The Truth About Grace
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Grace, sweet unbiased pure grace, how I long to fully grasp you.
Oh, it’s happening, sweetheart. Grace, that is. Imagine darkness. You know, the you-can’t-even-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face darkness. Now imagine the room is changing and just outside through that crack in the door you see light breaking through, fast and bright. As you place your eye just so on that crack to view its beauty, it blinds you doesn’t it? It even startles you. Grace is like that. Jesus is like that.
Oh, it’s happening, sweetheart. Grace, that is. Imagine darkness. You know, the you-can’t-even-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face darkness. Now imagine the room is changing and just outside through that crack in the door you see light breaking through, fast and bright. As you place your eye just so on that crack to view its beauty, it blinds you doesn’t it? It even startles you. Grace is like that. Jesus is like that. When we’re covered in the darkness of confusion…sin…doubts…questions…uncertainties…grace meets you there. Wherever there is. Open the door! Let the light in and let it flood the space around you and inside you. Let it change your life. Let the heat of the light warm you. Let it consume you. Let it invade every fiber of your being. Let it be sufficient. Because it is all you need. Yes, GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. There’s not one other thing we need more than Jesus – grace personified.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20
I hope it's okay that I'm real and transparent with you about Grace.
Transparency is not an easy thing for most of us to do...in fact, I'm going to chat with you a little more on this very subject next week...so be sure to stay tuned and be on the lookout for next week's post.
Okay, here goes, I'm about to be real with you. Transparent. Sigh. It's been sort of an inside joke with family and close friends about how many times a day I "get saved." For many years it was a personal struggle to know that I know that I know that I was in fact, saved. Forgiven. I was busy trying to earn my salvation (again, more on this next week). I was sure that I could lose my salvation in the blink of an eye. And since I'm a sinner...well, I was convinced I was "losing my salvation" daily. I'd open that door after looking through the crack at that glorious brilliant light and bask in it and the next thing I knew I'd find myself on the other side of that door again. Sort of like that movie Ground Hogs Day. I just couldn't snap out of it.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
My sweet precious husband has been the greatest at being patient with me. Having more conversations than he wanted about it, I imagine. I'm sure he was tiring of it, yet extending grace over and over to me. He bought me a book called Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved - by J.D. Greear.
Grace. Sweet perfect grace.
I've always struggled with the "do" mentality. Do this and they'll like you. Do that and they'll accept you. Do. Do. Do. It's no surprise that when I first became saved that I continued with that mentality. One of the first things I underlined in my new little yellow book was this: "Paul's words are perhaps the simplest, most straightforward explanation in the Bible of what someone must "do" to be saved: Believe." Simply believe. He goes on to say more, but what sums that up? I believe this does: "Repentance is belief in action." That's the doing! Eureka! Here are a few more points and things that stood out to me in this little life changing yellow book.
The Truth About Grace
1. Repentance and belief are...two sides of the same coin.
2. Faith is belief in action.
3. Salvation is obtained by simply resting on the two "facts" God had promised about Jesus.
Fact #1: He was crucified as the payment for our sins;
Fact #2: He was resurrected as proof that God accepted His sacrifice as payment.
From Martin Luther's commentary on the book of Romans: Paul says, "If thou...shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." That is true, for , as we read in 4:25, "Christ was delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification." Whoever believes these two facts will be saved...We obtain the true righeousness of God by believing sincerely the promises of God, as we read in 4:3, "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
This book, small at it is, changed my life. Yes, I've read it more than once. I'm a bull-headed one for sure. Nevertheless, if you struggle or know someone, this might be a resource that would help. Because Grace, my friend, meets you where you are and draws you out of the darkness into His Marvelous Light. It's Grace Multiplied and it is happening, sweetheart.
I'd love to hear if you've had this same struggle and if there's been another resource that helped you. Let me know in the comments below.
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