We are not called to judge anybody; God will Judge everyone. We are not called to take our revenge; that belongs to God. If you receive His grace, He will not be fair with you, as He will give you the blessings and salvation that you can’t ever deserve. If you reject His grace, He will be fair with you, as He becomes your terrifying judge from the great white throne. Perhaps that is why the Bible encourages us to pray for one another and that includes our enemies. No one will get away with anything, unless they sincerely embrace God’s grace; then their hearts will be truly changed.
The law provided us with the unreachable righteousness of God and the consequences of not being able to follow what is unreachable to start with. Grace sounded the trumpet of undeserving favor expressed in the form of blessings and mercy that holds back the judgment that we deserve. Grace goes beyond the law as it fulfills the law. Through grace we are given an opportunity to be saved in the fullness and sincerity of inviting Jesus into our hearts for the forgiveness of our sins!
Why are we so scared of grace? The Bible tells us in First John 4:16 that “God is love.” As we look deeper, we’ll find in First Corinthians 13:8 that one on of the most powerful characteristics of love is that it “never fails.” The foundation of everything that God is and does flows out of the amazing reality that the nature of God is love and that He has never lost a battle. Love is undefeated! Why are we connecting grace to love? Nelson’s New Illustrated Dictionary defines grace as: “Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves.
How is your personal relationship with the Lord? The answer to this question is the secret to the condition of our churches, our city, our nation and ourselves. It seems like we can’t get to the point of actually developing a relationship with God that goes beyond “Thank you God for this food that I am about to receive!” We are call to love God above all things; but, do we really?
Some of us are very faithful in our church attendance. Some do a good job in keeping themselves busy in, what we like to call, “The things of God”. Some of us find ourselves approaching God like children approach Santa Claus during Christmas; it is all about what I can get. Coming before the Lord with a list of prayer requests is not enjoying intimacy with Him.
What about those that love to read and study the Word? That is good, and a Christian “Must do”. However, consider and judge for yourself what the Holy Spirit told me some years ago, as I struggle with my own personal quality time with God:
“The soldier took the time every week to write to his wife. The couple was just recently married before he was deported to Iraq. After eighteen months, he could not wait to see his wife again; to embrace, to kiss, and to enjoy intimacy with her. The soldier was finally home and every time he approached his wife; she quickly stop him by saying: “Wait honey, I want to read the letter you send me back in January.” After a few minutes, the husband tried again and again, the wife was more interested in reading another one of his letters than in having intimacy with her husband. After a while, how do you think that soldier felt?”
Our personal relationship with God can’t be substituted by church programs, ministries and/or activities. Our relationship with God can’t be delegated to our pastors, leaders, wives, husbands, the TV Evangelist and/or friends. Jesus gave his life, not only to save us, but to give us the amazing and indescribable opportunity to have a personal relationship with HIM. May the first commandment become a reality in your heart and mine.
Faith gives us the assurance that what we hope for will become a reality. Faith is not limited by what our eyes can’t see.
Faith caused the ancients to be commended in the mix of their humanity.
By faith God spoke the words that form our universe; He spoke what was not and it became substance.
It seems like we all embrace the trap of the Devil so easily. After we give our lives to Jesus we immediately find reasons for not serving the Lord: I don’t have seminary, I still have issues, my marriage is not straight, my children are acting crazy, etc. And just like that, time continues to pass on as we run from the responsibility of using our gifts for the glory of God.
Like an unannounced tsunami, I see the destruction of everything around me. I see pieces of broken relationships, everywhere. Through the crumbles I see hidden secrets of loved ones un-covered. My own humanity and weakness is spreading everywhere for everyone to see. I place my hands behind my head; the desperation is obvious for all witnesses to glimpse. “I knew you were a fake!” someone loudly shouted with no mercy in her voice. You try to find strength for the overwhelming task of cleaning up. “Ha! And you call yourself a Christian?”
Small Quotes! Angel’s original quotes!
At 42 years old, I find myself in the mix of four great struggles. I surely have much respect for the people that have kept these four areas of their lives in check:
1. Sexual purity
2. The handle of personal finances
4. Physical Wellness
I find it amazing how, when we are young we walk in such arrogance, but as we get older we start to realize that we are really a mess. All of these four categories are deeply connected to one thing: “What we want!”
I think I would have to say that God is Independent. He sent His Son who came to earth and didn’t follow any set pattern; in fact, He set His own pattern and said “Follow me.” He had liberal views in that we should reach out and tangibly care for those we see in need, but conservatively states in Proverbs that “a lazy man shall NOT eat.”