Wednesday, March 23, 2011

His Grace

"It is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10

How true this is. There are so many people in this world wandering aimlessly looking for their "higher calling", their "purpose in life". If only they would fall to their knees and lift their heads up high they would receive the grace that He bestows on believers. God knew us before we were born, knows us after we die. Time does not move for Him the way it moves for us. He has prepared a life for us, a way that can bring glory to Him, because He is the only one that deserves it. Given even half the chance to do things right in life, we most assuredly boast in ourselves. And why? Why would we be able to do anything on our own? He is the author of life, breathed into man with His own breath. Yet we take the glory from Him and put it in ourselves, in science, in preposterous beliefs like "evolution", the "big bang". How ridiculous that man came from a glob of goo yet no one asks enough, where in the world did their supposed goo come from? Matter, dark matter? No, not only is it ridiculous it is an utter lie, created by the deceiver. You think man came up with such an absurd idea by himself? Absolutely not. Man was manipulated by the ultimate liar just as He was in the garden. God created us each, knowing who would and would not come to Him, yet loving us all the same. He doesn't boast as we do, doesn't demand the respect that He deserves. He freely gives us grace, grace that we are not worthy of.

I thank you Dear Lord, for the grace that you have so generously given and I pray that the hardened hearts of so many will be softened so that your kingdom can expand!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Our God is mighty and strong

Everyone needs compassion
A love that's never failing
Let mercy fall on me

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

Shine Your light and let the whole world see
We're singing for the glory of the risen King

This song popped in my head when I heard about the Earthquake this morning and decided to write a blog. In times of crisis as humans we often say to ourself, "why, why is this happening?" We riddle ourselves with questions that we have no answers too and could never possible truly answer. We are mere mortal men, how could we possibly shine any light to the magnitude of His power? We can't. We simply must remember always, He is mighty to save. Always and forever mighty. We have no answers with Him, but with Him, we have the assurance of a better place. What is happening in the world today is devastating of course, but if 1 person who previously didn't believe turns his life over to God because of this tragedy, His kingdom gains glory and that is magnificent. He by no means does things to bring glory to Himself, but He deserves it nonetheless. His hands parted the red sea, completely, and allowed the Israelite's to walk safely across. Today, His hands rocked the oceans, trembled the ground. It's sad, it's heartbreaking, but it's TRUTH.