Living By God’s Grace.

A Joyful Welcome To You 

and as always

Thanks

for stopping by for it is my highest hope that you will be encouraged and inspired

as you continue on the path of your journey seeking Jesus Christ  – your friend and mine.

Friend, let me please share with you that

reading God’s Word is first on my list of things I love to do.

Second is reading in general.

Third is writing – where I believe I am giving insight and information I receive from the Lord as I walk with Him each day.  

I see it as a wonderful blessing from God for me and all visitors to this site.

Today – our blessing is about living by grace – God’s Grace.

Our scripture focus is from the book of Philippians – chapter 4 verse 13:

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

The question for you today is – have you been through tough times recently, trials and

tribulations where you’ve tried to just grit your teeth and somehow get through a tough situation? 

I want you to know that God offers a much better way to live, and that is by grace – His grace.

To live by grace is to realize that you can’t handle life’s problems on your own, and need

your Maker’s help;  you need Him to enable you to do what you could not do in your own strength.  

Do you find yourself living by “grit” instead of by “grace”?

I admit to you that I do and confess it over and over, but the great news is that Jesus forgives me every time –

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:9)

Friend, the more I seek Jesus – the more I learn to live by grace, and more importantly – the more free I am to love and serve Him.

If you’ve tried and failed – all you need to do right now is choose to start over – try again.

Here is an easy acronym I read about to help remember the steps in making this choice:

L-I-F-E

L   –  Let go of wrong thinking and expectations (Hebrews 6:19)

Basically, be emotionally anchored and stop expecting others to change and/or circumstances to change quickly.  

Instead, put all your hope in our unchanging and faithful God.

I  –  Influence others for Christ daily (1 Peter 4:10)

Essentially, be someone who draws others to Christ by the way we act, speak and live our daily lives.

Know that influencing others for Christ is what we are called to do on this earth.

F  –  Forgive other quickly (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Forgiving others is one of the most important AND most difficult ways we can pass on God’s grace to others. 

We are not doing it because they deserve it or they were right in their actions BUT we are to do it because

Jesus Christ forgave us!

We are to pass on the grace, the undeserved favor of God, to those who hurt us,

out of love and gratitude to our Savior. 

E  –  Express praise continually (Hebrews 13:15)

Do you know why PRAISE is so important in the believer’s life?

  • You can’t be bitter and praise God at the same time.
  • Praise defeats the enemy.
  • Praise is an act of obedience to God.
  • Praise turns your thoughts from your problems to God’s power.
  • Praise keeps your heart in fellowship with the Lord.

Friend, will you determine before God, to make these four life choices each day? 

I pray you will.

I believe if you choose to live by them – God will turn your life around

and

help you give up “grit” and live by His amazing “grace”.

Let us bow our heads together and pray:

Father God, please give us the desire to please YOU and help us to live by your grace.  Please help us to be thankful for your grace and give us the willingness to pass it on to others.  Also Lord – help us to forgive others quickly and live our lives as you would have us live – loving one another and excited about influencing others for Christ.  We can’t do it without you Father God but we know we can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens us – with God all things are possible.

Praise God!

Thank You God!

Amen.

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