Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Amazing, Truly Amazing Grace!
"By Grace you have been saved" Ephesians 2:5 NAS
Have you any idea of the mess you were in, or moving toward, when God reached down and saved you? Perhaps an illustration may help you get the picture. If you took your children to a petting zoo and a little lamb came running towards you, you probably wouldn't be afraid at all because lambs are harmless. You might even reach out your hand and let the lamb lick it.
But let's say you're at the zoo and the alarm goes out that a lion has escaped from its cage. If you're standing there and that lion comes running towards you, you'll be terrified and start to run because you know what lions can do. But just suppose that the runaway lion corners you in one part of the zoo and comes up to you - but instead of attacking you it gently licks your hand the way the lamb did. If that happened whose gentleness would you appreciate more, the lamb's or the lion's? You'd appreciate the lion's gentleness more because you know that he could just as easily have destroyed you without violating his nature as a lion.
Well, grace is God's kindness and gentleness to us when He could have backed us into a corner as guilty sinners and destroyed us without violating His holy character. But God wanted to make us His children, so instead of expressing His wrath against us, He poured it out upon His own sinless Son on the cross. Jesus took our punishment so God could embrace us. Hence, we have a brand-new relationship with God through grace. Isn't that amazing!
Have a wonderful day, My friends.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Sound of Grace
I'm sure you'll agree that one of the greatest (and most familiar) hymns of the church is Amazing Grace, written by John Newton. I don't believe there has ever been a song written that captures the very essence of the transforming power God has over our lives as believers quite like that hymn.
However, I must admit that as a child, every time I would hear this hymn sung in church, there was one phrase that would always leave me confused. Just didn't make much sense to me.
How Sweet The Sound,
That Saved A Wretch Like Me..."
Wait just one minute! Did anyone hear what I just heard?
Amazing Grace... How Sweet The Sound? Huh?
Every time I heard that phrase I would look up and around at all the grownups singing, just to see if anyone was as puzzled as I was. Never found one.
Finally, I mustered enough courage to ask someone. But not just anyone.
I went to see Leola Ford (no relation). She was one of the senior members of our church's choir.
Leola was somewhat of a source of inspiration for our church, and especially for me. Strangely enough, it was not because of her singing. But rather it was because Leola Ford...was blind.
After service one day, I asked her a question that my inquiring mind just had to know. She seemed like the right person to ask.
The Question: Does Grace Have A Sound?
I remember the look on her face like it was yesterday. But more importantly, I remember the answer she gave me. It is one that has stayed with me for quite some time. Leola reached out to locate the top of my head, and as she gave me a few light pats, she leaned over and whispered these words:
"Live A Little Longer, Milan. You'll Hear It."
While it didn't make sense to me then, fast forward several years, and I now understand exactly what she meant. Grace indeed has a sound.
It's the sound my minivan made last week, just as I slammed on the brakes to avoid colliding with that metal object that flew off the back of a truck in front of me.
It's the sound of my wife's 87-year old grandmother blowing out the candles on her birthday cake last month, as she endures the inconvenience of dialysis treatment every week.
It's the sound my new neighbor's keys make, as she opens the door to a home that someone else last summer no longer had the money to keep.
It's the sound of yet another grocery receipt being printing out, after my wife and I spent the night before racking our brains as to how we were going to fill the fridge.
The sounds of grace are all around us. If we could ever (as believers) become blind to some of the things we complain about regarding our lives, and open our ears towards a faithful God, we may be surprised to discover a symphony of grace and salvation.
God's grace is more than amazing.
It's the sweetest sound I know.
Monday, November 09, 2009
What better thought ,but to know that God is everywhere and that He knows all about us. He is everywhere and we can never hide from Him. Even in the darkest of days or in the happiest of times God is there, if we are weak or strong, poor or rich, He is always there.
How many times do we do things in secret that we don�t want our family or friends or even partners to find out? We drink or smoke and do everything so that our love ones don�t find out or we have a love affair and think no one knows. Let me let you in on a truth�.God knows. Everything you do , if its good or bad�.He knows. Out of respect for other people we don�t want them to see our weakness and faults or we hide things away because we are scared of what they will say, but why is it nothing to us that God sees all this things?
We need to stop worrying what makes people happy and start making God happy�..
Psa 139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
We all make mistakes and God does not expect of us to be perfect, but He wants us to give our best to serve Him and make Him happy. We need to understand that life is not about us, but about God and what He wants for us.
Question for today:
Did you make God smile or sad today?
With anything you did or say, what will God say or think about it?
Lets make it our mission to make God smile�.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Sorry, was out of town. I thought I had posted one.
I'm still living on God Promises and pray you are too.
Will post a fresh blog tomorrow.
Thank you so much for your support and friendship. It means a lot to me. Have a wonderful night and a great tomorrow. Will post new blog on my break.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Know What You Believe
2 Timothy 1:12-14
All people have a belief system, whether they realize it or not. Even those who claim there is no God have faith that He does not exist. What we believe affects every area of our lives and shapes every decision we make, yet few of us take the time to really think about what we accept as true.
All belief systems have a foundation. Some people base their convictions on what fits their lifestyle, reasoning, and desires. However, Jesus calls His followers to adapt life to their faith in Him and the authority of His Word.
Anytime we add other philosophies or ideas to Scripture or pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe, we create our own version of faith based on personal reasoning. God's Word is the only true and reliable foundation for belief, because it contains the recorded thoughts of an eternal, all-knowing God. All other concepts must be measured against it
to determine their validity.
Knowing what the Bible says is essential for developing a sound system of beliefs founded on the truth and wisdom of God. This world will offer you a variety of philosophies which sound good but are laced with lies. A faith anchored in the Scriptures is your protection against deception.
Each time you face a problem or decision, search for the answer in Scripture. Begin your day by reading the Word and asking God to help you understand what He is saying. He loves communicating with you, and as you spend time with Him, He'll open your mind to know His thoughts.
Have a great Saturday...
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