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By C. D. Hildebrand

Welcome to Social Media Notes by cdh. This is a collection of statements about the grace of God that I’ve made on Social Media. I have many, but it will take awhile to collect them, so come back often to see what’s “new”. I hope you are blessed.

 

2017 

 

March 14, 2017  Don’t Be Anxious for ANYTHING
Anxiety is common to us all. Sometimes it is thrust upon us by circumstances which cannot be avoided, and sometimes we tend to “bring it on” by over-scheduling ourselves. For whatever reason, feeling guilty about anxiety is of no help whatsoever but more likely just heaps on an already stressful situation. Thankfully, God, knowing our inclination toward become overwhelmed, has provided a beautiful solution. HOWEVER, the solution involves our participation. Only when we APPLY this instruction can we reap its benefits. Paul wrote to the Philippians saying, “Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 

When the storms of life rage or our thoughts seem to take off without us, we are capable of putting a stop to them. If we are instructed to do something, it means we are capable of doing it. When we are told to be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING, this means we have the ability to pray, “Father, you instruct me not to be anxious, so in your authority and in your name, I REFUSE TO BE ANXIOUS.” That is the first step of faith: pure and simple obedience to this instruction. (This is not asking us not to “feel”.) Next we are told in everything with prayer and THANKSGIVING to let our requests be made known unto God. This is really a three-fold task. Pray instead of being anxious. Give thanks instead of being anxious. Make your requests instead of being anxious. Characteristic of Paul’s instructions, he is basically saying, “Instead of doing that, do this.” It is also a blessing to know that when it says to make your requests known to God, it means tell him thoroughly what you are asking. Go into detail. Make the whole matter clear.

 

Many of us just ask God to help us not worry, but that is to miss the instruction, BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, but instead… Amazingly, God does his part. It might take awhile to experience the promised peace, because let’s face it, once we allow anxiety to take hold, our physical bodies will respond by releasing chemicals they think we need to face danger. It might take a couple hours for those to subside. But the peace that passes understanding will come as we continue to reject anxiety with thanksgiving and clear requests to him.
 
And like I said, we should never feel guilty about feeling anxiety, but we can live above it in His name.
 
Personally, I don’t think I could have navigated life without this promised peace.

 

September 9, 2017  Jesus, Help Me

 

 When a hurricane is coming, you have two choices, get out of the way or try to hold your ground.

In life we sometimes face hurricane force winds in the form of situations that seem impossible to avoid and that feel out of control. Let me encourage anyone who might be experiencing extreme suffering, when the wind blows and the mountains quake, we can run into Him for shelter. I’ve had times when all I had strength to do was take refuge in Him, when all I could say was, “Jesus, help me.” Even though these situations were way over my head, He was there.

Hebrews 4:16 AMP
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

 

2016

 

February 6, 2016  When Paul Wrote Law He Meant ALL Law
     If we do not understand that when Paul wrote “law”, he meant ALL of the Old Covenant law, we will fall short in our understanding of nearly everything Paul writes and never truly comprehend the magnitude and power of the gospel of God’s grace.     Here’s an example.     Galatians 2:21
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in         vain.

     Paul clearly taught that righteousness is by faith in Jesus. If there is any other way that we can be right with God, then Jesus died for no reason. That is what Paul meant when he wrote this verse. If we think “law” here refers only to the civil and ceremonial laws, this verse loses its power. Few believers feel compelled to keep the Jewish civil and ceremonial laws, let alone feel that their righteousness comes from doing so. However, if we include the moral law, we understand the enormous impact of his statement.

     Does not the church today major in teaching that in order to be righteous before God, we must keep the moral law? Yet, this is precisely what Paul was combating. He intended to include the whole law. “If righteousness comes by keeping the Ten Commandments (or any other aspect of the law), then Christ died in vain.”

