“We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!”
~2 Corinthians 4:15 The Message (MSG)
The Holy Spirit speaks and I am undone.
Believe Me when I say it is the truth that you have been forever reconciled to Me through My son! Even this day commemorates the beginning of the end of the old life! It is here! And the Hallelujahs have already begun in the heavens! We celebrate this death and life the same as you, with regularity; With caution thrown to the winds, we celebrate in heaven without fear because we know firsthand –
This GRACE is complete! This GRACE is real!
Men who fear full grace have no concept of what it really means! To pour out GRACE is to pour out love and the LOVE poured out on the cross this way was to sow to the earth this seed of LOVE. Therefore, to reckon these sins laid on perfection, this blood must be poured out over creation. Otherwise, creation would be damned forever, no turning back! But it was given My Son to die for it all, knowing He would rise above it forever!
This momentary earthly life needed saved to fit it for the eternal one, which is far greater and should be of far greater concern to all who live!
This celebration of the gift of life eternal seems a light thing to many.
This grace, undeserved, seems a moment of pause and not a constant celebration.
Hear Me Now. I won’t have it that way! Be no more lukewarm in this celebration, but be fully aware of the constant redeeming nature of My GRACE, a TREASURE to have and to celebrate at all times!
Men fear it because they lose control as soon as GRACE comes in! GRACE – ALL GRACE- full and real, takes over, and who can stand?
Falling on your knees creates an awareness of this righteous undeserved state of your own being- THOROUGHLY BOUGHT!
Shouldn’t this be cause to SHOUT?
But you sit there, on your bottom instead of your knees, and you bow your head and go through your grocery list of needs!
I say, YOU Have NO More NEEDS! All you need is to THANK Me! Should I request praise and thanksgiving from My people? What mother wants to ask her own children to thank her for giving birth to them? But they do! Mindful of her sacrifices, they thank her and for a day, they commemorate her for being their mother!
So what is this temporary life? Is it more than the eternal?
What are these temporary concerns? Are they of more importance than salvation through eternity?
I tell you this – Not one ounce of GRACE is wasted! I will not have it that My Son died in vain! He is pure goodness on your behalf and you have every reason to SHOUT it out for the world to hear!
So accepting this full grace – Be fully grateful!
Let it pour over you and all you do!
Let it pour over you and splash over others! So never hold back!
Grace creates thanksgiving, not devious thought of how to abuse it! That is man’s thinking and not My own! And it stems from his fears!
“Will others be able to handle full grace?”
“What will happen?”
“What kinds of rights will they think they have?”
Well, I tell you this – They have Full Rights in My Son’s name to do whatever they please!
JUSTIFIED by DEATH and RESURRECTION with My stamp of approval all over His body!
So now, receive it for yourself and you will KNOW its effects!
Do you sit around and try to plot how to overcome others by Grace? Well, if you do, then good! Because it is the GRACE that overcomes it all!
Do you devise plans of ill and deceit in the name of GRACE? Congratulations! It is impossible to do! That is the beauty of My GRACE! Where sin abounds, it surely does ABOUND all the more! So DO it! and See for yourself! How long will you turn away from this truth? There is none other!
Sin is always with the earth and its brokenness – and My love, My grace, was already poured over it – so while the world is sinning, GRACE is working harder offering more! Do you see it?
The world is a terrible mess – even right now – worse than ever, you say! And do you see the GRACE being talked about EVERYWHERE?
Yes! The world is getting the GRACE message the same way you did! The HARD way!
License to SIN? Well, yes, maybe it is! So good. GRACE will conquer it easily.
Stop worrying about what others will try and CELEBRATE it instead! Go forth with much singing and praise for Me and My GOOD WORKS! There is no fear in that!
JUSTIFIED. GRACE = JUSTIFIED.
Set free from even these worries- whose job is it to have a concern for what others do? I have already taken care of it. Your job is to show love for Me for what is already done. Your job is to PRAISE at all times! Then others will easily see Me. And who will be interested in any other thing than that?
You be you. And I will be God.
“That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” 2 Corinthians 5:12-21 (MSG)
Go on and Celebrate! Happiest Easter!
Wonderful message on this Resurrection Day! Touched my heart as your posts always do. “You be you, and I will be God”, words to live by. Thankful to be Blessed with your friendship. Love you! Cheryl
The message of complete GRACE can be difficult both to accept and to offer. Your friendship and encouragement help me stay focused on the importance of sharing the messages God sends! Love you, my dear sister-friend!
I can see now why there was so much excitement about this particular blog!!! So glad I finally took the time to read it. loved it!! There were many good parts, but I loved no more lukewarm celebrations (of our gift of eternal life). What an awesome thought that not an ounce of grace will be wasted. We certainly do not want Christ’s death to be in vain. Help me, Lord, to live a life that shows and shares that truth. Thanks Jill for another thought-provoking post. Love ya.
Full out GRACE is the wildest ride! Love you back, my sister!
Hey Jill, you did it again! Even your pictures always fit perfectly with your posts. I have gotten behind in my reading of your posts, please forgive me. But sometimes I think God can use even my “slowness” to save your post for a time when I really need it. Praise God!
We should be in “constant celebration” for what God has done, for what He is doing now, and for what He will do. We should always be thankful and in praise, being mindful of God’s ultimate sacrifice for each of us whether we believe or not. Just like when God created “in the beginning” His creating did not stop, when Christ died and rose for us His Love and Grace and Guidance did not stop. I love the challenge that you give to people who would plot and do deceitful things in the name of Grace. They will fail in the end, and then see for themselves. That helps me to be stronger and braver and bolder because regardless of the evil that is done or said–God wins! So I definitely don’t need to worry about it, just keep praising God. Thank You for reminding us that everyone is in the same boat through His death and resurrection. That like God we should not evaluate others or make friendships based on looks, or possessions, or how loud we are, or how quiet we are. There is room for everyone in “God’s Group”. If we truly want the “wild ride” we will allow God to bless us with each and every one of our Christian Sisters and Brothers. And Praise Him for it!
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all of us who call ourselves “Christian” would keep Praising God every day and keep following His example? Thanks Jill, for reminding us of what each of us need to be mindful of!
Kathy, Your comments always help to reinforce the word of the Lord in my heart! Thank you! Blessings, my sister.