Those little thoughts that flow through your mind, those moments of lust, those moments of entitlement, those thoughts that you have a tendency to dwell on. You had better handle those like your life depends on it, because it just might. That’s why in 2 Corinthians 10 Paul says, “you take every thought captive unto Christ.” If it’s not Christ dwelling, Christ exalting, dwelling on the goodness and beauty of the triune God of the universe, you take it captive. You put it in cuffs. You put it to death. You be careful that you’re not trying to control a lion. Because eventually bro, a lion’s gonna do what a lion does.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16, NLT)
Notice in today’s verse that God doesn’t say, “Come to Me with a weak, defeated, pitiful attitude.” He doesn’t say, “Come to Me thinking about all your failures and how unworthy you are.” No, God says, come to Me with boldness. Come to Me with your head held high, knowing that I’m a good God, and I want to help you! He says, “Come to Me knowing that you are the apple of My eye, and I want to be good to you.”
And really, the only way you’re going to approach God boldly is to know that you’re righteous—that you are in right standing with Him. You have to know in your heart that God is pleased with you. You have to know that your sins are forgiven.
Today, instead of dwelling on what you’ve done wrong, dwell on what you’ve done right! You may not be all that you’re supposed to be yet, but you can thank God that you’re not what you used to be! You are forgiven. You are chosen. You are accepted. Receive His forgiveness today so you can go boldly to His throne of grace.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for inviting me into Your presence. I receive Your forgiveness today and come boldly before You. Teach me Your ways that I may walk in Your truth all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
“ Prayer isn’t to remind God what your problems are, but to remind your problems who God is.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Is there something that you are worrying about today? To worry means to allow something to revolve in your mind over and over again. God doesn’t want you to live worried or anxious about anything. He knows that worry steals your peace and joy. It affects every area of your life. Have you heard the saying, “Don’t worry yourself sick?” That’s because worrying affects your physical body. It affects your sleep. You won’t ever gain anything by worrying; in fact, you’ll lose precious moments that you can never get back again. The good news is that God has promised that you can have victory over worry. It starts by making the choice to trust in Him. When you cast your cares on Him, He will give you His peace.
Decide today to put an end to worry in your life. Choose to feed your faith and fill your mind with God’s promises. As you focus on God’s Word, you’ll drive out worry and fill your heart with faith and expectancy; and you’ll be empowered to move forward into the life of blessing He has in store for you!
Let’s talk about GRACE, God’s grace.
We Christians know what grace really is but do we fully understand it? The way it works? How it affects us?
It’s just a week ago, the Lord impressed me what grace really is. Is it just God’s favors alone? or either blessings? If that’s what you called grace, you lack something.
Grace is the hope for shattered dreams. It is the light in the middle of the wilderness. It is the peace in the middle of the war. It is the point where the undeserving meets forgiveness. It is the God that died for the sins of many. It is the refuge of the broken hearts. It is the place where we meet joy and happiness. It is God’s grace that saves!
I really don’t understand why Christians are so down, heavily burdened by problems and experiencing depression. But actually they have a God that controls everything. Instead of resting in the presence of God, they choose to be busy until they are burnt-out! Sometimes, we experience heaviness because we don’t focus on God. We focus on people, circumstances and problems that can make us suffer. Why don’t we put our attention to the God that can save. Why don’t we remember how He overcome the world by dying on the cross for our sin? Why don’t we focus on the Lord’s goodness that forgives us in our most undeserving moments.
Make God’s grace your way of life. You will never missed a thing!
Scripture tells us that when we worship, He inhabits the praises of His people. He brings His glory into our midst. When God shows up, the enemy has to flee. When the cloud of His glory is present, it burns up the fog of fear.
Today, if you feel like you’re in a fog of fear, stop and get into the cloud of His glory. Put on some worship music and turn your heart toward the Father. When you praise Him, He shows up and lifts the fog of fear so you can clearly see the good plan He has in store for you!
When we look away from the cross, we find ourselves in a metaphorical breathing of water instead of air. We are not meant to look upon our troubles in the same way that Christ does. If we do, we will drown.
Christ calls us to look upon His glory; to partake in the hope of heaven. When we do this, all fears and troubles seem to wash away.
So, look to the cross, look forward in the race, not backward. Nothing of value is behind us, only the hope of our future is worth investing in for today.
God, Grace and The Gospel (via blissfulbeardsdoitbest)