Happy New week! How was your weekend? Mine was great, although weeks leading up to it were extremely stressful I just knew I was going to black out and withdraw from society by the weekend.
Over the past week the words “Grace” and “Humility” consistently roamed in my mind. I was reflecting on a testimony that manifested itself last week and the recurring theme was GRACE. Only grace could have awarded me such great blessings because grace is just that “the unmerited favor of God.” The amazing thing about experiencing God’s grace is that it also catapults you into the realm of humility. You can’t help but wonder “Who am I that you’re mindful of me?” “Why did you choose to bless me this way?” I’ve heard that Grace is the currency that buys blessings from God and to receive God’s grace we must humble ourselves to admit that we are in need of it.
Interestingly, those 2 words showed up again at the beginning of this new week while reading my devotion and also at church on Sunday, and you know what the bible says “Once has God spoken, twice have I heard…” so I concluded that I must share my lessons with you. Today’s RADatHeart post is an excerpt from a devotion I read. These are words by Banning Leibscher from his “Rooted” devotion. Read it and I hope it speaks to you as it did to me. I’m certain that someone needs to read this because WE ALL NEED GRACE!
Contrary to what many people mistakenly believe, humble service does not mean neglecting your own interests or needs. When you position your life to serve, you take a posture of humility, and it releases grace into your life. If serving is leading you to burnout rather than grace, then it’s a sign that your serving may not be an expression of true humility.
The Lord doesn’t say we must not care about our own interests. Devaluing our lives is false humility and will not position us to receive the grace of God. The humility that attracts God’s grace into our lives is Jesus’ humility- the kind that says, “I’m going to take the greatness on my life and use it to make You [God] great.” Read Philippians 2:3-8.
Grace rescues us when we feel overwhelmed, grace makes us first choice when all odds are against us. Turns out genuine humility is the starting point of experiencing God’s unmerited favor. Humility, simply put, is our ability to admit that we’re at our wits’ end, that we need divine assistance; it’s also what allows us to cherish the undeserved goodness we encounter in our lives. I’m learning that receiving God’s grace is the art of relinquishing self-reliance and embracing dependence…on God. Without dependence grace is absent, without grace blessings cease. Read James 4:6
“Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will lift you up.” (Paraphrased James 4:10)
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! You are a new creature, the old has passed and the new is here! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!