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Peace with God

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

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God’s Unconditional Love……..

God doesn’t want us sin-conscious, he wants us God-Conscious. See, the reason Adam and Eve Knew they were naked, is they ate from the tree Of the knowledge Of Good and evil! Prior to this, they were just “Innocent.” (Even if Naked!).

Now, if they needed to be clothed for some reason, God would have told them, because they were in fellowship, with him.

God and them would fellow-ship and everything was hunky dunky When we have to decide for ourselves what is good (or evil) that’s what seperates us from God!

When we realize how much God loves us, it’s so easy to love him back! Seriously! it is.

So then, if we are God Conscious, we are all in love with him!! (Because we KNOW (intimately, or first-hand) How much he loves US.

When we are sin-conscious, we worry all the time if God is upset with us, or if we are being punished, And that is what some people will teach us to do. People who don’t know God, who see themselves as prophets (and teachers).

No wonder Paul said “who has bewitched you?,” You were running a good race? “Who cut in on you?”

He also said…..”I wish they would cut themselves off!!” (Book of Galations)

Being led by the Spirit is such a beautiful thing!

We don’t live in that Old Testament “prophets” showing up- telling- us- we- are- in- sin type of time. We live in a world of Grace, thousands of angels rejoicing! full of light, full of wonder! and full, I might add of the glory of God!

Remember falling in love? all you could think of is how you are dressed! do you smell good? All you could think of is being with your beloved……and wanting to please them…….right?

Some of these get married and, being in love and wanting to please turns into “fear of upsetting their spouse” (because they are always upset at them about something. do you see how the relationship dynamic changes then?

People who love God do not “intentionally sin” they are in training with the master, and they are his children, and he says what their priority is right now, not man.

It’s not good. A good counsellor will show them how to be in love again. It works the same with God………

Just as God told Adam and Eve NOT to eat from that tree, born again believers are told by God (by his Spirit) what to partake of or not partake of. Yes, you can exhort people, but ultimately what a person does IS between them and God.

-Laura Grace

1 John 3:8-10 “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

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Thinking about Love today…..how do we do it?

Sometimes it just blows me away, how people treat other people! I know I post some great things (Such as the message previous to this one) but my job is to bring things to a more down to earth level, where people can relate to it.

When someone is shattered and hurt beyond words (by the actions of another) No amount of “You must forgive them” or “just love like Jesus’ type of words is usually going to help.

What they need at that moment in time, is acceptance and love-, in spite of how they feel right now.

We all know the greatest commandment is love, but the truth is, until we find we are loved by God in the midst of our anger, lack of love, rebellion even, or even our big fat hairy attitudes (at times), we will never know how to love others they way he did.

I wish I could tell you I learned to love because of all those great books I read, or great semons I heard, but it’s not true. The Holy Spirit taught me how. And I never could have loved people the way I do, unless I let his love for me soak in deep….

Anything else would have been fake, copy-catting, or just “holdiing my nose right” and pretending to love. 

Father, thank you for allowing us to be real with you. Amen!

-Laura Grace, Author, http://www.lauragracebooks.com 1 John 4 “We love him because he first loved us.”

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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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Live like you’re loved cause…..You are!

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Live like you’re loved……..cause you are…… When God corrects me it’s like a burst of light and I’m reduced to tears and I realize “I KNEW THAT ALL THE TIME” but it was truth down inside me (which he drew out into the open) And the tears are only because I realize wow I knew that, and the enemy had blinders over my eyes………

When God corrects it’s liberating, awesome, beautiful, brings freedom! There is NO shame or condemnation. Religion does that. God is light, in him there is no darkness at all. (including shame, condemnation or hopelessness) all of that is from the evil one. Let there be Light!!

….”There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown [complete, perfect] love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]”…. 1 John 4:1

I love you!

Laura Grace

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The silent cries of an anguished heart………

rescue meDid you know it’s super important to let God have your tears? Your Pain? Your disappointment? oh you don’t have to. You can drink, do some drugs, go on a wild rampage, if you choose to do so you could even kill someone (go to prison) Whatever you like! Shocking, isn’t it? YOU CAN do whatever you wish! Who’s going to stop you? 

That’s the scary part. (Free will!) Free will scares me more than anything, especiallyl my own. You probably already figured out we live in a world where more and more people are saying “I can do what I want, be what I want” get out of my my way!” People hurt us, let us down, reject us, ignore us, take things out on us, 

And- all kinds of things happen (every day) There is no cut and dried solution. Yes I know what the bible says “Love suffers long” (How long?) Love is patient and kind (but I don’t feel like loving today!) I am tired (the heart screams) I need a harvest! I can’t take anymore! The demands are constant! It never ends! We wear masks because nobody wants to hear it. SO we put on a brave face and march forward, doing the best we can (with a brave face, and the heart screaming!) 

Finally by the grace of God we find a friend, a true friend we can confide in. They understand. Our hearts cry with relief. Finally, someone understands me! Maybe it’s because they have walked that path we are walking right now, or maybe it’s because they prepared their heart to minister in THAT particular area…..

