Grace. Grace upon this. Grace for that and that and that. The real thing -- not just truth about grace, which is no substitute.
There is a movement and a revival stirring and reaching higher momentum now...indeed it is already here. It is about grace.
But be careful, Church.
Do not despise those who would put you under a yoke of slavery.
Instead be a warrior of grace to them.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn.
Do not forget that you, too, were rescued from the slavery that you see them in.
If you are disgusted with false religion, good. You're on the right road.
But it gets narrower yet.
There will be those who tell you that you are completely wrong.
They will tell you that you are lazy.
They will tell you that you are taking the easy way out.
They will tell you that you are a part of a feel-good cult.
They will tell you many things.
Yet not even Christ answered the fool according to his folly.
And believe me, they do not know His heart. They need to be rescued by this grace that you celebrate!
He stirred the waters AS A RESULT OF heeding the will of His Father.
He stirred the waters, but He did not argue.
Zeal for His Father's house consumed Him, but He HUMBLED Himself.
Seek the ones who are caught in religion.
There is an easy yoke with their name on it.
Do not be afraid to be criticized. Fear of man will prove to be a snare. The spotless Lamb was accused by those who were dead in their own sin. To think of it -- the blameless one pronounced guilty by those born of the seed of Adam! And yet there was justice.
Let yourself be vulnerable, speak the truth in love, and expect to be wounded.
He showed us how, didn't He?
Grace goes there.
It goes anywhere.
If you clog the flow of grace, withholding it from those who withhold it from you because "they just don't deserve it," you have forgotten the reason it came. And yes, that can hurt. But there is grace for your pain. To withhold it from others is ultimately to withhold yourself from experiencing its riches.
Do not be afraid of those who don't understand you.
Your Father who is in heaven sees you, and He is your judge.
The verdict on your soul is righteous and blameless in Christ.
Let His verdict be enough for you, though an army besiege you and accuse this grace.
Isn't that interesting -- grace under accusation?
Walk by faith and not by the sound of accusations that point to your behavior, which has been atoned for. And keep in mind that some of these accusations will be solely based on man's unfulfilled expectation. To dust it shall return, but the Word of the Lord will stand forever.
There is rest and joy to be had even in the midst of accusation.
And OH how I long for us to take hold of it!
The one who accuses has been disarmed.
The One Who shares His joy with us is for us, and who could be against us?
Let there be no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Let those who condemn others, and therefore themselves, in the pride of their own religiosity -- let them know this:
They don't have to fear.
Everything is paid for.
We're free. Really.
Spread the word.