God’s grace fuels acceptance that paves the way for moving on.
Once we begin to move on, we’ll be surprised to know how far we can go from the point where we thought it was the end.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
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“In the presence of this gracious gift of faith [Eph. 2:8-9], God justifies us “by his grace” (Rom. 3:24; Tit. 3:7) and forgives our trespasses “according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7) and saves us “through the grace of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:11) and “makes all grace abound” to us for “every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8) and makes his grace sufficient for all our affliction (2 Cor. 12:9) and enables us “by the grace of God” to work harder than we imagined we could (1 Cor. 15:10) and grants “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16) and gives us “eternal comfort and good hope through grace” (2 Thess. 2:16), so that in the end “the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:12).”
It was and is all grace — never ever let that slip off your heart and mind.
Quote taken from God is the Gospel by John Piper, p.36
“One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.”
— John Bunyan
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience.
We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!
No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
(Ephesians 2:1-10, MSG)
Salvation is by works…not ours, but HIS!
“…It’s God’s gift from start to finish!”
“…you are a chosen people… that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9You are chosen. Billions of people in the world, and you are chosen. Chosen to be blessed, chosen to be loved, chosen to be saved. Out of nothingness and insignificance, you were made important and relevant. You play the starring role in the greatest rags-to-riches movie ever told in the universe. But the story does not end there; your life story does not stop at salvation. No. You were chosen for one ultimate purpose – worship. Your salvation is not for yourself, but for God! You are given the greatest honor of being chosen with the specific purpose of worshiping Him! If worship is not the ultimate purpose of your salvation, then you are missing the best part of being saved! Worship is the place of abundant blessings, richest fellowships, and incomparable fulfillment! You were bought with the highest price for a reason. Praise Him – daily, honestly, passionately. That is true salvation’s end.
“We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done for us in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.”
— A.W. Tozer
Ralph Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University, once asked a group of seminary students to compare two individuals: the modern, astute collegian who insists that sin and the fall of humanity are fallacies invented by the superstitious, and a primitive young man in a remote village whom you find in the woods sacrificing a chicken on a makeshift altar. “Which man is farther from the truth?” he asked.
The students hemmed and hawed but hesitantly agreed that the pagan boy, however crudely, understood something the other did not.
There is a need in our lives for atonement. There is a need for blood.
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.“
Hebrews 9:22, ESV
…Yet only in brokenness and imperfection can we clearly hear God playing beautiful and perfect music in our lives.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
“When we are under the weight of stress & hardship, we may wonder whether our LORD, Who engineered us, has miscalculated our personal ‘tensile strength’.
We are certain that we are going to collapse under the weight of trials, but our Designer knows exactly what we can handle by His grace. He knows our limits and will never permit more than we can bear.
God may send a load, but not an overload.”
There will be tough trials, painful experiences and no easy answers.
One Leeway — God’s way. Run back to Him.
There are times in our lives when we feel that we are so tired, restless, and in a deep pain and agony. Times that demand us to pause for a while and take a deep breath. Times when all we want to do is to give ourselves the benefit to undergo the process of healing and rest.
However, there are also times when we are in the midst of these personal longings and needs that we see people, who are so dear to us, suffering like we do and it feels like it doubles the pain from within; then, we set aside these personal longings and we become wounded healers – people who have the humility and kindness to help others amidst their own brokenness.
Take heart. Our great Healer has His beautiful gift for us:
“My gift of undeserved grace is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak…” 2 Corinthians 12:9
For it’s in weakness that we learn the message of true strength. It’s in brokenness that we find the meaning of completeness. And it’s in experiencing the beauty of grace that we become wounded healers in the likeness of our Great Healer – Jesus Christ.