Falling From Grace And Getting Back Up

I love the song “Grace” as performed by Laura Story.  You can listen to it here.  I have listened to this song over and over and it brings me to tears every time.  Why?  The truth of it.

You see without the grace of God we would be of all men most miserable.  We cannot live without the grace of God.

Remember that grace is God giving to us that which we do not deserve.  Think about that for a little while.  Almighty God who is Creator of all gives to us.  He gives liberally to us.  Yet, we snub Him and treat Him like some genie in a bottle.  Bless me over here!  Bless me over here now!

Yet, our Loving God blesses us richly with His “daily sufficient grace”.  Wow!  God knows exactly what we need and when we need it.  Then He opens the windows of Heaven and pours out His grace like a waterfall from Heaven onto us.

So, how are you doing?

Grace and Mercy

Joshua 2:1, “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.”

Recently I attended a camp meeting at a local Church.  One of my favorite Preachers was there.  The format was to have my friend preach one evening while another family provided the music.  Then the next night my friend would do the music and the other Brother would preach.  It was a great meeting.  I really enjoyed meeting Brother Ron Hoy.  His a big man with a big voice.  He has written some song and I was privileged to receive a copy of their CD’s.

The first song I listened to was “Grace and Mercy”.  It is an awesome song about the two spies coming to Rahab’s house.  This song is so full of truth.  I listen to it all the time and I cannot help shedding tears every time.

Brother Hoy brings out some things in his song that are just wonderful.  I love the picture he paints of salvation in the song.  The two spies are represented by grace and mercy.  If it were not for God’s grace and mercy we would be forever lost.  Then the talks about the scarlet thread (vs. 18).  This causes me to think about the scarlet thread of the blood of Jesus that is all throughout the Word of God.

If it were not for Jesus’ finished work on Calvary we would have no hope.  All because of Jesus we can have mercy and grace extended to us and we can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Have you been visited by the grace and mercy of God?  If you have not then let me take the Bible and show you how you can be saved.

So, how are you doing?

 

Falling Down And Getting Back Up

I remember way back in Bible College writing a doctrinal paper titled, “Falling From Grace And Getting Back Up”.  This was the era when the help pendants and such were becoming popular with such as are adorned with silver hair.

Grace is God giving to us that which we do not deserve.  If we received just deserts then we would be in hell for all eternity.  Having said this, I want you to know that in my life I have been the target of so-called “saints” who believed that God Amazing Grace was too good for a wretch like me.  Such is life.  The truth is they are correct.  The truth is that God does not call the qualified; but, He qualifies the called.  When I got a handle on that.  Well, you can imagine.

When we know for sure a brother or sister has fallen we need to respond in a manner consistent with the Word of God.  Look at what He says about restoring the fallen in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  I thank God for restoration and God’s grace.

So, how are you doing?

Go Home 5

Mark 5:18-19, “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Go home and say what – your message.  We have a message that need to be gotten out to the masses.  If you had the only cure for a disease that is sweeping the world would you not want to share it?  I hope so; but, I know there are people that would not share it.  This is tragic.

It is the same way in the Church.  The world is infected with sin.  We have the cure for their sin problem and we sit, soak and sour each week and let people go on and die and go to hell.  Shame on us all!  Shame on us for not doing more!  I am just as guilty; if not more so, as anyone else.  We have a message to share and we must share it!

The message is a message of grace.  Grace is God giving to you and I what we do not deserve.  We do not deserve eternal life and all the blessings of God; but, God loves us so much that he lavishes His love on us.  He started with giving His only Son Jesus to pay for our sin.

The message is a message of mercy.  Mercy is God withholding just judgement.  In other words we deserve to die and go to hell; but, God in His mercy provided a way that we do not have to go to hell.  Thank you Jesus!  We deserve eternal punishment; but, Jesus took our punishment on the cross so that we do not have to experience it.

The message is a message of peace.  Peace is a result of God lavishing His grace and mercy upon us.  When God pours out His grace and mercy on us it brings about a deep peace in our lives.  If you do not have peace then you need to put your faith and trust in Jesus and receive peace which surpasses all human understanding.

So, how are you doing?

Eat Your Words

The other night my wife made one of my favorite meals, spaghetti.  We warmed up some leftover sauce from the freezer and she cooked pasta that had been given to us as a gift in a food basket from our Church.  I had thawed some Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and she put garlic butter and cheese on them after cutting them all in half.  I could not wait for them to warm up in the oven.

As dinner was warming up my wife came and sat down for a moment of much needed rest.  I began to smell the rolls and I commented on the pleasant odor.  My wife jumped up and went to the kitchen and took the rolls out of the oven.  Well, you know how this scenario ends.  Yes, burned rolls.  Some were more accurately cremated.  My wife made some comments on the burned rolls.  I just ate the lesser burned ones that she put on my plate.  I have done worse in cooking and I decided that it was better not to say anything even trying to be funny and lighten the moment.  I just ate them.  Yes, with no complaints at all from me.

Sometimes; in life, it is just easier to keep your mouth shut.  Someone said that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.  This is true.

