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Do you want the gift?

Elder Lady Brandy Moore-Lee

In today’s world, we must be willing to evaluate the challenges facing our society. The greatest topic of discussion in society today concerns millennials. Millennials consist of individuals born between 1981-1996. This means that anyone between the ages of 27 and 42 are considered to be millennials in the year of 2023.

Millennials are interested in sustainability, social justice, economic equality, technology, and giving back to communities. Yet they face the challenges of technology (over dependence and addiction), unemployment, debt, and mental health. Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S., 85-90 million people strong—and are also the most highly educated. But according to the U.S Census 40% of unemployed workers are millennials. They have the highest records of anxiety, stress and depression. Still, they are obsessed with success.

No one generation has experienced the magnitude of multiple events as they have: multiple recessions, pandemics, stock market failures, education transitions, technology advancements, wars, inflations, social injustice, along with new territories of spiritual forces coming against the word of God.

How do we respond to such challenges and issues facing the average millennial woman and man looking for something tangible, life changing, and priceless? The best answer to these questions is the grace of God.

Grace is the unmerited favor of God, a spontaneous gift from God to His people. Grace grants you a new life without condemnation from God. Millennials are focusing on the statistics and obsession of being successful, but we must accept God’s grace! Society has helped to normalize anxiety and stress, and that has clouded our minds making it difficult to imagine a journey with God in faith.

Can you be like the Bible’s Peter, Esther, Hannah, people of faith and favor with God? Through the significance and teachings of grace, we can re-establish the hearts of millennials to enter into the blessings of God and the assembling of the saints.

Grace is the one thing that millennials cannot argue with or try to find reason to.

Grace is the most simplest thing to explain. It is a gift!

Based on the word of God from James 4:6-10, we have the instructions to obtain grace and be granted a new life in Christ as a people of favor!

“You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God. Or do you think it’s without reason that the scripture says: ‘The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?’ But he gives greater grace. Therefore, he says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you,” James 4:4-10, CSB.

Grace is offered to all but it is only given to the humble. Become humble and die to your pride. Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and draw near to God, as He draws even closer to you. Cleanse your hands from all wickedness and sin, and purify your heart from all bitterness and pain. Mourn the loss of the joys of this world, and turn to the joy of the Lord. As you follow these steps, God exalts you with favor.

As we desensitize ourselves from the things of this world today, let us be like Christ, our greatest example. As we humble our humanness and become obedient unto the Spirit of God, we have the great opportunity of being granted unspeakable joy from God’s Grace. Do you want the gift?

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