“We began our Christian life by depending not upon our own doing but upon what he had done. Until a man does this he is no Christian; for to say: “I can do nothing to save myself; but by his grace God has done everything for me in Christ,” is to take the first step in the life of faith. The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus. There is no limit to the grace God is willing to bestow upon us. He will give us everything, but we can receive none of it except as we rest in him. “Sitting” is an attitude of rest. Something has been finished, work stops, and we sit. It is paradoxical, but true, that we only advance in the Christian life as we learn first of all to sit down.”
I am the God of outrageous Grace — radical, incomprehensible, extravagant Grace. There’s nothing on earth like this. You can’t wrap your head or your arms around it, so don’t even try. I must simply reveal it to you. Let Me reveal my Grace to you.
I have given you a taste of this Grace, and it has touched your heart. I want to give you more. Let me reveal it to you. I want to display My lovingkindness to you. I am the One who opens your heart to receive. This is truly My master plan — let me fulfill it in you. Let me show you my Grace.
Let Me reveal my Grace to you. I need your “yes” — I will do the rest. For I am the God of Yes. All my promises are Yes. Let me have YOUR yes. That’s what I’m waiting for. May I make known My Grace to you?
This is truly what you’ve been longing for, searching for. My outrageous, radical, amazing Grace. JESUS. I want to unfold My Grace to you. I want to reveal My Son in you. Will you say Yes?
I am your place of refuge, rest, comfort and beauty — the abiding place of your affections. All your needs are met in Me, and I satisfy your true desires. My living water flows to quench your thirst and fill your life with good things. It’s here at home that I refresh and restore your soul.
I provide everything you need at just the right time. I forgive all your sins, heal all your diseases, and crown you with love and tender mercies. I joyfully renew your youth. I am the place of perfect love, and I surround you with a peace that you will never know elsewhere.
Will you make your home in Me?
When you make Me your refuge, I will shelter you from harm, and my promises will protect you. You won’t be afraid of storms, disasters, diseases or terrorists. When you call on me I will answer you. I will be with you in trouble, and I will rescue you!
I see you seek refuge in other homes, and I wait patiently, longing for your return. I prepare a table for you that’s always ready, always waiting. I delight in you, and miss you when you’re away. I search for you from a distance, and my heart leaps when I see you returning. Oh how I want to be your home every day, all day; you have no idea how much I want this.
I have made My home in you; will you make your home in Me?
John 14:23, Psalm 103, Psalm 145, Psalm 23, Psalm 90, Psalm 91, Luke 15
Grace is not a thing; Grace is not a concept; Grace is not a doctrine. Grace is a person and His name is Jesus Christ.
Grace is who He is and what He is. Grace is love, perfect love. You can’t buy Him, you can’t earn Him, you can’t deserve Him or what He did for you. Grace is Jesus.
He gives Himself freely, and you can’t pay Him back. You can’t make Him love you more, and He cannot love you any less. Grace is Jesus.
Jesus bought you at the Cross, and you received “every blessing given by the Holy Spirit” along with complete forgiveness. Jesus suffered and died an extreme death. He did it to reconcile you to a Father who loves you with an everlasting love, the width, length, depth and height of which surpasses knowledge!
Jesus did not BUY you grace; He did not buy you a “ticket to paradise” at the Cross. He gave HIMSELF to you – FOREVER. His eternal life is already in you. You are His beloved, and He is yours. Heaven in you has started on the earth, and it will continue into eternity.
Here is the Heaven already in you, eager to fill you and flow out:
• Life, sonship, righteousness, holiness, truth, glory, wisdom; understanding; counsel; power; comfort; knowledge – the characteristics of the Holy Spirit who indwells you.
• Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control – the fruit of the Holy Spirit who indwells you.
Grace is a Person, and He’s calling your name to come and receive what He’s given freely!
I am a friend like no other. I am your best friend. No longer do I call you servant, I’m calling you My dear friend. Everyday, all day, I am your closest friend. No one loves you like I do. I am the One who will never leave you or forsake you; I am the friend who loves you with an everlasting love. I am the friend who delights in you everyday, all day. I will never betray you, I will forever cherish you. I know you and approve of you.
You are a friend like no other, you are the perfect friend for Me. I gave you My heart and you received it. You may not treat Me perfectly, but I don’t remember your sins. You have My Life! Therefore you never disappoint Me, never fail Me. You are as righteous, and perfect to Me as My Son. You may try to leave Me, but I will never leave you. We are joined together. I accept you as you are, and you give Me great JOY.
John 15:15; Hebrews 13:5; Jeremiah 31:3; 2 Samuel 22:20; John 17:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; Hebrews 8:12;
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“Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jesus is talking to His disciples right before He would usher in the new covenant. He was speaking to His chosen ones who would soon be living life without His physical presence….who would soon be carrying His message of redemption, love and grace to all the Earth. He was preparing them for the work of the Kingdom that was about to be pushed to a new level. Jesus’s “How-To Manual” began like this:
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” John 15:5 (MSG)
Jesus gave His disciples their plan for living life and marching orders for service by announcing to them their utter helplessness apart from Him. He didn’t start with a pep rally, explaining how hard they would have to work, but that it would all be worth it in the end. He didn’t try to motivate them by saying “I know you can do this, persevere!” He didn’t tell them all the things they would have to give up as His followers. He didn’t teach them the different ways to share the gospel, how to heal the sick, how to cast out demons. He taught no methods, no rules, no 10 steps, no strategies for getting people saved or doing the work of the Kingdom. He said in effect “don’t try to live this life without staying deeply connected to Me, or the fruit of your labors will be meaningless.”
He was saying, to paraphrase, “I love you with an everlasting love, now live in that love, stay joined with Me, stay joined to My love…. know Me, and you will have success.”
Surely Jesus wasn’t saying we couldn’t walk, talk, or work apart from Him. Most of the world is able to do these things without giving Him a second thought, including atheists. They are producing something, aren’t they? Jesus was saying that nothing of any eternal value would be produced through self-effort.
Yet the Church is filled with believers operating in their own strength, working for an approval from God which they already possess in Christ; striving for an approval from man, which they don’t need.
Lord, show us our deep need for You and Your love in every area of life. Reveal to us that we are already approved by You because of what Jesus already did. Show us our inability, that we may rest in You and receive Your ability. Demonstrate to us and through us the abundant life that comes from knowing You as Everything.
You are Mine, do you know that, really know it?
I chose you, chose you before the foundation of the world, chose you to be my purchased possession.
Do you see how much I wanted you? I want you to know how much I wanted you.
Let it sink in.
I searched for you. I searched and then drew you, with great care, with great pains….and I experienced great JOY when I found you.
I bought you, paid for you, paid for you with my Life. YOU are the pearl of great price!
I own you, you are Mine. I had to own you, I wasn’t satisfied until I could call you Mine.
I want to give you so much, so much more than you could ever imagine or think to ask me for.
I love you, do you see it yet? I’m waiting for you to see it. It’s so important that you see it — the width and length and depth and height of the love I have for you. It is everything to Me, it is who I am. You are everything to Me.
Come unto Me and receive My love. Draw near and receive what’s already yours, yes already yours, because you belong to Me.
Ephesians 1:4; Luke 15:4; Luke 15:8; Matt 13:44-45; Ephesians 1:14; Ephesians 3:17-19; Matt 9:36; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 4:9-10; James 4:8; 1 John 4:18
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