Saved By Grace, Part 4

July 9, 2020

Titus 2:11-14 (NKJV)
11 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 "teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
13 "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14 "who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

The grace of God is not just for a few select people, but it is for all of mankind. Grace brings salvation. David Guzik says in the Blue Book Bible, “You don’t go out and 'get salvation;' it comes to you and you have the opportunity to receive it.”

We are taught God's grace is God’s underserved favor, and favor is God’s ability to do what we can’t do in ourselves. These teach us and help us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts as we look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Once we receive God’s grace then we get to live in it. When I think about us living sober lives, I think about God’s grace in helping us to do just that. To me, if I’m trying to do this on my own, then I have fallen from grace (God’s ability) to my ability, and I am not able to do it. Without Him I am hopeless, but with Him I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Father, I am so looking forward to Your soon and coming return to gather us up, and take us to the precious place that You have prepared for us. Your grace has placed us in position where we expect to see You, Lord Jesus, face-to-face. Amen, Amen, and Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember the best is yet to come.

Saved By Grace, Part 3

July 8, 2020

Galatians 3:1-3 (TPT)
3 "What has happened to you Galatians to be acting so foolishly? You must have been under some evil spell! Didn’t God open your eyes to see the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion? Wasn’t he revealed to you as the crucified one?"

I found this cool story on the web by Dash House:

“In 1859, the famous tight-rope walker Charles Blondin traveled to Niagara Falls. He stretched a three-inch wire over the gorge. There, suspended on this wire, he walked 1,100 feet from one side to the other. He did this a number of times: blindfolded, in a sack, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts, sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelet, and standing on a chair with only one chair leg on the rope.

But that’s not all. He also carried a man on his back over that tightrope. This must be one of the best examples of trust ever placed by one human in another. It’s either brave or stupid. Blondin carried his manager on his back from one side of the Falls to the other. I don’t care if it was his manager; that goes beyond an honest day’s work.

Imagine if halfway across the manager had said to Blondin, 'Look, I appreciate that you’ve taken me this far, but I really don’t trust you anymore. I think I’ll do the rest myself. Let me down, and I’ll take it from here.' Can you imagine? He’d be a dead manager from that point on. Having been carried that far, why in the world would he think that he could get the rest of the way across by himself?”

Thank You, Father, for giving us the wisdom and the good common sense to know that we can not make it to our destination with out Your grace. We started with grace and we will finish with grace. Praise God. Thank You for revealing to us the false doctrines that try to take away from us our freedom that comes. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember the best is yet to come.

Saved By Grace, Part 2

July 7, 2020

I remember going to see my father in-law six months before he passed away. My wife and I were always going through Springfield, Missouri on missions trips, and we would stop by to visit him and Connie's step-mother. He would always ask me if we were coming or going. On this particular visit I was alone, and when he ask me if I was coming or going I told him that I was both coming and going. Then I said that I had come to see him.

He then began to apologize to me for anything that he might have said, or possibly done, to hurt Connie and myself. I told him that there was nothing to forgive him for. All the things that he referred to had been forgiven a long time ago.

This Scripture in Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) came up once again, and I was able to share with him that there was nothing that we could ever do to be good enough to make heaven our finial destination. It’s not by our works that will gain entrance into heaven.

I asked him to pray a prayer with me just to make sure that all was well with his relationship with God. I truly believe that he was already saved long ago, but somewhere he had been convinced that he must do good things to be saved. He sat there silently and listen to what the Lord had prepared me to say to them. He told me later that he had never felt a prayer like that before, and he couldn't say anything for several hours.

Ephesians 2:4-6 (TPT)
4 "But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy.
5 "Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace!
6 "He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!"

Father, there are not enough words to expresses just how grateful I am that Your love for us lifts us up out of death's grip and gives us life. In Jesus' name, Amen

Blessings on the journey and the remember best is yet to come.

Saved by Grace

July 6, 2020

I had a conversation with a waitress at a restaurant on Sunday morning. Because of all this trouble with the corona virus we got on the subject of where she would go if she were to die that today. She responded with "I don’t know" saying that she had been to church a long time ago, and had even confessed Jesus as her Savior, and been baptized in water, but because of her drinking she would most likely go to hell.

Her family had left her over her drinking addiction and she was having difficulty because of many years of abuse. The Spirit of the Lord started moving, and you could feel His presence directing the conversation. She kept saying to us that she needed to go back to church. My heart was breaking as I shared with her out of the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 2, Verses 8 & 9:

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 "Not of works, lest any man should boast."

Billy’ Graham said that “grace,” according to the dictionary, is the "unmerited favor of God toward mankind. The word “grace” is used over 170 times in the New Testament alone. Grace is not bought. It is a free gift of almighty God to needy mankind.“

Definition of "unmerited:" not adequately earned or deserved.

Thank You, Father, for reminding me of Your great love that You have for us, Your children. Help us to share with those that have stumbled along the way and how we don’t get what we deserve praise God. But instead we receive Your amazing grace undeservingly. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember the best is yet to come.

Life Support

July 3, 2020

Psalm 46:1-3 (TPT)
1 "God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you.
2 "So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea.
3 "For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you. Pause in his presence."

I woke up a few days ago and I heard these words, “life support.” So I starting looking up information on life support. One doctor said that this is used as a temporary means of keeping someone alive until they can begin to function on their own.

I want to say to you today that God is my life support, my place of refuge. Praise God! He has always been my help in time of trouble, and I find rest in His presence.

My cousin was preaching one night, and he begin to describe how he was having trouble breathing. He said he cried out to God in desperation, and He saw in the spirit what looked like umbilical cord coming from heaven that brought him what was necessary to sustain his life. He said that he was still struggling to catch a breath, and then he heard these words coming for the Lord: “Lift up your foot, you are standing on your cord."

We all had a good laugh, but the truth of what he said rang true to me. God was sending help, but I was standing in the way of receiving what I needed to catch a much needed next breath. So lift up your foot!

Father, I pray that we see that You are our life support. That everything we need is already been provided for us. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.

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