relationship with God

Cultivating Righteousness (Matthew 5)

Painting by Kathy Powell

God Spoke to me and said “Doing a good thing, is not always the right thing.”

What does that mean?

The Fruit of righteousness has to do with accuracy (God fruit)

“the right thing at the right time” is better than just ‘doing good things.”

God wants us to have pin point accuracy! To cultivate fruits of righteousness in our lives, and to Hunger and Thirst after this (Matthew 5) means we are always seeking the will of our Father for every situation (just as Jesus did).

Therefore, God often does not work in terms of “recipe’s” but he takes the main ingredients of his will, and tailor’s it to fit the situation (or person). Doing the right thing means we are doing what HE wants us to do, “right then” .’

It speaks of being yoked to Jesus continually, walking in step with him…side by side, always doing his bidding.

This is so far from religious dogma, that a person who does this, may just find themselves at “odds’ with some people. They are not bad, you are not necessarily better than they are, but you have made the wiser decision.

Laura Grace, author, Grace to Grow

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Becoming Mature and complete (James) what does it mean?

Surrendering VS giving up…. by Laura Grace

” …but in understanding be mature. ” 1 Corn 14:20 “Be Mature” (Book of James)

I’ve told some of you this but….I feel I must repeat it again. Many years ago (the year 2000) I made this chart with little tombstones. Each one had things I had prayed for since 1991.

They were things I’d believed for, based on “delight in me, I will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37). And believe me, I kept busy finding ways to delight in him! I really did But, he saw right through me.

Based on something I read by Martin Luther, I had an actual funeral service, and said to the Lord, “I still believe you for these things, but I am not going to mention it again. I told him, I have to let go and just give this to you and trust you to remember, because I am too frustrated, trying to believe day after day for these things I have asked you for.”

I didn’t want to give up, but I did wish to surrender. i didn’t want to be la-te-da about my faith, but I also didn’t want to be consumed with the things I was beleiving for, and fail to learn about God according to HIS Plans!

I can look back now, and see there were believers looking at me thinking “She is out of balance.” I was looking at them, thinking the same thing! 😳😬😄

Abraham believed and didn’t waiver. Noah built the Ark God told him to build. Sampson fought God’s enemies with fervor. King David chased after God’s very heart! We learn something good from each example in our bibles. Could it be we were meant to possess ALL these good traits (of Jesus) and that is what it means to become Perfect, Mature, and Complete in Him?

I think so! We should not push away Faith, but we can also learn something from those who have learned to be content with what they have. We can learn Humility from one person, and how to fight bravely in Faith from another. Nobody in the Body of Christ should ever feel rejected. Especially by their own Brethren. Everyone has something to contribute.

In Surrendering that day, I opened myself up to learn from some other people, not just those who “Fight and conquer’ by Faith!

Pondering in Love , do you ever do that? Just ponder, for awhile, IN His Presence!

It was actually a realy good day, but it didn’t seem like it then. Now every one of those tombstone prayers have been answered, in God’s own good time.

I am at that same place again. “Father, I surrender to you” this day and all those things I”ve prayed and believed for? (with all of my heart?) I place it in your hands right now Father, I trust you! You’ve got this!”

“Father, I trust in you. You care even more than I do, Amen” Now let me say this please, do not be afraid to pray that way! God’s Got you! He saw you fighting in Faith, my friend. You will lose NOTHING when you surrender it to him.

Laura Grace, Child of God, servant of God, author, Mom, grandma, wife, and your friend if you’ll have me.

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The Secret Place, and the King of my Heart

The Secret Place (Psalm 91) is your refuge in Him! it reminds me of the sacred intimacy between a husband and wife. There are certain times it should only be “You and Your Lord.”

I remember when I first fell in Love with Jesus, and finally gave him my heart. I had no interest in joining some “church club” as i was having a lot more fun at the bar (at the time).

Jesus woo’ed me and caused me to fall in love wtih HIM! Nothing gets between me and Jesus.

Nobody can take his place in my heart.

And nobody ever should!

He is #1 and that’s the way it should be.

I love doing things for people, serving in Jesus’ name, and all of that-but activity should never replace intimacy with Jesus.

After all, if you lose your connection with him, what Good can we possibly do for others?

John 15 “I am the vine, you are the branches, apart from me, you can do nothing” (words of Jesus).The Lord is your refuge! 
(and your secret place).

He is the King of My Heart….and I will never apologize for this.

Laura Gracehttp://amazon.com/author/lauragrace

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Having Confidence


Therefore do not cast away yourconfidence, which has great reward. Heb 10:35

The Lord showed me this yesterday…….

When we’ve made decisions that we later wish we hadn’t made, there is a danger we will lose credibility with ourselves. We no longer trust ourselves, so we can easily lose confidence in our ability to hear from God. This is the #1 threat to falling away, becoming entangled in religion, and a host of other problems which seem to “stunt our growth” In the Christian life.

We need to realize that so long as we are not living IN the word of God (and his words living in us) we are susceptible to deception. Adam and Eve had total wholeness when they were created, and lacked no ability to hear from God. When they disobeyed him, it wasn’t like they had lost any ability to hear (Him) nor were they born into a world of corruption and sin.

