Grace!

Wow! Welcome ladies and gentlemen, climb upon the grace train and join us on a journey full of excitement, mystery and unbelievable joy. Grace! Grace! Grace be with you!

Thankfully, we have all been taught that mercy is not receiving the punishment we deserve. Again, thankfully we understand grace as being the gift God offers us, that we don’t deserve and we could never earn or buy. His gift says to us, “I love you,” ” I want you,” “I forgive you,” “I’ve set you free” “Come and make your home with me.” And like light entering into a dark room, our soul awakens and through sleepy eyes we begin to see that truly “We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.” But wait! I tell you a mystery, there is so much more to grace than we have previously seen or imagined! Grace is a supernatural enablement, available to us from God, that empowers us to live victoriously in Christ, through every circumstance and situation life throws at us. Things like strength for the tired and weary, joy for the downcast, comfort in mourning, hope instead of hopelessness, clarity instead of confusion and so, so much more. This gift of grace empowers us to walk closely with Holy Spirit, to see God’s hand at work throughout our day and to stay closely yoked to Jesus no matter the distractions or deceptions that would entice us away from an awareness of His Presence. Grace is like the manna from heaven that sustained and nourished God’s people in the wilderness. Just like the people of old, it’s up to us to gather that grace each day.

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners) , that we may receive mercy for our failures and find grace to help in good time for every need appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.”
-Hebrews 4:16

A word search of “grace” reveals how much the writers of the Bible knew about this mysterious gift. Check out how many times the Apostles say, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Their declaration was like throwing a cloak of grace over our shoulders. Even in the midst of Paul’s affliction, the Lord said something like, ‘Paul…Friend…the grace I have for you is all you need. It’s enough because the power attached to the grace is absolutely perfect for your weakness.’ The scripture says, “…we find grace to help in our time of need.” Just like the wilderness journey, for us, our need is everyday! So we wake up each morning, splash a little water on our face, dress ourselves with the Holy Spirit and look for grace.

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ…” -Rom. 13:14

Knowing that every good gift comes down from the Father of Lights we simply turn our voice to heaven and say, “Father I’m here to gather my grace for today. I really need it and I’m really grateful for it. Thank you Daddy. I’ll be back for more tomorrow.”
Well friends, we are slowing down and approaching our next stop. Everyone off for Graceland!

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” -Rev.22:21

Jeff Riddle

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