The Word of God speaks to my particular situation in Proverbs 27:7, “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”  Burned can be turned into sweet.  It is all in your perspective.

So, how are you doing?

Thanksgiving 30

Today is the last official post for Thanksgiving.  I have been reflecting back on many days gone by.  We have endured some really tough days.  There have been days of sickness.  There have been days where our son’s autism nearly killed us.  There have been days that friends turned against us.  There have been days of all kinds.

Thankfully there have been days of victory.  There have been days of joy.  There have been days that put a smile on your face as well as deep into your heart.  Yet, the Word of God tells us to be thankful no matter what kind of day it is.  This is easier said than done some days.  I know you understand.  The fact remains that we have been commanded.

Look at I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  Please notice that this verse of Scripture does not tell us to be thankful for every thing.  The Word of God tells us, “In every thing give thanks:”.  It is like one man said after he was robbed.  He thanked God that he had something to be taken from him and he was thankful that it was not he who was doing the robbing.  No matter what your circumstance give thanks “in” in no matter if you cannot give thanks for it.

So, how are you doing?

Grace

There was a day in my young life that if you had said the word “grace” in my presence I would have thought of “saying grace” or praying for a meal.  The word grace means so much more than that.  It means kindness or favor.

Why do we show grace to people?  God demonstrated His grace to us and so we demonstrate grace to others.  Dare I say, we demonstrate the grace of God to others.  People have a hard time believing that people will just do some deed for them that they cannot repay.  If it Jesus Christ working in us that allows us to do such things.  I mean really, God demonstrated grace to us at the cross.  Was it not an act of kindness that Jesus died on the cross on our behalf?  Absolutely!  Grace is God giving to us that which we do not deserve.  If we received what we deserve we would all be in hell for eternity.

Look at Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”  I hope you can replace the name “Noah” and put your name there.  Grace is free to you and I; but, it cost Jesus His very life’s blood.

So, how are you doing?

There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings

As I was driving the other day I noticed how well the crops are doing this year.  It is a world of difference from last year for sure.  The dirt in my back yard still has cracks in it from last year because it was so desperately dry.

I have also noticed that there are so many Christians walking around and they look like my yard.  They are dry and hard as a rock.  This is not what God wants for His children.  You see God wants to send His blessing to His children; but, we will put ourselves in a place to receive them.  We live our lives the way we want to live them.  We do not consider God’s will or way and then we miss His blessings.  This is sad.  As a father I understand wanting to give the best to my children; but, sometimes their sin keeps them from receiving the best.  It is the same for you and I.

Daniel Whittle wrote a beloved hymn “There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings” based upon Ezekiel 34:26, “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.”

Are you receiving God’s great blessings or do you have your spiritual umbrella up over your head?  The choice is yours to make.

So, how are you doing?

The Orphan Train

Yesterday I shared with you a video from Max Lucado’s televison show “Grace with Max Lucado” ( here).  He tells the story of a man named Lee Nailing who was given an envelope with a letter inside by his father.  He was told to contact his father when he arrived at his new home.  While on the train Lee fell asleep and this envelope and letter disappeared and he had no idea what happened to it.

Lee Nailing road the train from town to town.  At one stop in Texas he went to a farm where he stayed the night.  When he got up the next morning he walked around the farm.  He let the chicks out because he was from the city and knew nothing about farm living.  The farmer marched Lee Nailing back to the train and put him on the train.  He continued his trip.  He arrived at yet another destination and was taken by a family.  He was brought in and made their son.  They even took him to other people’s house and introduced him as their new son.

The Nailing family adopted Lee and made him a member of their family.  Our Heavenly Father is waiting for you to come to Him for adoption.  He longs to bring you into His family.  He loves you supremely.  Jesus paid the ultimate price in sacrificing Himself in your place to pay for your eternal life.  Look at what Jesus said in John 15:16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”  He love you so much He has “chosen” you.  Yes, you!  Will you trust Him today?

So, how are you doing?

Prayer

Today will be the first installment of our men’s Bible study.  This will be a thirteen week “Journey Into Powerful Praying”.  Because of this the subject of prayer is and will be on my mind for some time now.

Yesterday afternoon I stumbled across a southern gospel music program.  The artist was The Dill Family and they were singing a song titled, “Only The First Time”.  This was a great song.  I truly enjoyed it.  The message of the song is found in the chorus that says in part, “When you kneel before Him it’s only the first time.  He’s forgotten the last time…”  My ears perked right up as I listened intently.  This was a powerful song and what a thought!

If we keep short account with God by praying and confessing our sins right along as we go then the truth of this song is right on target.  When God forgives our sin He forgets it.  The enemy will keep bringing up our past sin to keep us in bondage; but, our Father will not bring them up again after He has forgiven them.  Glory to God!  We can be free from the guilt!

Take a look at Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”  One old Preacher said it this way, “God casts our sins into the deepest part of the sea and posts a sign, ‘No Fishing!'”  Amen!  Now it is up to you and I to keep our sin confessed and forsake it.

So, how are you doing?