What is Grace?

(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:15-18

There can either be two extremes, think we don’t deserve God’s grace or we abuse his grace because we are saved by it Both are so wrong that we need to know God, he is just, he is fair, he does what is best for us. Next time you think the phase, well God’s grace has saved me, really reflect on that. What do you need saving from? How are you aware of God’s grace? Is this a continues action that you’re choosing to not change? Truly think about why you’re thankful for God’s grace.

On the other side, you are deserving of God’s grace. There is no wrong that you have done that doesn’t surprise God. God wants to save you, he wants to hold you, he wants to rescue you. Allow God to work in your life and seek him when the things of this world seem so great. God has conquered this world. He has conquered all that you’re dealing with.

Satan would love for us to stop praying and seeking God. We could read the Bible all we want but if we lose our relationship with God then it can be another book we read. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we’re told, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Pray continually! God will show you his grace. You are deserving and you are saved by God. Be aware if you’re doing your will or God’s will.

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His Creation

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. – Genesis 1:3-8

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Our God created this! He made this an let us enjoy this beauty. Take a moment and pause, look up from the screen and see what beauty surrounds you. He created this! He created the world we live in, and he created each one of us.

A wonderful book called, “Jesus Calling” had this devotional, “Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remember that I am God with you. I crafted you with enormous capacity to know Me and enjoy My Presence. When My people wear sour faces and walk through their lives with resigned rigidity, I am displeased. When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me, your ever-present Shepherd. The more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus proclaim My Presence to the watching world.” Look at verses Matthews 1:23 and John 10:10-11

Be in a childlike delight! Run through open fields, lay on the ground an look up at clouds, be still. God calls us to be quiet with him and be still. What a better way then to look out into the world he’s created us to be in. Look up! Now go be with the day and take every opportunity God has granted you with!

Is Empathy Lost?

em·pa·thy noun
1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is said to be lost in the church, however the worlds view of empathy is not what God calls us to be. We are held up to a higher standard.
Matthew 7:12, Jesus tells us, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Life is not just about not doing to someone else that you wouldn’t want done to you. It’s about doing for another person what God would do for them. Did you think outside if yourself for that persons need? Did you bless them? Or we you too busy to not see their need?