The Grace of God…

I feel to speak of the Grace of God… 🙂

We each who belong to God are under His Grace…

I know and have met (not necessarily in person) a few different people (who know the Lord) some from New Zealand and some from around the world…

I know that all of us (who know the Lord) – wherever we are, whoever we are all around the world – we all need the same thing – we need to know that the Lord loves us and accepts us just the way we are…

“How can the Lord accept me just the way I am?” I can hear you say…

Well, He does this because of His Grace and because of His definitions…

If God were to call me a chicken then I would be a chicken – even if I looked like a very human chicken :-)…

If God  calls me a saint then this is what I am – even if I look like a very sinful saint… 🙂

You get my point…

Who is the highest authority in all the universe?

God is…

Who is a higher authority than God?

No one…

Who has a right to define us?

No one but God…

Who has a right to put a label on our lives?

God does…

No one else…

If God labels me as a saint – as He has (because I belong to Him) – then who has a right to label me as anything else?

No one…

This is why God tells us – although He asks a rheotorical question – that no one can bring a charge against God’s elect…

Can you imagine the fear and the trembling of someone who brought a charge against one of God’s elect?

Can you imagine that person being whisked into the Presence of God and standing before His Throne?

“I’ve just got a question to ask you”…

“What Lord?”

“Who gave you the right to define one of My Children as not being one of My Children?”

The silence would be profound…

I don’t think that any of us would do that again…

I have become almost hushed when it comes to speaking against others…

I do not want to be found speaking against one of God’s elect…

I would rather keep my mouth shut and speak about the truth – what I know to be the truth – than to talk about others and pass judgement on them – whether they know the Lord or not – how do I know what is in their hearts, what state they were in when I happened to see them doing something which I didn’t fully understand – how do I know at the end of the day what is in their heart or what the Lord has defined them as?

The simple answer is that I don’t unless the Lord has revealed this to me…

And if the Lord has revealed this to me it is for the purpose of prayer…

If the Lord wants to release a Righteous Judgement through me then He can…

I am surrendered to this but I am not keen for it…

I would rather point all to Christ…

He is the Judge…

He is the Lawgiver…

He is the One who is able to Save and Destroy…

I am not that one…

and I never want to be…

I don’t want to have anything to do with Judgement…

I want to leave this to the Lord…

Even the Lord wants to leave this to Himself…

His Heart is Love – His Heart is to bring reconciliation with Himself…

He wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth…

So do I – no matter what they’ve done to me…

Grace is something which God decides to do…

Because we had nothing to do with our salvation we also have nothing to do with keeping ourselves saved…

We have nothing to do with our final destiny (we all deserve hell but some of us – whom God has chosen – will experience heaven)…

God has not appointed us to wrath but to experience salvation as His word says, for those of us who know Him…

We are safe in His Hands…

We are one spirit with Him…

No man ever hated his own flesh…

We are His own flesh – He nourishes  and cherishes us – if He were to punish us for our sin – in a legal sort of way – He would be hating His own flesh – He cannot do this…

He can not punish us – in a legal sort of way – for sins which He has already forgiven and “taken out of the way”…

When He returns we read,

so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (Hebrews 9:28 NASB)

“without reference to sin”…

The sin issue has been covered from a legal perspective…

God right now has continuous fellowship with me and every other one of His saints…

This fellowship is not broken by sin…

Yes, we can grieve the Holy Spirit…

But the fellowship between God and us is not broken by our sin…

We do not have to confess (or try to) every time we sin in an effort not to break fellowship with the Lord…

Because the Lord has defined us as our new self – and our new self cannot sin (1 John 5:18) – then we are in unbroken fellowship with the Lord…

Hallelujah!!!

