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Friday, March 08 2013
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:24,25
What a wonderful journey life is, even with all its highs and lows. The awe of falling in love and finding that someone else loves you as much as you love them. Wow, what a refreshing time that is, and as wonderful as that is, it gets even better with age. When the Lord becomes a reality to us in the journey of life instead of some kind of belief or religious system, his grace begins to overwhelm us. Let us remember that his grace is his love expressed and given without condemnation and with his grace in our lives we now have the freedom to enjoy expressing and giving love to others the same way that he has done for us. With grace we find the joy of giving more than receiving and now our thinking and emotions can really enjoy our journey. On this new day may you enjoy the Lord as your portion, knowing how much he loves you. May all who meet you see and hear your hope and joy in him and may his grace allow your life to overflow with gladness. His grace will do things through your life and speech that will blow your hair back and it will feel like you have lost weight. Enjoy the freedom of the Lord and give his grace to everyone, it will put a smile on your face and all those around you. I told you love gets better with age. Enjoy!
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Thursday, March 07 2013
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 or have some kind of sense that God is not interested in the details of our lives. That feeling or sense is real, but it is not telling us the truth. Here again we have in God's Word 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 again 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 05:04 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, March 07 2013
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31
Our natural nature that we are born with does not like being told what to do and if left on its own has a very difficult time listening to correction for it feels like criticism. Grace, however, gives us a different ability to hear, see and understand. When living overwhelmed by grace we do not hear a rebuke as criticism, but as a good voice to help and encourage us along our journey. This being true, we actually feel refreshed, encouraged, loved and valued. On this new day, may you enjoy the journey of God's grace that gives you the freedom to receive input from others and allows you to walk and live among the wise. Your home, work and community will never be the same and you will see your world with new eyes. Your day will be a delight. Enjoy!
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 05:03 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, March 06 2013
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17
The natural nature we are born with along our entire journey through this life, gives us moment after moment of feelings of low self-esteem, guilt, condemnation, stress and the inability to forgive well. Many feel that God looks at them the same way they feel about themselves and as they view others. But the grace of God is completely different. He cannot say it any clearer than this - God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Grace in Jesus the Christ is a salvation that gives us the freedom to no longer be mastered by our old sinful nature. It does not mean that it is gone, it is no longer the controller of our life. This freedom of grace brings encouragement, kindness, refreshment and forgiveness in the midst of life's opportunities. On this new day, enjoy this freedom of grace that is in you because of Jesus the Christ. His grace will renew your emotions, thinking, words and your view of others. Being overwhelmed by grace is not just a statement, it is a freedom in the very fiber of your being to live delighted in the Lord, in who you are and blessing those you meet. Enjoy!
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 05:06 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, March 05 2013
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6
What a beautiful picture of the salvation that is given in Jesus the Christ. This is obviously not a religion or a set of standards by which we must prove ourselves to God. God's good news is his grace that renews thoughts, emotions and desires. Paul gave a hint of the power of God's grace in a man or woman's life when he wrote to the Galatians. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things. Galatians 5:22,23 NLT. This salvation which is here called - changed lives - brings freedom that refreshes you and your family. On this new day may you choose to enjoy a changed life given to you by the Lord, it will bless your socks off. There is nothing in all creation that will find fault with this new nature. So go ahead and live in the freedom that is yours because of Grace. Enjoy!
Posted by: Gus Bess AT 05:07 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, March 04 2013
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15
There is something wonderful that happens within us when we know we are at our best.  Well, the beauty of God’s grace that is given through Jesus the Christ frees us up so that we may know at any given moment we are at our best.  Grace is powerful and relaxing at the same time.  It is eternal life without any form of condemnation about ourselves and a freedom to give this grace away to everyone we meet along our journey.  Grace gives a rebirth to our character which obviously affects our emotions and thinking.  Grace makes life beautiful and therefore husbands and wives that are full of grace make really good marriages and families.  Today enjoy who you are because of the grace of God.  Believe what our Lord says about you, that he enjoys you and loves you.  Smile right down to the depth of your soul and your life will be the voice, the knowledge and the character of the word of truth. Enjoy
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