Steady Grace

Believing

She is in prison, her soul is in lockdown, He holds the keys. He is breaking strongholds because of His faithfulness. All these will be part of the story, as she is running home to that place of peace.

There is no vision of the future as it is agonizing to imagine it. The future looks glommy, sad, empty, painful. The present is stormy, depressive, unloved, unappreciated.

 She hears His small voice calling to continue to imagine better days, to dream of a life full of appreciation, love, and happiness, peace. The process of recovery, power, and brightness is something she calls disturbing. There is pain that she must grow and learn from to become stronger.

Steadiness is something unbearable. No one listens; no one cares. There are silence and discouragement, but there is that small voice again that tells her, “tomorrow, you will see better days.” “Do not fear forI am with you in this moment of growth and development. “

“These moments of fear are signs of a brighter future, but there is no race to run; it is a time for stillness.” She is running the race called hope in her heart. Stillness is closeness and trust that He is in control. 

The light illuminates her weary soul, she lets that light shine in her heart as the warmth of His love comforts her this moment; this instance, these seconds. 

 She is close to home now.

For many people, life has significant value, and many of us will not die for the salvation of others. However, there is a man who died for the salvation of all humanity. Jesus is the GOD-MAN who died and resurrected for every human being.  “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:6 NIV).When I first heard of this man who encountered an awful death for the salvation of my soul, my human mind could not conceive such love. I did not understand how anybody would take place on a cross and be crucified for the forgiveness of my sins. But a thought popped in my mind that said: ” only with the power of God or God himself.” We are incapable of carrying all the sins of every human, every disease, and every pain. Only God Yahweh can send His only Son Jesus to pay for our debt. Again, no man on earth would take place on a cross for the salvation of all humans. Only God Himself can take this load. I started to think more about His immense and unfailing for love for us. Although we are unfaithful, God’s love does not give up, and it does not separate from us; it is unconditional. God’s love is so great for us that he came to this earth to die for us and give us freedom through His Son Jesus. For instance, do you see what is going on in this world? Can you notice that we have so much hate, anger, poverty, unbelief, murder, war, and other evil things that occupy our society? We need salvation, and that salvation comes through Jesus and accepting Him as our God and savior. Salvation will not come from our governments; it will not come from technological advancements or any other thing created on this earth. Salvation, joy, and peace come from the Lord of heavens, The God of Israel, Jesus!  “While we wait for the blessed hope the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:13-14 NIV). 

We live in a fallen world, and we will have difficulties, but do not give up! Believe in His promises. Even though we have afflictions, we pass through the fire without being burned. Jesus holds us, and our job is to worship and believe in Him, pursue His presence through prayer to encounter His incredible peace and joy in the middle of life’s issues. “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 NIV).

I hope you have found joy and refreshment in these words. I pray that you encounter God’s salvation and peace in your life, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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How kind are we?

            How do we feel when we do good works? Many of us feel a rush of joy and peace in our hearts when we do kind acts for a family member or a friend. The ability to be kind and feel empathy for other human beings is because God in His goodness allows us to feel His essence. Psalm 36:5-7 “Your love, Lord, Reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

This passage explains God’s great mercy and love for us. No matter who we think we are, His love is forever and forms part of everything, and it is for everyone. Sometimes we might take for granted the act of waking up alive each day of our lives. The Lord shows us His kindness and mercy every day that we wake up ready to continue the race. Each day is a new day and a new opportunity to reflect on how to know Him better by abiding to prayer and reading of His word. These two actions of daily prayer and reading the word of God are essential to our survival on this earth. Also, it is vital to pursue Jesus to know how to show kindness to others without neglecting our boundaries. Jesus is the best example of love, kindness, joy, perseverance, humility, goodness, peace, tolerance, self-control. It is beneficial for us to do good and engage in works that make a positive impact on someone’s life. For instance, Drevitch explains that “studying empathy today is like studying polar ice: Each year, we discover more about how valuable it is, just as it recedes all around us.” Having empathy and show acts of kindness to others feels like something supernatural, it feels good inside the heart, and the soul fills with joy every time we connect with someone. Studies found that “members of Life After Hate, a group of ex-white supremacists, found that exposure to individuals from groups they once tormented changed their opinions not only about those people but also about themselves (Psychology today). God is phenomenal!. He works in the lives of those that do not even know Him personally. Many times it is heard the phrase “God works in mysterious ways.” His mercies for us born every day without passing judgement.

 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased.” (Hebrew 13:16).  Researches found that the more people develop the skill of empathy, the more they show acts of kindness towards other individuals. God has proven throughout His word that the more compassionate we are, the more we can contribute to the betterment of this world in connection to human relations.  Every good work that we do is because of who God is. If there is still some goodness in this earth is because of God. God is Love. We cannot do anything right unless God put the desire in our hearts to do good.  “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8).  However, first love God, and He will know you. “But whoever loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:3).   Lord God touch our heart to serve the community and reach others with your kindness, to focus on other’s people needs rather than ours. Help us connect with others and see them for whom they are without making judgments. Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of salvation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

We all have intimidating doubts about our faith. One morning we are excited and believing that everything is possible with the help of God, and another day, we do not believe God so much as the day before. Spiritual warfare is real, and we are wrestling with negative thoughts that invade our minds. How powerful our mind is. I no longer wonder of who created it. God is logical and wants us to use our reasoning to think about Him, to study Him, and Pursue Him. When encountered with all these thoughts, questions, I will search more of Him by studying His word. We suppress thoughts and feelings that drive us to question God, His creation, our purpose. However, follow by this fight in our minds, here is the opportunity to look for more of Him and use our logic and reasoning to know Him a little more. “Knowing that the trying of your faith develops patience” (James 1:3-6).

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