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Grace: Unmerited Favor

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Grace is unmerited favor: to get something that you do not deserve. Humility is a sure way to obtain the grace of God but pride will interfere and hinder God’s dispensation. Consider the character of Noah, Moses, Joseph, Joshua, Mary, and Esther. At some point, humility reigned in the hearts of these believers.

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” James 4:6 (NKJV)

During the times of Noah, the book of Genesis reports God was, “sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”  Wickedness was everywhere, yet Noah was still able to walk with God. He chose to live a righteous life. In spite of his community, living beside evil neighbors and all kinds of debauchery, Noah strove to be just. God considered him perfect in his generations.

Noah was shown grace. He and his family survived the great flood. His obedient and constant faith produced an ark though it took between 50-75 years to build and his community most certainly ridiculed his effort. It provided safety from deadly waters. But since grace is a gift, freely given, Noah did not earn God’s favor. Rather, his effort to live with integrity got the Father’s attention.

“Grace, then, is grace, – that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.” ~ Alexander Whyte

Lot, Abram’s nephew, was another man who tried to live righteously among the corrupted morals of Sodom. But because of an outcry against the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent angels to investigate and destroy the entire city. Thanks to the prayers and intervention of his uncle, God provided His grace and delivered Lot, his wife, and two daughters. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife died when she looked back in longing for Sodom, which had corrupted her heart. Lot did not earn the grace, it was unmerited favor from God.

As America removes God from schools, government, and every day life, our present days are becoming darker and darker The blatant disrespect of God’s living Word and the blood sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ have corrupted many hearts. Mankind lives for self and not for the love of others. Just as in the days of Noah, evil intent and wickedness is busy in the hearts of mankind. Imagine a snowball rolling down a hill, sinfulness is growing bigger and faster in our land. But, there is always hope.

With eyes looking up, focused on our eternal home, we can live in righteousness, thanks to the grace of God. The moment we accepted Christ as our Savior, we became a new creation. Called to die to self and set aside our old nature, we have been commanded to live in holiness.

“That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV)

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, a sin your ignorance;  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NKJV)

Just as Noah and Lot were able to forsake the norm and strive for righteous, we can tool Living in a fallen world is very challenging, but His grace is sufficient. His favor enables man to resist temptation and sin. May the grace of God be with you always.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (NKJV)

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“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NKJV)

(“John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’) Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.John 1:15-17 (NIV)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)

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“I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize that He is able to carry out His will for me. It does not matter where He places me, or how. That is for Him to consider, not me, for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient.”      ~ J. Hudson Taylor

“A prominent Old Testament word describing God’s grace is chesed. This word speaks of deliverance from enemies, affliction, or adversity. It also denotes enablement, daily guidance, forgiveness, and preservation. 

Praise God for His unmerited favor! We do not deserve His grace, but He freely offers it when we are in need. It is not something we earn through works but rather it is a gift. Often this wonderful gift is tied up with a pretty ribbon called hope.

When we find ourselves in the middle of a trial, God’s love reaches out and covers us with undeserving grace. It shields us from the evil one and enables us to persevere. Adversity can wear us down, but God’s grace is and always will be sufficient. It will invariably carry us through the darkest of nights. At all times, it will shine through with victory and see us into a new day. And with that new dawn, the promise of hope will strengthen and encourage us to continue forward in our spiritual race.

We easily forget that God should be glorified in ALL circumstances. This is often accomplished during personal moments of weakness and times of testing. Christ makes what we deem impossible, possible. For His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

By the grace of God, we are forgiven and enabled to fight the good fight. Grace is a guiding light and helps during times of confusion. It equips us for every battle that lies ahead. This precious gift tears down every fleshly anxiety, for with grace we understand HE is able to carry out His will and purpose no matter where He places us.

Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain the mercy and help we need during difficult and dark times. God will faithfully restore our hope, and by His strength we will weather every storm that He sees fit to send our way. By His grace, we are able to persevere and grow in our spiritual maturity, learn more of His love and mercy, and comfort others who are weathering storms of their own. Indeed, these brothers and sisters will be encouraged by the grace we were given. Knowing that God helped us through will assure them, He will also see them through their trial.

Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

“And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33 (NKJV)

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”     1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)

“Grace, then, is grace, that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.” ~ Alexander Whyte

 

Are You Relying On The Grace Of God?

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“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”   1 Peter 5:10

GRACE:  “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”                                                   

Grace is unmerited divine assistance given to the human race for the purpose of enduring the sanctification process. It is a gift that comes directly from God. Because of our Lord’s sacrifice and crucifixion, His blood has set us free from the guilt of sin. This precious offering is what enables us to carry on through even the most painful of circumstances. 

When you find yourself in the middle of a fiery trial or furnace, and dross (personal sins) is painfully rising to the surface, you may think God has forgotten your frame and misjudged your ability to persevere. The absolute truth is that He hasn’t ever stopped thinking of you! You are always in His sight and on His mind. Grace is why you are able to carry on and endure the refining process. With grace, God gives you His strength, wisdom, and courage to face your challenge. 

We are told that Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh and that he petitioned God to remove it three times. Although it was within the power of God to heal Paul, He had a better idea. God told Paul that the grace He would provide would be sufficient. He further explained that His strength is made perfect in weakness. 

Paul understood that when he was weak he would be strong.  Strong because God was the one supernaturally providing him with the power to face his personal “thorn” and live through the day. It was the power of God within Paul’s frail body that enabled him to persevere. His weakness was a living witness of God’s power and might. 

“Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)

You may be facing an incredible trial right now, but you can choose to either wallow in self-pity or find consolation in God’s words to Paul.  He will be your strength, if you ask Him. He wants to hear your cry for help. He longs for your fellowship and He wants to provide you with His abundant grace.

In this life, there are an endless number of surprising and unexpected opportunities to glorify God. One way is by responding to your circumstances in a godly manner. Will nonbelievers witness a peace and calm in your nature while you ride out moments of incredible pain and suffering? Will those around you observe a reliance on God’s strength to carry you through another day? Will your faith in God’s love, goodness, mercy, and grace strike awe in the hearts of everyone you meet? Will your trial be the reason some fall to their knees in repentance and the scales of deception drop from their eyes? 

Call upon the grace of God to carry you through your affliction and adversity. With His strength, your life will be a witness to the lost and provide God with the glory He deserves.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”   Ephesians 2:809 (NKJV)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)

“God’s grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him… Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue.  The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances.”  – Jerry Bridges  (Transforming Grace)

Joy and Sorrow: God Loves Balanced Scales

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Our life on earth will have times of hardship and tribulation, but there will also be times of joy and prosperity.  We do not know what each new day will bring but we do know that God walks alongside us every step of the way.  Our God loves balanced scales and would not ask us to endure only drudgery and pain as we work out our salvation on earth.  There will be reprieves from sorrow and pain.

 “A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; All the weights of the bag are His concern.”  Proverbs 16:11 (NAS)

 John 16:33 says we will have struggles IN THIS WORLD.  We have the promised hope of heaven, our eternal home, where strife will not exist. But as we are not yet home, and we live as aliens in this world, we can expect challenging times balanced with times of peace and joy.

 There are many benefits and blessings to be acquired during difficult life challenges.  We grow more reliant on our God, spend more time in prayer, rough edges are smoothed out, and faith often grows. Intimacy with Christ deepens as our personal relationship with Him becomes more subordinate.  We learn we need more of Him and less of us through each trial we face.  God strengthens us and perseverance enables us to weather our difficulty, thus equipping us for the next trial ahead.

 But joy will come in the morning.  We can look forward to times with friends and family, falling in love, births, graduations, and even vacations. We have a responsibility to check our attitudes.  Are we joyful and happy only when we get something or things go our way?  Could we not practice looking around and finding joy in the beauty God has provided?  A simple rose, no two the same is fragrant and lovely.  A soft wind that cools the day, a hug from a child, and a conversation from a friend are simple pleasures. 

