A Sinner Saved by Grace

June 9, 2016
A Sinner Saved by Grace
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed. 
Peter is the perfect example of “me and you.” When I read throughout the New Testament, Scriptures of Peter, I see myself. I see a heart that loves and longs for Jesus, (John 21:15-17). I see a servant who often times like myself, stumbles, falls and speaks before I think, (Matthew 16:21-23). I see a servant in spite of his faithfulness to Christ, fall short and heed to his flesh, when persecution arise and fear creeps in, (John 18:17,25-27). I can only imagine the lump in Peter’s throat, as he took a deep swallow after the rooster crowed the third time. 

Peter’s story does not end here, and neither does ours. When Mary Magdalene and the other women had brought sweet spices to anoint the Lord, immediately they discovered the stone rolled away. When they enter into the tomb, there was an angel sitting on the right side, he said to them, do not be afraid, for Jesus had risen and He was no longer here. He told the women to go tell Jesus’ disciples AND PETER that He has gone before them to Galilee, and they would see Him there, (Mark 161:2, 5-7). It’s in the verse of Mark 16:7, that God has made it clear in His Word, that what Peter had done prior to the cross no longer mattered, because now he is a sinner saved by grace. 

The Lord’s plans for using Peter for the building of His church was still in God’s will and still very much in play, (Matthew 16:17-18). Like Peter, God has plans for us, (Jeremiah 29:11,) like Peter we tend to look away from Jesus and start sinking, (Matthew 14:30). The Lord will reach down lift us up and place us back on His divine path He had planned out for us at the beginning of the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4). Many of us feel like failures, we feel like we have sinned to deep or denied Jesus too many times in our past. When we received Jesus as our personal Savior, all the sins we had done prior to our salvation no longer matters, cause we are now sinners saved by grace. God will use us for His glory, it is here where our past will end and our future in Christ begins. 
Lord, I thank You, that in spite of my past failures, sins and denial, You looked pasted all of that upon the cross as You said, Father forgive them. I am thankful that You have set me apart from the beginning of creation and no matter what I have and will do, You will always use me to expand Your kingdom. Thank You, for saving this sinner with Your amazing grace, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Clean My Heart God

  
I have been avoiding some closets in my life that need to be opened up and cleaned out. 
These last few weeks I have been busy and have been avoiding some closets in my house as well too. Today I open a closet door and just when I was about to close it, God whispered..you can’t keep avoiding and putting off that mess, it’s just gonna get worse. I stop for a minute, and thought, God, You are right..I need to deep clean my heart. So today as I deep cleaned my closets, I ask God to deep clean my heart and take away what was not intended for me to carry. A dirty heart does not always mean that you are harboring sin; sometimes it means you are holding onto “junk” pains, hurts, sorrows, bitterness and unforgiveness that you need to clean out to make room for new blessings God has for you. It’s hard to enjoy something new, when you are hoarding things that are broken! 
Lord, thank You for this message today. My heart has been crammed packed full of burdens, that is taking up the space where Your blessings should be. Lord I nail them to Your cross and place it under my feet to make it a stepping stone for where You want me to be, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

God’s Grace IS Sufficient 

  
Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 
We all have thorns in our lives, that no matter how many self help books we read or yoga classes we take, they just never seem to go away. We excuse them as, “this is just how I was made,” and that we try our best to keep these thorns from poking others around us. Like apostle Paul, I have gone face first on the floor, begging God to take my thorn from me. The struggle of my thorn is truly too much for me to bare at times, and many times I get on my own nerves because of this thorn in my side. In the past when I have read these verses in 2 Corinthians chapter 12, I alway thought, in my weakness, I am strong through God; I always referred to Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Today God open my heart to receive a message I heard about these verses. I was amazed by what God was truly saying to me about my thorn through Paul’s own thorn experience. We all have thorns that frustrate us, and often times reveals the worse in us. We blow up with our frustration when our thorn starts to fester and then look around as the smoke disappears, wondering if anyone saw that fit we just threw. We fall to our knees praying for God’s forgiveness for the test of our frustration we once again failed, weeping in embarrassment of the heavenly host we just entertained. As I listen to the message, it became clear to me that my thorn was the source where Satan hit me the most, and like any sore that is infected, I tend to react with frustration, rather then humility. When God said, My grace is sufficient, His message was, that our thorn can become our greatest strength, rather then our weakest moment with His grace that abounds within us. God does not remove our thorns, because He wants it to teach us how to be humble and come to the throne room of grace for His strength in our weakness of our thorn. 

