Tag Archive | grace

Crop Sowing and Reaping

You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors,
Hosea 10:13 NASB

You’ve heard the saying, “You reap what you sow”. Sowing wickedness reaps injustice and the fruit of lies.

Being people of a sinful nature we tend to reap poor crops because the seed we sow is planted with wrong motives and watered with pride, deceitfulness, selfishness, greed and so forth. Self-centered sowing, trusting in our own abilities or in those who “know best”, the powers that be (Government, Military, people of influence, etc.)

Where should our trust be?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I trust in the name of the Lord my God. Psalm 20:7

ūüĆĻ Begin with the seed of trust; fertilize with the Word of God; water with the abounding love and grace of God. Prayerfully wait on the Lord, trusting in a bountiful harvest.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Knowledge of God and Jesus Christ

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; — 2 Peter 1:2

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. — John 17:3

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, — Philippians 3:8

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. — 2 Peter 1:3

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. — 2 Peter 3:18

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Ascend And Stand

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? — Psalm 24:3

My initial response to this is, “not me”. I am but a filthy rag, even on a good day compared to the Lord God Almighty and His pure holiness. I have never, that I can recall, imagined myself standing before God. I am always on my knees in humble adoration if not lying flat on my face before Him.

But God. . .

But God, being¬†rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,¬†even when we were¬†dead¬†in our transgressions, made us alive together¬†with Christ (by grace you have been saved),¬†and¬†raised us up with Him, and¬†seated us with Him in¬†the heavenly¬†places¬†in¬†Christ Jesus,¬†so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing¬†riches of His grace in¬†kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.¬†For¬†by grace you have been saved¬†through faith; and¬†that not of yourselves,¬†it is¬†the gift of God;¬†not as a result of works, so that¬†no one may boast. For we are His workmanship,¬†created in Christ Jesus for¬†good works, which God¬† prepared beforehand so that we would¬†walk in them. — Ephesians 2:4-10

But now in¬†Christ Jesus you who¬† formerly were¬†far off¬†have¬†been brought near¬†by the blood of Christ. — Ephesians 2:13¬†

Only through Jesus Christ and Him alone may I ascend into the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place. How about you? Are you ready to accept God’s grace through Jesus Christ so you can ascend and stand in confidence before the Creator of you?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Old Testament Salvation

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,

For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2 Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And receive us graciously,
That we may present the fruit of our lips.
3 “Assyria will not save us,
We will not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‚ÄėOur god,‚Äô
To the work of our hands;
For in¬†You the¬†orphan finds mercy.‚ÄĚ — Hosea 14:1-3

I love God’s Word. The salvation message right here in this Old Testament book.

Turn to God: return to the Lord your God.
Turn (repent) from our sin: “take words with you and return to the Lord”
Confess: “Say to Him, ‘take away all iniquity”
Receive His grace: “receive us graciously”
Bring God praises and tell others of His saving grace: “That we may present the fruit of our lips”
And trust in Him alone, not ourselves nor others: “Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god’, to the work of our hands;

Thank You Lord God that this orphan, me, has found Your mercy. Have you found God’s mercy and received His grace? He calls you from the pages of His Word, even in the Old Testament.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Pay Taxes

For because of this you also pay taxes, for¬†rulers¬†are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax¬†is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. — Romans 13:6-7

Verse of the day for the United States. Thanks to BibleGateway.com for the chuckle I got from reading this this morning.

I am grateful for a God who supplies my needs no matter the need nor the absent mindedness of my husband and myself. We had changed our deductions, which was supposed to be for a short period of time, but forgot to change it back. The realization that all of 2014 deductions were way, I mean way, too low came when we did tax preparation this year.

Needless to say we had to “pay tax to whom tax is due”. My gracious, awesome God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) supplied that need. And the great thing is that we still met our monetary obligations, tithe, and we’re still eating.

Do you know God? If you do you are truly blessed. If you don’t, I suggest you seek Him through His Word, the Bible. Ask someone you know, who has this same awesome, wonderful God, to tell you about Jesus and what He has done for you. You will not regret knowing Him.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Pay Backs, Vengeance and Burning Coals

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.¬†Respect what is right in the sight of all men.¬†If possible, so far as it depends on you,¬†be at peace with all men.¬†Never take your own revenge, beloved, but¬† leave room for the wrath¬†of God, for it is written, ‚ÄúVengeance is Mine, I¬†will repay,‚ÄĚ says the Lord.¬†‚ÄúBut if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.‚Ä̬†Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. — Romans 12:17-21

Are you an overcomer?

For whatever is¬†born of God¬†overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world‚ÄĒour faith.

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who¬†believes that Jesus is the Son of God? — 1 John 5:4-5

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Grace Given

But¬†to each one of us¬†grace was given¬†according to the measure of Christ‚Äôs gift. — Ephesians 4:7

For through¬†the grace given to me I say to everyone among you¬†not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to¬†each a measure of faith. — Romans 12:3

So what are you doing with the grace and faith you have been given?

Whoever speaks,¬†is to do so¬†as one who is speaking the¬†utterances of God; whoever serves¬†is to do so¬†as one who is serving¬†by the strength which God supplies; so that¬†in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,¬†to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. — 1 Peter 4:11

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

For The Sake Of All

Now¬†not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,¬†but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those¬†who believe in Him who¬†raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,¬†He¬†who was¬†delivered over because of our transgressions, and was¬†raised because of our justification. — Romans 4:23-25

Therefore, having been justified by faith,¬†we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,¬†through whom also we have¬†obtained our introduction by faith into this grace¬†in which we stand; and¬†we exult in hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2

Not only for Abraham only but for all who believe in God. The God who raised Jesus from the dead. The Jesus who sacrificed His life for all that all may have peace, reconciliation with the Creator of all. By Jesus’ sacrifice, we are justified by simply believing (faith).

Are you standing in His grace, exulting in hope of the glory of God? If yes, then go praise and exalt our God for the things He has done for us through Jesus His Son. Let the world know He is your Lord.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Christ Jesus

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus,¬†called¬†as¬†an apostle,¬†set apart for¬†the gospel of God,¬†2¬†which He¬†promised beforehand through His¬†prophets in the holy Scriptures,¬†3¬†concerning His Son, who was born¬†of a¬†descendant of David according to the flesh,¬†4¬†who was declared¬†the Son of God with power¬†by the resurrection from the dead, according to the¬†Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,¬†5¬†through whom we have received grace and¬†apostleship¬†to bring about¬†the¬†obedience of faith among¬†all the Gentiles for His name‚Äôs sake,¬†6¬†among whom you also are the¬†called of Jesus Christ; — Romans 1:1-6

In the opening of Paul’s letter it is amazing, to me, what Paul reveals about Jesus. He is:

v.1 Christ which means Messiah
v.2 the promise of God
v.2 Revelation
v.3 Son of God
v.3 God in the flesh
v.4 Holy
v.4 Lord
v.4 Power
v.4 The Resurrection (Savior)
v.5 Our Grace

Paul mentions 3 descriptions of himself. How often in our speech is Jesus exalted above ourselves? He is the reason we speak at all. Are we being good apostles, followers, for His name’s sake?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Conviction And The Gospel

And now, behold, bound by the¬†Spirit,¬†I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there,¬†except that¬†the Holy Spirit solemnly¬†testifies to me in every city, saying that¬†bonds and afflictions await me.¬†But¬†I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may¬†finish my course and¬†the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to¬†testify solemnly of the gospel of¬†the grace of God. — Acts 20:22-24

How strong is your conviction to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon