No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
Turn towards grace and you turn towards the light of God almighty. Grace is God's unmerited favor. It's God's forgiveness. Grace is God's love. God does not ever treat us as we deserve to be treated. He treats us much better than we deserve to be treated. This says alot about who He is. God gives us grace because of who He is and what He has done. It's not based upon who we are and what we do.
God's grace is not about us. It's all about Him. Who can fathom the mystery of grace? It meets us where we are, but it never leaves us the same. It is life changing, heart changing, and mind blowing. A second with Jesus Christ changes everything including who we are. Grace is another chance that never runs out. Grace is a very important part of who we are. It is the only reason we are able to have the next second which is not promised in life.
Shame is what satan wants us to feel, but feelings do not always line up with the truth. God does not want us to feel shame. Grace is what God wants us to feel and experience. Shame says that because I am flawed, I am unacceptable. Grace says that even though I am flawed, I am cherished. God's grace never fails. It is eternal, and it does not change. It always remains the same. It is constant, it is faithful, and it is indescribable.
This is an invitation from the Holy Spirit to experience and encounter the miracle and the gift of God's grace.
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
Slightly Obsessed #216: Daddy Has You
As I sat at the red light, a pick-up pulled up beside me in the other lane. The window was rolled down, and the driver rested his arm lazily on the door ledge. A chihuahua fur baby sat perched in the crook of the driver’s arm, yapping with all its tiny might at the pickup in front of me.
Slightly Obsessed #215: Sunday School Had It Right
A Ugandan friend once told us that growing up in Sunday school, he quickly learned how to answer the Bible questions in class. “The right answer,” he said with a smile, “is always, ‘Jesus.’" As a child, no matter what question was posed in class, he always answered, “Jesus.”
Slightly Obsessed #214: Friendly Fire
In 1788, the Austrian army turned on itself and decimated its own ranks, allowing its enemy to walk in and take the city. Are we allowing the same thing to happen on the spiritual battlefield?
Slightly Obsessed #213: God of the Mountains
While life is so uncertain, one thing is: God loves us so much, and He will never abandon us. No matter what happens in the coming days, months, or years, God is in control. And He will give us the strength to overcome any trial that comes our way.
Jordan For Jesus #039: Find the GOLD in People
Find the GOLD in people. If you only see fault, error, wrongs, sins, and what is bad, in people, then you have no time to love them. You cannot judge people and love people, at the same time, which is why the Word of God instructs us to look for what is good in people. When we look for the good, in people, we are choosing to see people through the eyes of God.