Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Good News of Grace

"We wrestle our crowns from the giants we face." (Streams)

This morning I was talking with God 
about something He has asked me to do.
Not a big thing, but I have been making it one.
It wasn't about whether I wanted to do it;
it was about whether I thought I could.
Apparently I said, "I don't think I can"
a few too many times.
The Lord gently reminded me that He wasn't asking me
to provide the inspiration or the effort for anything.

I still get stuck in thinking that if God asks me to do something,
surely I am responsible for some measure in my own strength.
But...(as Pastor Norm preached in this week's message)
Jesus came with the Gospel of grace.
Grace eliminates the need to provide 
our own strength, our own understanding. 
Pride denies that grace.
As the Lord was helping me acknowledge my pride, 
a faithful friend emailed me encouragement in Psalm 18:34.
He is sooooo faithful.
The whole psalm is filled with grace!
Only God!  He equips me with strength 
and makes my way perfect...
who lets me stand securely on the heights, 
who trains my hands for war 
so my arms can bend a bronze bow. 

Your strong hand has supported me; 
Your help has made me great. 
This is the God who avenges on my behalf, 
who delivers me from my enemies. 
You are the one who gives great victories, 
who shows faithful love to Your anointed ones— 
Psalm 18 ( selected)

The good news of God's grace
shows up everywhere we look in His Word.
He equips me, He trains me, He makes me, 
He supports me, He delivers me.
Grace is recognizing that I am not the source of anything.
My lowland thinking stands corrected, again.
Oh, Jesus, help me to keep that truth unmovable.
I gladly repent for pride
and trust You to do what only You can do.
Grace us SUCH good news!


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1 comment:

  1. "The Lord gently reminded me that He wasn't asking me to provide the inspiration or the effort for anything.
    I still get stuck in thinking that if God asks me to do something,surely I am responsible for some measure in my own strength."

    Those sentences right there--that's the trouble. Or, I should say, has been the trouble. No more of that!
    Thank you, Kathy. :)

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