Like many of you may have, I accepted the God’s calling to salvation at a young age, was baptized, attended church and Vacation Bible School with my siblings, but as I grew older and could do my own thing I walked away from church.
Oh, I attended occasionally. But like many, it was usually on special occasions like Easter and Christmas. I always sensed there was something more. I begin my true walk with the Lord 21 years ago. I can just imagine Jesus saying, My child what were you waiting for….
I remember as a young adult woman, alone, saddened, weighed down with sin, feeling as though there was no hope for my situation to change. Like some of us Ladies, we turn to food or sweets to mask the pain and loneliness. I would buy this individually boxed slice of apple pie from the grocery store. I loved those….
Anyway, the box or container had a Scripture printing inside. I knew very little Scripture…really. In my attempt to read the Bible I couldn’t understand the KJV version so I would just set it aside. I didn't understand at that time God was reaching out to me in my darkest hour.
The one Scripture that touched me deeply was from I Samuel 16:7 and read, “man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at your heart.”
“But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
That was one of my first encounters with God that I can clearly recall today.
How could this God that I couldn’t see look beyond my sin and see into my heart?
Fast forward, after many life challenges and disappointments, my life changed. God has bought me to this place. I'm a minister and ministry leader graced to share and speak into the lives of other women. Who knew, Mom, Dad did you know??
God's grace is amazing! Grace that redeems. Grace that restores. Grace that releases destiny. His grace can turn weakness into strength.
His grace is sufficient, Grace is a free gift. It cost you nothing
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:9,
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
The AMP reads:
“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [a]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [b]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” God erects a tent, a covering over us and dwells upon us! WOW! Isn't God awesome!
As believers, we have a covenant of grace. Jesus died that we might be redeemed and restored to our rightful place and experience God's abundance of grace.
All we have to do is accept Him I think that's a great deal!
Today, the Lord is saying my child trust me my grace is more than enough!
May you be abundantly blessed!
Published by Dr. A. Francine Green