We talk to the Lord about our sin – “sin within me” – out of relationship…

As the Lord brings it up He renews our mind – we have the Mind of Christ – and transforms us and as He does we repent to Him for these specific sins which He shows us…

When, for example, the Lord delivered me from pornography, when the day came (and there was a lot of preparatory stuff before this) He said to me, “You have not been trusting Me for your pleasure”…

That broke me…

I heard His Heart…

He was sad that I hadn’t been trusting Him for my pleasure (in the sexual area)…

He was sad…

He wasn’t angry…

He was sad and that broke my heart…

It fell off…

What followed was a 5 month period where I had no interest in pornography whatsoever…

I was amazed…

I was having amazing times with the Lord, I was hearing His Voice…

I honestly couldn’t believe that He’d actually delivered me…

Something happened – a betrayal which really hurt me – at the end of those 5 months and I found myself again attracted to pornography – but it wasn’t the same – it didn’t have a hold – like it used to – on me…

I saw as the Lord brought me out of that time that my bitterness towards those who had betrayed me had allowed the tormenters (as Jesus said) to come back and torment me…

As I repented for my bitterness and my unforgiveness (which He enabled me to do) again the pornography fell off…

There just wasn’t the pull or the interest in it…

There was another time (about 18 months after this time) when again I felt the loss of a friendship with someone who I had become quite close to and felt the pain of loneliness – of being (or feeling) completely alone where I wished I could see some pornography to try and relieve my pain…

The Lord brought me through that experience…

I am not saying that I am sexually perfect – the Lord is still dealing with me – but what I am saying is that He delivered me from that bondage to pornography out of relationship…

My new heart which loves Him was saddened that I hadn’t been trusting Him…

That was what broke it off…

It was not legal…

It was not Law based…

It was not punishment based…

Fear involves punishment…

It was not fear based…

Anyone who fears (punishment) is not yet perfected in Love…

The Grace of God is that we who know the Lord are no longer punished for our sins…

He does not treat us as our sins deserve as the scripture says…

He treats us in Love…

We are disciplined for our own good that we may share in His Holiness…

I also remember at a similar time (to the initial deliverance from pornography) another word He said to me, which really set me free from a deep root of coveteousness (of which pornography was a major part) in my life…

He said, “Coveteousness is wanting anything which the Lord hasn’t given you”…

I found after He said that that I lost all desire to own anything…

It was amazing…

I don’t care if I never own a house, or a car, or a this or a that, I honestly don’t want anything apart to be debt free, have food for my family, clothes for my family and somewhere for us to sleep at night (doesn’t even need to be our own place) – like Paul said, “If we have food and covering we will be content with that”…

That place was attained for me by the Lord speaking, “Coveteousness is wanting anything that the Lord has not given you” through my new self as I was on a run one night (minding my own business)…

Amazing…

The things which the Lord has said, or the understanding which the Lord has suddenly given, when this happens, suddenly your entire life is changed…

The transformation of the mind…

So we see that Grace is not fear based…

We also see that Grace is not Law based…

We also see that God is not treating us (those who belong to Him) as our sins deserve…

He has already placed us under Grace…

We are not under the Law…

Thus we are not cursed…

Thus we are already blessed (with Abraham the believer) as the scripture says…

We are partakers of the covenants of promise…

We are the head and not the tail…

I am speaking in the Spirit…

We are above all rule and authority, seated with Christ in the heavenlies in our new selves…

As the Lord releases prayers we pray for His Glory…

We have authority to pray every prayer which the Lord releases to us in this state…

We have no authority to make up prayers of our own or go “1+1=2” in our own knowledge but as He releases the prayers we have authority to pray them…

Whether these things are things we’ve experienced or not…

If He releases a prayer in His Grace and wants us to pray it – then we should pray it – as it has authority and power in the Spirit (and He must have prepared us sufficiently to be able to pray it if He has put this on our hearts and given us the words to pray)…

I am not under Law…

I am blessed…

I am persecuted…

I am suffering…

I am undergoing hardship…

I am not perfect (practically)…

I am perfect (positionally)… Hallelujah!!! (There is nothing wrong with the Blood of Jesus Christ and there is nothing wrong with the new self which He has given me – both are incorruptible – Hallelujah!!!)

