THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 6)

THE GRACE OF GOD (PT 6)

By Ben Osborne We know that, as believers, grace saved us. But, we forget that just as it is impossible for us to save ourselves, it’s impossible without God to do what God says to do. If you are all called to follow Jesus you are called to walk a walk that you can’t do on your own really at all. It’s been said that grace is called the divine enablement. The Christian walk is a walk of trust, from beginning to end, all empowered by God Himself. We are called to step out of what we are able to do on our own and step into what He is able to do. He commands us to do stuff that’s impossible. A good example of that is when Jesus calls Peter to step out onto the water in Matthew 14. 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” We know that Peter has zero ability to walk on the water in and of himself, but if Jesus says to do it, He is going to give Peter the ability to do it by His grace. Whatever truth says, His power is there to carry it out. Peter heard...
CONFIDENCE: FINDING YOUR VOICE

CONFIDENCE: FINDING YOUR VOICE

Confidence: Discovering your Value, Finding your Voice I believe that in the body of Christ what is needed more than ever is confidence and a fresh revelation of God’s empowerment. Self doubt, fear of man, and false humility are weapons being used by the enemy to cripple many voices and hearts in our generation. Even though they are more religiously accepted than pride, they are just as damaging to us walking in our destiny. On the other side of fighting for your self worth and value, you will find your confidence and with it your voice, authenticity, and passion. God the Father is committed to you getting there. For me the process started when one day the Lord said, “You don’t know your value and you look around and see yourself smaller than others. You think that you have nothing to bring to the table, you pretend and show them what you think they will like.  There’s a voice, a unique song, an expression of my heart that can only be seen through your life and you need to start walking in it.” People would call me humble or meek, but it was really just me fearfully holding back who I actually was. This started a season of God’s empowerment. He didn’t want me walking in false humility but in true confidence. Pride is saying I’m going to prove my value to everyone by my performance. Confidence is knowing that He has given me value before I do anything. I have nothing to prove, I already have approval and as a by-product of this, I have a voice. Unfortunately, some of us have grown...
THE CROSS (FULLY LOVED)

THE CROSS (FULLY LOVED)

If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself. –C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory Today you can rest in the love of God, 100% delighted in, 100% loved in Jesus, and nothing can add to your value or subtract from it. God loves you because that is His nature.  Loving you and redeeming you was His idea so you never have to try to convince Him of it. He loved you way before you ever loved Him and proved it in sending His Son while you were in sin against Him.  Before we bring anything to the table except our sin, God gave Jesus to bring us into His family. As glorious as this truth is, you can start with the grace of God but the enemy comes to try to pull us out of our position in the beloved and into the bondage of shame, working for something that God has already given and promised us. Putting our ability to be loved onto how we perform, with nothing to show for it but shame and condemnation. When we feel ashamed we think we are distant from God, we try to clothe ourselves to be approachable again, something that we were never supposed to have to do. For me life was riddled with shame, it wasn’t that I would think I did something wrong, it was I thought “I” was wrong. I would constantly look inward and navel gaze, trying to fix myself so that God would love me. I would see what I thought I should be and lived constantly defeated, never able to measure up. I was...

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