Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mistake.

"We are not called to be perfectly awesome. We are called to be imperfectly faithful, because we have been perfectly loved, liberated, and highly esteemed by the Most High." Scott Sauls 

I was helping a friend with a project this week. And after the project was printed... I found a mistake. Not a small mistake.. a glaring one. 

I have “perfectionist” tendencies. So when I make a mistake—I hate it! I tend to fret over it, even when I can’t change it. Humbling for sure. 

I’ve been studying about God’s grace and mercy. So this fits in well. God because of His grace and mercy forgives us of our sin, but we continue to fret over it and don’t forgive ourselves. We hold it against ourselves and allow it to hinder us from moving forward in our relationship with Christ, or serving Him.

If we truly acknowledge God’s grace and mercy, we then can live in freeness of His love and forgiveness. God’s grace and mercy is all encompassing! When I hold on to the past, I’m telling God that He cannot forgive those sins. WOW. That is NOT Truth! God has forgiven our sins… ALL OF THEM! Praise God!

God’s grace and mercy—
overwhelmingly awesome!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Deep Sense of Reverence for God: Holiness; Relationship cont 4

As I study on being Permeated with Deep Sense of Reverence for God Holiness—Relationship... 
[For; Because] It is written in the Scriptures: “You must be holy, because I am holy [Lev. 11:45; 19:2; 20:7].” 1 Peter 1:16 (EXB)

My relationship with God Almighty should be creating a deep desire to be holy—because God is holy. 
"Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. It must be in all affairs, in every condition, and towards all people. We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. The written word of God is the surest rule of a Christian's life, and by this rule we are commanded to be holy every way." Matthew Henry
This is not about others and what they say is right or wrong. This is about my relationship with God and living my life in accordance with His will. God is holy. That fact cannot be disputed in anyway. 

If I want to be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God, I must have that desire to be holy.... because God is holy. That desire only comes, when I submit to God and His will. My prayer is that desire will burn in me—each and every day.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Deep Sense of Reverence for God: Holiness; Relationship cont 3


As I continue my study on being permeated with deep sense of reverence for God, focusing right now on God's Holiness; Relationship, I'm reading "The Knowledge of the Holy" by T.W. Tozer. 
"A right conception of God is basic not only to systematic theology, but to practical Christian living as well." 
Knowing ABOUT God and KNOWING God are two different things. Knowing facts, doesn't always impact ones life. But KNOWING God Himself, that relationship —should have a great impact in my life! 

How I think, act, my attitude— should reflect my relationship with God. When it does not..... than I have a problem! And most often that problem is when I forget WHO God is—and decide to act based on—me, myself, and I. 

Sin is not a relative changing thing. Just because our society now accepts something does not make it OK. God is the standard, because as a Holy God is the the only One who is worthy of such. 

One phrase that has stuck with me throughout the years, is "God allowed it because of the hardening of their hearts." Wow. I don't want God to "allow" something in my life because I've hardened my heart to Him. 

I want to remain soft and pliable so that He can teach me—then and only then, will I be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God.