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Thursday, May 31 2012
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Romans 3:23, 24 NLT
One of the great problems with our human nature is the emotions of condemnation. There we find peer pressure, jealousy, irritations, anxiety, stress, feelings of criticism along with all forms of judgment concerning ourselves and others. There is not enough money in the world that can remove these things from how we feel. But when we believe our Lord in what he says about his grace that is given to us in Jesus the Christ all things begin to change. First, judgment ends and grace replaces it with the emotions of kindness and encouragement. In this place there are no feelings of peer pressure, no jealousy, very little irritations and anxiety, stress and feelings of criticism just have no place to express themselves. On this new day may you enjoy the sweet relief of grace that is yours because of Jesus the Christ. Let your heart and your mind experience the emotions of joy as your words and tones of voice express thanksgiving and praise. There you will experience the blessing of his compassion and your journey will become a sweet fragrance to your family, your friends and those you meet.
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Wednesday, May 30 2012
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24 NLT
How much complaining, griping, stress and anxiety go on in our time? So much of our natural nature is to always want so much that we do not enjoy what we have. The beauty of grace in Jesus the Christ is that it gives us the ability to find joy in the little things of life. Just think of the simple things such as eating and drinking and all those taste buds in our mouth that are just waiting to have a party. Grace gives the joy of celebrating with an attitude of thanksgiving and that changes everything to how we feel and to how we think. On this new day may you find pleasure in the smallest things along your journey. You, your family, your friends and those you come in contact with will be renewed through your attitude of thanksgiving. Most likely you will just plain like this day.
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 03:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, May 29 2012
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2,3 NLT
We are not expected to count pain and sorrow as good things in themselves and therefore the source of joy. These disappointments and sorrows that come into our life are opportunities for our development in our life of grace and faith. We are to rejoice not because troubles come, but because of their possible benefits. George Muller of Bristol put it this way -"When trials come, we should say - My heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterwards." We are told that when a grain of sand presents itself into the oyster, the irritation that is caused is stopped by encrusting it with a pearly formation. A true pearl is therefore simply a victory over irritations. On this new day may you cover all the details of your life with that which has no irritation, the grace of God that is in Jesus the Christ. Your attitude, your thoughts and your emotions will be overwhelmed with delight and those around you will see the beauty of grace through you.
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 03:09 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, May 28 2012
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 NLT
We are a nation about freedom. Yet as a nation we seem to be loosing our freedom and becoming enslaved to ourselves. It isn’t just alcohol, drugs, and food but also violence in attitude and actions along with all forms of greed. What is ironic is the more someone asserts his or her self-centered freedom, the more he or she becomes enslaved to sin. But there is a prescription for freedom by the grace of God. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36. This freedom of grace is not a belief system, it is a life that is called a new creation. Here the root of addiction is replace with a love for God, a love for yourself and a love for all who you meet. On this new day may you enjoy what God has given in and through Jesus the Christ. May your day be free so that your old habits and addiction are no longer who you are. Your freedom in Christ will bless you and everyone around you.
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Friday, May 25 2012
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord... who has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:8,9
When God's grace touches our life the freedom of not being condemned leads to not being ashamed. We then begin to experience in our daily journey the joy of living without the feelings of peer pressure, guilt and shame. Now, even our past failures bring an opportunity to encourage others which gives glory to God. On this new day, enjoy being relaxed in the grace of God's love. Living and enjoying his grace will bring refreshment to your journey which will be a blessing for others who live and work around you. Your very breath today will bring praise to God.
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Thursday, May 24 2012
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from those I meet. Psalm 40:10
This Psalm reveals how relational David’s journey with the Lord was. God's grace gives great relief to our lives and causes us to see our world in a fresh new way. Your righteousness in my heart gives us a beautiful view of life without condemnation in our emotions and desires. With that in place, our belief in our Lord becomes a joy in our journey and others are then blessed with his love and kindness. On this new day, let his grace and love continue to overwhelm you for you no longer have any condemnation in Jesus the Christ. Your journey can now freely express the joy that brings. Those you meet today will be very blessed to experience the love of God through you.
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Wednesday, May 16 2012
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
Here we can see the impact of God's grace in the details of our heart and mind. Much of what we are born with is very self-focused and consuming. But God's grace gives a delight in living with open hands and heart which frees us up to see the blessing in others along their journey. Being overwhelmed by his grace gives the freedom and joy of encouraging others along their way. Being generous with kind words, a smile of encouragement and the sharing of what is in your hand will bring joy to you and a feeling of worth and encouragement to others. On this new day may you enjoy the freedom of his grace as it expresses itself through your words and your pocket book. You will experience that life called eternal for God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. You will be very refreshed and renewed in this freedom.
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Thursday, May 10 2012
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31
Our natural nature does not like being told what to do and if left to its own, has a difficult time listening to correction which feels like criticism. Grace which removes condemnation gives us a different ability to hear, see and understand. When living overwhelmed by grace, we do not feel a rebuke as criticism, but as a voice of compassionate encouragement to help us along our journey. This being true, we actually can feel refreshed, encouraged, loved and valued. On this new day, may you enjoy your journey of God's grace and the freedom it brings to how you feel and how you see yourself. May you have the freedom to receive impute from God’s Word and others which allows you to walk and live with joy and be known as wise. Your home, work, and community will be refreshed and a freedom will be yours, which will be known as thankful.
