Think about it, by grace we were saved. We didn’t deserve it, weren’t even aware that we needed it. So why is it so easy?

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Because it cost God so much.

 

God knew we’d never be able to earn forgiveness or redemption and then, if we did, it was based on the condition that we stayed in that perfect state through obedience to the old Law.

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

The law was given so we could try to earn our redemption from sins. We don’t depend on that anymore. We simply believe Romans 10:9-10 and viola’ we’re saved. Could anything be so easy?

If grace is really that easy, what exactly is it, and what are some of the things it will do for us?

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” Acts 20:32

We live in an #AgeofGrace. Grace is forgiveness when we deserve punishment. Grace is favor when we deserve censorship. #Grace makes us deserving when we don’t measure up. Grace is the most misunderstood miracle of our faith in #Christianitytoday. Because we do not have to rely on or believe in our own righteousness, but in the greatness and cover of God’s grace.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 3:4-10

All this greatness and grace have never depended on us or our worthiness. How could it? We were like babies drowning in a flood of the devil’s making. We needed saving but didn’t have even the words to ask for it. But God wanted to show us how much He loves us. We are saved by grace, through faith. Wow! That is easy!

But “Easy” came with a price.

They say that; something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. How valuable are you? God paid for you with the life of His only biologically, begotten son. Jesus was the only child that God intervened with to give Him divine DNA, other than Adam of course. But Adam was created, not born from a woman. So how valuable is that? If you’re a parent you know.

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:6-7

Jesus Christ paid for our grace, with his blood. He made salvation possible, he made this unspeakable gift of Holy Spirit available.

“And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks (or grace) be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:14-15

This wonderful age of believers is ripe with opportunities because #Godpoured out the gift of access to Him and His treasure trove of wisdom, power, understanding and love. How could we ever earn enough grace to deserve it? We couldn’t have!

All we can do now is embrace it.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

Yes, you didn’t deserve it, but by GRACE you have it. Be thankful, and embrace the freedom and liberty of it. God never intended to do all this, for us to sit defeated, sick, poor, and downhearted. How far below par Christianity has fallen when even its churches preach condemnation and despair. My heavens! You can’t get through the chorus of a hymnal without feeling dejected! No wonder there are no miracles, signs and wonders anymore. Who could believe for them when we are beat down by our own negativity and doubts. WE have power. We have an unspeakable gift. Why not embrace it! Why not raise to the greatness of all God has done for you.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Few people realize the greatness of the moment they are IN. We are free! We are set FREE people. When are we really going to believe that?

Now is the moment we can forget those things which are behind and reach forth towards the mark for the high calling of Christ. Now is the moment when we can learn about our salvation and all that God promised. Now is the moment when we can change our habits and boost our spiritual metabolism by speaking in tongues. We only have for certain, right now. SO take it. It’s yours. Now let’s run!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

God bless you today!

Since the beginning, God sought those who would stay His. In the early days of humanity, Adam and Eve were His. But creating us with freewill has been the biggest challenge. It is also the biggest reward. We have a choice. This weekend I read through an amazing reference in Matthew 13, about the garden of the human heart and how it receives the Word of God. What if we could choose to stay His, what if we could build our mental garden space into a blessed place to live, like the real garden of Eden? What if the strength of our faith and mind could become a gardening phenomenon? We can. Here’s how!

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Look at the amazing revelation we can get from just a few verses.

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13: 3-9

The apostles didn’t understand that. So they asked him what it meant.

“10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?…

So he explained in plain terms.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:10&18-23

When we have the Word spoken to us, it’s our choice whether to receive and how to receive it into our lives. All believing equals receiving so if we believe to hear the Word and receive it, we plow our the soil of our mind deep with the rich fertile choices.

I’ve noticed, most people have an acre of ground in their mind.

Each one is riddled with experiences, learning and or rocks of unbelief. Whether it’s fertile or not is up to us. When God’s Word comes along by way of a teaching, we have a choice. We can either throw the rock out and pull the thorns or we can let the seeds of the Word fall where they may. Wouldn’t you rather get the rocks and thorns out of God’s way? When ever there is confusion in the Word of God, it’s either our lack of understanding, or something wrong in the translation. Every time I run into something in the Word, I check it and check it. When it is the genuine, accurate, rightly divided Word of God, I pull out my preconceived ideas (rocks and thorns) and plant the seed deep. Then, I keep watering that concept, by studying it in the rest of the Word, so I really understand it. I let gestation occur. Once fully grown, that new understanding about God and or His Word, will produce fruit. But I must allow this to happen, in fact I’m in charge of believing for it.

The definition of renewing the mind is; Put the Word of God in Mind and Act Accordingly.

What are some of the fruits we can enjoy from this kind of mental gardening?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

God has, since the beginning, wished to walk and talk with you. He wants to tell you of all the good things He’s done without tripping over any rocks of unbelief.

Today is just the beginning of an amazing eternity with Him. So till your mental space and replace the rocks with fruit bearing trees until you become a gardening phenomenon.

God bless you today!