Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

      Grace Defined and Illustrated   Though God is the essence of Grace, we find the word grace used only once in the Old Testament.  In Psalm 45, which is said to be a wedding psalm for the director of music.  We read: “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…You are most excellent of men, and your lips have been anointed with grace.” So what is the writer really saying?  What did He mean by your lips have been anointed with grace?  This is just my thought, but the ability to speak and verbalize our thoughts is a gift …

God’s Grace Manifested

God’s Grace Manifested

      God’s Grace Manifested   Have you ever considered that it was out of Grace that God took a great void of nothing and formed the beautiful world in which we live? He took an empty, dark void of nothing and created the world. He separated water and land, night from day, and created the beautiful Garden of  Eden. Then when everything was completed, out of His grace, He created Adam in His Own image and placed him in the garden to keep it.  God realized Adam would be lonely without a companion; so He took a rib from Adam’s body …

God’s Grace Extended

God’s Grace Extended

    God’s Grace Extended     Except for God’s grace, He would have given up on sinful mankind, but through the lineage of Noah, Abraham was born and God promised that his descendants would be numerous as grains of sand on the seashore.  Coupled with God’s grace, Abraham’s faith made him a great servant of God.  Though he waited many years for God to give him the son He promised, he sinned by bearing a son by His wife’s handmaid, as Sarah suggested. But basically he was a great man. I admire Abraham: because it took courage to wait on God so many years for the son He had …

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

    God’s Supreme Gift of Grace     “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him should never perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but so the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17 What loving grace of our heavenly Father to allow His Son to come to earth, be born in a stable, be mistreated by man, and then die on the old rugged cross to pay for mankind’s sins: even those who nailed Him to the cross. …

God’s Grace Included Me

God’s Grace Included Me

    God’s Grace Included Me     Even before my conception God had a plan for my life: for while in my mother’s womb He used my father’s and mother’s genes and DNA and formed my body. I did not know that as a girl, and thought I was ugly. I remember my mother’s reminding me something could happen that would really affect my appearance. I realize that I am no beauty queen, but have learned to be rather satisfied with my appearance. Really beauty is only skin deep; it’s what is on the inside that is important. Also God had a plan for my life before …

God’s Grace Continues

God’s Grace Continues

      God’s Grace Continues   “For by grace are you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a  gift of God.  Not of works, so no one will boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has foreordained that we should walk in them.”   Ephesians 2: 8-10. It is truly humbling that God would take a life with such an unlikely beginning and continue His work of grace in and through that life all these years.  I am amazed that I’m still on earth and …

Does Age Increase Patience?

Does Age Increase Patience?

  Does Age Increase Patience?     One might think the older age one achieves, the more patient she will become. Based on the following scripture in Romans 5: 4, perhaps God intended it to be so: “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know our suffering produce perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: for God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”  Romans 5: 4. So why do most elderly people find it more difficult to wait on others?  First, for an individual who …

Abraham: a Man Who Waited

Abraham: a Man Who Waited

  Abraham: a Man Who Waited     Abraham, son of Terah, is an excellent example of one who waited on God, but even he was not perfect in waiting. God had told Abraham to leave his country, his people, and his father’s house and go to a land God would show him and promised to make of him a great nation. While seventy-five years of age, Abraham left and took his wife Sarah and his nephew Lot with him. During their journey they experienced a famine, went into Egypt, and because Sarah was a beautiful woman, Abraham thought he might be harmed and …

Job: Another Man Who Waited on God

Job: Another Man Who Waited on God

      Job, Another Man Who Waited on God   Perhaps we have heard of the patience of Job, but I believe he learned patience through his suffering and hardships. Many years later Paul wrote, “Let us also rejoice in sufferings: because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: because God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given.” Romans 5: 4. If we read the book of Job, we find that because at Satan’s suggestion to God, Job lost all …

Lord, Help Me Be a Better Waiter

Lord, Help Me Be a Better Waiter

    Lord, Help Me Be A Better Waiter     One might think the older age one achieves, the more patient she will become.  Based on the following scripture in Romans 5: 4, perhaps God intended it to be so: “But we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know our suffering produce perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope that does not disappoint us: for God has poured out His love in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” Romans 5: 4 So why do most elderly people find it more difficult to wait on others?  First, …

My Past Year of Waiting

My Past Year of Waiting

      My Past Year of Waiting   2016 was not one of the best years of my life!  As with Job, sometimes I wonder if Satan got permission from God to sift my life: because it is really being sifted! Though I had suffered three bouts of viral pneumonia, I continued trying to serve God about the best I knew how. Then the first week in October, Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida Coast, and the severe wind-blown rain targeted our house located on the corner of Taborfield and Wakeworth Streets.  I knew of no other houses receiving damage, and wondered why our house and no others?  I knew that it …

God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

God’s Purpose in Our Waiting

      God’s Purpose in our Waiting   The Psalmist tells us in Psalm Ninety that a thousand years are as a day in God’s sight,  yesterday as a watch in the night when past; therefore, we should number our days and gain a  heart of wisdom.  So it appears if we use waiting properly, we will gain wisdom. Long ago Micah 7: 7 wrote,” Therefore, I look unto the Lord; I wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” According to this promise, if we continue praying and believing, God will hear and answer our prayers and …