Knowing the “No”

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. – (Titus 2:11-12)

 

The grace that God has given, is the gift of His Son. Jesus died so that we might live – His life ransomed for ours. After He rose and ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Comforter, so that we would have help in an uncertain world. That still small voice within us that whispers “No“, to the things that we know we ought not do, is His voice, teaching and protecting us so that we might live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. May we each choose to receive what He freely offers, so that we are able to live the lives He has for us.

 

Abundant grace,Knowing the No

poured out for mankind;

to open hearts,

give sight to the blind.

His Spirit shows,

the way we’re to go;

when it’s a “Yes”,

and where it’s a “No”.

No to the things,

ungodly and wrong;

and yes to those,

that make our walk strong.

All by His grace,

His love, it abounds;

receives the lost,

His power, profound.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You made way for us to brought back into a relationship with You. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, and for the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Jesus, for laying Your life down for mine, so that I could truly live. Thank You for Your still small voice that teaches us to say “No” to that which we ought not do, and compels us to move forward in those things to which You are calling. Forgive us for ignoring the “No“, or for standing stuck when we were meant to move forward. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will move either forward toward that which You are calling, or flee from that which You are warning us away from. May our life of obedience be an example to those around us, and may many come to know who You are and how much You love them as a result. Let the lost be found in You. Be glorified, Lord God, as we receive Your grace and obey all that You ask of us. Amen.

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

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

 

 

 

 

 

Upright Unto Him

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“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:11-13

God has shown His grace that leads to salvation to all of us.  That very grace, by His Spirit in us, leads and guides us to live the life to which we have been called, while we wait with great hope for the day He either returns or we see Him face to face.  His Spirit instructs us as to what we should and should not do, in order to live upright and godly lives all of our days.

None can do right by God without His gift of grace.  For His Spirit that dwells within us is a great gift that is given by Him.  The still small voice that speaks softly to our soul, will lead and guide us to the life everlasting, if we are willing to listen and heed His instruction.

Not one of us has the innate ability to live upright before Him on our own.  Without grace, there would be no hope.  Without hope, the heaviness of this life would leave us listless in our lack.  I am so thankful that we have hope in Him.  Knowing that we have all of eternity in His presence awaiting us in our heavenly home, makes the misery in the moments, more manageable.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son and removing the separation that once stood between man and Thee.  Thank You for Your Spirit that You grant to each of us who asks, to lead and guide us by Your grace, that we might live godly and upright lives that are pleasing to You.  May each of us extend the same grace that we have been given to all who walk among us.  Let Your light shine through us as we live and love like You, by Your grace.  Amen.

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