GRACE ~ The High-Octane

In the quietness of the morning it seemed that I could hear the faint sound of a motor.  It was still dark outside, too early for the sound of lawn maintenance that we often hear early in the day.  I lay in bed wondering if this sound was outside, or in the house (running water, furnace, etc.) The only conclusion was that the sound was inside my head.  (Surely, you have heard such a sound. If not, you will when you’re old.) The sound is gone now, but it brought to mind the thought that there is a power within the world that keeps it going.  Since it encompasses, and works within the whole of the universe and creation it is beyond our comprehension, beyond our finding out.  It is revealed through various means—God’s Word, His Spirit, our circumstances, in relationships, in quietness, and in upheavals.

Without God’s mercy His wrath would have already been poured out upon the whole earth.  Since the flood He has promised this mercy until He has accomplished all His will on the earth.

Mercy, or Mercy and Grace?

 What is the difference in God’s mercy and His grace?  My understanding of the two is that mercy is “not receiving what we deserve.”  God has not destroyed the earth and all its inhabitants at one time, so that He may bring into His kingdom all those for whom Christ died—-that He may save a people for Himself; accomplishing His purpose for creation and His glory.   Mercy for some is living a good life here on earth, though they may not inherit the kingdom of God.

Grace is “receiving what we do not deserve,”CHRIST!  No one is born into this world deserving life in Christ. (Romans 8:2) It is freely given according to the counsel of God’s own will.  (John 1:12-13; Ephesians 1:11)

Mercy for some is to save us from our sin—not to leave us where we are, but to take us to something else.

Regular or High Octane?

As “regular” gas fills a vehicle and facilitates its movement, so, mercy may get us through this life, enjoying our own success and pleasure—our own life.

Grace, on the other hand, is the high-octane power of God within a man to move him in the life and joy of Christ here on this earth, continually filling to His praise and honor, and future glory, moving us onward and upward to the unknown heights of heaven.

Mercy is for earth or water movement only.  Grace is for God’s people, the power to raise us beyond this world to His glory.  When the apostle Paul spoke of being God’s “workmanship” he had no inkling of the extent to which a ship could rise—from this earth— and beyond to the glory of God and His presence.

Grace, which comes from Christ alone, is the only means whereby man can be lifted from this world to the next.  Grace is the means of God’s preserving this world, its turning, its beauty, its movement within, its working according to His own pleasure.

This world will turn on its axis until all God’s people are on board.

              AND THEN—THE GLORY!!!!!!

Jesus’ Blog

“COME TO ME…AND LEARN OF ME.”  Matthew 11:28

How often do people ask, “What are you reading?”  Sometimes the question is, “Who are you reading?”  Besides God’s Word—the Bible, my answer may be Thomas Watson, Horatio Bonar, Charles Spurgeon, or any of the Puritans or Reformers. Last year it dawned on me that I have never heard anyone say that they are reading Jesus Christ.  This set me to begin and record my study on what He specifically spoke and taught.  This has opened a new world to me beyond what anyone else teaches.higher ground

I am amazed at the many blogs that are witnessing to the name of Jesus Christ. I am blessed and encouraged to read how He is working in the lives of the younger generation, leading them to seek “higher ground.”  He is bringing many out of the modern church to find the true “manna” from our heavenly Father.  Instead of letting them feed on husks He is giving His children the “bread of life,” bringing to reality the truth of His Word that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

News and music blogs seem to be the most popular. Jesus came to proclaim and show us the most important news of every day—“Glad Tidings of the Kingdom of God.” Luke 8:1 Jesus puts a “new song” in our hearts.  Heaven is opened that we may hear the angels singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! Who was, and is, and is to come.”

Jesus said, “MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE.”  John 6:36

We who live on Jesus Christ—in Christ, and Christ in us—are JESUS’ BLOG.

His words become our words; His life becomes our life.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord:

I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.

 And I will be their God, and they shall be my people”

Hebrews 8: 10; 10:16

From the apostle Paul’s blog—“And  he (God the Father) put all things under his (Jesus’) feet and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him WHO FILLS ALL in ALL.  IN WHOM the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple to the Lord. IN HIM you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:21,22

“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:3

Speak to my heart, Lord Jesus, Speak that my soul may hear;
Speak to my heart, Lord Jesus, Calm every doubt and fear.

Jesus, Jesus, Speak to my heart, I pray;
Yielded and still, seeking Thy will, Oh, speak to my heart today.

B.B. McKinney, 1886-1952    Listen. Be blessed; and be a blessing with the good news today.    (original tune by Gene Roth)