They willfully disobeyed him. This is so different from a person who becomes born-again, who now must trek through the layers of wrong teachings, lies of the enemy, and a multitude of obstacles, to come to their full stature (and wholeness) in Christ. As a new believer, I got deceived a few times, and it shook me up so much, I began to lose what I call “credibility with myself.” The cure for this is to look back, and realize it was God who saved you, not the church, not you and your own wisdom, and forgive yourself for what you didn’t know (back then.).

We are not out to make excuses here, but a five-year old can hardly be blamed if “their teacher” told them to get on the wrong bus. When that child is lost, has to call for help, and is found crying on a streetcorner somewhere, you’re going to want to know “who put them on the wrong bus,” right? After this, if you care about the child at all, you’ll want to teach them how to find their own bus, so they never get lost again. This is the very heart of God (towards us) that we would not be like children (tossed about, lost, or frightened) but armed and equpped to make great decisions, every single day.

God wants us to learn how to follow him, not how to “follow man.” We are all called to become priests, kings, and ambassadors for him. Anyone who tells you otherwise, and tries to live under the frame work of the old testament, is living under a shadow of what was to come.. We don’t want to live in the shadows anymore! In Christ, In Him, and having him as our Shepherd, there is no reason to be lost, ever again. Father I ask you, for those who have lost confidence in their ability to hear from you, “Restore it today’ I pray in Jesus’ mighty name. We say ‘get behind me satan” you do not have in mind the things of God. We have the mind of Christ, we are following after Jesus, he is our Shepherd, and the sheep know his voice.”

Amen (Laura Grace) author, Grace to the Rescue, Grace to Grow, and Dysfunctional People

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Hurdles


What we didn’t get done, what other people think of us and how we supposedly let them down…..all this stuff can be potential hurdles in our lives.
I have faced many days where I thought I was doing just what the Lord wanted, but I’ve heard how I didn’t (accoding to others) do enough. The tendency to argue or justify ourselves in the face of accusations of others can also become a hurdle.

A winner in God has to stay focused, run the race put before them, and just jump on over those hurdles! We don’t have time for all the drama, questions, and trying to explain ourselves to others if we are going to run that race.
“For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall.” 
Psalm 18:29
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All you need is love?

All you need is love?

I”m going to go ahead and share this, even though I risk losing some followers or (I hope not) but maybe even friends. I don’t know how many of you have ever thought about the fact that Abraham was told to “cast out” the bondwoman and her son (Ishmael). see, he was to wait for a promise, and he didn’t wait for it. His wife talked him into sleeping with the handmaiden to have a child, chaos followed, God said in concurance with Sarah, ‘cast them out.”

The emotions that went with this are not clearly described in our bibles, but I can bet it was a horribly emotional experience for him, and for the ones who were cast out. In light of what our own thoughts on “what Love should be” it doesn’t really add up (with human reasoning). The God of love said to cast them out.

It had to be so hard but, the child they had was not the child of promise, and they had not done things the way God commanded. Therefore, what God did not establish or do had to be “undone.” (selah).

God said he loved Jacob but “Hated” Esau! Why? God hates what is evil, and while he may not hate people, and hopes for the to come out of darkness and return (be reconciled to Him) he does not spend his energy and wear himself out chasing after people who literally hate him, and what he represents.

Furthermore, The book of 2 Corinthians was written to the church to describe how to treat our brethren (those in the church) but so often, we are unkind to our family in God, and spend our love and time on those who DON”T know God thinking that is evangelizing! Not so!

Evangelism is putting a line out for those whose hearts and minds are already prepared for and ready FOR HIM (good soil, willing hearts!).

It occured to me today that the reason the “love of many” will wax cold, is they are wearing themselves out trying to love people who hate God (and what he represents). “Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Was God saying it’s okay not to love anymore?

No, he wasn’t. He was saying they will be spent and wore out from trying to love those who are abounding in iniquity (sin).

God wants us shining for him. He is going to allow people to have their way and live without him for all eternity. There are folks in the last days who will curse God instead of repenting when times are hard. Don’t spend your time chasing after those who want nothing to do with God. Keep your lamps full of oil and be ready to help those whose hearts are truly crying out for him.

This is called being a wise (Matthew 25:8) and wisdom cries out and says ‘Listen to me!!” “Hear me!”

Are we listening for Him?

Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow

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It’s Time for Backbone (An Open Letter to Preachers)

The Recovering Legalist

This morning I watched a YouTube video in which Todd Friel (Wretched Radio) declared: “The problem with today’s preachers; nobody wants to kill them.” His point was that the reason preachers from centuries ago were imprisonned or killed was their determination to preach truth regardless the culture’s feelings. Too often our modern preachers and pastors are afraid of offending.

It is with that sentiment that I penned the following open letter. We need to love desperately, but without compromising our message.


Dear Fellow Preachers,

Now’s the time – it’s actually past time – for some honest-to-goodness, strong-as-steel, George S. Patton and John Wayne-like BACKBONE!

I don’t care if you’re Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Methodist, or whatever…MAN UP!! Stand in the gap! Quit being a politically motivated, crowd-pleasing, purse string-tying wimp and PREACH THE WORD!

Seriously, check out what’s going on in the world and what’s coming to America. Gentlemen, more…

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