Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Smile God Loves You

“This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

“Rejoice always and again I say rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

If you have accepted Jesus' free gift of salvation, you have every reason to cheer. Although life in the physical realm can be difficult, we have already won the war. Victory was achieved when Jesus rose from the grave, to the glory of God! Hallelujah

Sometimes things are at the worst before the dawn of blessing comes. It is easy to become discouraged during those times when it seems that nothing is going right, but don't lose hope. Hope, I believe, is an image planted in us by God. He gives us those seeds of encouragement to keep us going until they come to pass. If we are going to walk in the blessings, we all need to renew our minds to the truth of God's Word, believe we have received and rejoice in the blessing we all have in Christ.

Just about every book in the New Testament states we as believers have it all. We have all the blessings, power, prestige, access and knowledge we will ever need to achieve all God planned for us. We are more than conquerors! We are the righteousness of God through Christ our Lord!!

So Smile and Believe!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Where's God? His Grace

In this search for the “narrow path”(Matthew 7:14) I've come across a very interesting aspect of God, everything He does is by grace. When God created, He created by grace. When God blesses, He blesses by grace. So what is grace?

Grace is more than just free and unmerited favor, it is the embodiment of God's goodness and love. It's His wisdom. All heaven rejoices in the goodness of God. The Bible records the angels singing whenever God expounds His grace, such as at Creation and the birth of Christ.

Through grace God has already provided everything we need from air, water, food and of course salvation. I have discovered that salvation does not only pertain to the forgiveness of sins, it's *deliverance from slavery or from some great distress by the intervention of God. (*NLT dictionary/concordance definition of salvation), and is another powerful witness to the truth of our loving Father.

When we received the new birth through faith in Jesus, we were restored to friendship with the Father. We were a brand new creation—not a dusted off version of Adam, as I was taught. In God's wisdom He made us something that had not existed before! (2 Corinthians 5:17). That is a tough concept to fully understand. Through the blood of Jesus we have much more authority and power than God gave Adam and Eve. They did not have God living on the inside of them, like we do. When they rebelled against God, it was the sinless and pure spirit that died.

I always seemed to confuse God's grace and mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve, while God's grace is totally independent of anything we do. That is amazing! We can't earn grace. Grace is something so beyond our comprehension, more than we could hope for or imagine. When the Father moves—grace is the wake, an overabundance exceeding in greatness.

I think of it this way, God didn't make one star He made countless billions. God didn't just make one flower variety, He made thousands upon thousands. He didn't just make one tree, He made thousands upon thousands that serve many purposes, like food, shade and medicine. God didn't make one variety of animal He made thousands upon thousands. This fact kinda blows evolution right out of the water, but some fools still want to believe a lie.

As I begin to understand God's grace, it dramatically changes the way I think and approached God. Grace is the Gospel of Jesus. Grace is the way the Kingdom of God works. We can only access and get a clear understanding of grace in our lives through faith. We must renew our mind to the truth of Jesus and believe the promises of God.

“But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It's only by God's special favor [grace] that you have been saved!) For He raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with Him in the heavenly realms – all because we are one with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6