Thursday, 18 October 2018

Life itself is grace

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.- Frederick Buechner

This is a lovely quote to begin the day with.  Remember that the very breath you are breathing now is a gift of grace.

God bless.

Living in Grace

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Keep a firm grip

"Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word." - Hebrews 10:23
" Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (NIV)

 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

No matter what version you read of this verse, it conveys the same message - sometimes we just need to keep a firm grip on to the promises of God. Whatever you are facing today, hold onto the important promises of God. He is faithful to keep up his end of the bargain.

Living in Grace

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The Great Enemy

The greatest enemy we will ever face, according to Charles Spurgeon, was this:

"The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation."
In response to self-righteousness, I guess we need to turn to the other extreme, which is HUMILITY and dependence on our Lord. Spurgeon added his thoughts on humility:
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.

It is always best to keep ourselves grounded in the love and favour of God.  This is never an attempt to keep us downtrodden, but rather aware of our humble beginnings and the incredible miracles of rising to our fullest potential.

Living in Grace

Monday, 15 October 2018

Give it all you have got

"Keep your eyes open, 
hold tight to your convictions, 
give it all you’ve got, 
be resolute, 
and love without stopping." - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (Eugene Petersons' The Message)

Enough Said.

Living in Grace

Sunday, 14 October 2018

When others fail you

There is nothing new about my next statement, yet it still gets under our skin:
"People will let you down. They will fail you."

We hope that everyone in our "circles of influence" will be near perfect, but that is such an unreasonable thing to hope for. People are flawed and we will fail each other from time to time.

In light of this, it is always best to remember that God is always FAITHFUL. Even when things don't work out in the way we expect, this does not mean that God is no longer faithful. God is still faithful.

2 Timothy 2:13 - if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

 Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 

Living in Grace

Friday, 12 October 2018

Pile them up...

If you have ever felt that your troubles just seem to be mounting and you don't know how you will carry them all, then you need to read this passage today:

"Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—
    he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.
He’ll never let good people
    topple into ruin." - Psalm 55:22 (MSG)

The image comes to mind of us placing one burden on top of Jesus' shoulders, followed by another and then another. God is strong enough to carry them.

May you rest in his grace today.

"Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken." (NIV)

Living in Grace

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Stay with me

There are times we just need someone to stand alongside us. Perhaps our prayer is just this - "Stay with me." Even if there is no one else to stand with you at this time, always remember that we can count on the Lord to 'abide with us.'

1 Samuel 22:23 - "Stay with me; don’t be afraid."
The words from this old song speak the same truth.
"Abide with me, fast falls the eventide
The darkness deepens Lord, with me abide
When other helpers fail and comforts flee
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me."
Living in Grace