Yus! - it's me again with further thoughts. In the frontispiece of the book I mentioned, where it gives the usual copyright warnings - it does say "The use of short quotations or occasional page copying for personal or group study is permitted and encouraged.
On the basis of that statement, I will go ahead and do the quote! I hope it does not disappoint your expectations - all of us have different views, it did "chime" with me, but may leave you unmoved.
Quote from David Diga Hernandez book "Encountering the Holy Spirit in every book of the Bible" (published by "Destiny Image") from the chapter on Zechariah, page 182-185) : -
"...What comes after this mourning? (referring to Zech 12:10) A cleansing fountain is opened (see Zech 13:1)
Before we can receive from the fountain of salvation, we must be drawn to the fountain of salvation. The Spirit of grace draws us to that fountain. Nothing about salvation can be experienced without grace. You can't know of salvation, desire salvation, or live in the benefits of salvation without grace.
Many have said that grace is "unmerited favour" I believe that is true, but it's also more than that. What comes with God's unmerited favour? What undeserved blessings does He bestow upon us? Forgiveness? Yes. Mercy? Yes.
But what else?
Grace is the Holy Spirit within you. The grace of God is the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. Grace is God, by His Spirit, doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Grace is God, by His Spirit, giving to us what we don't deserve. Grace is God, by His Spirit empowering us to do what we could not do without Him. Without the Holy Spirit of grace, not only could you not be saved; you wouldn't even desire salvation.
Think of all the Spirit of grace empowers us to do and be.
Grace empowered Paul the apostle to carry out his ministry (1 Cor 15:10)
But whatever I am now, It is all because God poured out His special favour on me - and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I, but God who was working through me by His grace.
Grace enables us to resist evil desires.
(James 4:6) But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say , "God opposes the proud but favours the humble.
Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness.
(Titus 2:11-12) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
It is by grace that we serve God acceptably.
(Hebrews 12:28) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
Grace is all we need to overcome the weakness of the flesh.
(2 Cor 12:8-9) Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness" So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
Grace and holiness are not opposites that need to be balanced. Grace is the power to live in holiness.
(Psalm 142:10) Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
The Holy Spirit within you helps you fight to resist the temptations around you.
(Gal 5:16-18) So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you wont be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
You are not left alone to fight the battle against then flesh. I love the way that King David cried out to God for help against his own flesh.
(Psalm 141:3-4) Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. Don't let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don't let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.
(Psalm39:8) Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.
When you understand the true nature of grace, you avoid the extremes of legalism and liberalism. Legalism says that your salvation depends on you works. The Scripture clearly refutes legalism : -
(Eph2:8) God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God
And liberalism tells us that we can live however we want without consequences. The Scripture clearly refutes liberalism too :-
(Jude `1:4) I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God's marvellous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Grace is the balance. Grace is God working in us to accomplish His own will. Grace is freedom from sin.
(Romans 6:14) Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead you live under the freedom of God's grace.
We dont walk in holiness to receive salvation; we walk in holiness as a result of salvation.
But how have we received this grace? How are we empowered? We are empowered by the Holy Spirit within us.
The Spirit of grace lives within you. He enables you to live in holiness. He enables you to live free of sin's dominance. The Holy Spirit weakens your flesh and strengthens your desire to do God's will.
(Gal 5:16) So I say to you, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you wont be doing what your sinful nature craves.
The key to overcoming the flesh is not willpower, discipline, or self-loathing. The key to overcoming the flesh
is surrendering to the Spirit of grace. Recognize that it's not your power; it's His.
When temptation pulls on the desires of your flesh, call upon the Holy Spirit. Stop what you are doing, look upward, and say"Help me Holy Spirit. I'm in trouble. Spirit of grace, give me the power to resist this." And dont stop calling upon Him until the ungodly desire wanes. You dont have to fight the flesh on your own. You're not powerless to live the will of God. You can live your life to the glory of God because you have grace within you. The same Spirit who showed you salvation and drew you to salvation, is the same spirit who will help you to live in salvation. And He will empower you to do much more.
He is the Spirit of Grace.
End of quote! - Hope there are no "typos" in the above!