Falling Into Grace

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – (Psalm 73:26, NIV)

I admit how broken I am in body and spirit, but God is my strength, and He will be mine forever. – (Psalm 73:26, VOICE)

Lord, so many times I fail; I fall into disgrace. But when I trust in You, I have a strong and glorious presence protecting and anointing me. Forever You’re all I need! – (Psalm 73:26, TPT)

 

Our humanity is fragile and susceptible to failure. We get sick and we struggle, yet when we trust in God, He is our strength and our hope forever. For whatever He has called us, He will equip us so that we may continue and carry out all that we are meant to do. Be it our best day or our worst, God still claims us as His beloved children. We are His and He is ours, always. May we be encouraged in knowing God is for us, and seek Him forever to be our hope and our strength.

 

No matter the state, trust in the battle

We’re in as we come;

God will be our strength,

The Most Holy One.

Always, He is ours,

Likewise, we are His;

His love, eternal,

The place where hope lives.

May we be strengthened,

As His love’s made known;

Powerful presence,

His grace, we are shown.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we grow weary and fall short, You love us to life and grant the strength we need to keep moving in the direction to which we are called. Forgive us for losing hope in spaces that we cannot see how You are moving on our behalf. Teach us to trust You more, as You are our strength and hope forever, and we can always count on You. Show us how to love those around us in a way that offers hope and strength and security. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, for we will trust in You forever, as You are our eternal hope. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. – John 1:16

Courageous in Christ

photo by Milt Blog

“Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone!  Let them go!  For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” – Acts 5:38-39

These words were spoken by a teacher of the law about Peter and the apostles.  They had been arrested a second time, and the Sanhedrin wanted them to stop causing such an uproar in their city.  Gamaliel’s appeal to their logic was effective, and the disciples were flogged and then released.  These courageous men of Christ rejoiced in their suffering because they had been counted as worthy of such disgrace in His Name.

First, if our purpose and activities are from ourselves, they will ultimately fail.  However, when we are going forth to fulfill what He has asked of us, He will fight for us and remain with us as we walk.

Bravery is to go boldly forth where the Father has called us, despite the fear of potential repercussions.  Courage looks fear directly in the face and says, “Greater is He who is in me,” and presses on until the promise is provided.

The final thought that just baffles my brain is that the disciples rejoiced in their suffering, because their pain was present as a result, a reaction, to their doing what Jesus had done.  They knew their present suffering was but a scratch, when compared to the glory that is yet to come.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You fight for us, as we step out to follow in faith.  Forgive us for freezing in our fears, and form in each of our hearts, the courage that comes through the closeness of Your Holy Spirit in us.  Lead us to be bold in obedience unto You, so that many may come to call You, King.  Give us the grace to rejoice, even in our suffering, as You are the Source who will sustain us all of our days.  May we remember Your mercy and move in courageous obedience unto You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present