It's All Grace

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

Faith Produces Faithfulness

Be faithful now.

Be faithful tomorrow.

Be faithful the next day.

That is developing a pattern in your life of faithfulness to Christ, and then you will know that  when THAT hour of trial comes, He will give you the grace to be faithful then.

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Are You Having An Affair?

The kind that is unbreakable, indescribable, one that brings you great joy in your daily life that you have to talk about it all day long, one that makes you complete, one that you would DIE to maintain, one that captivates ALL YOU ARE, and one that would cause you to daydream instead of doing your daily tasks?
If you are having a love affair with God’s Word, what kind of evidence would there be for you to be convicted?  You would have to be seen IN THE WORD on more than random occasions, you would have to be found talking about it excessively, you would demonstrate a joy that radiates within, you would respond to trials and difficulties with rejoicing and giving thanks.  You would be eager to love the unlovable, tend to the needy, give of yourself always and living daily as a servant!  WOW.
As a child of God, we should be IN LOVE with THE WORD OF GOD.  Why do we neglect “that” which is so easily attained?  How are we to KNOW what we are called to, if we are not IN The Word?  The Word enables me to avoid sin by the power and the grace of God.  It allows me to have guidance into what HE has for me.  It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.  We wonder “why” we struggle with “where we are called”.  Because of the Word of God, I can know HOW to stand against the enemy, where to walk, how to live, how to trust in THE GOD I SERVE AND LOVE.
Lord, may I be found “GUILTY” when charged of “having a love affair” with Your Word, and there would be enough evidence to convict me!
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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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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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God is God

God can do what HE says HE can do . . . precisely because HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS . . . God cannot lie, nor be in the presence of sin.

God closes doors that NO ONE can open . . . and HE opens doors that NO ONE can close.  Why?  Because God is God, and I am not.  When we KNOW and UNDERSTAND the attributes of God, we find that not only can we trust HIM, but we can rest in knowing that HE is working everything together for our good and for HIS glory!

Many times God gets the greatest glory from our greatest sufferings, because it is THEN in those dark hours that we wave the white flag of surrender realizing that we cannot do it!  Surrendering is a sign of humility that ushers in HIS GRACE.

It is HIS grace that is sufficient to take us through every trial.  To get grace we must ask, acknowledging that we need help!  Humility and surrender brings you in close to God allowing you to sense HIS presence, know HIM intimately, hear HIS voice and walk WITH HIM.  The further away we get from God, the harder it is to hear HIS voice and KNOW HIS ways.

Do you KNOW God and believe that God is who HE SAYS HE IS?  If so, does your life reflect it?

 

 

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A little note about me and my blog

Of all the attributes of Christ . . . It is HIS GRACE that I love the most!  Why?  Without HIS GRACE, I would be toast!

My hearts desire “through this blog” is that I would bring God glory in all that is posted onto this blog – speaking truth, sharing life experiences, daily lessons, quoting scripture, shining light into a dark place, bringing comfort to those who are hurting, providing answers & encouragement to those who may feel spiritually paralyzed, and maybe a breath of fresh air to just get up and start running the race of life again.

I do not claim to know it all, nor do I have it altogether . . . just ask my family.  However, I DO KNOW the ONE in control and HE has saved my soul from hell, burned a desire DEEP WITHIN my heart to serve HIM all the days of my life regardless of the rubble I must crawl through, shed HIS ahhmazing grace upon my life as I still keep making a mess of things, given me a platform and a gift to encourage others, while setting my feet on a path to be HIS hands and feet to share the Good News!

 

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God’s Grace is Like Water

ALL things are allowed by God to keep us low.  The grace of God is like water – it only flows downhill, but you’re gonna have to get low (down on the ground) to have any part of it!

I once heard grace described like that of an ambulance.  When you are in need of physical help, the ONLY way for an ambulance and medical staff to come to your aid, is to admit your need and call for one!  Tis the same for God’s grace.  We get tailor-made grace for each and every situation, only after, humbling ourself.  Once we call, the grace ambulance is on its way.  I can almost hear the sirens now!

In order to really KNOW God, we are going to have to move to a place of death, where struggles & afflictions come.  With the right response to trials, while clothed in HIS grace, we will begin to truly KNOW HIS CHARACTER!

James 4:6  “But He giveth more grace.  Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

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Relationship or Religion?

Does your Christian life demonstrate a relationship or a religion? Satan has used “religion” for others to HATE Jesus’ name and have NO desire to know or hear truth.  Is your life a hindrance or an opportunity for someone to see and hear the gospel of Christ?  May we never forget where we’ve come from desiring to live under grace not trying to keep the law.
We are saved by grace, through faith, plus NOTHING ELSE!   Romans 10:4 “Christ is the END of the law…”
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