The grace of God is abundant in this Dispensation of Grace. But there is something that we can notice and is visible. The instances where there are evident consequences of sin against God is fearsome. We can find in the New Testament about Ananias and his wife Sapphire. We know what was spoken by Peter to the sorcerer who asked him to show him how when Peter laid his hands upon people, they received the Holy Spirit. Then we get to come across what the king Herod went through because he did not glorify God, also about this another sorcerer who had tried to with hold his friend from coming to faith. We can find not much instances as such in the Old Testament. Even though people anointed by God, fell or did wrong in God's sight were not punished to such extreme. We have read about all, Adam, Eve, Jacob, David, Gideon, etc. There was not a worse condemnation for them. God has given to us His all, His love, His only Son, His Spirit. All this was not for the Old Testament people but we. God has treasured us so much. We must therefore, be more sensitive to what God wants and obey him. He has indeed broken the burden of following the commandments He gave through Moses. But He has given us greater commandment. He wants us to follow Him willingly. He wants us to follow Him from our heart not from the outside, bound by any law. It has been made clear that God forgives us when we repent but it means that we ought not to sin again. Also that whom we forgive, are forgiven by God. Therefore, Jesus taught to pray, to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.Indeed with greater Grace comes greater Condemnation. Malachi prophesied about the condemnation by God , "who can stand to see the day of the Lord". Let us therefore not be ignorant about this, considering that the Love and Grace can let us through into the kingdom of God. Let us rather seek God and His will. Let us be in God's presence with more awe. Let us live every moment along with Him, clinging to Him alone. We would then witness the power and miraculous grace of God in our every day life to eternity.God bless
I have in my hands two boxes,
which God gave me to hold.
He said, "put all your sorrows in the black,
and all your joys in the gold.
I heeded his words, and in the two boxes,
both my joys and sorrows I store.
But though the gold became heavier each day,
the black was as light as before.
With curiosity I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why.
And I saw in the base of the box a hole,
which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud,
I wonder where my sorrows could be.
He smiled a gentle smile at me,
my child they're all here with me.
I asked, "God, why give me the boxes,
why the gold and black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
the black is for you to let go."
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Savior appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, Satan decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man's mind such as: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it."
Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure, these thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man even more. "Why kill myself over this?" he thought. "I'll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort, and that will be good enough."
And that he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"
To this the Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewed and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. Yet you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done.
"I, my friend, will now move the rock."
At times when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what he wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in him...
By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but it is still God who moves the mountains.
In His time, in His time, He makes all things beautiful. In His time.God has time for everything He has planned to do. He is in no rush to do things. He is never found in a haste in fulfilling His plans. He does it all in His time.We, are always in a rush, in a rush to get our things done as soon as possible. In a haste to attempt things which come to our mind, the things we plan. Because of which, we fail to recognize that God is different. We want our blessings and promises He has given to be fulfilled soon as He has spoken of it. When we get undesired results and see that nothing is happening in the direction to see His blessings unfold or His promises fulfilled, we do mistakes. We start to think and do things on our own, supposing it be according to God's plan. Abraham was a man of faith. He trusted God. He believed on the One who called and separated him. But, he kept doing things which was not as per God's plan and ultimately, the promises and blessings in his life was delayed. He came out of the land of Ur, not alone but also with his brother and his house and his father. God waited till Abraham was separated from them. He did not reach the Promised Land till then. He went into Hagar to have a son, again, not part of God's plan. Consequently, the Promised son was born to him in his old age.God's time and plan are extremely different than that we think. He Himself says, My plans are not your plans, nor are My thoughts as thine. We fail to wait for God to carry out His plans. Ultimately, we let Him delay His promises to us. Joseph was one of God's choice. He dreamt about his father and brothers bowing before him. He did not take an action to try to fulfill God's vision. He was thrown into a pit. He remained steadfast and waited on for God to work. He was brought out from the pit but was sold as a slave. Still he did nothing but was God-fearing. He was taken to Potipher's house and then to the jail. He was faithful to God and did not murmer against God. Ultimately, God fulfilled His promise. All the events occurred in continuity from then on. The king saw a dream. Joseph was called to the king's palace. He was made the prime minister. There was famine. He saw the vision fulfilled. He yet remained humble. He was in tears when he saw his brothers, called for his beloved brother, Benjamin. Amazing life. Well, this is something that God expects from us. He wants to work in us but we work on our own instead. This is God's time. God fulfills His promises when He sees that we have completely given ourselves into His hands, for Him to work. God has time for everything He has purposed. It is then that His time comes. If we do things that is apart from His plan, He will have to wait untill we turn and come to Him. Let's therefore not delay God's plan but enable Him to work through us the things He has planned for us. We would then witness the marvelous ways of God in the twinkling of the eyes.God bless you.