But later on……(much later) we find out they can’t handle this other thing we are going through, so they lash out at us, and don’t know what to say…….and the magic is gone, so to speak. It happens to all of us (if we are honest) 

Sometimes Life on planet earth throws so much at us (one thing after another) It staggers the mind, rips at the heart, and leaves us all in pieces. We don’t understand what people are going through all the time no matter how much we THINK we know the answers. We don’t know if that one more thing was almost the end of them. They don’t always know one more thing was almost the end of us…….

There is only one person I know I can always depend on. God. Father God. Abba Father. I know those who think I’m some headhunter for Jesus do not understand this either. All I can hope is after he’s picked me up for the 1000th’ time and breathed his life into me once again, that I will someday run into to someone, somewhere I can share how he helped me…….and in turn, they too can be helped. 

For me, this is life worth living. Receiving from him and breathing his life onto others ……Life is short “I want to live it well” as the song says…….

SONG HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ_UZMYp3mI

Which means I don’t have time to stay angry, or mourn too long, or wallow around in my troubles. I don’t have time to hold grudges, or wonder why that person did what they did. I just have to move on, and follow jesus …..

And here is what I have to say to you now. HE WILL HEAL YOU SO YOU CAN GO FORWARD WITH HIM! He WILL DELIVER YOU FROM ANYTHING THAT KEEPS YOU FROM HIM! Trust me when I say he didn’t die a bloody death to see you LEFT OUT of his Kingdom! He will break you out, break you free and make a way for you TO FOLLOW HIM! To the ends of the earth and wherever he takes you. 

I can say this because I’ve lived it. And yes I know about all those silent screams that say WHY WHY WHY WHY God WHY did this or that have to happen? Well somtimes it’s just free will. God cries over those who run away from him too. God hates it when they hurt you too.  Yes he wants to fix the misunderstandings but sometimes there is not time for it, or someone isn’t ready to hear what they need to hear (Yet) So ….Let it go, let him Heal (your heart) give him all the pieces…

and march on. “Father if you help one person go foward today because of this message I praise you” I really praise you” to the one reading this heal their heart bind up their wounds and let them go free today Father” IN Jesus’ name I pray. amen Laura Grace Author, grace to the rescue and others available on Amazon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”
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1,2,3 “the devil’s after me” Reconciling charismatic teachings with others……

“1, 2,3” The devil’s after me (goes the song) 4,5,6 “he’s always playing tricks….” 

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The bible says Jesus defeated satan, at the cross. For years, people (of God) just believed him to be a defeated foe, carried on with their lives, and never gave “satan’ a second thought. This was back before the great revivals and great Pentecostal Movement, and awakening. Now to understand why some think the Pentecostal movement is a bit weird (or crazy, or real peculiar) we need to step into their shoes a minute, and, try to understand their logic a little bit.

Yes, That’s what I said, Try to understand (their logic) for just a minute in time, rather than getting so defensive about what you know.

I remember trying to tell my grandma (and others) how the devil needed to be rebuked (in prayer) and the look I got was, “Well you sound crazy, but, I’m not touching that one with a ten foot pole!” Here she was, along with many others I know Just “trusting God was with her” and protecting her, as she went about in faith and lived her life (in faith, believing!)

How is it okay to tell someone they’ve been all messed up all these years, just because they do not see it as you do? If what I believe makes my brother stumble I’m not walking in love. (ouch!). Therefore, in many cases, we need to wait to be invited (or asked) before we speak. We don’t run up and clang the cymbals in someone’s ears! (That is not love!).

 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Gal 5:5-7

So we have Kenneth Hagin teachings, (which I have read) where He said the Lord showed him: “I”m not going to do anything about the devil, you do it!” And so, we have a book called the Authority of the Believer (by Kenneth Hagin) and many offshoots of those teachings, which came after that. 

When we learn something, it’s so easy to just say well “everyone” needs to know this (and start running around informing people of “the truth!”). You know, I’ve done this too.

Therefore, many Charismatic Christians (who talk about being Spirit filled a lot, and so on) Which I have been as well, become little “elitists” and now we have the answer, and all those other Christians “do not.” (and need to be informed, by us!)

We often don’t concern ourselves with the fact that OUR BIBLE SAYS Faith must work through love, and without it, we are nothing but a clanging cymbal! No, we don’t want to hear that part, do we? So we go and “crash” the party of those who are just believing, God is good, the devil is defeated, and I am having faith I’ll be just fine!

You know, when Jesus said he would bring division, it was never His intention the Body of Christ be so divided. (NOT HIS PREFERENCE!) as he was talking about believers and non-believers, not his People.  So this is the thing: You want to walk in Love (Jesus says to me) try loving your brethren for once…………..Those who do believe…….(already) Who are walking in their personal revelation, and don’t need you to insert teachings upon them, which might make them stumble…..

Because, if you do that, you are not walking in love…….

“Here’s how we know we have God’s Spirit ruling within us…..We love the brethren……..

That is those “other people” of God, who do not always believe exactly as we do…..

HMM ……Food for thought! Lord “bring revival” to all your people we pray, help us to return to our first love, which is you Father! And not just be puffed up with the sin of pride, in what we think we know. “Amen.” -Laura Grace