These verses are repeated three times. Isn’t it lovely? Written for Steve Green Ministries
Find Us Faithful
O may all who come behind us, find us faithful.
May the fire of our devotion, light their way.
May the footprints that we leave; lead them to believe.
And the lives that we live, inspire them to obey.
Grace is the foundation of our faith and daily strength. What then, does it mean to “live in grace”?
For me, it is to be like-minded with Christ, to want what He wants for me, not the other way around. It’s so easy for us to let time slip, days pass without opening our Bible, reading something encouraging, sharing with our Heavenly Father, the hopes and fears we have. Something draws us back, and I believe it the work of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you’ve gone stagnant, still a believer, grounded in your faith, attending church regularly and bible study, but maybe your light has disappeared. That “still small voice” that guides our comings and goings. That voice that is your Father
It’s easy to get back in touch, whether your distance has been a few weeks, or perhaps many years. Jesus is always here for us. He wants to reconnect, no matter how long its been. He nudges softly, reminding us that He never left, it was us who stepped further and further away.
Your conversation doesn’t have to be complicated. Ask God for what you need, be mindful that you are the presence of the Holiest One. And He wants you back in the fold. He has missed you. Let Him provide the grace necessary to live in His word.
While doing my devotions this morning, I added music to my routine. Blasted the volume on my laptop and plugged into YouTube and started with Selah, Wonderful Merciful Savior, then one of my favorites by Jesus Culture; “Break Every Chain.”
I was reminded of what keeps me in bondage; bad habits some might say, but I know they are more than that – they keep me separated from God. Ironically (but not really, right???!!!), my devotion was on placing my trust in the Holy Spirit to guide and nudge me towards a Godly life, instead of living by feelings; which can change in a moment’s notice.
I have been overcome by the presence of God many times. Music seems to be the vehicle, the lyrics speak to my heart and remind me through repetition (I listen to the same song fifty times, like I did when I was a teenager!) what my heart longs for, to be closer to God, to live in His grace and to know that I am saved.
Today, I found a two sided piece of paper; it fluttered from somewhere and landed behind my desk. There are a few scribblings and a date of 12/4/2013.
These exact kind of notes were the reason behind “The Pieces” book. I wanted to share what God had shown me, inspired revelations that carried me from bad and sorrowful moments in time, to joy filled and peaceful days.
A few of my ramblings:
2 Peter 3:18 SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Read scripture, apply the truth. Admit and assume responsibility for failure. Commit to change.
Philippians: Joy, is a calm delight from God. The worldview of joy is “happiness is based on what happens,” but joy, in reality – is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers; he thanks God for his situation, he encourages others.
Ephesians 2:15 (my take): It’s a harsh world for those who are not believers in Christ. I was under a terrible impression or just didn’t want to see – that the most noble and good people are still not of God. They are still on the wrong side. It’s not my place to judge, but do I have responsibility of those I love to save their soul? You bet!
I have struggled personally with the act of forgiveness. Some resentment harbored over 30 years of my life. Imagine. Withholding forgiveness to another human being when Jesus forgives ME every day, sometimes many times a day. I am not without sin. How did it ever become my place to judge the actions of another?
It is not.
What does the bible say about forgiveness?
Wow, the bible says a lot, doesn’t it? 🙂
Oftentimes we are given a scripture or thought to spend time figuring out. Maybe it was easily understandable — but other times, we can’t make heads or tails over the meaning, or if it’s even a message for US.
This is when spiritual discernment steps in. Find a trusted advisor, someone who is spiritually sound, they do not have to be a minister, sometimes a good friend can help sort it out WITH you, not for you.
As a wise friend recently told me — it’s my seeking/understanding that matters most. But sometimes we all need a little help!
Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him.
(From my personal meditation journal)
I spent decades asking God why my mom had to die. I finally – let it go. There are circumstances we will not know until we meet Jesus in person.
I don’t know how to pray when “I” have pain; so I say The Lords Prayer and it comforts me I may still have the pain, so it’s another circumstance I won’t know or understand — maybe ever. And, I’m actually, finally – okay with it.
A lesson is sometimes part of a plan we didn’t see. And/or closure from a situation we couldn’t see. Trusting You is all the vision I need.
For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.
He reveals profound mysteries beyond man’s understanding. He knows all hidden things, for he is light, and darkness is no obstacle to him.
Pain; whether physical or emotional can be incredibly exhausting. Both take from us what we normally are able to handle. We can pray through most of our heartache, we can take medicine that heals our body or mind, we can even crawl into a cave (literally or figuratively) and hide for a few hours or days, but what we cannot do is hide from our Father.
In the depths of our despair, at the bottom of our pain tolerance, there He is. He is always there, no matter. Why do we turn away? Do we think we aren’t worthy when we are filled with the many feelings produced when we are down? It’s when we feel most unloved, that we are most loved.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always
lives to intercede for them.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!
You matter. You always have.
The grace of God is always attainable, it’s nothing we have to do or say to make happen, it’s part of the many spiritual gifts available to us, “JUST” because our Father loves us.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
2 Corinthians 1:12
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.
In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.
Today I’d like to share part of my testimony with you, which – until this morning, I didn’t realize I had! God doesn’t really work in mysterious ways, He reveals what we can handle!
The biggest source of healing in my life, has been emotional. All of my broken pieces have been soldered back together; not at one time, but over a period of many years. God has restored relationships and even healed memories.
The biggest eye opener for me; is that I left God behind, He never left. NEVER. He was always there, available to me if only I had asked. But I didn’t ask. Instead I let disappointment fuel my anger towards God. Some might say that is blasphemy, but I believe more than anything, God wants our honesty, he desires a close relationship with me. How can it be close if it’s superficial? God has seen me at my absolute worst, not many of us have gotten that close to another human being. “Warts and all” a description to sum up what God accepts from me.
Share your testimony, here or with another. Let the story of your life be a ‘saving piece.’