Thursday, November 29, 2012

Grace

You know, God brings us messages for a reason.  When the same type of message from scripture continues to get placed in front of you, you need to stop and ask the question "God are you trying to tell me something?".  If it keeps coming up you need to let whatever truth that God keeps placing in front of you seap very deep into your soul.  It needs to saturate you.  For years God has been speaking to me about Mary and Martha; and my being troubled about many things.  For years God has been telling me to lean on His grace on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for my work.  For years He has told me not to strive.  This is the first time, that I stopped and said "Hmm, God must really want me to get this".  I've come to the realization that this truth needs to saturate me and I look forward to it.  I feel like I've been going back and forth with it over the years, as if it is not for every situation in my life.  But it is!

Grace, grace, grace.  We are saved by grace, lest any man should boast.  Stop performing, trying to get God's approval.  When you try to earn God's approval you fall short of grace and Christ is of no effect in your life.  God's approval came through the work Christ did on the cross and imparted to us through grace.  The bible says in Hebrews 12:28 that since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire.

Every morning when we wake up, we need to receive God's grace into our hearts and minds.  We need to remind ourselves, I am saved by grace and that it is by having grace that I can serve God acceptably with reference.  Lets receive God's grace right now into our hearts.  God wants to take care of us, God wants us to be at rest. In the book of Genesis it says that Noah found grace in the eyes of God.  The definition of Noah's name in the book of Genesis means rest.  That means that "rest" found "grace" in the eyes of God.  If you would only rest, you would find grace.  We get bitter because we see people who don't have it together getting blessed and finding grace, that's because they rest in the Lord.  We see people getting promoted that don't work as hard as us, that don't have the credentials we have.  That's because they rest in the Lord.  Resting in the Lord is not a physical posture, it is a spiritual posture.  There is a striving spirit among Chrisitans that keep us from entering the Lords rest.  Rebuke it!  We fall short of God's grace because of it.  Get the spirit of striving out of your life.  Wake up and receive God's grace.  Arise to the grace of God!  Cast your cares upon the Lord as a child cast their care upon their parent.  Arise saints and enter into the Lords rest. 

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