Journal Entry ~ 11/06/18
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. - 2 Corinthians 8:9
Far too often, we take God’s grace for granted. The God who created this vast and beautiful universe is the same One who became poor and gave up His only Son so that we may be rich in the knowledge of His grace in our lives. Yet, many a day goes by without us stopping to dwell on this incredible gift.
Having God’s grace in our lives means that we have access to His presence at any time. We are not only forgiven when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, but the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. Our Father in heaven is not distant from us. He is with us, at all times, in all things. He is with us in those big moments when it feels like the world is crashing around us, and He is with us and those little moments when our frustrations seem to get the better of us. It honestly blows my mind when I spend any time dwelling on that at all – the same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives inside me. I have access His incredible gift of presence at any time, in any place.
His presence leads to the next gift of grace - freedom. Because He dwells within us, we have the power to be free from the chains that bind us. We no longer have to be gripped by our fears or anxieties. We no longer have to reside in the pit of despair, and we no longer have to give in to our anger. The strongholds that have kept our hearts in bondage for generations can be broken free by His presence in our hearts. His grace transforms us, it changes us into the image of his Son. We don’t have to stay chained to our past - we can break free from all that has held us captive.
When I look over my life and see how God has transformed my heart, the strongholds he has demolished, in sins He has broken me free from, I cannot help but fall to my knees in gratitude of the grace he has given to me.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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