 If  you find yourself in a difficult time, you have the promise of two things. First, your life in heaven will be lived with no more tears or sorrow and second, your trial on earth will eventually give way to a time of joy and peace.  Seasons come and seasons go. Once a bad spell passes and a good time comes along, you can expect your seasons to change again and again throughout your lifetime.

 Thankfully, God never changes. He is the same today and will be the same tomorrow. He was faithful to you in your younger days and will continue in His faithfulness forever more.

 Make your way through life one day at a time.  Ask friends to pray for you when you are down and offer to lift someone up when you are in a season of rest or tranquility. In fact, make an effort to give and serve during your times of hardship.  You will always receive blessings when you help another person in need and your selfless act will help to get your eyes off your personal circumstances.  Keeping your eyes on God in good times and bad times will bless your Creator and give Him glory. 

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NKJV)

 “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)

God Knows What We Can Handle

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28 (NIV) 

It may seem like AFFLICTION is your middle name, but thank goodness it isn’t DESPAIR or FORSAKEN. 

Difficult times will often cause Christians to look up to the heavens and question whether God has forgotten the frailty of all mankind.  Graciously, God forgives such moments of arrogance, and yet He must be saddened by our lack of faith.  We injure our Lord when we question His love for us, forgetting the cross His Son endured for our sakes. 

From the dust of the earth He made Adam, and He will never forget how His hands formed us.  He knows what each one of His children can manage.  We may be afflicted on all fronts, but it is not His desire to see us crushed beyond repair.  God is waiting for us at the finish line of our spiritual journey.  He longs for the day when we have finish the race set before us, the one He predestined us to run. 

Isaiah 42:3 describes Jesus as “a reed bruised but not broken.”   However, we are not the sinless Son of man, so there may be a need for some brokenness in our lives.  The necessary breaking I speak of would be the self-reliance and self-will we humans stubbornly cling to, and claim as our right to practice.  This attitude is not aligned with God’s desire and design for us.  He wants us to rely on Him for everything.  He is the great provider,  Jehovah Jireh.  He freely gives us wisdom, strength, love, hope, and all good things.  All we have to do is send up our prayer request in faith, without doubting, and it will be given with His blessings and love. 

Painful situations and circumstances may have you perplexed. Confusion is not our Lord’s intention.  Therefore, we are to petition our God when such moments arise and ask for direction, wisdom, guidance, and revelation answers to our questions. It will do you no good to pretend you are an ostrich by sticking your head in a hole and hoping life will correct itself, without any effort on your part.  

Our life on earth is a race.  All races require effort and active participation.  In fact, our spiritual race is an obstacle race.  We must hurdle roadblocks, landmines, and encumbrances of many kinds.  Although runners may trip and fall, they get back up in order to cross the finish line.  They can’t get discouraged and throw in the towel, if they want the reward and prize found at the finish line.  They must endure the discomfort of the race in order to claim their prize.  We too, when struck down by trials and suffering, must keep our eyes on our prize, eternal life with God!

Our salvation is a free gift, given by grace through our predestined faith in God.   However, our maturity in Christ comes with a cost.  The sanctification process is what requires our effort and attention.  We will all be heated in the fiery furnace of afflictions and trials.  This is how our sin rises to the surface and catches our attention.  With the gift of free will, we can choose to repent and cast off our exposed sin, or we can choose to acknowledge its existence and allow it to remain in our hearts. Ignoring sin and allowing it to remain in our lives will slow down or even stop the sanctification process. 

Each one of us has a specific race to run.  We have been given the freedom to run our course however we choose.  Our pace, how many times we trip, and whether we stay down and let others pass us by will determine what we take with us into the Kingdom of God.  With each struggle there are lessons to learn and wisdom to attain.  If we sit and remain down after a fall, we will have fewer opportunities to learn the many mysteries God hopes to share with His children. 

A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.
In faithfulness He will bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)

God’s Eyeglasses Of Grace… Are You Wearing Them?

