'Accepting God's
grace in everything'

Thursday Reflection

17th September 2020

'we buy into the false belief...'

9 But he said to me,
 'My grace is sufficient for you,
  for my power is made perfect in weakness.'
  Therefore I will boast
  all the more gladly
  about my weaknesses,
  so that Christ's power
  may rest on me.
   .... 2 Corinthians 12:9

I'm not sure why many of us
find it difficult to receive God's grace
and mercy in certain areas of life.

We accept his free gift of grace
in the context of salvation
but at times we ignore
the boundless grace
he extends to us throughout our lives.

Somewhere along the line
we buy into the false belief
that we must earn God's grace
and unless we live a perfect life,
God would withhold
his mercy and grace from us,
we just don't deserve it.
But nothing is further
from the truth of God's word.

No-one can ever earn
God's favour at any time,
for any reason.
His goodness to us is new every morning.
God's grace and mercy
are not a one-and-done occurrence;
it's something we need
every hour of every day,
and because God loves us
and keeps us,
he provides it - no matter what.

The mind can be a dark place.
Within seconds,
it can take us from mountain top euphoria
to the valleys of doom and despair.
How can we stop beating ourselves up
and rise above the cloud of gloom?

Our answer is to turn to Jesus

listening to a soundtrack of his word
and connecting with other believers
restores and renews our faith.
We cannot break the chain
of ungodly thoughts
without the Word of God,
the gospel writer John confirms it

36 So if the Son sets you free,
   you will be free indeed. John 8:36

There is a great worship song
by Zach Williams
called "Chain Breaker",
he wrote it out of a need to
"reach people who had been struggling."
The song is very much about
the truths of who Jesus is.
The chorus is;

If you've got pain   He's a pain taker
If you feel lost        He's a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He's a prison-shaking Saviour
If you've got chains
He's a chain breaker

We've all been in the places
described in the song,
feeling pain, lost, in darkness,
worn out, enchained.
This song gives hope,
a light at the end of the tunnel
which isn't a train
coming in the other direction.

It assures that there is a better life -
and that is in Jesus our Saviour.
'I wish this song had been around
when I was in prison ministry
( it wasn't written until 2016)
it would have been
at the top of my music list

No matter how much we strive
for perfection,
we will always come up short.
We cannot earn our salvation;
we cannot live sinless lives;
we cannot gain God's favour or love,
though our own deeds.

But, by daily acknowledging our
helplessness and hopelessness,
we can accept God's grace,
forgiveness and everlasting love.

We can relinquish the pressure
to be perfect to the only one who is -
Jesus our Saviour,
the pain taker,
way maker and chain breaker.

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