It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Just One More Day

Pharaoh wanted one more day with the frogs . . . The prodigal son wanted just a few more meals with the hogs . . . and Israel desired the fog rather than to trust in the Lord completely.

What are you hanging onto that’s keeping you from “walking daily with the Lord”?  Pastor Tim Turner

 

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Living By Faith

What happens when you live by “FAITH”?  Your life is all about the future . . . your theology will be challenged. . . it WILL cost you . . . and God will take you places you’ve never been before!

If you are not willing to suffer, you will never live by faith.  If faith is NOT tested, then how is it faith?  If it was easy, everybody would do it!  However, most of God’s people are content with being comfortable . . . not stepping out and living by faith.

Abraham lived by faith, but he didn’t get to “see” the end results of a life lived by faith.  He never saw the great nation God promised, nor did he see the land.

We are to do what is right, “now” because we are looking and living towards the future, and many generations are coming behind us!  Where do you find yourself today?

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God Is Bigger

God’s bigger than what you DON’T have.

You have no control over what you don’t have, but God can do more with what you don’t have than you can do with what you DO have.

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Coal Miner’s Light

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God’s grace is like a coal miners light.

Imagine placing a coal miners light on top of your head and turning it on.  If you look down, where does the light go?  It lights the path where you will walk or stand.  Wherever your looking, your body will soon follow.

It gives all the light you need to see only where you are going and where you are standing.

*Standing – is a postures that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe, upheld by the power of the enemy.  And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now!

The miners light only lights the way.  It does not give light behind you or even to the side of you.  We only need grace for where we are standing and HIS grace is tailor made for every situation in our lives.

Romans 5:2  “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

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It’s All Grace!

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As I reflect back over the ones who’ve had the greatest impact on my life, I remember my precious Grandma Grace.  Her life began to make the greatest difference AFTER she died.  It was THEN that I realized JUST HOW MUCH she loved the Lord.  Not only did I see HIM in the things she did and said each day, but moreso in the things she DID NOT SAY, OR COULD HAVE SAID.

Grandma Grace set up a memorial stone for me and the generations to come.  Joshua 4 explains exactly what she did for me!  I know the Lord “was well pleased with HIS good and faithful servant”.

Soon after she died, I begged God to make me 1/2 the woman my Grandma was.  Through that request HE began to turn up the heat.  Life seemed more difficult than it had ever been. What The Lord showed me through my trials, was that my Grandma didn’t get to where she was by traveling the easy road, yet it was the difficulties that REFINED her AND made her to look more like HIM.

I had asked my dad about my Grandma Grace (his mother-in-law) and how she affected his life.  After he told me that it was my grandma who led him to Christ, he said this thought provoking statement that I have never forgotten.  “When you met Grace . . . you never forgot her.”  I realized that this is exactly how it is with God’s grace.  His grace has grown more precious to me each passing day on this journey.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:  for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  II Corinthians 12:9

So, when you’re struggling and going through adversities, remember that what you’ve asked God for sometimes may not look like the way YOU THOUGHT it ought to look.  My Grandmothers life AND death were significant in my walk with Christ.  Her legacy lives on!

Does your life honor God in such a way, that you would never be forgotten?  What kind of Memorial Stones are you leaving behind for others to learn from?

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Ever Tried Walking on Water?

Ever tried walking on water?  You’re safer out walking on the water . . . in the center of God’s will, than in the boat WITHOUT Jesus!

When Peter stepped out of the boat, he had his eyes on Jesus. To let go of the boat, meant he gave up any “plan B” he might have had.

Just like Peter . . . when you take your eyes off Jesus, you will “begin” to sink.  Jesus will ask you to follow HIM when it’s difficult.  So, don’t let the wind and waves deter you.

Don’t undo in doubt . . . what you DID in faith!

Are your eyes on Jesus? Do you have a “plan B”, just in case (you might believe that) Jesus doesn’t come through for you? Matthew 14:29-31

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Why is Grace so Amazing?

But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ—by grace ye are saved—and hath raised us up together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.   —Ephesians 2:4-9

While all believers have a God-given measure of faith (Romans 12:3), what saves us is the work God’s grace accomplished in Jesus Christ.  No matter how big or small our faith, it could not be effective if God wasn’t graciously willing to save us.  We are saved by grace—through our faith in Christ.

G – God’s

– Riches

A – At

C – Christ’s

E – Expense

Scripture drives home the point: not a result of works, so that no one may boast. If it’s all God’s work by God’s grace, there’s no room to claim we contributed ANYTHING to our salvation.  Grace saving us through faith means we stop working to try to save ourselves!

