It's All Grace

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

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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The Church & its Legacy

How does a church or Christian lose it’s godly legacy?

Why do churches that are vibrant end up closed and doors shut? It is a slow digression as it was in the days of Joshua:

When Moses handed the reins to Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land, Joshua did so with purpose and intent. He was a man of commitment and meditated daily on the Word of God. THEN, there were the tribes who followed Joshua half heartedly, who came through the river, saw the walls come down as well as other miracles, yet had no resolve just like many average church members today who are just “warming the pews”. The next generation who followed the ones with no resolve, were enticed by the gods of the land. These people KNEW NOT GOD.

When we are luke-warm, we are in danger of producing a generation who doesn’t know God. Joshua’s personal testimony was strong and consistent, ending his life with a “charge”, yet few chose to follow after him.

Who and how are you leading? Are you purposing with intent to pass the torch of faith so that your children’s children will KNOW GOD?

Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

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Crossed the Jordan Lately?

As I was sharing with a young women recently about the importance of obedience and faith and how they work together, and that obedience brings blessings, I was reminded of the story in Joshua Chapter 3, as the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River at a point when the river was out of its banks and was 30 miles wide!

Because I am an inquisitive person, I have to wonder how deep was the river?  How many miles of Israelites were waiting to go across?  How many had their eyes on the water wondering when it would come down and how many had their eyes on the ark of God?  How many rushed to the front of the line excited to see the Lord at work, while those of little faith moved to the back to wait and see how many drowned before they decided if they would cross?  Just a few thoughts that ran through my mind as I studied this.

It wasn’t UNTIL the feet of the priests (who went before them carrying the ark of God) dipped into the edge of the waters, that the waters quit flowing — rising up in one heap, where the children of Israel could cross through the Jordan River walking on dry ground.  While crossing . . .  the ark of the covenant of the Lord, stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan until ALL the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

What can we learn from this?

God will go before us — We must step out in faith, THEN God will show HIMSELF mightily — The waters did NOT part UNTIL the priest stepped into the edge of the water.  This took faith — God will not ask us to trust HIM, then abandon us — Obedience brings blessings and works alongside faith — God cares enough about us to give examples ALL throughout the scriptures that tell us how to live daily — It is the duty of the parents to tell our children the words and works of God, so that they may be trained up in the way they should go, keeping their eyes on God — The Lord Himself remained in the place of danger until all Israel had crossed the Jordan.

The part I love is in Chapter 4 of Joshua where God told them to take up stones and put them at the lodging place on the “other side” of the Jordan.  Where did the stones come from?  God told them to take the stones OUT OF THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER where the priests feet stood!  Those stones were to be a memorial — a reminder of what God did!  He provided them an opportunity to tell their children (and show them) what God did — passing the torch of faith while demonstrating and explaining with excitement that God is FAITHFUL and can be trusted!!!

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