless, just a reactive force that we can connect to in order to experience moments of higher order bliss and happiness.
We can’t create, or manipulate Grace because Grace is always about God not us and that’s what makes it so special and wonderful. Grace is a prize jewel, in the crown of God’s glory and the prayer of so many in the Bible when they cried “If I have found favour (grace) in your sight…” There is nothing that we can do warrant or earn Grace, God gives us Grace as a free gift of Love.
It reminds me of Mary (Miriam) when the angel came to visit her with the Good News and said:
Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (Luke 1: 28)
God’s grace is always a gift, a sign of favour and love that we can never deserve or merit. It is evidence that God is indeed Immanuel (with us). And as this truth seeped down into Mary’s soul I love her response to her cousin Elizabeth which gives me goose bumps even now as I read over it (verses 46-55).
Why am I saying all of this? For two reasons:
- No more Formulas: Let’s get away from the formulas and laws that come with seeing everything as cause and effect, action and reaction. God is Love, He has always been Love, and will always be Love. He is on our side and His grace and goodness continuously extends out towards us, no matter what we may or may not do.
- It’s all about Him: God chooses how He bestows His Grace, we can ask Him for Grace but the truth is that we are constantly surrounded by Grace. It is because of these truths that I believe that we can manifest Grace in the true sense of the word ie. make it more clear and visible to our sight so that we know fully that God is with us and we have found favour in His sight.
How to manifest Grace
We manifest Grace by recognising that it is already present around us, there are signs of God’s Grace in every moment and every second of every day. I love the fact that the terms grace and gratitude both spring from the same Latin word ‘gratus’ which means pleasing and thankful. Gratitude is one of the fruits of grace, and if you cultivate gratitude you manifest grace in your life. Gratitude helps you see and recognise the fruits of Grace and therefore the presence of Grace in your life. It is the fruits of Grace that we must focus on to really bathe in the unmerited favour of God’s love for us, the fruits of Grace such as:
- and of course gratitude.
That’s why over the next 2 weeks (10 days Monday-Friday) I would like to invite you to manifest Grace with me through the Gifts of Grace.
Each day we will choose a fruit of Grace to focus on and take time to notice it’s presence in our life. You can either choose to write a list of how you have noticed the fruit in your day or just journal about it, it’s entirely up to you. Please join me for the daily prompts over on my Facebook group or page, bookmark and come back to this page each day for the new prompt or choose one that speaks to you every day to reflect upon.
Day 1: Gratitude
Gratitude is something that we hear so much about, today I want you to take some time to reflect on what gratitude means to you and think of occasions in your recent life where you have felt the strong sense of gratitude and appreciation. Try writing out a gratitude list or journal around this area.