And Then Came Grace
Have you ever been there? When you wake up in the morning and your foot hits the floor you already dread the day. You know stuff is gonna go wrong - you know confrontations are going to hit you in the face and you don't feel ready.
You are already sure God is going to be disappointed in you because you know - you can feel it - you are gonna fail Him. Then you are wondering if He is going to be mad at you because you did something, or didn't do something, missed the mark and you even knew better. Maybe He will send you out of the room or worse - out of His Presence. Then begin the never ending questions - have I confessed everything to the Lord so I can be forgiven? Oh, no - wonder about the sins of omission - I could have forgotten to do something and where will I be if I can't remember what I forgot so I can confess it? What am I doing to block all the blessings that have be promised that I don't see. You feel like you've failed before you ever got started because you know you. You have become the critter in the perpetual revolving hamster wheel.
In much of Christendom the story is the same. The push is to do right, be right, produce good works, be faithful and for heavens sake - don't miss one service.
What's wrong with this picture? Can you see it? The enemy has driven you with thought after thought to keep your eyes on yourself as the center of attention.
And then came Grace. One day some time ago, I asked a friend, "Why do you think people have difficulty receiving from the Lord.?" With scarcely a hesitation he answered, "Because they really don't know just how much God loves them." Those are the very words that sent me on the quest for knowing and better comprehending the love of God. I diligently searched the scriptures for the answers. Later I realized the journey had taken me straight into the Gospel of the Grace - the manifested love of God.
When you correctly divide the Covenants and recognize the place the 4 gospels belong in this process, the lights come on and what a difference. You begin to see things from a different point of view: Colossians 3:2 (MSG) " Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective." Not ours, you see, but His point of view.
What happens? You find out that God is no longer mad at you. He has totally forgiven you past, present and future sins. He has given you abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. He promised to never leave you nor forsake you and will lead and guide you by His Spirit into all truth. Most startling is that He loves you as much as He loves Jesus. All we need do is to believe and receive.
Our attention shifts from ourselves to Him, much to the enemy's disgust. This is what we are dedicated to letting you know: How much God really does Love You!