Reading this is something that has become more real to me everyday… If I had to follow a ton of regulations and laws to get there, I would be the last one in the throng of people trying to attain! I has been a while since I last posted, a lot has happened, but one thing I know is that God is totally in love with me! I wish that words could express the love that I feel from Him all the time. When I say love, I mean unconditional, everlasting, precious, intimate love that He wants to show me everyday.
It is always said that we know that we trust God with our very being when things get tough, on the contrary, when things are bad we do not have a choice, we run to Him. When you step out and do something that you might consider a sin, do you trust His unconditional love at that point, or do you take the traditional christian approach and beat yourself up with condemning thoughts and accusations. Of course we know that the accuser is the devil himself and no one else, aided by your flesh to bring you into condemnation. Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus” I believe, I mean it looks like it to me, that the word no there means no, really! That is the victory that overcomes everything, the freedom in Christ Jesus. What a thrilling and blessed thought that His unconditional love is genuine and works in all of us… We do not sit in condemnation or fear, we sit at the right hand of the Father with Jesus in power, strength, whole and righteous. I John 4:17 says that as He is, so are we in this world. Just look at how He is, full of glory, righteous and full of power, raised from the dead and endowed with everything His Father has. SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD! Enough of this religious faking it until it gets real! It is real!
He wants to have an intimate relationship with you more than anyone else in the world, and He paid the ultimate price to get it! Accept that, live in it, walk in it, and show the world what a God we have!!!
Seeing as how my last post was about having fun, thought I would have some fun. I am not sure how to even tag this or comment, it just made me laugh. Then I wondered where he lost his tooth? The other thing is that he has more hair than I do, but that is not funny! Well, ok it is then, OK! Anyway enjoy the smile and let it lighten up your day!
One of the most comforting thoughts is that God is always there with you, so out goes the myths that you can backslide from God! How can you slide away from something that lives inside of you? This is a perpetual lie to get you going to church and going down front to be part of the results sought after by man. Really, He loves us so much that He wants to be there, not as a super judge, but He wants you to have life and have it more abundantly. We are to be happy and joyful, not thew fake it until it really happens joy, but real I know He loves me joy! So yes God is there all the time, even though the picture about looks pretty ominous, He really likes my Harley Davidson when I ride He seems to be along there too! But He is there to be enjoyed not to be endured and based on my experiences lately He has a sense of humor too! Talk to Him and find out, you might be surprised. Life is to be enjoyed, fun, happy and filled with great times and that is exactly His intention. Laugh hard, play hard and love even harder!
I placed a link on my last blog to get to this writing by Brennan Manning, however after reading it, I decided to repost it on my blog. Thank you, (everywheregospel.wordpress.com) for putting this out there…. This is so real, raw and yet unbelieveable true that it is fantastic… No picture needed!
“My life is a witness to vulgar grace–a grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five. A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts. A grace that raises bloodshot eyes to a dying thief’s request–’Please, remember me’–and assures him, “You bet!” A grace that is the pleasure of the Father, fleshed out in the carpenter Messiah, Jesus the Christ, who left His Father’s side not for heaven’s sake but for our sakes, yours and mine. This vulgar grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us. It’s not cheap. It’s free, and as such will always be a banana peel for the orthodox foot and a fairy tale for the grown-up sensibility. Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough. He is enough. Jesus is enough.”
Brennan Manning “All is Grace“ (everywheregospel.wordpress.com)
Why do we get so wrapped up in our life and forget to stop and feel the hurting and pain that is around us. Where is the grace in all of that. We are supposed to have the kind of life that changes the world, however we will not if we do not have compassion for people. The grace that has been extended to me has been without merit, unattainable and yet perfect and complete. Do I deserve to be extended this grace, no, I cannot even start to say that I remotely deserve His grace. But He freely gives it without reservation, without hesitation, without restrictions, with a love that is unfathomable and limitless. Now for the hard part, He expects us to extend the same kind of love to every man, even those that harm us the most or have hurt us the worst. What would this world be like if we loved and cared with a love that was truly unconditional? Is that not what we are supposed to do? I want to extend the same grace and compassion that has been extended to me, unconditional and amazing. If you decide to do the same I think we could change the world in a few short weeks!
Besides this is where the adventure of walking in grace leads you! The more I know how much He loves me the more amazed I am!
- Amazing Brennan Manning Quote (everywheregospel.wordpress.com)