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Wednesday, May 09 2012
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3,4
Being overwhelmed by grace allows us a great freedom of thinking, living and esteeming others as more important than ourselves. Loyalty and kindness are two beautiful parts of grace and when they are allowed to live in and to be expressed through our lives our Lord is blessed and people are refreshed. That being true, we then are filled with joy and goodness. On this new day, that has never been before, may you enjoy these expressions of his grace in you. May your journey have situations for loyalty and kindness to be expressed through you. Relax, smile and get ready to be blessed.
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 03:32 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, May 08 2012
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean. Hebrews 10:22
Sometimes along our journey we feel that God is not interested in the details of our lives. That feeling is real, but it is not telling us the truth. God's Word give us a wonderful picture of his grace working in and through our lives. We are invited to come into his presence with our full emotions and intellect, allowing the faith and grace he has given to express itself before him. And here we are reminded that we now have no condemnation, guilt or shame because of the blood of Christ. So on this new day, may you enjoy your journey of grace and go right into his presence with the details of your life. He desires your good and your refreshment is his delight. So smile, relax and let your heart give thanks to the Lord for his joy in you.
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 04:39 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, May 07 2012
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who keep his oath even when it hurts. Psalm 15:1-4
Heavenly Father, these are truths that overwhelm mankind. These simple truths seem to allude us along our journey. When we find ourselves doing and living just the opposite of these simple truths, then we feel accused and at times worthless. Father, it is in this place and condition that you have given and expressed your grace to us through Jesus the Christ. Your grace cleanses us from the power and condemnation of our sin. Your grace gives us freedom of our emotions, thoughts, and words to experience your glory, rejoice in your life and live as an encouragement to others. May we live overwhelmed by your grace in the freedom of your love without condemnation and be a living expression of the good news of grace found in Jesus the Christ. On this new day may this prayer be yours to the fullest and may our Lord grant to you in fullest measure the beauty, the freedom and the refreshment of his grace in your life and family.
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Saturday, May 05 2012
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
It is amazing along our journey through this life as to what we put our hope on or in. Hope can actually give our thoughts, emotions and desires a real sense of refreshment and encouragement along our daily life. God’s grace truly gives us the joy and freedom of rejoicing in our Lord, knowing that he is keenly aware of and involved in the details of our lives. With that in place we can see and feel the details of our journey in a new way, which removes anxiety, stress and worry in the situations that may come along. On this new day may your relax in the beauty of who you are because of his grace. Let your heart be refreshed in your hope in him, for his goal for you today is your highest good.
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Thursday, May 03 2012
But - "When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior." Titus 3:4-6 NLT
Here we have a beautiful and refreshing reminder of the attitude our Lord has towards us. Our natural nature has such a tendency towards condemnation, fear and accusation, so that sometimes we forget the wonder and freedom we have in and through the grace of God. Think of his attitude that is revealed here with words such as - his kindness, his love, his mercy, he washed away our sins, he gave us new life and he generously poured out his Spirit upon us, WOW! On this new day may you enjoy his grace in the freedom of his kindness and encouragement. Here you will be free from fretting, worrying, stressing out and fears. In his grace there is assurance, hope and joy, all of which are living expressions of your new nature. This new day is a good day for thanksgiving and praise. Through your example everyone around you will see and experience the beauty and encouragement of his grace. His blessings are yours now and forever.
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Wednesday, May 02 2012
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 1 Thessalonians 5:14,15
It is truly amazing what emotions do to the priorities of life, how we see ourselves and others. Where does fear really come from or what about timidity? What about being irritable, angry or cursing? All of these seem to be expressions and actions from some kind of condemnation about ourselves and others. For some, these have become habits that give their emotions and priorities less than outstanding results. The grace given in Jesus the Christ is full of life and can change everything, giving us new habits in our emotions and thinking. Grace brings joy, kindness and peace to some of the most difficult situations. Grace brings a freedom that is so real to our life that we feel that we have lost weight and in truth we have. For the emotions of sin are really heavy and have caused great sorry to family, friends and community. On this new day enjoy the freedom of grace as it gives you the strength of new habits that rejoice, encourage and praise. For they are yours to enjoy and give away to everyone around you. When grace is the expression of life, all things change in how you view your life. Being overwhelmed by his grace will put a new song in your emotions and thinking that everyone around you will like to hear.
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 04:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, May 01 2012
He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9
It is amazing how with just a few words people’s lives can be changed. God’s grace allows us the joy of covering the offenses of others so that they may begin to hear and see the power of God’s love. His grace which we know as his love given without condemnation will give us many opportunities along our journey to bless instead of accusing, to give instead of take, to honor instead of putting down. On this new day enjoy the freedom of his grace as it is expressed from your heart and mind through the wonderful gift of your mouth. Your day will be refreshing and anyone who meets you today will be blessed.
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