Posts Tagged ‘grace’

Soul mate

Posted: October 12, 2014 in family, friendship, heart, life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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Friendship is one of the greatest needs and one of the most exalted blessings of the human heart. No-one likes being lonely, and that’s probably why as all seek to find someone to share our heart with, to love, and to confide in.

If we find our soul mate, our one true love, we are fortunate. Even so it can still not provide true contentment as the heart of our fellow humans, no matter how noble or lovable, still has its weaknesses and is imperfect and so let us down. Yes our fellow-man can give us love and support, but they can never fully provide our needs during life’s darkest days.

The good news is, there is one heart that can and will provide our every need during every day and every situation, and that is the heart of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Christ can provide all the love we need, and all the support we need when we are united to Him by grace.

Have you found the One true soul mate we all need, in Jesus?

If you look in a dictionary, the word grace has many meanings. Here’s a few of them that are relevant here:

  • mercy; clemency
  • the free and unmerited favour of God shown towards man
  • the divine assistance and power given to man in spiritual rebirth and sanctification
  • the condition of being favoured or sanctified by God
  • an unmerited gift, favour, etc, granted by God

Yes, God has given me a second chance. In fact he’s given each one of a second chance. God loved each of us so much that Jesus died for us at Calvary, just so we could be saved.

God loves each of us, and is has promised to always love us, regardless of what we do. However his desire is that we give our heart and our all to God, and let Him use us to tell others about His unfailing love.

Grace has called my name. God has called my name, and I knelt before Him and gave Him my all. Have you?

It shows

Posted: February 16, 2014 in life, love, music, Relationships, religion
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I read the following anonymous quote recently:

If you live close to God and His infinite grace, you don’t have to tell; it shows on your face ~ Anonymous

I have to say that I agree with part of this statement, but disagree with the other part of it!

I agree that when we live close to God and His infinite grace, it does show on our face…and in the way we live our life. However I disagree that when we live close to God, we don’t have to tell anyone just because it shows on our face.

When others are able to see God in us because of how we live our life, doesn’t that make it easier to tell others more about God, and more about what He can do for them!

So let others see God in your face and in how you live your life, but also talk to others about God, tell them what He had done for you, and that He loves them too.

 

In the last few days, I’ve tried to remind you, hopefully successfully, that no matter how tough life seems for you, God is with you, and will help you through. So when I came across the following in my own personal devotions last night, I thought it would be applicable to share it with you today, as it fits in perfectly with my thoughts over the last few days:

God never leads us where He cannot keep us. His grace is always sufficient for us in any and every circumstance of life.

Do I hope that even if you’ve been feeling as if God has deserted you recently, that my blog posts over these last few days, may have reminded you that God is still with you, because He has promised never to leave us.

Here’s the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing  You Are Always There:

Your Grace Still Amazes Me

Your-Grace-Still-Amazes-MeMy faithful Father, enduring friend
Your tender mercy is like a river with no wind
It overwhelms me covers my sin
Each time I come into your presence I stand in wonder once again

(chorus)
Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees 
Cause your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

Oh patient saviour, you make me whole
You are the author and the healer of my soul
What can I give you lord what can I say
I know there’s no way to repay you only to offer you my praise

(chorus)
Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
Cause your grace still amazes me

Your grace still amazes me
 Its deeper, it’s wider, it’s stronger, it’s higher
Its deeper, it’s wider, it’s stronger, it’s higher
Than anything my eyes can see

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
Cause your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

Here’s the dictionary definition of Grace:

    • Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
    • A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
    • A sense of fitness or propriety.

  • A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
  • Mercy; clemency.

Don’t those definitions just sum up what God’s grace is all about!

As I said yesterday in On My Knees, I often feel overwhelmed by just how much God loves me and how much he does for me.

God’s love is infinite, God’s grace is amazing, God’s forgiveness is forever.

Please let God amaze you today!

I don’t know about you, but sometime a particular piece of music or a song has the power to bring me to my knees, simply because they bring me so very close to God.

The song Your Grace Still Amazes Me is one of those songs, and after hearing it last weekend at the Salvation Army UK Congress, it’s been in my head ever since…

God’s love still amazes me.

Every day I screw up by saying or doing things I shouldn’t do, but still God loves me, and forgives me.

God’s love still amazes me.

Every day I do my own things instead of doing what God wants me to do, but still God loves me, and forgives me.

God’s love still amazes me.

I hope God’s love still amazes you each day.

Great advice in the above video…

Are you tired
Worn out and empty
Is your soul weary

Have you tried
Releasing your burdens
Do you feel the weight
Of worry

I am the rest you need
I am the Prince of Peace
Enter the rest of God

Come to Me
Burdens will fly away
Walk with Me
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace

Come to Me
Burdens will fly away
Walk with Me
Learn the unforced rhythms
Live the unforced rhythms of grace

There are many of us who have proved that taking our all, our everything, burdens and cares to God and leaving them with Him, can reinvigorate our faith and our love of God. So why not renew your spirit today by taking your all to God.

Come, let us return to the Lord…he will heal us…he will bind up our woundsHosea 6:1

The above verse from scripture is not just referring to our physical wounds, but our emotional and spiritual wounds too.

Sometimes, we can find that it’s the emotional hurts that cause us the deepest of wounds. Sometimes, our physical wounds become invisible long before our emotional scars.

Sometimes it may even be spiritual scars which are the hardest to heal. e.g. We may feel God deserted us when we needed Him most.

God can and will heal your ever wound, but He will leave the scars. Why? Point of Grace explain perfectly in their song Heal the Wounds:

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar

So there’s only one way to heal all your wounds, turn to God, or if you’ve previously turn away rom Him, re-turn to Him, He can heal all your wounds.

Life can be difficult at time, and it’s often during those times that we find it hardest to be still and wait on the Lord. The thing is, if only we took the time to stop and wait on Him, we would find the reassurance and help we need.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Don’t be afraid of the silence, it’s during the silence that we can hear God more clearly when all around us is in turmoil.

Be Still For the Presence of the Lord by David J Evans

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

Grace is a free gift from God!

It can be easy to think at times that just because we love Christ and profess to be Christians, that we will automatically grow in grace, but I’m afraid that’s not how it works!

Weakness is not your biggest problem, God’s grace is sufficient, but it’s delusions of strength that get in the way of your growth in grace

As the above statement says, sometimes I think we are guilty of forgetting just how much we need God, particularly when life is going well for us. We must be true to God during our happiest times as well as our darkest of times, because in doing so we will grow in grace.

Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.