Monday, June 4, 2012

A Gracious God

Lately I have felt unsettled, unhappy, desire more, and don't understand why God hasn't met my unfulfilled desires yet. However, over the past few days I have been humbled by his graciousness to me. He has already had given me so much and shown compassion in ways I don't even stop to recognize. I am reminded of his graciousness in the following verses: "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are those who wait for him!" Isaiah 30:18 "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10 "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32 He wants to give us "good" things, he longs to give us good things. We just need to stand with open hearts and arms and accept what he wants to give us and what he gives us is more than enough, because he has chosen for us to have what we need when we need it. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 In all reality we deserve nothing, but he is gracious...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Child Redeemed by Grace

So it's been a long time since I have posted and know that I am most likely the only person that will ever go back through and read the words I have written, but I enjoy letting these words, these thoughts spill out and it's quite refreshing. You should try it some time :)

Today at church we were going through 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 where it talks about the Lord's Supper and how we should approach the table. The thing that always strikes me/scares me the most are Paul's words found in v27:

"Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord."

I do not take this warning lightly as I sit in the pew and confess to God the things I have done that have caused me to be led astray, and hope and pray that I am not bringing down judgment upon myself for not being "good enough", but TODAY was different...

I realized that yes, we should not take the Lord's Supper lightly and we should repent of our sins before we partake with our brothers in sisters in holy communion, but it's also important to REMEMBER HIM! He has given us the this feast as a way to REMEMBER HIM!

"For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

(1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV)

This feast serves as a reminder not that I am unworthy and not good enough, it is a reminder that I am redeemed by the blood of Christ, it is a reminder of all that He has done for me and continues to do for me, even though I am a sinner.

Inspired by this message I was humbled and understand now more than ever that I am a child redeemed by grace called to remember my Lord.

You who created the seas, created me
You who sit in heaven upon your throne, have chosen to call me your own

Even though I fail, Your love prevails
Even though I fall, You're around when I call

I run to you when I don't know what to do, what to think, what to believe, and You tell me...

I'm all you'll ever need
You are my child and even though you run wild
I am hear, do not fear, but draw near
Come back to Me and you'll see
I'm all you'll ever need