Posts Tagged grace

Drawing From the Well

In the Permian Basin of west Texas alone there are thousands of oil pump jacks designed to pump oil from wells below them. On my morning walks this week, I passed many of them and noticed they don’t run constantly, but seem to operate sporadically. As I walked past one this morning I heard the whine of an engine and watched as the powerful machine suddenly started and began to pump, pulling oil from the well. I was amazed at how effortlessly the start was and how smoothly the pump then ran.

It occurred to me how our spiritual lives are much like those pumps. We go about our days—our spirits idle—not needing to draw from the well of God’s love, and grace. But when we have need of His love and power, our spirit can come alive in an instant and draw from His well of comfort and peace.

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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The Key

There will always be trials, and we will make mistakes, but our hearts can be as wide open as the gates of righteousness. And as our love for God increases we will be filled with His righteousness and He will begin to mold us into the servant He intends us to be.

Love is selflessness, which to our earthly minds, is difficult and burdensome. Amazingly, as we draw nearer to God, it becomes neither burdensome nor difficult, but a blessing. And as God begins to fill our heart and spirit with His unconditional love, joy will wash over us like a glass of cold water poured on our head on a scorching hot day. His love, peace, and joy are a blessing so powerful it takes will take our breath away and sends shivers through our body. Let the Lord’s love become your salvation. Be refreshed.

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Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. Psalm 118: 19-21

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No Strings, No Gimmicks

I’m not big on ritual; especially rituals designed by man. Jesus came to absolve us of those things, allowing us to please God by loving Him and not by the things we do. We are saved by grace, not by works.

Some of today’s religious leaders come up with things they try to persuade their followers to do, insisting those things are essential to living a “Christian” life and obtaining eternal life. I don’t think so!

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Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. Hebrews 13:9

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Turn the Page

One of my favorite songs from the early seventies is, “Turn The Page”, by Bob Seger. He begins the song with, “On a long and lonesome highway….”. Then finishes the first stanza with, “And you don’t feel much like ridin’, you just wish the trip were through.”

There was a time I envisioned myself zooming down an empty highway in the dark of night, alone, and wishing the trip would end. It seemed the faster and farther I went, the darker it got, the lonelier I felt, and the more futile and hopeless life seemed. But something in the back of my mind kept saying, “You can get off this road. Take the next exit and go east, toward the risen Son.”

It is that simple…

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To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. Acts 26:18

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Life In A Bobsled

Sometimes I find myself in a rut; so steeped in routine that each morning I feel like I’m in a bobsled race, tucked into the sled—my life—speeding around the same course day after day, every turn familiar; every straightaway zipping by too quickly.

But I’m learning to remind myself each morning that God is with me in truth and love, and His grace, mercy and peace are mine for the asking.

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Maybe it is the same old sled and the same old ride, but you control the brakes. So slow down and watch for sudden blessings. You never know what’s around the next curve.

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s son, will be with us in truth and love. 2 John 1:3

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If I Got What I Deserved…

My past is full of ignorance, foolishness, and mistakes, and I’m not out of the woods yet. But I’ve found a well-beaten path, and I’m going to follow it wherever it leads me.

Finding the path didn’t happen all of a sudden, and trying to follow is not the easiest thing to do, but it seems to get easier every day. It all just seemed to happen gradually, and one thing seems to lead to the next.

As God pours His grace on me, I am continuously amazed that He never gives me more than I can handle. I think He knows most of us could not comprehend His goodness and love if it were doled out to us in doses too large for us to handle, so He pours it over us a little at a time, allowing our faith and love to grow at a pace we can handle.

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Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.1Timothy 1:14

 

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The Struggle Is Over!

Grace is a gift, and the simple definition of grace is we no longer have to struggle to remember and obey God’s laws, or struggle to live a godly, moral life, because He will put it in our heart and mind to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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