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You are Blessed because of HIS goodness and Faithfulness to You
7 March 2018.
Morning time with Jesus inspired me with another exquisite picture of what living under grace looks like. It totally blessed me out of my socks that I had to write about this.
The richness and depths of our Father’s heart surpasses what we think it is.
It brought a whole new light to my soul. Fresh revelation of His word is something we all yearn for and can’t do without. He satisfies us with His grace in the morning.
The experience of the Emmaus road (Emmaus means ‘hot baths’) leaves us refreshed and burning in our hearts.
Christ our daily bread fuels us for the day, satisfies our souls, keeps us from temptations and keeps us focused and on track.
I’d like to capture a golden moment of what my son said one day, “The Bible never gets boring, even if you read the same page again.”
PRE- 10 Commandments
The RED SEA
The children of Israel found themselves in no small pickle! It was the Red Sea in front of them and a furious Egyptian army hot on their tails. No more land to move forward on. No bridge, no speed boats, and no rescue helicopters. And the Red Sea was no small pond.
Exodus 14:11, 12
11 Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” (NASB + Strong’s, https://BibleHub.com)
I love what proceeds from heaven in response to their trauma, anguish, confusion, folly – despite an immense lack of faith after all those magnificent miracles they saw fairly recently, with their own eyes in Egypt:
Exodus 14:13, 14
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” (NASB + Strong’s, https://BibleHub.com)
Haven’t we all been there, if not for a fraction of a moment?
They had only just witnessed miraculous events that could have only been performed by a loving, kind God who delivered them out of the yoke of bondage, slavery and injustice.
However, their reasoning was deluded by what their physical eyes could see, and their speech started spiralling out of control.
Pursued by GRACE
BUT here comes Grace chasing them, greater than the power of their enemies. No chastisement, no chiding – just loving understanding and wisdom, pure favour that was undeserved. Let’s take a closer look.
There was absolutely nothing for them to do. Hey – there was nothing they could do at all!
We sometimes feel guilty if we don’t do something about something. We try and end up messing it up all the more.
There’s a place where we realise there is nothing we can do. When we are there, it is really not worth losing our peace and energy over it. The only thing left to do is nothing – let go.
We suddenly start anticipating a victory, a surprise around the corner. You just feel it in your bones, though everything seems bleak.
It’s a constant thought- training to surrender to Christ and expect the wonderful, because it’s about what He’s done and not what we have to do.
The Red Sea Parts!
“22The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters [were like] a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” (NASB + Strong’s, https://BibleHub.com)
They crossed over on dry ground. So the sea was parted and the ground was dried for them too. No mud to slow them down. He takes care of every detail.
How interesting that their murmurings did not incur wrath. They simply received miracle after miracle – in spite of their reaction. This is the Grace of God in action.
At Marah (Exodus 15:23-25), they encountered bitter, undrinkable water. He transformed the water. But not only was it no longer bitter. He made it sweet!
When they were hungry, they murmured strongly again. Yet God rained manna from heaven.
Their blessings, their provision and protection were dependent on God’s nature and His righteousness alone – HIS goodness, HIS loving kindness towards them and not on their behaviour.
God was being faithful to the covenant He made with Abraham. The best part is that the covenant was made whilst Abraham was asleep, in fact, so it could not have been dependent on Abraham’s works but by faith Christ.
The picture here is a covenant that God made with Jesus. The 2nd Adam has come. He lived and died on the cross for us. They buried His body. Defying death, He arose and is alive today.
We are declared righteous before the throne of God. Therefore, no longer subject to accusations from the enemy of our souls.
See why we can have rest for our conscience here: Getting to the Root of Peace.
Being Supply Conscious
Being supply-conscious and grace-minded leads to thanksgiving. It puts in us in a position to see and receive the miraculous, the impossible.
I am grateful for the times when I have been blessed though I was least deserving of it, lacked the faith or was afraid and did not see a way out of the valley.
Keep seeing yourself blessed not based on your goodness or faithfulness but HIS goodness and faithfulness.
Be expectant of remarkable things coming your way: open doors, the unexpected idea, resourcefulness, blessed in areas you never dreamed of before, enjoying divine protection and safety, wisdom – you name it!
“God blesses me not because of my goodness and faithfulness, but because of HIS goodness and faithfulness” (Prince, 2011 p. 154)
So, what has inspired me to see God in the Scriptures in a whole new light, you may ask?
‘100 Days of Favor‘ daily readings from ‘Unmerited Favor by Joseph Prince takes you on grace walks to see God’s unmerited favour unfold before your very eyes.
Gift yourself a copy or to the person who comes to mind as you read this.
I guarantee you won’t see yourself the same way, O you Blessed and Beloved one!
If you are not a believer but want to receive all that Jesus has done, just allow yourself to change your mind about God’s goodness and love toward you and believe it.
The fires of judgement already fell upon Christ for you. The good news is that the moment you believe in your heart that Christ took all your sins and died in your place, and confess with your mouth that He is Lord, you ARE saved. You are a child of God. You have the blessing of Abraham and God’s constant presence with you EVERY DAY.
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