“Grow in Grace” is no understatement. It means we continue to be like a tree, (Planted by the living waters) Growing fruit in our lives as a living being IN HIM. No tree ever grew better from having a list of rules read to it, or being read the riot act.
God plants (his word in you) and he will surely water it and cause it to grow. Our job is surrender, Trusting Him, Believing in Him (for all things) And even Self-Control is a fruit of the Spirit, and not a work of the flesh. (See Galations).
Think about that for a moment! “Hello there, righteous little tree!
God loves you, SO MUCH!”
2 Peter 3:18 “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.” Amen.
The truth is, our bodies (and minds) were made with this “fight or flee” response to danger, and we can’t even help it! Jesus knew that, so when he said not to fear, he was not getting on their cases in a condemning way. You have to see his heart behind this.
See, we sometimes view God’s words throughthe lense of our parents, and the impressions we got as a very small child. If there was shame or condemnation in our parent’s voices (as children) when we read “OH you of little Faith” spoken in our text of the bible, we may begin to feel like God is “mad at us’ for not having enough faith!
How often have you found yourself saying “I”m sorry Father for my lack of Faith,” or I’m sorry for not trusting in you?”
Where does this come from? It comes from the overwhelming FEELING he must be displeased with us!
Now, come on! Deep down, we know he is not that unfair or unjust, that he would chastize and berate us for not having Faith, when he knows we have not had experiences that have LED to having Faith in him! He, as a good Father and as a gentle loving Shepherd, understands that he needs to take us by the hand and LEAD US into life everlasting, WHILE we are still upon this earth, “Taking his Yoke” and learning of him!
What if you were Noah? (Just think with me for a moment) There is nobody else around but you and God? Could you believe to hear from him? Noah believed in the goodness of God (that’s why he found Grace!). So did Moses, So did King David, and this was all “before” Jesus came to earth to save us!
Now, that’s the kind of Faith God wants us to have my friends, Faith in his Goodness (and unfailing love). You are the desire of his heart and he doesn’t want to lose you! You are so precious to him! Ponder on that for a second……..
Try going to biblegateway.com and type in “the love of God” Or “Mercy” and see how many scriptures you come up with! Ponder that, and get back to me………
It’s easy to say “I won’t fear evil tidings, my heart is steadfast trusting the Lord'” HOWEVER when the odds begin to stack against us, when the bills pile on, when a lot of stuff seems to be going wrong THAT is when the rubber meets the road my friends!
A friend of mine sent a video this morning this gal just being so real saying she was stressed and afraid but she began to just declare psalm 121 “MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD” she said and made this decision “I will not fear I will trust GOD!” As she made her decision God began to establish her and let her know HELP WAS ON THE WAY!
This has happened to me so many times! The process however of going from Fear to Faith can be pretty turbulent business! so if anyone ever told you it’s EASY I am sorry about that!
Sometimes it’s a very violent and deliberate decision telling your flesh to shut up and maybe even screaming to the heavenliesl “FATHER I WILL TRUST YOU I want to trust you now “Help me do it” ……..Just sharing “it’s not always easy” but God has never failed me yet! And I don’t believe he ever will…..With Love, (and here is the scripture)
Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able” And why are they not able? Because they will not give up their own ways and do things God’s way!
I feel led to share this, this morning. A lot of times when kids leave the next (grow up and move away) parents feel they have no vaue anymore, other than to help financially or baby sit. Everyone understands how a job loss can be traumatic but when our children grow up and move out of the home there can be a real sense of “loss of identity.”
It feels like we have lost our jobs, and when children make different choices than we did, or discard our advice, it can feel like we’ve been fired, have no value, have no say in their lives anymore. This can lead to feelings of frustration and even anger sometimes. As we stuff these feelings trying to love and be supportive, sometimes it only gets worse.
For the children, there is frustration such as “I have to find my own way, I am not you, I cannot do it like you did!” They often feel conditionally loved, as they struggle to make their own decisions, knowing ‘The parent” does not approve of how they are doing things! We don’t talk about these emotions very often in church!
We say things ilke “Be at Peace” or “just Pray” Or “just trust God!” What do we do with all these emotions?