   Later in Galatians, Paul makes it very clear, “The law was our tutor to lead us to Christ, BUT after FAITH has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Gal. 3:24-25). We are no longer under any part of the law. If we do not acknowledge this, we cannot be truly free. We will continue to be lead by law instead of by the Spirit, and usually without knowing it, we are saying that something more than what Jesus did on the cross is required to be righteous!

     Paul also wrote in Romans 6:14, “Sin shall not have dominion over you because you are not under the law but under grace.” If we think this only refers to civil and ceremonial laws, how does this help us at all? How much more powerful is this, “Sin has no dominion over you because you are not under the Ten Commandments (or any other aspect of the law) but under grace.”

    We are not righteous by keeping the Ten Commandments. We are righteous by faith (Rom. 5:1). We are not guided by the Ten Commandments. We are led by the Spirit (Rom. 8:14). We are not instructed by the Ten Commandments. We are taught by grace Titus 2:11-14.
     I understood MANY things about the gospel of God’s grace and was living in the freedom of it, even teaching it, but it wasn’t until I understood this truth that I fully comprehended His amazing grace and more closely understood the writings of Paul.

 

2015

 

2014

February 15, 2014 Jesus Died So that You Would Have LIFE

 

     Christians died (past tense) with Christ and were buried (past tense) with Him, and rose again (past tense) with Him. Jesus did not die and rise again so that you could spend your life dying. He did this so the you could LIVE. Life, everlasting LIFE, is what He came to give us…not everlasting death.John 10:10
     I have come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it MORE ABUNDANTLY.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting LIFE.

 

March 6, 2014  “Closer” to God

 

     Many Christians today worry about getting closer to God. This is a waste of time. What do YOU think that YOU could do that would be good enough to make yourself closer to the almighty God? Fasting won’t bring you closer. Formulas won’t do. Endless confession of sins and praise will not suffice. Praying endlessly or consistently won’t bring you closer. Sitting perfectly still with soft music playing in the background won’t help. What about a lifetime of good works-will that gain you entrance into His presence? No. 
     You could try whipping yourself or crawling on your hands and knees and weeping and wailing. Or how about hooping and hollering yourself into a state of ecstasy? Will your blood do? Stop this madness! You have been brought perfectly near to God through the sacrifice of His Son. The veil that separated you from God was torn when Jesus said, “It is finished.” You CANNOT get closer. You are already perfectly united with Him. He is in you, and you are in Him. You CANNOT get any closer than that.
     We don’t pray to get closer. We pray because we are close. Herein lies the rest we’ve been promised. Cease from your own labors, and embrace what He’s done FOR you.
1 Corinthians 6:17
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
Believe it. Embrace it. Enjoy it.

 

April 5, 2014  A God Who Can Be Pleased
Sometime in the early 1980’s, my husband attended a conference for those in ministry. The speaker said something that really impressed David. He said, “We serve a God who can be pleased.”That little flicker of hope was very helpful, but it still begged the question, “How?” We had been taught SO MANY things about how we were to actually please God. The list kept growing every time we’d hear a sermon or go to a conference or read a book. It was nice to know that God COULD be pleased, but HOW TO escaped us. There was always something MORE.

It would be about 7 years later, that the question was finally answered.The way to please God is to believe/have faith in Jesus and to love each other. It really is that simple.

1 John 3:16-23
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

 

February 13, 2013  Message Vs. Format
     I’ve seen a particular misunderstanding in culture. We think if we change the format of something, change will occur, but actually, it is the other way around. We must change the content and allow the content to affect the format. In schools for example, if we think small group learning is better than whole group learning but don’t change what is being learned and help the students see why it is being learned, we’ve only moved some desks around AND we risk that many students won’t hear anything intelligent in that hour, only listening to their mutually uniformed peers. In the church some think that sitting in a circle and learning together is superior to being taught by someone from a pulpit.                   However, if the same false message is being taught in a small group as is being taught from the pulpit, there is no difference. Everyone goes home uninformed. On the other hand, if a true message is being either taught from a pulpit or shared in a small group, all go home encouraged. It is the message that matters most, and that message will eventually affect the format.

