Grace Calls

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So you and I, and we and us and everyone, we all sit in our places of accusations don’t we? Those places where those critical words are thrown at us and though, we might not want to admit it, those places where we throw ’em out with snide remarks and judgemental airs about us! Oh those judgement calls, are catchy aren’t they? Sometimes they trip us up. We dangle a trap for those we think deserve it and sometimes get caught ourselves. What goes around, comes around they say and so often it does, so we need to practice daily the golden rule and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Matthew 7:12, says it this way, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…” . With that in mind, you and I and we and all of us, need to practice grace calls instead. We need to be givers of grace ‘cuz we don’t know when we’ll need the grace coming back to us in and through and during this long journey of life.

Accusations? Yeah…The Pharisees relentlessly threw them out all over the place with their smug, religious attitudes, proud of their knowledge and strict rules under the law! ~ Nope ~ no grace there, not in their circles of influence. Oh such strict rules they lived by and without a hint of mercy, caught anyone who didn’t oblige or fell short. They were good at deceit and twisting words for their own agendas and so they did. They baited a subtle, sly trap for Jesus upon confrontation with Him in the temple courts, where they presented before Him a woman caught in adultery. According to the law, she needed to be stoned but what would His answer be? John 8: 6,7,8, “They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.…” We don’t know what He wrote, but I don’t think it’s important for the lesson hidden here, or we would have been told. What I love is the fact that Jesus stooped or bent down before these “high in religious authority” types. Jesus, the divine Truth and the Light bent down low enough to write before His accusers, but we don’t have any record of what He wrote.

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How dare they try to undermine His credentials and His authority! How dare they try to trip Him up with their manipulative techniques and trick questions. Yet, don’t we? Don’t we undermine His authority, as the one and only True judge, when we pass judgement on others? It’s really not our place it’s His. In spite of their attempts, Jesus would not be tripped up. He knew them! He knew their hearts and was familiar with their secret agendas and I love it, love it, love it how He didn’t react in any kind of human stereotype to such a scandalous scene. What a divine example when, instead of throwing insults back with His perfect and True authority, He stooped and bent low to the ground before the woman’s accusers and those who set Him up!  I love the true, gentle humility that Christ always exemplified, always displayed, and always acted out. True humility! It was just His nature. It is His nature and we are so needy to be more like Christ in our reactions to unfair circumstances. True humility is a difficult thing. It’s not an easy action to bend and flex in our attitude before one who accuses and one who lies and one who tries to catch us off guard with their own selfish agendas and plans. Our “default” nature is to “Rise up” and accuse back with anger and fight back with words and could or should we use the catch phrase of sticks and stones? Oh…so often we throw them don’t we? But…. Who could throw that first stone in that scandalous scene there in the temple courts…no one! Absolutely no one, and so they left one by one and they left quietly and they left the woman alone with her Savior and the Saviour of the world and our Saviour ~ the one who saves us from the sin and ruin of our own lives.

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So for all the accusations that come our way, for the rumours, true or untrue ~ let’s be honest and face the music, if need be, but let’s face them with true repentance and true humility,  “cuz there is God’s grace for our mess ups for sure.  True repentance will receive true forgiveness and find God’s sweet grace there.  And let’s remember ~ before passing on a rumour or harshly handing out a judgement call ` to check our own hands for cleanliness, ‘cuz the sand that we throw into the eyes of others will stick to the hand that throws it! Instead of judgement, give a grace call, just one more time,   ‘cuz down that long road ahead, we might just be thankful for it!

Romans 2:1
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”

Little Me ~ Powerful God

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So your mind is full of stuff that’s happening in the world ~ It’s all around you, infiltrating your personal life, your world and our free country doesn’t seem so free any more! Your mind is hurled in all directions and laws, so contrary to Biblical principles, are being instigated into our culture that we have no say in and Government officials are gung – ho for it all and leadership is anything but comforting. Yes, we pray against the decisions, but the laws still get passed! Where is God now, when we need Him to come and heal our land? He seems to be right where we put Him. We’ve pushed Him and prayer out of our educational system, only to find uneasy and controversial subjects introduced into our curriculums from kindergarten up, that sadly now, we have no say in! Didn’t we used to be able to speak up and stand up for what we believed to be right? Where did it go? It’s all happened so subtly and bit by bit evil has poured it’s poison over our society with it’s powerful infiltration ~ so much so that even adults and parents reel with confusion over what’s right and what’s wrong and get pulled into the wrong believing it’s right. Many believers are being deceived and will argue against Biblical truth. Clearly events are unfolding to make way for a one world government and how on this whole, wide side of the earth do all the little ‘me’s” make a difference? The you and I’s that clearly don’t like what we see happening and yet feel helpless to make some kind of positive encounter against it all?

In 2 Chronicles 6: 12 Solomon prayed before the entire community of Israel and asked the Lord to hear and forgive when people failed to be obedient. He asked for justice to prevail when guilt and innocence couldn’t be determined. His was a powerful pray-er for guidance and blessing. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God gives a gracious answer to his plea, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Yes, prayer to the one true God, the sovereign One who rules over all the earthly governments and all the principalities and powers is our only resource and when prayed to our one true God, it packs a powerful punch of divine supernatural authority! Pray then ~ because beautiful soul ~ prayer is all we’ve got and it’s the awesome, power source at our disposal that calls believers everywhere to action.

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Yeah, remember, all this horrendous unfolding of stuff is Biblical prophecy being fulfilled and as Luke 17: 26 reminds us, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” God judged the unrighteousness of man with the flooding of the entire earth to clean it up by destroying the sin that had taken over. Make no mistake about it, He will again judge the earth and no doubt His return is imminent but no one knows the day nor the hour. We have to be ready, but, believers everywhere, we might well be called to stick around for a while and we might well be called to endure some pretty messy stuff. “Note To Self” and mark it on your heart today ~ “Stay true to the faith” and say with Paul “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 and say with Peter in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are…. God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to His eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong…”

Oh what a promise for us ~ for our future and the generations to follow. Stay true! Remain strong! Remain steadfast and unmovable, standing for the right even when wrong prevails. Suddenly ~ little ‘me’s” become powerful armies of prayer warriors with God, the host of heaven’s armies leading the way to that final and glorious eternal victory!

Press on beautiful soul! Press On!!

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