Being consumed by grace and overcome by His mercies, I am privledged to share the love of God. The following are pictures and inspiration from the Bible along with excerpts from the last few months of my blog. Blessings – Darrell
God sees us all. From the great plains of Kansas to the beaches of Florida, from the Grand Canyon to the oil fields of Texas; from the stockbroker to the stock boy, from the race car driver to the drunk driver, God sees us all. And He loves each of us. Despite all of our pride and arrogance, He says to each one of us, “I love you dearly and when you turn and walk away from me, I want you to know that I have provided a way back for you”. That way is His Grace.
Titus 2: 11 God’s love weaves the strands of our pains and sorrows into His tapestry of grace, making something beautiful of our lives. In a love letter from God to each one of us grace writes, “To me you are perfect”.
Romans 10:8-10 The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
There is no other promise that can put wings to flight like this scripture can. This summarizes all that Christ accomplished on the cross. Here even the most ill-informed or ignorant, confused and/or bewildered individuals can read and understand God’s simple plan to save all who will believe. Believe on Him; believe what the scriptures say about Him, speak it out loud openly confessing that you believe in your heart of hearts that what the Word says is true, and He becomes your King, your Lord, and your Savior. The Christ of glory comes down into you and writes your name in the Lambs Book of Life.
Here is my six word story about grace. My Sin. His Grace. I’m Saved.
John 5:24 tells us “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ. Any complaints or grievances that God would have against any of us are erased by the blessing of grace in Christ Jesus. The sentence for our sins was executed upon the body of our Lord. We were redeemed from death and made alive in Christ, passing from death to life by His grace. Jesus paid the price for us on Calvary, where Divinity became humanity in order to redeem the world from sin.
Lamentations 3:26 It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
I have learned the hard way, through sorrow and grief that it is at the most difficult times that I need to hope and wait upon the Lord. God has reshaped my tomorrows, erased my painful yesterdays and given me the strength to endure today. God wants to bring us all a new tomorrow; renew our strength and bring us a joyful abundant life.
Matthew 17:20 Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. “Nothing will be impossible for you.”
By grasping the truth in Matthew 17:20 and believing upon His word and relying upon the power in Christ by faith committed to us, we shall say to the mountains in our lives, MOVE, and they will move. This is a powerful expression that says it all, “Nothing shall be impossible to you. Faith in God turns ordinary people in into powerful believers equipped for extraordinary purposes. The atmosphere of a faith filled life brims with hope and a future of certainty. Faith is our life line that allows us to hold on to God when we are sinking and allows God to pull us forward to a future filled with hope.
Psalm 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on solid ground and gave me a firm place to stand.
We need not wait until we are neck-deep to call on God. When we find ourselves stuck in the pit of misery and despair we are to call upon God for our rescue. It is when we struggle and fight on our own that we find ourselves in danger of succumbing to the troubles that overtake us. We must learn to cry out to our God. He will hear our cries, and He will turn our failings into regeneration, our grief into joy, and our helplessness into hope.
“See, I am doing a new thing!” Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19
Life, with all of its stress and worry simply drains the energy from us. As we get tired and worn out we seem to always look for something new to spice up our lives and give us fresh hope. When things seem that they are at the very worst, and when it seems that things are hopeless, God has already working on our behalf to give us new hope with a new future.
Revelation 12:11 “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ.”
Great victory requires great risk. The greatest risk in all of history took place in a manger in Bethlehem, as God became flesh in the body of a newborn child to liberate humanity from the bondage of sin. It was the supposed defeat on Calvary that became the greatest victory of all time. The compassion of Christ on the cross crowned our souls with God’s greatest victory. By His sacrifice Jesus was initially perceived as a martyr, but in resurrection His victory made Him mankind’s greatest hero. Every step Jesus took on the road to Golgotha was a step toward victory for you and me. Christianity was built by one drop of His blood on top of the other.
Psalm 144:4 – Our lives are like a breath; our days are like a fleeting shadow.
Our life here on earth is akin to nothing more than living in a travel trailer. A travel trailer provides a place of shelter for people when they are away from their home while on a journey. God has prepared a home for us in heaven. We read in Hebrews 13:14 that this world is not our home. So if earth is not our home, and our home has been built and is waiting for us in heaven, we are but mere travelers and pilgrims on a journey to get home. Our bodies here on earth are our travel trailers until we get there.
Christmas is about healing broken relationships. As you celebrate the birth of our Savior be reminded that it was His desire to heal the fragmented relationship with man that sin had shattered. It is because of that divine delivery that we are able to receive the new birth in grace that allow us to be reborn from God Himself.
Proverbs 31 – A woman who respects the Lord is to be praised. Her beauty comes from her relationship with God, The world will see God’s work of grace in her, and she will be honored.
Isaiah 30:18 – The Lord wants to show you kindness. He greatly desires to show you compassion. The Lord is the God who makes everything right again. So those people who trust Him are truly happy.
Know that you will see the hand of God in your life and experience His kindness. The mercy of the Lord will turn your life around, and everything that has gone wrong will begin to go right. In the love of Christ, you will find happiness, and your worries, stress and fears will vanish. God will reveal Himself to you and you will know Him.
The Word became flesh and lived among us John 1:14
The greatest miracle that ever occurred was without any pomp and circumstance. It occurred in an obscure location, amidst a privileged few, where a baby was born to a virgin as God became flesh and dwelt among us. The incarnation of God stands alone as the greatest miracle that ever occurred. The highest God was born in the lowest place assuming the form that He would redeem.