 

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Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people,  A heart that forgives the worst,  A mind that forgets the bad, And a soul that never loses faith in God.  ~Unknown

“Open my eyes, that I may see
 wondrous things from Your law.”   Psalm 119:18 (NKJV)

Are you living your life with spiritual eyes? Do you see injustice and pain with eyes of faith, believing in the goodness of God? Do you look at life and trust God is in control, discerning that despite all the confusion and chaos, He knows what He is doing?

There is always a godly purpose in what appears to be madness. Have you allowed personal sin and the things of the world to change your perspective, or are you still wearing the divine spectacles of Christ? If a worldly view has crept into your heart, try to remember the grace He showed you in the past. He was faithful then and will continue to be faithful now…. and always.

When those we love wound us, it is only with the love of Christ that we are able to overlook the offense. In fact, love prospers when a fault if forgiven. Through storms and struggles a bond, like a knot, becomes stronger and more secure. This happens when we decide to weather difficult times together and invest our hearts in a relationship, despite any pain or regrets. Adversity actually makes love harder to unravel.  Everybody will disappoint. It is only God who never lets us down. 

How easy it is to love the loveable! Who can resist a baby’s embrace, a puppy who loves unconditionally, or a friend whose company is easy, supportive, and almost always cheerful? But we are called to love ALL men, including those who are not so easy to love. 

Grace and mercy flows from the throne of God and has a direct line into our hearts. We need only to ask for it. This wondrous flow and wellspring should be shared with others, whether we “feel” like it or not. Love is not just a feeling. It is a living sacrifice, a choice. 

Now, loving all people does not mean you have to have an intimate friendship with everyone, as that would be impossible! However, having an open and obedient heart that seeks God’s will, asking who HE wants in your life, should be on your prayer list. He may surprise you by crossing your path with some pretty unlikely and remarkable characters! 

For you see, God will bring people into your life in order to chip away YOUR impurities. Don’t worry yourself over THEIR faults… God has that under construction. He knows just how to refine and sharpen your faith and has many means to accomplish this process, including interactions with challenging people. Are all “good” friendships meant to be “easy” relationships? This question reminded me of Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)  “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

In my mind, a “good” or worthwhile friendship is one that leads us closer to Christ. It helps to chip away our impurities and lovingly challenges us to deepen our bond with the heavenly Father. A relationship that spurs us on to fulfill our call, the call God has assigned for us, is worth more than gold and silver.

However, if a friendship distracts you from your heavenly call  or negatively affects your spiritual walk, I suggest you lay that relationship on the alter of God. He will either refine and purify it, or cut it loose. Give Him time to work. Wait for Him to advise and direct you. Don’t do anything in your flesh. You can be sure that He will make things perfectly clear in His time.

Prepare your heart for His answer as you may not like what He says. It may require a lot of work and effort on your part. I can only say that you will be blessed, if you decide to honor His wishes, obey, and accept His instruction. 

Our Lord sees us as we WILL BE, and not as we are now. Isn’t this a wonderful 

God’s Throne Of Grace

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Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

Do you feel like God is asking you to do something beyond your ability? This may be so, but it is never beyond HIS ability. You are the vessel He has chosen to use. Thanks to HIS power, wisdom, and strength you have the honor of doing His bidding.  His GRACE will always be sufficient to accomplish His purpose.

Grace, which is accessed only by faith, is the power of God by which He does righteousness through anyone who will yield to Him. It enables us to become who He created us to be, and to do what He has called us to do.  It is what gives us the desire to do His will. 

If we have any hopes of experiencing the greatness of God, we must first yield to His will. When we try to do service in our flesh, it will never compare to the greatness God can accomplish through a yielded spirit.  We must always remember that we are merely the vessel He has chosen to accomplish His purposes.

What a beautiful picture Hebrews 4:16 paints.  God sits on a throne of grace.  It is full…..

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God’s Grace Be With You

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“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

Dear One,                                                                                                                         Grace means to get something that you do not deserve; unmerited favor.  May the grace of God rain down upon you today!

