when God is WITH you, you WALK on what others are DROWNING IN and you REST in places where others COULDN’T SURVIVE ONE NIGHT…
GRACE is God doing FOR US what we could NEVER do for OURSELVES and what we will NEVER deserve…
“For it is by FREE GRACE (God’s UNMERITED FAVOR) that you are SAVED (DELIVERED FROM JUDGEMENT and made PARTAKERS OF CHRIST’S SALVATION) through [your] FAITH. And this [salvation] is NOT OF YOURSELVES [OF YOUR OWN DOING, it came NOT THROUGH YOUR OWN STRIVING], but it is the GIFT OF GOD; NOT because of works [NOT the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is NOT the result of WHAT ANYONE CAN POSSIBLY DO, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]” Ephesians 2:8-9
EVERYTHING I own is on LOAN from the Lord… with a variable interest rate… sometimes I pay a little, sometimes I pay a lot… but as long as I pay Him back and stay in good standing, I’ll ALWAYS qualify for more…
while you were breaking GOD’S heart, doing things YOUR way, trying to get YOURS, HE was LAYING DOWN GRACE & MERCY, PULLING STRINGS & FAVOR trying to SAVE YOURS! YOU OWE HIM YOUR LIFE!
another early [and long] morning… receiving my 4th [and, prayerfully, final] out-patient IV steroid & pain treatment for current MS exacerbation..
“And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. [Job. 2:6.] Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and BEGGED that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My GRACE (My FAVOR and LOVING-KINDNESS and MERCY) is ENOUGH for you [SUFFICIENT against ANY danger and enables you to BEAR the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made PERFECT (FULFILLED and COMPLETED) and show themselves MOST EFFECTIVE in [YOUR] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more GLADLY GLORY in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the STRENGTH and POWER of CHRIST (the MESSIAH) may rest (yes, may PITCH A TENT OVER and DWELL) UPON ME! So for the sake of Christ, I am WELL PLEASED and TAKE PLEASURE in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in HUMAN strength], then am I [TRULY] STRONG (ABLE, POWERFUL in DIVINE strength).” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 [AMP]
Today is another day, UN-PROMISED and UNDESERVED but still granted due to the generous MERCY and GRACE of GOD… CONFESS and REPENT of your [PAST] sins and start this day with a CLEAN heart and RENEWED spirit in the LORD… GLORY GOD!
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” 1 John 1:9 [AMP]
when God is w/you, you walk on what others are drowning in and you rest in places where others couldn’t survive one night…
this is another day that the Lord has made & I will be glad & rejoice in it!! however this is also another reminder that we are all on borrowed time, saved only by the merciful grace of God… no day is guaranteed… live, love & do His will… God bless you all!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 [AMP]
Lord, I thank You that no matter what the situation, no matter what the time of day, You are always my very present help in my time of trouble [Psalm 46:1]. I thank You, Father, that with that same comforting spirit, hopeful encouragement, and loving mercy that You’ve so graciously shown me, I can turn to my brethren, able to empathize and therefore console, encourage, empower, and restore them…
scriptures used in this note:
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 [KNJV]