Lent – Day 6 – Abounding Grace

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As I begin writing this post, I am reminded of this beautiful good old hymn ‘ Amazing Grace’ by John Newton. I am humbled and overwhelmed even by the very thought that the Lord of the Universe saved a wretch like me, accepted me , loved me unconditionally and adopted me into His family, FREELY. AMAZING GRACE !!!

Amazing Grace

How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me 

I once was lost but now am found 

Was blind but now I see 

Charles Haddon Spurgeon in his book, All of Grace quotes the below on grace

Grace is the first and last moving cause of salvation; and faith, essential as it is, is only an important part of the machinery which grace employs. We are saved ‘through faith,’ but salvation is ‘by grace’

He adds on to say the below
Jesus did not die for our righteousness, but He died for our sins. He did not come to save us because we were worth saving, but because we were utterly worthless, ruined, and undone. He did not come to earth out of any reason that was in us, but solely and only because of reasons which He took from the depths of His own divine love. In due time He died for those whom He describes not as godly but as ungodly, applying to them as hopeless an adjective as He could have selected.”
Jesus replaced ABIDING LAW with HIS ABOUNDING GRACE. Jesus substituted the animal sacrifice from the law by becoming the ultimate sacrifice , thus defeating death on the Cross, just for you and me and all of mankind.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ
John 1:17 
Hebrews 10 talks about the ultimate sacrifice of Christ once for ALL.
GOD’S GRACE  alone has the POWER TO SAVE and ABILITY TO TRANSFORM.
First He said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second.10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ Romans 5 :15 
A gift is a waste and has no value until it is accepted by the person that it is given to. God offers His grace freely to us so we can experience an abundant life He has in store for us.
My prayer for you today is that your heart be prepared to accept the grace of God upon your life and into every walks of your life. The divine grace of God has the power to save, to forgive, to restore and rebuild things that seems impossible in human strength.
I pray that you choose the pathway to heaven today.
16 So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need
Stay Blessed in Him
Feel free to share your lent thoughts with me as we do this journey together
PS :  There will be no lent devotions on Sunday
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LENT – DAY 2 – PATHWAY TO JESUS

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Born into a traditional hindu family, I have always tried to get close to the various hindu dieties doing numerous pooja’s and keeping up with the rigorous rituals. I always tried to please the hindu dieties with many sacrifices and believed in the concept of rebirth and karma, which is a concept of one’s belief that past beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions. In my search for God, I got caught up with the so many rituals that I performed so well religiously but still lacked something. I had no knowledge of the various hindu dieties I worshipped, I don’t even know them and instead of reverence for them I had fear gripping my heart that if I do something wrong those dieties will punish me. I lacked a fellowship, a real relationship with those dieties. I felt empty inside

Then I heard about Jesus. Firstly I could not even believe that Jesus was God born as man and took my place on the Cross so I could live an eternal life. I had my heart filled with questions ‘ I don’t even know Jesus so why will He die for me ? ‘ , ‘ If He is God why could He just not save me ?’ , ‘ Why should He die ?’ ‘ Is this a myth or a real happening ?’ As a young teenager my heart tried to reason out every possible thing and make sense to my logical mind

At that time, one of my friends gave me a Bible to read which turned out to be a  Book of Life for me.

As I began reading, learning and pondering on the words in the Bible, John 3:31  became true in my life.

 If you continue in My words, you truly are My disciples

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”…John 3:31-32

I had an encounter with Jesus through His Word. I realised that God loves me so much that He chose to die for me, while I was a sinner. He did the same for you too. Such is His unconditional love for everyone in this world.

Romans 5:7-9

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God’s love for us is unconditional, unbeatable and uncomparable.

Isaiah 53: 4-5

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

All of us in our lives have gone through a search season where we are trying to find answers for something in our lives. This lent season I encourage you to discover your pathway to Jesus. No matter your journey, new believer , non-believer or a believer for years, there is always treasures to be found in the kingdom of God. The treasure is discoverable only when you are on the right track towards your destination

My pathway to Jesus has ended with a life that I own that is not worried about anything. A life that I can live trusting my God as I know He provides, He cares and He protects. Through this journey I am a proud owner of God’s peace that surpasses all understanding amongst many chaotic situations of life. You can have it too, if you choose the pathway that leads to Jesus

With that comes the blessed assurance of Hope, in the midst of despair and chaos

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 10 always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing the threat of] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced in our mortal body [which is subject to death]. 12 So physical death is [actively] at work in us, but [spiritual] life [is actively at work] in you.

Dear Jesus ,

As I embark on my journey, make yourself known to me. Help me to grasp an understanding of who You really are. As I reflect on your love and ways, lead me to the pathway of life

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed

LENT – DAY 1 – TIME APART FOR JESUS

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of 40 days of ‘ LENT ‘ season in the body of Christ. Lent is observed by millions of Christians across the world as a way of honoring the sacrifice Jesus made for us. It’s a time of reflection of our hearts condition, repentance and reunion in fellowship with God. It’s that time of the year where we set apart time for Jesus and contemplate what Jesus REALLY did for us. Lent starts today 14th Feb 2018 and ends Saturday 31st Mar 2018

The 40 days of lent takes us back to the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2

Personally I have not observed Lent for 40 days in my Christian life. But this year I have resolved to ‘intentionally’ spend time with God and want to take this opportunity to reflect on my heart’s condition in my walk with God. I will share my devotions for Lent for the next 40 days and we can do this journey together.

Deciding on what to fast from during this period is up to the discretion of the individual. I believe what is more important that the fasting be accompanied by prayer and fellowship / quiet time with God . Also its worth noting that physical fasting should never harm your body as your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18, ESV)

WHERE IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE

Few months back I was preparing for a giving message for 2 services at my church. I was inquiring the Lord on the message. I was asking God ‘ I want to hear your heartbeat ‘

When I prayed , I saw  this picture of me with a stethoscope. I was praying the same prayer ‘ Lord, let me hear your heartbeat ‘ But the steth was on my shoulders rather than my ears . I felt the Lord take the steth from my shoulders onto my ears so I can ACTUALLY hear the heartbeat. That moment I realised that though we all have the same passion and yearning to hear from God, we miss the heartbeat because so often our steth is not positioned well to hear JUST His heatbeat. So many distractions that screams for our attention most of the time disrupting and often stealing our time with God.

As we observe Day 1 of lent, I would like you to take some time alone with God and reflect on the THINGS that steal your time with God. Once you list them, choose one from that list to fast from and invest that time spent in quality time with God.

Set apart time for Him. If we yearn to listen to the heart beat of God and want to know what this Jesus is all about and how it makes sense in this practical life, we need to get our steth right to our ears so we can hear the heart beat of God. And that’s where all our BIGGER problems begin to decrease at the sight of the BIGGEST God we ever have

PRAYER

Dear Lord,

Open our hears and minds this Lent season as we seek Your face and choose to know Your ways. Let us hear and grasp Your heartbeat to reflect Your love and life on this earth

In Jesus Name

Amen

Feel free to share your journey of lent with me on the comments below

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Keep Moving ON to Keep Going ON

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I absolutely love my Sunday afternoon naps, for I know after a ‘refreshing’ nap, comes my ‘ever challenging mission’ of cleaning my home for the week ahead.

Becoming a mother has so far been one of the most rewarding and joyous experience in my life. In saying so, in order for me to keep my ‘joy’, I need to constantly and continually work on it. Parents of young toddlers can totally relate to what I am saying ‘Toddlers and Cleaning don’t go together, they JUST don’t ‘

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