10.08.2012

Grace Is God - Monday Reflections

Get this.
When I'm weak- when I fail and mess up, God is still strong. He never changes even when you and I do.

He is still strong.

Why is that so hard to believe? Why do we work for the gift He's already given us and told us before that we can't earn?

I've never received a gift before and then said, "Oh, let me buy that from you." Have you? Yet when it comes to His grace and mercy, we try and earn it.

I think the reason we try and earn His grace is because we've had to earn other peoples or we expect others to earn ours.

Right?

If you have to earn it, that's not grace.

If you're a Christian you've probably been taught that when you sin you have to beg for forgiveness. I'm not too sure about that anymore. I've begged for it before, but I wasn't really begging for His grace, but rather I was begging for the feelings of condemnation and shame to go away.

Maybe His grace really is enough and we need to accept it as the gift it is.

Grace transforms you. It's not just a word, grace is a verb, a lifestyle. Grace is God.

You can't think of the Father and not think of His grace. My whole life is a testament to His grace. There have been more times than I can count that I ran from Him and He still pursued me to the point that eventually I gave up to Him and allowed Him to change me.
He could've left me. He could've stopped seeking me out.
He's God, y'all! He can do whatever He wants. He wanted me so He pursued/pursues me.
He wants you and is pursuing you right now.

You don't have to beg for grace.
Grace is a gift. Just like all gifts, you must decide to use it and what for. His grace is for your good and His glory. Using it outside of these is then like spitting in His face. Keep in mind that the fear of the Lord is the beginning, the very start, of knowledge (thats in Proverbs 1:7 folks). By fear, yes it means to respect and revere Him, but I think it also means to actually have a healthy fear, i.e. scared, of the Lord. Not to the point that you don't want to be around Him, but you fear your parents when you do something wrong, don't you? If not, lemme me holla at your 'rents! ;)

Being His follower means living a certain way- His way. But that doesn't mean He won't be there when you fail at doing so, because He will. That's grace. That's God. Don't worry, either, because He will help you live out His callings on your life. Trust and obey. That's it. Pretty simple, right? Don't mistake simplicity for lack of difficulty because living for Him is difficult, but a life lived in grace, with the Father, is greater than a life lived without.

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