 

2013

February 18, 2013 Temples of the Holy Spirit

I was thinking today that I made a silly comment on a post and noticed my current profile picture has my husband’s face with mine. I thought, “Oh, I’m carrying David into every silly thing I say,” and then I remembered that Paul wrote to believers, “Don’t you know that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit?” Paul was expressing the horror that when we engage in immoral behaviors, we bring God into those actions with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us, even when we blow it. He is right there with us. Just a thought I had. It’s not that He won’t forgive us or that He’ll forsake us, but that He lives in us.

 

March 1, 2013  Superabounding Grace 

Some have written that we can only have the amount of grace we need for each day, but that is not what God says.

Ephesians 1:8-9
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He LAVISHED on us.

From Wuest’s New Testament Commentary on Ephesians 1:8 (in part):

That is, God’s grace was manifested to us in SUPERabundance. It is an OVERSIZE grace. It is MORE than enough to save and keep saved for time and eternity, every sinner who comes to God in Christ Jesus. Paul uses this same verb in Rom. 5:20 but prefixes the preposition huper, which preposition means “above,” and the translation reads; “Where sin existed in abundance (pleonazō), grace existed in super-abundance, and then some on top of that.”-Wuest

So, we have more grace than we could ever need!

 

March 26, 2013  The World’s Vs. God’s System
The World’s System: No pain. No gain.
God’s system: His pain. Your gain.

 

April 1, 2013  Memories that Hinder

A few years ago, I went through a painful time in life. It wasn’t a one-time experience, but something that endured about a year. It had to do with being unjustly treated, etc. Only by God’s grace was I able to get through. I forgave from my heart all those who wronged me and God healed me. He is so amazing that way.

What I didn’t realize, though, was that this experience left a scar that made me afraid to venture into similar situations, kind of like a mother might feel after giving birth the first time saying, “I will never do that again.” Most moms do have another child, but there are some who allow that memory of the whole experience to keep them from giving birth to another bundle of joy. (Obviously, I’m not talking about a future pregnancy that will be life-threatening.) Well, I realized lately that a scar that had formed in my life and it was keeping me from venturing into a similar situation to the one that caused me so much pain. My thinking would be, “Been there and done that! I am NOT going to ‘go there’ again!” to anything that might turn out the same. Now, I thought this to be a rational response, and on some level it is. We learn from our past and hopefully don’t repeat our mistakes. The interesting thing was, this past experience wasn’t a mistake and it wasn’t my fault…still…it was holding me back.

A couple weeks ago, I saw it! I was letting the pain of the past, even though I am healed of that pain, and even though I’ve forgiven those who wronged me, to keep me from venturing into where God was calling me because I was afraid something similar might happen again. When I realized this, something was set free inside of me allowing me to bravely move forward. Might the same experience be repeated again? Yes. Is God calling? Then it doesn’t matter. It will still be worth it because it will bring God glory.So, now I’m looking forward to seeing what God will do! I just love the way He opens our eyes to see so that He can set us free to what He is calling us to do.

 

September 14, 2013  A Mother’s Silent Kindness

My mother taught me many things in life, mostly by example. Sometimes I’ll remember something she used to do and a light bulb will go off in my mind. “So THAT’S why she did that!” Today as I was baking my favorite cake, the cake she used to bake, I started remembering how I’d wait at her apron for her to give me the bowl to lick the batter. What a treat.

Then it dawned on me. I bet my mother was as good with a spatula as I am. I can nearly clean a bowl out with not a trace of batter when I’m baking. How was it that my mom’s batter bowls always had something in them? Then that light bulb went on, and I felt thankful for her love.

As I thought about it just a little longer I realized that I had done the same thing with my kids without even knowing why.

By the way, I was ready to scrape that bowl clean this morning, but decided to leave just a little in there. Yummy!