Too often, we wind up crying by ourselves in some dark corner , wondering if anyone else feels the way we do. We try to make sense of it all, but often it makes no sense!
Here is the truth of the matter (as I have learned), That God CAN and WILL do a new thing in our lives! We can begin to see our children as the adults they are and have respect for their decisions, being supportive, even if it’s not the decision we would have made.
We can find a new Identity and let go and stop taking it so personally when they “reject” our opinions or advice. In this way we have become a great example to them, as they too will face these feelings as they get older, and would love to have a great example to light their way! We never stop being a parent to our children, we didn’t lose our jobs…..
Just how it is done is defined differently now, like a new Job Description! Someone needs to hear this.
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
I know we’ve all heard that saying! Truly, I have my times too, when I can be stubborn. I find it interesting Jesus “Rode’ a donkey but think about this for a minute:
We don’t have to drink in God’s word. We don’t have to ‘seek him on every decision.” I am so thankful I had a preacher in my life to challenge me, years ago, to seek God about everything I do, and every decision I make. I’m so glad he preached righteousness to me (Right Standing with God).
Through the years, I’ve watched people mock, say thing like “Gosh Laura you don’t have to pray about everything!!” Yes, I do, if I want to have success! Sometimes they get to me so I don’t pray and whatever I’m doing falls to pieces…
Putting God first takes diligence, hard work to exercise our minds and heart to do his bidding. Remember YOU DON”T HAVE TO but Athletes who train get better results…..
And those who continue to have to be bridled and led, who lay their ears back and fight God’s leading…….
Wlll not have the victories they hope to have IN HIM. With Love ❤ ❤ ❤
“Don’t be like a horse or mule, which has no understanding…: Psalm 32 -Laura Grace
To Be at Peace with God, means to be at peace with his words. Knowing he loves us does not bring Conflict, it brings peace. Peace can come because we find out he agrees with us about injustice, and helps us to solve it, while other times, he may say to just let it go. Either way, we need to make up our minds, and be determined, that we will be at Peace with God.
To be at peace, means to be free from turmoil (and conflict).
Peace is a wonderful thing! Many do not have peace with God however, because they have conflict and turmoil over at least SOME of his words.
If we read our bible long enough, it’s likely at least something (if not a few things) will bring turmoil and conflict to our hearts and minds. I can remember for example, how When I first read: “If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out!”
I remember what turmoil that passage brought to my heart and mind.
Instead of arguing with God, throwing my bible down in despair, I began to ask him why he said it, and what it meant (to me personally) and, He was faithful to answer me.
It’s no wonder so many of the letters in our bible begin with statements like “Grace, Peace, and Mercy” be upon you.” God knew his words would often bring (inner) turmoil. We don’t want to be found fighting against him.
When we lack peace, the first thing we should do is, “Make Peace with God” (and his word.) If we can’t do that, we should ask him to help us.
Just because we are not in compliance with is words, does not mean we can’t be at peace with it.
Ask for Understanding! Seek his help! Your Salvation is what he longs to help you with, above all else.
Believe me, He knows how much we need him. HE IS our Saviour! He is always ready and willing to help, and most especially, with things that concern our relationship with Him. With Love and blessings, Laura
As I was praying for miracles today……This little ditty came to me: ” “Blind men are seeing and lame men are walking, deaf ears are opened and mute people talking. People rejoicing and prisoners set free, these are a few of my favorite things……” To the tune of favorite things, (spontaneous poem) by Laura Grace
I don’t think we should ever stop believing for Miracles! NO matter what has happened! How about you?
Please don’t tell them they have to stay because it’s their duty to show “God’s love” to someone who abuses them over and over again. It’s not God’s will to send his kids out to be beaten by wolves in sheeps’ clothing. He doesn’t magically fix a spouse who wants to be abusive who wants nothing to do with HIM or His Ways. He doesn’t take away free will. It’s simply not responsible to teach someone to take repeated abuse. My book is not expensive and in down to earth language so anyone can undersand it. If you know someone who is abused and is afraid God will be upset with them if they leave their abusive spouse, I encourage you to get my book. I believe it glorifies God. With Love, Laura Grace https://lauragracebooks.com/about/