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“Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.” ~ A. W. Pink

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Fall Upon His Grace

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And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”   1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

 “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.”  -Author Unknown

Dear One,

This weekend, I will be singing the “songs of my mother’s heart” to her.  My parents are coming to my house to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday.  Unfortunately, my mom’s memory is slipping away and her health is leaving her frail and distressed.  I want to hold every moment with her close to my heart, as I know such times are a precious gift.  God may give me many more years with her…. But I doubt it greatly.  Good-byes are hard, especially if the body remains but the memories of intimate moments are forgotten.  Grace will be in great demand this weekend!

Grace is unmerited divine assistance given to the human race for the purpose of sanctification.  It is a virtue that comes from God.  It is given to us in order to glorify Him by how we respond to our circumstances. Difficult times will bring out the best and worst in each individual.  Hopefully, as I age and grow in my maturity with Christ, I will accept His grace and apply it in a way that is honoring to Him. 

I do hope that God provides YOU with His divine assistance, thus enabling you to journey through your own personal struggle. I trust that His heavenly grace will comfort your heart, as I am sure this same grace will comfort mine.  God told Paul that His grace is sufficient, so upon this truthful promise I will cling. 

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.                                                 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

“God’s grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him… Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue.  The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances.”  

Jerry Bridges

Transforming Grace

Waiting With Hope

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Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart 
and wait for the Lord.”              Psalm 27:14 NIV 

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

Dear One,

How would you explain “waiting on God” to a friend? Would you define it as an “expectant hope, eagerly watched for with hopes of a quick arrival?”  Maybe you would simply explain it as “something one does if something tarries.” There are many scriptures that not only mention the word “wait,” but also actually command us to wait.  Psalm 27:14 is such an example.  However, within the command there is an added encouragement.  We are told to be strong and take heart as we wait.

It takes spiritual strength to stop, wait, watch, and allow God to work.  We can become discouraged if hopes and prayers are not answered in our own timeframe.  Heavenly timelines are altogether different from earthly ones and our Lord’s timing is always perfect.  It may take a lifetime to see one of your prayer request answered.  This kind of waiting will take a mature faith and spiritual endurance.

Patience is a fruit of the spirit and evident in the character of God.  Patience is the twin to Spiritual Waiting and the half-sister to Longsuffering and Endurance.  They all share a strong family resemblance but they are different just the same. 

You may be living with a long and painful illness while patiently waiting for a cure, or the promised rest of your eternal home.  Living with pain, illness, and suffering requires patience and perseverance.  In fact, illness and pain helps to mature all the fruits of the spirit within you.

Waiting for justice and looking for God to avenge personal injuries requires the fruit of self-control.  By waiting for God to judge those who have wounded us, we are guaranteed a just God will hand out a just consequence and penalty. Deuteronomy 32:35 instructs us that vengeance belongs to God.  The English Standard Version of the Word states that He will “take revenge and pay them back.”  Trust that all injustices are observed and are never forgotten or overlooked by your Father.

Isaiah 40:31 says that if we wait on the Lord He will renew our strength.  By resting in His might and His promise to answer the prayer offered in faith and aligned to His will, we will find new strength.  Instead of giving in to the exhaustion caused by worry, anguish, distraction, and fear, we are given an opportunity to refresh ourselves by patiently waiting on God to act.

Your ability to wait on the Lord is rooted in your confidence of who He is and what He is doing.  Is your faith built on a solid foundation of His character and love?  Trusting in His principals, promises, power, and divine purpose will enable you to wait in peace.

Psalm 33:20 informs all believers of HOW they are to wait for God; it is with HOPE.  Faith is the assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1) and a conviction of things not seen.  Hope is a part of faith and waiting on God requires both.  May the peace of Christ rest upon you as you cast aside your burdens, trusting Him to address them in His time.  I pray your strength is renewed as you wait.

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. 
 For the Lord is a God of justice; 
blessed are all those who wait for Him.”         Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)

We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

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