September 29, 2013

Today I am thankful for the gospel of the grace of God which unites hearts with authentic love for each other. I never imagined when we started Studies in Grace and Faith that I would ever come to love so many people, and to be loved in return. This kind of love can’t be manufactured. It can’t be feigned. It’s one of the most real things I know. “We love because He first loved us.” So thankful.

 

December 5, 2013 I Am Holy

Today I woke up so thankful that I am holy, not because of anything I do (which would obviously NEVER be enough), but because of the blood of Jesus. This gift of holiness brings about the fruit of holiness. “Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” This does not mean if you don’t live a holy life you will not see the Lord. It means that if you have not been made holy by the blood of Jesus, you will not see Him. BECAUSE we have been made holy, not IN ORDER to be made holy, we live a life of holiness. This is part of the rest we have been promised. Think about it…just what is it that YOU could do to MAKE yourself holy?

Hebrews 10:14
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.

2012 

 

January 22, 2012 Stupid Bird!

     It was all HIS fault. He got out in the middle of the road to eat who-knows-what, and got hit by a car. Now his wing tip dangled and flopped as he wildly tried to get out of that place.

     “Stupid bird! What an idiotic thing to do! You KNOW those cars come racing through here. You had to see or hear it coming, but NO, you had to take one more bite. Now, look at you!”     “I know I really blew it, but I’m trying to get out of this lane,” said the bird, “Can you please help me? I’m not very good at walking. My feet are made for swimming and I’m flapping as hard as I can, but getting nowhere.”

     “Nope, sorry,” said the bird. “If I help you, you will never learn. Hopefully, this will teach you a good lesson,” he said.

     Another bird squawked in and said, “I think he’s learned his lesson! Here, dear bird, let me help you.”

”     Oh, thank-you!” said the helpless wounded bird flapping and trying to get somewhere to no avail. You could see he was growing weak and tired.

     It was very clear the bird wanted to help. “Try flapping this way,” he demonstrated, “and lift those feet up a bit while leaning forward…like this! If that doesn’t work, try rolling toward the side of the road.”

     The floundering bird was so confused by now. Flapping was becoming more and more painful. What was “rolling”? He’d never done that before. He tried to lift his feet, but no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t take the second bird’s advice.

     The second bird said, “Well, if you aren’t going to take my advice, I can’t help you.”

     Then the poor bird saw it…another oncoming car…right in his lane. He flapped and squawked and tried lifting his toes and all the while wondering what “rolling” meant. The car appeared larger and larger until…

     SWOOP! A larger bird descended and grabbed the now horrified bird and lifted him up just in time to avert what seemed to be his fate. The larger bird gently deposited his friend into a pond of water. He couldn’t fly, but he did still know how to swim.

     “Thank-you,” said the bird in his weakest but happiest chirp.

     “You are welcome,” said the big bird as he sewed up the broken wing and then wrapped it so it would heal.

     The rescued bird waited, but the lecture he knew was due him never came. Instead, the stronger bird took the him to his corner of the pond where there was a safe place to swim until he could be on his own again. Somehow this undeserved and unconditional love was just what he needed.

     When the healing was done, and the bird was getting ready to leave, he said, “What do I owe you?”

     “Nothing,” said his friend, “Seeing you whole again is reward enough for me.”

February 9, 2012 No Longer Hungry or Thirsty for God

     As I sat in church one Sunday singing a song about hungering for God, the thought came to me that I shouldn’t be hungry. I remember sitting there trying to remember verses on the topic and wondering if it was more than just a thought I was having, but perhaps God speaking directly to my heart. I asked to borrow my husband’s Bible and looked through his concordance for the word “hunger”. Then I saw it: “never hunger”.

     I sat stunned. After years of learning of God’s grace and of rejecting traditions that did not line up with scripture, I was confronted once again with a tradition that is so deeply ingrained in Christian culture that it is what we call a sacred cow. I’d been taught and believed that I needed to “hunger and thirst after God”. This meant I needed to kindle a desire for God and the things of God, even to the point of desperation. So, singing a song about hungering for God had never seemed odd for me.

