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.
Slightly Obsessed #204: A Portrait of Faith: An Obedient Heart
Is it really so important to know and obey God's Word if we're already saved? Isn't worrying about obedience just a form of legalism? Don't we live in the age of grace?
Slightly Obsessed #203: God Doesn’t Need Our Thanks
If we were to walk through an open door to heaven as the apostle John did in a vision during his imprisonment on Patmos, we would not find a forlorn father awaiting a phone call from his children, but a royal residence filled with glory.
Slightly Obsessed #202: A Portrait of Faith: Living to Please God
The Scriptures tell us that it is impossible to please God without faith. But how does pleasing God present evidence of our faith to a dying world?
Slightly Obsessed #201: A Portrait of Faith: Thirsty
The Bible assures us that our faith is the evidence of an unseen world and its promises. But faith is not just belief. It is the expression of our belief before God and man.
So then, what does faith look like?
Slightly Obsessed #200: God Sees Your Despair
She was well-dressed, beautiful, and accomplished. She had just flown across the country to teach at a conference and looked fully the part: Sharp. Witty. Color-coordinated. And she nearly left with that image safely in place, until God revealed her despair.
Slightly Obsessed #199: Let No One Take Your Song
If nothing else good should happen to us except salvation, it is enough to fill our every moment with His praise.