Promised Grace

“But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” II Corinthians 9:8

“…My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a

“By the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” I Corinthians 15:10

 

“He giveth more grace.” Now that’s a promise to bask in for a long time. Let the truth of this simple, yet deeply rich thought saturate your mind.

God gives more grace. 

Ponder each word alone.

“He.” Jehovah Jireh, the Great Physician, the Master Who owns the universe. This is the One Who gives more grace.

“Giveth.” There’s no obligation; it’s a gift freely offered.

“More.” As if “no obligation” wasn’t enough, more is added. Abundance. Bounty unmeasured. This is the kind of “giveth more” that our merciful Heavenly Father bestows.

“Grace.” Divine favor. Super-natural enablement.

God gives more grace. And He gives, and gives, and gives again.

Call unto Me

“Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.” Psalm 22:4-5, 24-26

My God wants to hear from me.  God desires to hear me call upon Him. God allows the unfavorable circumstances so that He can deliver. Am I looking around at all my sins and problems or am I asking my dear Savior for strength, courage, and hope?

“We manifest in our bodies what we harbor in our thoughts.” – Unknown  Am I harboring thoughts of doubt, fear, and disobedience, and thus manifesting that in my actions? Even though we are Christians, we are nearly incurable of suspicion toward God.

He wants all of my trust to rest securely in Him. What promises He gives to those who will seek God and trust in Him. Isaiah 30:15 “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” I don’t want to be one of those who “would not,” but rather one who returns and trusts Christ. God most greatly covets mankind’s trust in Him. I must simply trust and obey.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

“…LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

“… and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 30:21b-22

 

 

What if it Were Today

Jesus is coming to earth again–
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign–
What if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide–
What if it were today?

Chorus
Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ’twill bring;
Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory! Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory! Jesus will come someday.

Satan’s dominion will then be o’er–
O that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more–
O that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?

Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
If He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply,
Morning light breaks in eastern sky;
Watch, for the time is drawing nigh–
What if it were today?

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:8

Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A few weeks ago, the ladies were gone to a wedding in Indiana, so we fellows were at home with Daddy. We came home from church on Sunday and were wondering what we would have for lunch. We decided we would make grilled jalapeno, real bacon bits, egg, and cheese sandwiches. I decided to put the recipe up so others can enjoy this wonderfully splendid delicacy.

To make one sandwich:

1 chopped jalapeno

About the same amount of bacon bits as jalapeno

1-2 eggs

Cheddar cheese

2 slices of bread, buttered on one side

Butter the bread and fry eggs. When the eggs are done, remove them from the skillet and place on unbuttered side of one slice of bread. Dump the jalapeno and bacon together in the skillet. When jalapeno is cooked, put egg, cheese, bacon, and jalapeno on a piece of bread in the pan. (butter on the outside of the sandwich). Let it grill until lightly golden, then turn over and grill the other side of sandwich. Next place on plate and take a picture. (It is best to eat it with a fork.)

Lessons from Sunflowers

Have you ever admired the beauty of sunflowers? The brilliant yellow pedals, the life giving seeds, and the tall green stems with large green leaves. All were created by the magnificient Creator of the universe. Sunflowers have many things that we can learn from them.

It is evident that sunflowers keep their faces turned to the sun. This is an encouragment to me to keep my eyes on the Son of God, our gracious Saviour. He is trustworthy, and He wants us to trust Him with every aspect of our daily lives. He knows our past, our future, and what we are going through today. We must follow the example of sunflowers and keep our focus on the Son.

Sunflowers are servants. They give their lives for others. They provide pollen for the bees. In dying, they not only drop their seeds so that more sunflowers can be given life, but they also provide protein-rich food for the birds. We as Christians, need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, giving our lives to God, and becoming true servants, who are faithful in all things.

Sunflowers give glory to God by doing exactly what they were designed to do. They stand tall and look to the sun. They don’t try to hide in the grass and turn purple: They were not made to be violets. They are yellow sunflowers. We don’t need to be afraid of what other people think. All that matters is that we do exactly what God wants us to do. He created us to be exactly who we are for a reason.

I hope that you have the same appreciation for sunflowers that I have. Keep looking to the Son of God!

An Analogous Portrait in Words

The rain had fallen heavily the evening before, and as she stood enjoying the warmth of the July sun, a beautiful sight caught her eye. Her attention was captured for the moment, as she gazed into an unsightly puddle not far distant. Unsightly indeed to the casual observer, for it is puddles like this that muddy the skirts and damage shoes. But oh! how lovely it was to an eye sharpened to keen observation of artistic comeliness. For in the puddle was reflected the summer sky, brilliant with large, white clouds of the most airy appearance. And to add to the lustre of the scene, small rainbows flitted at the edges, always evading direct attention, but there, nonetheless.

What a scene, rich with an analogous truth of God’s mercy! For though she gazed toward the ground, her eyes were soon dazzled with an unmatched view of the heavenlies.

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