Silence Can Be Golden

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I was reminded of this quote by Dionysius last Wednesday evening during our development group meeting at church when our pastor talked about how to listen when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.

If you have Jesus living in your heart, then He is most certainly speaking to you, attempting to lead you in the way you should go.

Pastor told us that sometimes we can’t hear the Holy Spirit speaking from deep within us because we are talking so much we drown Him out. Sometimes we just need to be silent.

I’d much rather hear Him than me. With one word He can solve a problem I had been working on for weeks. After telling Him about my issue (like He doesn’t know), I need to listen, not continue to whine.

Dionysius and my pastor are right.

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Let Grace Stream

Grace. The amazing favor of God. We can’t earn it. He gives it freely to all of us.

It is a thrill to experience the reality of redemption. When we ask for forgiveness, all of our sin debt is sent to the cross where the price has already been paid. We are excited and willing to say “yes” to that. We bask in the sunshine of it.

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16

Why “grace upon grace” we ask?

God’s grace is sufficient. We know that. 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that. So why do we need grace upon grace?

Then we come across the scripture that says,”And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.¬†For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.(Matt. 6:12, 14, 15)

Really? I have to forgive those who hurt me? But God, what they did was really, really, bad.

He knows. He saw it all happen. It’s all written down.

This is why we need grace upon grace. Grace for us and our debt, and the grace to forgive our debtors. This stream of divine favor does not originate in us. We are not capable of giving favor to those who so deeply hurt us, so He gives us the grace we need to do that which He requires. (Isn’t that just like Him? He makes sure we have what we need to do anything He asks of us.)

Also, bear in mind that when you forgive it doesn’t mean your offender had a free pass to hurt you and not face a penalty. They still have to accept the work of the cross for themselves to be fully forgiven and cleansed of sin too, just like you and me. But when you and I forgive our offenders and let God have the debt, we no longer carry the weight of it. Aren’t you tired of being pressed down by it? I know I was.

Also, when we let go of the hurt and the debt, we no longer have to judge our offender. We let God have His rightful place as judge. We place the whole thing squarely in God’s hands, which means we are completely free of it.

The result is restoration. Jesus paid the debt at the cross and gives us what the offender took from us. Peace, joy, respect, innocence (I know, that’s hard to believe) and anything else. I am living proof of that.

So, to be free from the burden of unforgiveness and restored to emotional health (which can also affect your physical health, by the way), please…

Let His grace stream to you and through you today. You will be amazed.

Book Signing Event to Help Widows and Orphans

I am excited to tell you about a book signing event coming up on July 16, 2016, at the Family Christian Store – Oaks Mall West, in Gainesville, Florida. I will be there from 10-12 am and from 2-4 pm.

The company, Family Christian Stores, is a blessing to widows and orphans and every purchase you make there helps that cause. They abide by James 1:27, “…to look after orphans and widows in their distress,” and declare on their website, “Our heartbeat is to help orphans and widows in need, as our Father calls us to do. And with every purchase you make, you’re making an amazing difference in their lives.”

I am looking forward to chatting with you there and blessing widows and orphans all the while.