He is Gracious to Me

I just joined Beth Moore online for the 2012 Siesta Summer Bible Study and today was the launch. She asks a question about the verse above that is dancing around in my thoughts today: Do I believe that God is gracious to me? 

I know the quick good-bible-study-girl answer: Yes, absolutely… His Word says He is, of course it’s true for me.

But, then I swallow hard as I consider the evidence. When the real-life circumstances play out and my real-time responses come crashing onto the scene.

When I face trials. In my marriage. In friendships. In parenting. In ministry. In my everyday life. I confess the instant and usually unbridled response is from my fiery flesh. And in that moment I wonder why God allows me to struggle so. I search for His at-the-scene mercy and seemingly find none. As a result I question if His grace is really meant for me.

But, the Spirit, that ever faithful friend within, rises up… in real-time… and faces off with my miss-led flesh. And, I quickly remember what He did…

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

Saved by grace alone.

Oh, yes… He is gracious to me.

If that were it, it’d be enough. Despite the daily troubles. Despite the really tough times, it’d be enough.

Ah, but still there is more…

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 

1 Peter 5:10

If I were to live on the surface of my circumstances… in the fleshy moments I’d surely miss the awesome mystery of God. I’d miss the way He uses my hurts and my affliction to draw me in closer and to grow me up magnificently in Him. I’d miss it all and I’d firmly stand on that lie that He is not gracious to me.

But, when I look past the scene, wander into the greater purpose behind my troubles I find a God who’s interested in my continued journey of sanctification. One who gives me strength when I need it. One who offers me comfort and peace and love and gracean abundance of sweet and totally undeserved grace.

Oh, yes… He is gracious to me.

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06.26.12

“If I were to live on the surface of my circumstances… in the fleshy moments I’d surely miss the awesome mystery of God.” Very true, Heidi!
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06.26.12

I love the idea that God is growing me up in Him. I love that thought. I am constantly growing. I have also found when I sink my heart into the truth of how God has graced me, extending that grace to others comes more easily and automatically. Love the reminder of God’s grace-thanks Heidi!

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06.26.12

I love these verses! Yes, His grace is enough but it’s so much more. The truth His Spirit speaks to my heart picks me up out of the pit, every time I fall in. Such beautiful truth here! Thanks for sharing your heart, you are such an encouragment!
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06.26.12

As I have grown older, I realized just how gracious the Lord has been to me…. I wouldn’t be alive, today, without His tender mercies and grace. Through all of the trials and tribulations, He has been there to hold my hand, even when I wouldn’t take hold. Being loved by a Father, like Him, is beyond my comprehension. Everyday, I ask Him to send His Holy Spirit to guide me and for the courage to “follow” the guidance provided. Yes, the Lord has been gracious to me, beyond my wildest dreams. Be blessed, my sisters-in-Christ.
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06.26.12

He is gracious and merciful! The Good news is this to, there is no valley of the shadow of death that any of us can go through that God in Christ hasn’t already gone through before us. He has mapped out the terrain and will walk through it alongside us.

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