Healed, by Jesus Touch and My Faith

  

Healed, by Jesus  Touch and My Faith

Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague

I love when God brings Scripture to life and shows me my life through His Word. Each time in the past that I have read the story of the woman who bleed 12 years “Mark 5:21-34,” and finally at the end of her ropes, decided through faith to just touch the hem of Jesus robe and that she would be cured. I always thought this story to be a great reminded that through just a touch of Jesus will bring us mighty healing, even with our little faith. 
Today I heard a sermon on this story that placed my heart in park as I meditated on the truth behind the healing power behind her touch to Jesus hem. “Mark 5:21-34,” When Jesus arrived at the sea shore, there was a great crowd, ready to hear His teaching. At that time an important man named Jairus came on the scene, desperately needing Jesus’ assistant. This certain ruler of the synagogue had a little girl who was dying and he knew that Jesus was the only healer who could save her. Knowing the urgency of the situation, Jesus followed Jairus and the crowd followed Jesus. While Jesus was heading toward this important matter, this woman who had been bleeding for 12 years reached out from behind Him and touch the hem of His robe. Immediately she was healed! Jesus could have just kept going, knowing that someone had touched His robe and was healed by the power of His almighty presence, instead He stopped and ask who touched me? The disciples informed Him that the crowd that followed was to large to know who touched Him. BUT JESUS, halted the mission of Jairus’ need to save his daughter, to see who reached out for healing. The women spoke up afraid, and told Jesus her reason for touching Him. Jesus told her, daughter you are healed because of your faith. 
When I re-read these verses, this story became very clear to me, that I was the woman with an issue of blood. Jesus was on a mission January 5, 2011, someone came to Him in prayer needing His healing touch on a loved ones life. On that same day on my knees in prayer I reached out and touched the hem of Jesus robe with faith and immediately was healed of 15 years of drug addiction. Jesus stopped and seen who touched Him, and said, my daughter YOU ARE HEALED BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH! My Jesus stopped and looked at me and healed my issue, on that day I became a child of God, while Jesus was about His Father’s business. 
Thank You Lord, for healing me, I am no longer a slave, but now I am a saved child who has been healed through the power of Your shed blood on the cross for my sins. Because I believe, I will live for all eternity, praising and worshipping You, In Jesus name above all names, Amen. 

Jesus my Savior

  
Jesus thought of me when He was on the cross. His love for me and plans for my life, “Jeremiah 29:11” is what drove each nail into His hands and feet. He had already thought of me at the foundation of this world, “Ephesians 1:4.” Knowing I could never make it to heaven on my own; He humbled Himself and died in my place, so I could be forgiven of my sins and have everlasting life, “John 3:16.” 
Lord, I know it was my sins that placed you upon that cross, I could never thank You enough, for saving a wrench like me. I am looking forward to spending my eternal life at Your feet, praising You as my Savior and King, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 31 Woman 

  
Proverbs 31:10-31 
I pray to be a woman of valor. The Bible has provided me with the best example of women I can look to, to becoming a Proverbs 31 woman. 
Sarah a woman of learning, like Sarah I pray to be a woman that measures my life by how much I grow, rather than gain. 
Rebekah a woman of kindness, like Rebekah I pray to be a woman that is a rose among the thrones, by showing kindness with the true reflection of God’s love. 
Rachel a woman of compassion, like Rachel I pray to be a woman that has compassion for others even as she spent years barren, watching her sister bring happiness to the man that she loved. 
Miriam a woman of faith, like Miriam I pray to be a woman of faith, who prepares to sing praises and worship to God while in the midst of tribulation before the waters even split. 
Deborah a woman of leadership, like Deborah I pray to be an example to my husband that brings him to God, by seeing my faith and wanting to see it more. 
Ruth a woman of character, like Ruth I pray to have integrity like hers and to stay by the side of those I love no matter what life has thrown my way. 
Hannah a woman of prayer, like Hannah I pray to be a woman of prayer, and being consistent with my prayers, knowing God will answer in His timing and will. 
Abigail a woman of peace, like Abigail I pray to be a women of peace, I pray to have a heart that encourages others to have an open heart and react with love and not out of anger, regretting what may come. 
Esther a woman of courage, like Esther I pray to be a woman of courage who is not afraid to pray and stand up for her faith and family to the enemy that seeks to destroy them. 
As I read about these women and their lives in the Word, one thing is clear, they are women just like me. They had their good and bad days, they seen their share of heartache, disappointment and loss. The thing that stands out to me about each of these women, God uses to tell His story, is that they all had faith that never gave up! Each one of these women suffered with some sort of sorrow in their life, but remained faithful with trusting, loving and believing that God would deliver them. As I look at these biblical women, I see many women in my life today that God has placed as mentors for me to see their faith and want to be a godly Proverb woman as they are.

In the Potter’s Hands 

  
In the Potter’s Hands 
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
I am clay in the mighty hands of my Creator. Daily He shapes and molds me into the woman that He sought me out to be from my mother’s womb. His plans for my life, begin not just at the moment of conception, but at the moment He laid the foundation of this world. I have chosen many paths in life that took me off course and away from His will, BUT GOD, my potter has always been able to smooth out the rough edges and make them beautiful. There are many stubborn spots on this piece of pottery clay that tends to buckle and fall out of shape at times, BUT GOD, even with His mighty hands, gently guides His creation back on course. God takes time each day to handle me with care as He turns this lump of clay into a beautiful vase that is holding the greatest gift that anyone can receive, Jesus that dwells in me. I am in God’s hands while Jesus is in my heart, and the potter is preparing my heart for heaven where Jesus is building my home with His mighty the hands.  
Lord, thank You for this message, it is so full of amazing truths of how You have me in Your mighty hands. I am resting in the promise of my forever home that Jesus is building, as You are preparing my soul for eternity, in Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Follow God’s Plan

  
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?
Often we ask, what does God expect of me? Here in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 Moses gives us a summary that is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials:

1) fear God “have reverence for Him.”

2) Walk in all His way

3) Love Him

4) Serve Him with all your heart and soul

5) Observe His commands 

How often do we complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements. We far to often get frustrated and burned out from trying to please God. Truly we just need to concentrate on His plan for our lives and find peace. Respect, follow, love, serve and obey God. 
Lord far to often I have this picture in my head of how I am suppose to be as a Christian and the example I should display. To many times I exhaust myself trying to paint that image. Lord You have given me the best picture to go by for my life and it is found in the Bible. Help me to remember Your 5 goals for my life to live in abundant peace filled Christian life. In Jesus precious holy name I pray, Amen.

Ask

  
Numbers 27:1-7 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.
What a bold group of ladies to stand before the tabernacle of God and ask for their name to be preserved. After reading these verses, I could not help but think about how James plainly states in the New Treatment, you have not, because you ask not, “James 4:2.” If these young ladies would have never gotten the courage to ask Moses to pray to God for their father’s inheritance, they would have never received such a blessing from God.

Don’t Smite the Rock

  
Don’t Smite the Rock 
Numbers 20:7-12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Jesus is our Rock that has provided flowing waters of salvation, through His sacrifice on the cross for ALL the world. I remember I heard one time, we don’t need to judge Moses for the way he lead the Israelites, we far to often ourselves stumble the same as he did. When I think about this passage in the book of Numbers, I can’t help but think, how many times have I instead of trusting God and speaking in love, hit the rock out of anger. We can not win others to Christ by hitting the rock; it must be by us trusting in God, to give us the words to speak that will plant seeds and open hearts to receive the living water. How many people are missing out on heaven, because we Christians are hitting rocks instead of speaking love to bring life with the abundant flowing waters of Jesus. 
Lord, I am grateful You have had these verses at a constant in my heart and mind these last few days. I praise You for the Holy Spirit speaking the truth of Your Word for my understanding. Father I pray to speak with love and not smite the rock, in Jesus name above all names I pray, Amen.