John 15: 6 says, If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you shall ask anything you desire, and it shall be done for you.The crucifixion of Jesus was the ultimate expression of God's love for us. But that did not stop Him from lavishing His love upon us. Rather He gave many more promises to us as above. And we can still witness His unfailing and fathomless love. It seems as if God knows that we can never ever reach to the understanding of the pain He suffered for us, He gave us many things in life and keeps giving what He desires to lavish upon us, what we want. Our wants never come to end. God has unending treasures to fulfill our small needs which seem very huge for us.What God desires, besides loving Him and keeping His commandment in loving all, is that He wants to see us happy. He enjoys and His heart gladdens the moment He sees us smile. :) It is therefore written, rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, rejoice (Paul to Thessalonianns). Even though we can not compare but can understand that God's love is greater, much greater than the earthly father. If an earthly father rejoices and forgets his sorrows on just seeing his child smile, how much more our Father in heaven. There is nothing else than this, that we can give Him. He wants to lavish His love for us, do you know why? John ch. 15 says, so that our joy may be full.God bless you.
A beautiful story/poem with a meaning we should all listen to...
A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.
The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the WILL OF GOD for his life and for his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact...It wasn't long before he realized how it was impossible to do so.
Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to tell the following poem...
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of GOD's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
When in my hands they fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of GOD's design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only my heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
Jesus Wants All Of You, Not Just A Part Once there was this very wealthy young man.
He lived in a great, elaborate house with dozens of rooms. Each room was more comfortable and more beautiful than the one before it. There were paintings and sculptures. Crystal chandeliers, golden, ornate railings on the stairs. More beauty that most have ever seen.
One day he decided to invite the Lord to come and stay with him.
When the Lord arrived, this young man offered him the very best room in the house. The room was upstairs and at the end of the hall.
“This room is yours, Jesus!
Stay as long as you like and you can do whatever you want to in this room, remember Jesus, it’s all yours.” “Thank you” the Lord replied, and with that the man shut the door and went about his daily business.
That evening after he had retired for the night there came a loud knocking at the front door.
The young man pulled on his robe and made his way downstairs. When he opened the door he found that the devil had sent three of his demons to attack the man.
He quickly tried to close the door but one of the demons kept sticking his foot in. Sometime later, after a great struggle, he managed to slam the door shut and returned to his room totally exhausted.
“Can you believe that!” the man thought,
“Jesus is upstairs in my very best room sleeping while I am down here battling demons. Oh, well, maybe he just didn’t hear.”
He slept fitfully that night. The next day things went along as normal and, being as tired as he was, the young man retired early that evening.
Along about midnight, there came such a terrible ruckus at the front door that the young man was sure that whatever it was would tear the door down. He stumbled down the stairs once again and opened the door to find that there were dozens of demons now trying to get into his beautiful home.
For more than three hours he fought and struggled against the demons from hell and finally overpowered them enough to shut the door against their attack.
All energy seemed to fail him. “I really don’t understand this at all. Why won’t the Lord come to my rescue? Why does he allow me to fight all by myself? I feel so alone.”
Troubled he found his way to the sofa and fell exhausted into a restless sleep.
The next morning he decided to inquire of the Lord about the happenings of the last two evenings. Quietly he made his way to the elegant bedroom where he had left Jesus. “Jesus,” he called as he tapped at the door.
“Lord, I don’t understand what is happening. For the last two nights I have had to fight the demons away from my door while you laid up here sleeping. Don’t you care about me? Did I not give you the very best room in house?” He could see the tears building in Jesus’ eyes but continued on, “I just don’t understand. I really thought that once I invited you in to live with me that you would take care of me and I gave you the best room in my house and everything. What more can I do?”
“My precious child,” Jesus spoke so softly.
” I do love and care for you. I protect all that you have released into my care. But when you invited me to come here and stay, you brought me to this lovely room and you shut the door to the rest of your house. I am Lord of this room but I am not Master of this house. I have protected this room and no demon may enter here.”
“Oh, Lord, please forgive me. Take all of my house – it is yours – I am so sorry that I never offered you all to begin with. I want you to have control of everything.”
With this he flung open the bedroom door and knelt at Jesus’ feet. “Please forgive me Lord for being so selfish.”
Jesus smiled and told him that He had already forgiven him and that He would take care of things from now on. That night as the young man prepared for bed he thought to himself, ” I wonder if those demons will return. I am so tired of fighting them each and every night.”
But he knew that Jesus said that he would take care of things from now on.
Along about midnight the banging on the door was frightening. The young man slipped out of his room in time to see Jesus going down the stairs. He watched in awe as Jesus swung open the door, no need to be afraid. Satan stood at the door this time demanding to be let in. “What do you want, Satan?” the Lord asked.
The devil bowed low in the presence of the Lord, “So Sorry, I seem to have gotten the wrong address.” And with that, he and the demons all ran away.
There is a moral to this tale. Jesus wants all of you, not just a part. He will give you victory over all that you give Him.
How much of your heart have you given to the Lord? Are you keeping a portion of it away from Him?
Perhaps the attacks are coming more and more each day. Why not let the Lord fight the battles for you? He is always victorious.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you [Jesus] is greater than the one who is in the world [Satan]” 1 John 4:4.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;