Grace is unmerited favor.  It is in no way a result of your performance, your attitude, your victories, or your defeats.  Why is the fact that it is undeserved important?  If you had to earn it, you could lose it—or more likely, you would never get it in the first place.  If somehow you received salvation because of what you did, it wouldn’t be grace.  It would be wages or reward.

One of the ways we show the world how God’s grace is amazing is by living out that grace, as well as returning it to others.  We fall.  We get up.  We fall.  We get up.  Why do we get up again?  Because His grace allows us to endure.  His grace makes His strength available to us.  His grace will be sufficient no matter what we meet each day.

Whether you have been living in victory or defeat, if you are in Christ, God has graciously set His love upon you.  And that is truly amazing!

God’s grace is like an ambulance.  That ambulance does not arrive at your address, unless you have first humbled yourself acknowledging your need for help and assistance.  God gives grace to the humble.  (James 4:6)

** If you had to describe your own experience of God’s grace, where would you start?

When we realize just how much grace HE has poured out on our lives, we are humbled.

Lord, Your grace is amazing to me because the more I understand what You have done for me, apart from anything I could have ever done, the more I am convinced of my own helplessness.  Thank You that though I was lost, You came and found me.  I was sold into sin, but You bought me back.  I was a determined rebel, but You won me over.  This was all You.  I’m looking forward to an eternity of appreciating just how amazing Your grace has been toward me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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“Someday” Doesn’t Exist

Do you find yourself putting things off to another day?  You know?  Someday I’ll do this or that.  Procrastinating – believing the lie that you’ll get it done later?

Doing the right thing and being the right person doesn’t just fall into your lap!  You must resolve to change some things and go against the culture and your flesh.  This means to restrict yourself from what your flesh desires.

Did you know that “someday” DOES NOT exist?  It never has and it never will.  ALL you have is today!

Daniel was famous for something he did in his old age that he “resolved” to do and be as a teenager!  Daniel was in his 80’s when he was thrown into the lions den.  Apart from God’s protection, Daniel could only stand in courage and strength because at the age of 13, he decided/resolved to follow Christ.

IF you are choosing today to go down the “wrong path” a little way, you will eventually choose the wrong path entirely!

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Face – To – Face

Exodus 33:11 is a picture of intimacy.  When something comes between two friends, it is awkward to be face-to-face.

A wife can describe a disagreement she has with her husband that results in laying down at night turning her face to the wall and her back towards her husband.  It doesn’t take a therapist to know there’s a problem in that relationship.  The intimacy has been broken.

You may have seen the same principle at work in children.  When your child does something wrong.  Where is the last place in the world he wants to look?  IN YOUR EYES.  Holding his little face in your hands, you say sternly, “Look in Mommy’s eyes!”  But he avoids looking in your face.  Why?  Because something has come between the two of you, and the fellowship has been broken.

If you have walked with God for any length of time, you know what it is to have a breach in the relationship — to find it difficult to look HIM “in the eyes”.  Get back into HIS presence, to find out what has caused the breach, and to reestablish fellowship.  Then you can once again look into HIS face without shame or fear.

Moses was a man who yearned for a deeper, more intimate fellowship with God.  In one of his intimate conversations with God, Moses pled, “If You are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know You.”  Exodus 33:13  Moses didn’t just want to know more ABOUT God.  He wanted to KNOW God.

Do you find yourself in any of these places?  Find your way back to intimacy with God.

 

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Dead Pencils

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).

My children hated pencils without erasers. Being a thrifty homeschool parent, however, I couldn’t understand the thought of throwing away perfectly good pencils just because they didn’t have an eraser. Purposely, I left these “partial performance pencils” in the supply cabinet; however, each morning when we started to homeschool, I would hear my children rummaging through the pencil can until they found a pencil with at least part of an eraser. Even though I bought new replacement erasers to put on the ends, nothing changed. The substitute erasers would crack or fall off within a few days, and unfortunately, I had to admit my children were right. There was simply no use for a pencil that couldn’t write and erase.

Like pencils without erasers, so are Christians who have lost their saltiness. Christ tells us in Matthew 5:13 and 16 that we are the salt of Earth, and we should demonstrate our faith in Christ to the world through acts of love and service. If we don’t, we are as useless as salt without taste or pencils without erasers. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).

What about you? Are you known like Dorcas in Acts 9:36b for being “full of good works and almsdeeds?” Even though your days may be full as a homeschooling parent, God still desires for you to share your faith with your hands, as well as your lips. Why not let the Lord use you today to bless someone in need? “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18).

Lord, so many days my energy is gone after homeschooling, and I have nothing left to give to anyone else. Give me the desire to see the needs of others and fill me with Your strength to reach out in love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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