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Grace 


The Lord strengthened Elijah. He was able to minister to an entire nation of people. He had been miraculously fed by birds, resurrected a child from the dead and called down fire from heaven. 
Apparently that all left his memory. Or he felt under appreciated. Maybe he just felt lonely. Regardless of how he felt here is what he told the Lord: I quit. Not just once but on four separate occasions. Twice under a juniper tree and twice in a cave. 
Here’s what the Lord didn’t say: “Fine then, quit.” 
Instead the Lord comforted Elijah. He told him that he was going to use him to prepare a way for not only his generation but the next. He loved him. Elijah pulled himself together and got back to the work of the Lord. 
Sometimes we may feel like we have exhausted the patience of God. Maybe we feel like we’ve “cried wolf” one too many times. But our God is merciful. He is patient and he is loving. He gives us grace. 
Scripture taken from:

I Kings 17-19

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Forgiven 

  
Israel came to God seeking repentance. 
They said:

Please forgive us. 

Please graciously accept us. 

We won’t follow after false gods. 

Our trust won’t be in what we can do.

We know that blessings come from you.

We know you are merciful. 
God’s response was this:

I will heal you.

I will love you.

I am not mad at you. 

I will bless you.

I will make you to prosper. 
Seeking forgiveness and receiving it from the Lord is that simple.
Scripture taken from:

Hosea 14:2-7

Mercy Not Sacrifice

  
The Israelite people had been doing an okay job of following the laws God has put in place. But their hearts weren’t in it. He said to his people “I desired mercy, and not sacrifice.” Because just going through the religious ropes weren’t enough. 

Later Jesus sat at the table with sinners, ministering to them. The Pharisees rebuked him. They were appalled that he would be seen with those people. Jesus said “Go ye and learn what that meaneth ‘I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:'” They were being taught that living according to the law isn’t superior to living in the grace of God. 

I say “I will wholeheartedly ask for the mercy of Jesus and not depend upon any works that I can offer.” Because if God and Jesus taught it I want to live it. 

Scripture based on:

Hosea 6:6

Matthew 9:10-13

Growing in Grace

  
Stephen, at the end if his life’s journey, offered grace to the people that surrounded him.
The people weren’t fellow Christians. They weren’t offering him kind words. Or comforting him in his last moments.
They were his attackers. The very ones that stoned him to death.
And yet he was gracious toward them. Praying for them. Having compassion on their souls.
As Christians we are told to not only grow in the knowledge of our Lord but also to grow in grace.
The level of grace you offer people is an indicator of your maturity in The Lord.
Stephen had reached a maturity level second only to Jesus’.
Don’t balk at opportunities to be gracious to others. Instead view the trials of your life as an opportunity to grow in our Lord.
Offer grace where it isn’t deserved.

Grace

  

Laws in Leviticus taught people to be lenient with the indebted. It taught them to give grace to those that were undeserving—–at their own expense. 
Sounds outlandish.
And it may be. 
But it is also the picture of the Gospel: Jesus, the sinless One, sacrificing himself for us, the sinful, giving us completely undeserved opportunity to live with Him. 
Grace at it’s finest. 
Aren’t you so thankful Jesus chose to grace you? Follow in His footsteps. Grace others. 

All for Him

  

“David they shouldn’t get some of the spoil we recovered. We were the ones who fought for it. All they did was hang back and watch our stuff.”

David looked at the haughty soldiers and said “it doesn’t matter that you fought and they watched the stuff. God was the one that gave the victory. Each of us shall be blessed equally.”

Be cautious that you don’t get to a point in which you feel that you deserve more blessings because you perceive your job as more important than someone else’s. 

Our glorying should be in Christ and His grace, not in ourselves and our own works.


He’s Already There

  

As a teenager I had always dreamed of marrying a brown eyed preacher boy. 

Those were my qualifications of my future spouse.
Now I see the blessings that come with marrying a man that is willing to lead in God’s wisdom, one that is quick to forgive and grant grace and one that nurtures his children in love.
I didn’t know to ask for those things at that time. But God’s grace was abundant. He was answering far beyond my prayers when he gave me the desire of my teenage heart. 
On our thirteenth wedding anniversary I am reminded and so grateful that Jesus is directing His children’s steps and that He’s working it all out for good, every step of the way–even when we’re oblivious. 

Paid in Full

  

This morning my chickadees and I stopped at Cracker Barrel to have breakfast. As we were finishing up the waitress said “somebody has taken care of your bill”.

I was so happy that someone would be so kind to bless my kids and myself! But then I was ecstatic because of the simple thought that directly followed her statement: paid in full.

Because I wasn’t thinking of the food in front of me. I was thinking of Jesus taking care of the debt I owed by giving Himself as the perfect spotless sacrifice for my sin. 

I stand completely free of any charges against me because of the power of His blood. He looked at me —and you—and saw the need for a Savior, so He provided. 

I am so grateful for His grace and mercy…and for the little extra showing of love: pancakes and eggs. 

i for an eye

Saul was jealous of David. He hated him with a passion. He threw a javelin at him, on two different occasions, attempting to kill him. He hired hit men to take David out. Saul spent a lot of his time as king of Israel seeking to destroy David from the face of the earth.

David, in turn had spent a lot of his time running from Saul. He climbed mountains. He hid in caves. His life had become consumed with outsmarting Saul and his men.

Saul was worn out. He and three thousand men had searched for David all day. He entered into a cave for rest. Unbeknownst to him, David was in that same cave, in the shadows. Saul fell asleep. David’s opportunity for revenge had presented itself. His men urged him on. Now was his chance.

But David wouldn’t kill Saul. He cut off a piece of his garment to show Saul that he could have. But he didn’t. His reason: He didn’t want to kill the man anointed of The Lord. 

David could’ve avenged himself. He might have felt relief and satisfaction for a while. But David knew that those feelings wouldn’t last with him the way that guilt for going against God would. By not returning evil with evil David was able to stay free of the burden of guilt, free from regret and free from sorrow.

Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, bless the people that curse us, do good to those hate us and to pray for the ones that persecute and despitefully use us. Not because that’s what they deserve. But because Jesus wants what is best for us. He doesn’t want His children to carry hatred in their heart, to be found always trying to avenge themselves. Instead He wants us to lay down our fleshly instincts and to let Him handle the situation.

The teachings of Jesus may at times seem restricting and unfair. But in reality Jesus’ teachings are always freeing and He is always just.

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