When we use the authority God has granted to us as believers to continually confess the grace of God over our lives, we can begin to walk in greater victory.
Your prayer of confession can be very simple:
“I receive the grace of God to/to not [fill in the blank].”
This is receiving by faith God’s ability, receiving His unmerited favor, relying on God’s finished work, and relying on God’s influence upon our heart, not our own works.
There seems to be this growing distinction between grace and law, where in the New Testament, it’s not the law that becomes the focus point, but Jesus. So, instead of looking to the law as an avenue by which to maintain a relationship with God, we shift our vantage point and look to Jesus as the way to maintain a relationship with God. When we look to the law to determine our relationship with God, we become inward-focused on how good we can make ourselves look. However, grace transitions us from “look what I did, God,” and into “look what You did, God.”
With the law came definitions of right and wrong. With Jesus comes grace. In Christ, we get ability – God’s ability.
We are not heirs because we have the law and we are not righteous because we have the law. It is the finished work – the grace – of Jesus Christ that makes us righteous and causes us to be heirs of salvation.
The reason sin does not have dominion over us is because we have grace. Sin doesn’t lose its dominion because we follow a list of rules. Sin loses its dominion because we gain access to the person of Jesus Christ. Sin loses its dominion because of God’s ability at work in us. God’s grace is the power to overcome sin.
Many times, we get it backwards: we try to follow a list of rules in order to please God instead of relying on His grace. The power to fulfill the law is not in the law itself, but in the grace of God – His unmerited favor, His ability, His finished work, His influence upon our heart. God’s grace is His influence in our lives to help us act differently and to abide by His laws.
We don’t do what is right because we follow the law; we do what is right because we rely on the grace of God. We don’t follow the law to receive grace; we receive grace to follow God’s law.