earlier issue of this publication, I sighted that man can only have
value in the spiritual based on covenant and that it is by walking
according to the covenant God has established unto us that we walk in
faith. I also hinted that the terms of the covenant God has made with us
is the grace of God that is extended towards us; that we can only walk
in faith within the limits of the grace of God that is given, projected
or extended towards us. I would like to suggest to us ways by which we
could grow in grace.
are three (3) basic levels at which grace operates’ as outlined in the
bible, the levels are;
The level of children or general grace.
The level of young men or ministry grace.
The level of fathers or mentorship grace.
level of children or general grace is a broad based blanket of grace
meant for the protection and care of believers especially while they are
still inexperienced in the things of the gospel or the spirit. It is
simply an all out expression of the love of God towards His children.
Its purpose is to build us in an experiential knowledge of God and to
protect us from the devil and his program of destroying everything that
is attached to the kingdom of God. Because it is non-specific to the
individual, the seat of the general grace is the church. It is what we
referred to as the co-operate anointing. If you are a member of a church
or group where the favour and love of God is pored out, you will
experience the power of the grace of children. The covenants that
control the co-operate anointing are in the teachings of Christ. If we
obey the teachings of Christ, even if not in a Church, we will
experience a measure of the grace of children.
grace of children is weak in a sense that if the love and favour of God
is not being pored out in an assembly (usually because of some concealed
co-operate sin that often take the form of a seemingly harmless cultural
practice) everybody who depend on the grace of children for sustenance
is affected. This is when general spiritual dryness occurs and is
usually the reason why most weak Christians fall into sin and even out
of the fold. In the spirit ream, such spiritual casualties have been
wounded and the Church or group is said to be sick.
level of young men or ministry grace is a specific level of grace. It
begins to come to effect the moment we begin to have personal encounters
with God or special revelations of the word of God. It often grows out
of the general grace but it comes for a specific target; it is always
ladened with purpose (one of the strongest indications of the ministry
grace is a spiritual burden also referred to s the spirit of travail).
The young man grace comes specifically to fulfil Gods purpose; it is
what we refer to as “the anointing upon”, and once the purpose of God
has been fulfilled (if it is ever fulfilled) it leaves. The anointing
upon are grace built upon grace; this means one grace usually paves the
way for the other. This is a level of grace where rapid growth is really
possible and it is where most of the power of God becomes available to
covenants that control ministry grace are revealed to the individual
that is given the grace; they are not for public consumption. The
covenant or the terms of the covenant are revealed to us through the
personal encounters or by the special insights into the word of God.
These are what the bible refers to when it says “and the word of the
Lord came to me”.
purpose of the anointing upon could be;
To help us gain a better understanding of God.
To train and equip us for future challenges.
To use us to help and bless others.
To involve us in the fulfilment of God’s plans and purpose.
ministry grace thrives upon a template of general grace though it can
exist without it; though it can operate without it, most of the time it
does not and when it does, it only does so weakly. This is why Jesus
could do no miracle in his home town.
ministry grace has one great advantage especially if you are rich in it;
it immunes you from the general wrath of God. What this means is, when
the love and favour of God is withheld from an assembly, though the
power of God runs low in our lives, it does not go out. We can still
resist sin and temptation better than those who only have general grace;
the eyes of the conscience of those in the general grace goes blind in
times of wrath, but those with ministry are still attached to God on a
specific level. This is what the bible meant where it said in Ezekiel
14:13 & 14;
‘Son of man, when the land sins against me by trespassing grievously,
the will I stretch out my hand upon it and will break the staff of the
bread thereof, and will send famine upon it and cut off man and beast
from it. Though these three men; Noah, Daniel, Job were in it, they
could only deliver their own souls by their righteousness’, says the
The weak spot of the
ministry grace is in its purpose, if we rebel against God’s purpose by
disobeying God’s instructions or by taking the glory and honour of God
to ourselves, we loose our ministry, while, if we continue to do God’s
will faithfully, we would continue to grow in ministry grace.
The level or grace of
the fathers, as said above is for mentorship. This is a highly personal
level of grace. It caries with it a private blanket of general grace. In
shot, a father is called to the duties of safeguarding, maintaining and
consolidating the grace of children. The grace of children can exist
without a spiritual father in attendance but it will be purposeless and
static and very subjective to demonic attack.
The cardinal gifts of
the fatherly grace are:
Humility – A though, balanced knowledge of the truth from God’s
perspective and the limitations He has put on the expressions of
Discernment – An acute insight to events in the ream of the spirit and
the nature of God in contrast to the “flesh” (or the spirit of sin).
Intersession – The ability to understand God’s position, mans position
and to bring them together through the word of God’s authority.
have an almost apostolic level of authority, the difference being that
they don’t establish new spiritual structures in the church.
They serve only to help
the saints grow in the knowledge of God and as guides to the body of
Christ against demonic devices. They are all students of the wisdom of
God and have deep understanding of God and His ways. They also have vast
reserves of authority in that they can speak for God with high degree of
accuracy. They are also usually very rich in ministry grace and they
usually father in the ministry grace that God has given them. They are
true spiritual covers and have come almost to personify Christ. 2 Cor.
as ambassadors for Christ”
The weak spot of the fatherly grace is in pride. For most fathers, the
moment they begin to stray is when God will call them home because, if
they fall, many of God’s authentic children will fall with them. That is
why God did not spare Moses when he began to stray.