     But there it was, not in black and white, but RED LETTERS…you know…the ones they put in red because JESUS HIMSELF said them? Since then, my perspective on this topic has completely changed. No longer do I force myself to hunger and thirst for God. In fact, I now see the whole concept as an insult to what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. He has died to give us His very LIFE. There is no need to hunger or thirst any longer. We have been FILLED.

     Not only are we filled, we are overflowing.

     I’m sorry if I just killed a sacred cow of yours. Trust me. He’s better off dead! Now, go and enjoy what you’ve already been given…His very presence living in you. No reason to be desperate, hungry, or thirsty. He has died and risen again and is living inside of you if you believe in Him. Quit seeking and enjoy that you have found.

John 6:35
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall NEVER hunger, and he who believes in Me shall NEVER thirst.”

John 4:13-14
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will NEVER thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water SPRINGING UP into everlasting life.”

 

February 14, 2012 Blaming God

     People blame God for the most horrible things. Yet what can we know about God? Quite a bit actually. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father,” and Colossians 1 says that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God.So we can see what God the Father is like by reading the gospels. Jesus life, words, and actions were an exact representation of God the Father. When we characterize God we need to be careful to base our conclusions on what we see in Jesus.

     Think about this: Did Jesus ever cause a destructive storm while on earth? No. He did calm them, though. Jesus never made anyone sick, but He did heal them. He never killed anyone, but he did raise them from the dead. Did he condemn sinners? No. When His disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven, he forbade them. Jesus is the exact representation of our Father. Get to know more about God by learning more about Jesus, and please think a little longer before attributing God with evil.

 

February 16, 2012  Created for Good Works

     When we speak on grace and faith righteousness verses law and works righteousness, invariably the question always comes up, “Well, are you saying we don’t have to do any works?”

     The answer is very simple. You don’t HAVE to do any works, but you will WANT to do them.

Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

     So, what is a good work? Is it praying for an hour, reading the Bible each day, and going to church on Sunday? Is it refusing sin and embracing holiness?

     I believe that taking in the whole of Jesus life and the letters written by the apostles, good works are what we do for others in Jesus name. This can take on many forms from being used by God in a spiritual gift or calling to giving of our time and money to help someone in need.

     Works come in two ways: by seeing them as a law and motivating ourselves to do them or as a fruit of what God puts in our hearts. If we see works as a law, we will feel the weight of them. If we allow works to spring forth from the life He has given us and as a response to His grace, we will find rest.

     I’ve done both types of works in my life. I prefer works that come from grace than works required by law.

     The perfect illustration for me is from my teenage years. My parents would sometimes go away overnight. I would plan ahead what special thing I would do for them when they were gone and work so hard to accomplish that task and delight in their surprise when they came home. I would do things like scrub the grout in the tile or shampoo by hand the entire carpet. Once I even painted my bedroom. I loved doing these things that came from my heart.

     However, my step-father finally figured out the pattern that when they’d leave, I’d work, and one day as they were leaving, suggested what I might do that weekend. As you can guess, this deflated my motivation which was coming from my heart, and put me under the burden of obligation. I didn’t do what he asked that weekend. I didn’t do anything. I don’t think I ever did anything again. I was a teenager, not mature enough “to get over it”.

     I think this truth has significant applications for every relationship from marriage to family and friends to employment, but I will refrain from elaborating. Let me just say, that anyone who has worked for or lived with someone who is demanding will understand what I mean.

     My point is that works that come from the heart (grace) are more powerful and enjoyable than works we are obligated to perform (law). When we know how greatly we are loved and that God is not demanding from us but giving to us, we begin to work motivated by His love and empowered by His grace. Even though this work may be physically exhausting at times, the joy that comes from sharing God’s grace with others well overcomes the difficulties.

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward 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.

     The bird lifted his wings and flew on his way. Looking down he saw the perfect snack right in the middle of the road, but amazingly without one piece of advice, he flew a different way directed by the love that had saved him.

