Grace can be defined as the unmerited favour that ushers us into God’s favour and its enabling power is sufficient for progression. Grace divine is an indispensable gift from God for development, improvement, and character expansion. Without God’s grace, there are certain limitations, weaknesses, flaws, impurities, and faults (i.e. carnality) humankind cannot overcome. Therefore, it is necessary to increase in God’s grace for added perfection, completeness, and flawlessness. Our reactions to certain situations steer an immediate reaction that would be seen as natural. However, God’s grace gives us the ability to do that which is beyond just natural.
You have to accept the oil of gladness (joy) for mourning. This oil connotes empowerment, and this also symbolizes God’s power to energize you to do that which is right. God sees us not as we are but as a ‘finished product’ God has invested so much in your creation and growth. Think back for a while, we have been through so much pain, mourning and despondency and hurtful words from persons we love so dearly. Over time, we begin to live in this spirit of heaviness, which is the garment of mourning, which is worn all day and night long! The prophet declares that there is going to be a replacement of all that with the garment of joy – the spirit of thanksgiving; Joy is a state of stable and sustained happiness! This joy is inexplicable because God’s grace offers this to you and it is freely available to you. This garment of joy is medicine to the features of depression. When the spirit of heaviness comes over you, just cast it off and put on the garment of praise!
We are saved by grace and sustained in faith by grace.
It is a thing of choice as you may well know by now that to enjoy this grace which is free of charge, we have to actively make that choice to remember the good things God has done for us. You do not have to do anything to earn this. Jesus did it all! No charge for it. God’s empowering presence in our lives enables us to will and to do of God’s pleasure. This is so that we can be what we were created to be and do. All that is required from you is willingness and obedience. The garment of joy is yours to have! No more of depressive and negative thoughts. As soon as you note these thoughts, put on the garment of praise and the oil of gladness. Jesus has set you free from every bondage of negativity.
Recognize that you have the oil of joy, His favour, empowerment and more importantly His grace. This is irrespective of your past or where you have been. If God has made all things to work together and brought you this far, He surely is telling you to enter his garment of gladness. Get rid of the cloak of mourning. Do not allow anyone constantly remind you of what is in your past. Stop living in your past. The past is gone and will never return no matter how much you desire to recapture them.
Walk into something fresh, something new – a life of transformation by God’s grace!
David stated the joy of the Lord is my strength! That joy of the Lord is available to you today only believe in the grace (unmerited favour) of God.
Salvation is by grace and sustenance in the Christian faith is equally by grace.