Too Much Grace

If I am never...

Ever...

Accused...

Of preaching "too much grace"....

When it comes to God and a sinful believer....

Then I am not ministering like Jesus and Paul did.

When was the last time I was charged with "too much grace?"

Count Me Out ( I Pray)

Who hated Jesus?

I mean overall.

Tax collectors?

Prostitutes?

Fishermen?

Or Pharisees?

You know the answer.

The following is said about the Pharisees in relationship to Jesus Christ:

They tried to "watch" Him, "test" Him,  "question" Him, and "trap" Him.

They "argued with" Him, "gathered (i.e. "swarmed") around" Him, and "plotted against" Him.

Finally, the Pharisees "sought to seize Him" and "tried to lay hands on Him."

Not one of those things are even hinted at...

 Concerning a public prostitute.

A Roman soldier.

A crazed demoniac.

Or a wandering multitude. 

In 2017, it may very well be the Pharisees who still want to crucify Him.

Therefore, whatever a "Pharisee" might be today...

I do not want to fall into that category.

 

Just Hold On

The rule of thumb for ministry is this:

If you can possibly quit, then do so.

If you can do anything else, then try it.

Or something like that.

That kind of statement has been attributed to C.H. Spurgeon.

And repeated by pastors ever since.

Yet....

I wonder if the Lord does keep some pastors in the ministry.

Rather than those pastors keeping themselves in the ministry.

Jesus preached from Peter's boat.

Peter had to hold it.

He was a captive audience to Jesus' sermon.

Then Jesus told Peter that He would make him a Fisher of Men.

If I...this Peter....am a captive audience...

If the Lord has kept me in the ministry....

If I am simply called to hold down the fort (or the boat)...

Then it goes to show this Peter...

I am in the ministry by His grace.

Where does God have you holding the boat?

In the office?

At home?

Maybe at RCC?

He has you there for His purpose.

So don't give up.

Even if it means that.....

You just hold on!

 

 

 

Embrace His Grace

If there is nothing fearful about the Holiness of God...

Then there is nothing amazing about His Grace.

Preaching through the Book of Judges...

Reveals to me that because God is to be feared...

I greatly embrace His Grace!

Judges 11

A man named Jephthah thought he could negotiate with God.

"Lord. You grant me victory. I offer whatever marches out to me first."

It cost him more than he bargained for.

It cost him his only daughter.

Don't bargain with God.

You can't afford to.

Receive His grace.

Give thanks to His Name.

He already paid the price.

Heaven. Heaven. Heaven.

Jon Courson has often said the following:

"For the unbeliever, this is the best it is ever going to be.

 Yet for the believer, this is the worst it is ever going to be."

Think about that....

Overdue bills.

Friction in the marriage.

Disc plate blown out.

This is the worst that it's ever going to be.

Also, think of it along these lines.

Making the All Star team.

The Honeymoon night.

Son graduates with honors.

This is the worst that it's ever going to be.

No matter how bad it is...

Or how good it is...

It is only going to get better.

Heaven.

 

 

I Will Go Do Them

I want to be Holy.

I want to walk in righteousness.

I want to do good works.

Be generous with my money.

Charitable to strangers.

Hospitable to the poor.

I want to be!

And when I am not doing those things...

Jesus Christ did them for me!

So, now...

I will go do them.

The Last Place he Would Look

How could the Savior....

Be born in a manger?

It wasn't the first choice of Joseph and Mary.

Yet....

It was the last place the devil would suspect.

After all, whenever he even sniffed a coming Savior...

Satan would do his devil best to stamp it out.

He called up Cain.

Fired up Pharaoh.

Hit up Haman.

Hurried up Herod.

Who would have thought the Christ be birthed in a barn?

The devil didn't.

Thank God.

For anyone that thinks they are the last.

The last person Christ would want to live within.

You are the first person.

The first person He wants to save.

Indeed, in the Kingdom of God...

The last shall be first.

Hallelujah.