God’s grace definitely has benefits. It brings us closer to God and to others. He gives us strength to carry out our purposes and destiny. It forgives when we make wrong choices. And it propels us forward when we tap into it’s rhythm.

God gave me His sweet grace for every time I ate things I knew I shouldn’t. The unbelievable thing to me is that He knew my tendencies from the start and still gave me grace. He also knew my weakness for sugar would be the thing that led me the destiny He has for me. It’s a destiny with benefits beyond what this world can provide.

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After losing 260 pounds a great thing is that my husband can wrap His arms around me. Grace has its benefits for sure. God has a great plan for us that includes only our good, not our disaster.

Grace for Failure

The incident that brought me to accept Him as Savior came when I stole candy from the grocery store. He knew my weakness for candy, cookies, cakes and pies. He knew it could lead to my downfall.

Still, He gave me choices, free will. And when I made the wrong choice, He gave me grace for every time I ate something I knew would lead me deeper into an unhealthy lifestyle.

If I were God I wouldn’t do things that way! I’d make there be dues and requirements to stay in the “Christian club.” If folks didn’t follow they would be out. No mercy given.

God isn’t like that, though. He has grace for every time we fail. Grace for all our chosen addictions. Grace for every wrong choice. What benefits grace has!

Yet, He gives us a choice so we have a 50-50 chance of making the right one. When we do, there are benefits. Making right choices lifts us closer to Him. It makes living here on earth much more enjoyable and tolerable.

Grace Benefits

Today, living with 260 less pounds on my body definitely has benefits. For one, my husband can wrap his arms all the way around me. I have energy, stamina, clarity of mind and a excitement about what today and the future holds. Each day is a new adventure I get to experience with those I love.

He gives us grace because He needs us to complete the work here on earth to be His hands and feet to share the message with others just like us.

He knows we will mess up. He has grace when we repent, turn from our wrongs and run to Him.

He told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in your weakness.”1 Grace brings us closer to Him. It shows us we NEED Him more than anything else in the world.

Is He always powerful? Yes. However, His power is not activated in our lives until we admit our weakness, stop trying to implement our plans and lay everything at His feet. In our surrender, the power resident in grace is activated to move our lives forward. The benefit of surrender is the access to His power!

Rhythm of Grace

Grace has rhythm and will move our lives forward if we get in sync with its movement. Part of that is laying down the things we are trying to carry that we were never meant to carry in the first place.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”2

He takes our burdens and gives us grace gifts to carry out His work when we are tapping into His strength. He forgives us when we sin even if we are His child. Upon our repentance He gives us the power to do the work of the kingdom.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.”3

Why are the gifts are given? In order to serve others so that in all things God may be praised. The benefits to His grace gift are that we finally begin to understand what He wants for our lives.

Grace for Destiny

God has an amazing plan that involves us. We just have to be open to His plan.

It’s not about our perfection, it’s about His. It’s about acknowledgement of our abject poverty of spirit and His unlimited riches of grace. It’s about our willingness to lay everything at His feet. Then, and only then, can He move us forward into our destinies!

“For we are God’s poetry, a recreated people who will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus the Anointed One. Even before we were born, He planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it.”4

Are you ready to reap the benefits of grace? Are you ready to step into YOUR destiny?

1 2 Cor. 12:9 NIV

2 Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

3 1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV

4 Ephesians 2:10 TPT

Sweet Change 101God has a destiny in mind for you. Part of getting there is surrendering the things that have you bound in a unhealthy lifestyle. I know you’ve tried to lose weight. You lose it and you gain it back again. You feel like giving up. I’ve been there. I know what you’re going through.

However, I’ve learned to tap into God’s Sweet Grace to lead me through this maze of a journey.  It would be my honor and privilege to help you discover that same process.

We’ve got two great programs for you. First, if you want to work at your own pace and begin with the basics, Sweet Change 101: Seven Keys for the Weight Loss Journey is our entry level video short course. It includes two free months in Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching Group and a three-month payment plan.

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.