Saturday, April 19, 2008

Grace Alone

It's just one of those days! lol

The grace Jesus provides for me is so very sufficient. Sometimes I wonder how can I possibly just pick up my Bible and learn more about Jesus. It seems as if I don't punish or chasten myself then I'll simply keep on in my sinful behavior. But the Law stirs up sin in our bodies. It doesn't give us power over sin. Those who receive the abundance of Grace and the Free Gift of Righteousness (Jesus) reign in life. Abundance means more than enough. God has given us more than enough grace in His Son, Jesus!

I have been feeling a little weak and lacking in energy lately. Possibly because I eat chocolate poptarts for breakfast and fried foods for dinner? ;) The coffee usually gives me a jumpstart, but I gotta lay off the greasy foods. It's too much. Besides..I'm probably at my ideal weight and I don't want to weigh anymore.

I've been reading the Gospels lately, approaching all of Jesus' words with a new covenant mentality. That is, from a perspective of God's grace and not the Law. When you do that, it takes a bit of digging, but then everything "clicks." I understand more why Jesus said He spoke in parables. The scripture can only be unlocked when viewed through the lens of the Gospel. "When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed."

The majority of people don't understand! Grace is too good to be true to the majority! We don't understand who God is!

"This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

"You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never
For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.'

But brothers and sisters who know the Grace of God in Jesus, He says to you:

"But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

And Peter says:

"Set your hope fully upon the Grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Trust only in Jesus' finished work!

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