 

February 21, 2012  I Can Fix It

     Recently I wrote about creating a quilt comparing it with God making us new creations.

     Today as I realized I made a huge mistake on the quilt I’ve been working on, I felt a certain calmness and thought, “Well, I’ll just fix it.” I took the pieces apart, fixed them and sewed them back together.

     Suddenly, I couldn’t help but think that we often make mistakes in life, but God is not stressed out. He can fix them. Just let Him.
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things (even our mistakes) work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

February 23, 2012  Confidence in My Creation

     Working with my current quilt has a different dynamic. Normally, I use a pattern someone else designed and add my own colors. This time I designed it myself. If I get lost on someone else’s pattern I’m following, I have to spend some time re-reading the instructions. I’ve even gone so far as to email the author for help. With my design there is no confusion I know exactly what I’m doing. I have complete confidence in my creation.

     Thinking about that today I realized that God feels the same confidence in His plan in each of our lives. He knows what He’s doing. As we behold His glory, we are being transformed into His image from glory to glory. He trusts in His plan. Now we can rest in His love.

Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God PREPARED BEFOREHAND that we should walk in them.

 

April 4, 2012  How Did I Lose My Joy?

Some believers lost the joy of our salvation because instead of being taught why we should be joyful; instead of hearing who we are and what Christ accomplished in us, we were taught what we needed to do to better our relationship with God. Then in seeking to improve upon this glorious relationship which was purchased for us by Christ’s own blood, we became weary in our efforts and began living in a state of dissatisfaction, hunger and thirst; seeking for the next new teaching that would quench our desires. The cure for this miserable treadmill is a return to the cross and the discovery of HIS abundance of grace

July 25, 2012  Christians Need Not “Enter” God’s Presence

     I used to think that prayer was a way to “enter God’s presence”. I also believed that God lived inside of me. Can you see what a conflict of beliefs this is? Well, I didn’t. I walked about believing that I had God’s presence in me, but that I also needed to enter His presence. Seriously, I just threw logic to the wind and believed this conflicting information for many years.

     Over time, this lead me to feel like God was in heaven, and I was on earth. When I would pray I felt distanced from Him even though I believed He lived inside of me. This was very confusing for me. It was a painful “reality” I didn’t know how to escape. I think many believers are in this condition today as evidenced by the many formulas there are for prayer, all the songs about being “hungry and thirsty” for God, and by those dear souls going from meeting to meeting hoping to experience the presence of God. We need to see how wrong this is. God, through the blood of Jesus, brought us into His presence. He lives inside of us. INSIDE of us.

     Now I realize why I was so confused, why He seemed so far away, even though theologically, I knew better. The veil that separated man from God’s presence was torn when Jesus died on the cross. Those who believe in Jesus enter through the veil of His flesh into God’s presence permanently. We don’t come in and go out. Yet, as a friend of ours puts it, I had sewn the veil back up in my mind.

     We don’t need to enter His presence for His presence has entered us and we have permanently entered His presence! HE did this FOR us through the blood of His Son.

     What a relief this is in prayer. No need to go through any formulas, no need to invite His presence to be among us. God has taken care of that in Christ. We just simply ARE in His presence, so when we pray, we simply speak. How clouded my mind was with tradition, and how thankful I am to be free of it. What a joy to just live in and enjoy His presence with no need for formula.

1 Corinthians 6:17
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

     We cannot get any closer than this.

and love toward us. For it is when we enter this rest; when we stop trying to improve ourselves by our works of righteousness, that we recover our joy.

 

September 11, 2012  You Shall NOT Perish!

What part of “shall NOT perish” do we not understand?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall NOT perish, but HAVE *eternal* life,” (John 3:16).

These things I have written to you who BELIEVE in the name of the Son of God, that you may KNOW that you HAVE *eternal* life, and that you may continue to BELIEVE in the name of the Son of God (1 John 5:13).

October 6, 2011

So many years wasted
And growth delayed
By trying to become
What I’d already been made.

 

 

 

Galatians 2:21

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