"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

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A Matter of Grace:

A Matter of Grace - Fiery  I stood barefoot on the fiery bed of coals. I peered downward, waving the smoke away from my sizzling feet and saw huge, red, oozing blisters. I trudged on. Just as I was about to step into a meadow of cool, dewy, green grass I woke up with a start.

With clenched, aching jaws, drenched in sweat and tears, I sat up in the bed. If only the dream had lasted long enough for me to feel the cooling moisture of that meadow. However, there would be no more sleep that night and I wondered how I would live with this agony for the rest of my life.

Coping with Diabetes had always been a challenge, but this was far beyond anything I could have prepared for. I was on a low sugar, low fat diet and exercised every day. With God’s help, I had succeeded in controlling the blood sugar levels but nothing relieved the fierce, burning pain caused by the dying nerves in my feet. The damage had already been done. My heart was broken and I couldn’t believe God wanted me to live this way.

I called on my Pastor who also lives with chronic pain. Together, we called upon God. As my Pastor prayed for me, I was aware of His power and presence. His Holy Spirit filled me and I knew I was to simply keep trusting in Him. He would give me grace for each day if I would walk in faith. So, it truly was a matter of grace.

Later that morning I sat down to read my Bible. “And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as great drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22: 44) Those words reminded me of the anguish my Lord suffered at Calvary. As I continued to read, His words were like a cool, dewy meadow to my soul. I am a Child of God and He is able. When I reach Heaven, there will be no more pain. Until then, I will rest in the palm of His hand.

 

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Naked, the trees stretch toward a merciless winter sky; not even a blanket of snow for warmth. Outside my window, they are big, gray skeletons, their bones rattling in the wind. They look lonely-forsaken by God. One is missing a limb and the large trunk with its deep roots seems too big for the remaining branches. The missing limb had once been adorned with handsome foliage and delicate blossoms. It provided luxuriant shade for a family picnic and a solid anchor for a child’s swing. Made fruitful by the moisture from a rich soil and from the root which carried life-giving sap, it had been glorious. But was not able to stay connected.

But somehow, the missing limb became insufficient and barren. Perhaps no one pruned the tree and the limb eventually became diseased and threatened the other branches. However it became unfruitful, its doom was to be severed.
As Christians, we are called upon to “keep ourselves in the Lord” if we want to be fruitful. We may think we have no talent for serving the Lord, or we simply do not know how. But our worth and value are in Him. If His words are in us, if we are connected to Him, we have only to ask and He will give us the power and desire to do His will.
“If you are in me at all times, and my words are in you, then anything for which you make a request will be done for you.” (John 15:7)

There are those who are content with “just scraping by” as a Christian. One woman I know told me she would be satisfied to live in a small corner of Heaven in a shack like in the song, “Just Give Me a Cabin in the Corner of Glory Land”.
Would she, or any of us, look into the face of our Savior and say, “No, I don’t care to serve You, so just give me the smallest cabin you have and I’ll be fine”? Surely, we would rather have the finest, which God has prepared for us.
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”. (John 14: 2)

So we should be grateful to God for continually pruning the diseased parts of our lives so we can stay rooted in Him. We don’t want to be like the severed limb on the tree in my yard…cut off from the source that makes it alive, viable and serviceable…detached from the giver of life and thrown into the fire. I for one, will not be satisfied with a cabin in the corner! I want all that God has for me here on earth, and in Heaven, I want a mansion. A gold one, that’s silver-lined!

“I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop, In that bright land where we’ll never grow old. And someday yonder, we will never more wander, but walk on streets that are purest gold.”


Being wrong is part of being human.  Admitting our mistakes doesn’t make us weak…it makes us strong and it makes us honest.  Covering up or burying our faults affects our closeness with God but being open about our imperfections brings about fellowship not only with God but with others in our lives.

” A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful but if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”    Proverbs 28:13

No one wants to hang out with someone who thinks they’re ever wrong.  No matter how many issues we have or how many mistakes we make we are always covered by God’s grace.  We should allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  James 5:16a

 We need to think deeply about our faults and we need to confess and forsake them so we can walk in the light.

“If we live in the light, just as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another.”  1 John 1:7a 

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