I am still empty in many areas…

I still have sin in my life…

And yet I know that all these things are not me and they are not where the Lord is taking me…

They will “drop off”…

Even when I seem incapable of “dropping them off” myself I can stand and say, “I will overcome” knowing that the Lord will overcome within me…

Cos He always has…

This is what I’ve seen…

There’s never been anything which He hasn’t overcome or told me that I will not overcome…

I honestly know this…

There is nothing that I will ever face which I cannot overcome in His Grace – knowing that He will “pull me through”…

That position of “waiting upon the Lord” is so powerful and fills you with such knowledge that even as the enemy brings condemnation and hopelessness and emptiness and a loss of hope the Lord within you will not permit you to doubt that He is in control, He is working all things together for good…

Love never fails (falls over) or falls down…

🙂

The Lord never falls down…

The Lord has an amazing plan for each of our lives who know Him…

The enemy knows this plan…

He seeks to abort it and us from this plan…

The Lord allows him a lot of flexibility in this…

It is a cosmic struggle (at the end of the day) between the Lord and the enemy (refer Job)…

But we are not pawns in this cosmic struggle – God causes all things to work together for good…

We do not go down for the count…

We are always protected by faith for a salvation ready to be revealed to us in the final time…

He (the Lord) will use all that comes against us from the enemy to rid us of our flesh…

To rid us of everything that can be shaken so that only what can not be shaken will remain…

Praise His Holy Name…

He is the Great Overcomer…

We overcome in Him…

Nothing can overcome Him…

He submitted Himself to death and death (in the power of the Holy Spirit) was not able to overcome Him…

He rose from the dead…

And so will we…

As we submit to the death which He allows to come over us we will rise…

We will rise to newness of life…

As He completes the work (the messy work) within us we are transformed (practically) from glory to glory…

Praise His Wonderful Name…

Thank You Jesus…

Thank You Father…

Thank You Holy Spirit…

Nothing can resist His Grace…

He is for us…

No one who is against us can conquer us…

David won a battle against a giant because the giant defied the armies of Israel…

David knew that he was defying the armies of the Living God…

The Church is the Army of the Living God on earth right now…

We have an ememy who has defied the Army of the Living God…

He has said, “who can defeat me”…

“Come out and fight against me”…

We, those of us who know our God – those of us who know our relationship with our God, say back to him (to the devil himself and to his hordes) metaphorically, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” and we say this in the Spirit as the Lord releases this to us on no basis of any righteousness of our own but on the basis of the Lord’s Own Righteousness and our understanding that He is with and will Fight For the Church of the Living God on earth as He has given All Authority to His Church on earth at this point in time to complete the Work which He left us here to complete…

We know no matter how “beaten up” we get by the enemy for making these pronouncements against him (in the Spirit) that the Lord will sustain us…

Even if like Daniel’s three friends He actually chooses not to deliver us…

We are bold because of our love – because He loves us and removed our reproach from us…

We are one spirit with the Lord – we are inseparable from the Lord – anyone who touches us touches the apple of His Eye…

Anyone who touches us touches His Jesus…

And He will not leave that unpunished…

He will get His Retribution…

The enemies’ days are numbered…

Our blood is precious in the sight of God…

If it is spilled and falls to the earth He remembers…

And He will repay…

There is a boldness in this place of Grace…

A Holy Boldness…

Jesus experienced this…

A complete lack of interest in Himself as He knew He was OK – He was looked after…

God the Father “had His back”…

Does Goliath belong in our land?

Who has Goliath defied?

Is the Church meant to be living in fear and trembling of Goliath in their own land?

He is a defeated foe…

We are not under Law but under Grace…

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (Colossians 2:13-15 NASB)

The certificate of debt of each believer in Jesus has been taken out of the way and nailed to the cross…

In His own body…

He took all these certificates of debt in His own body…

And He carried these certificates of debt away – away from us and away from us for all eternity…

He disarmed the rulers and authorities (the principalities) and made a public show of them…

He triumphed over them…

We are to uphold this victory in the world…

In the Church which is His Body…

This is our mandate…

It is for His Glory that we do this…

Demons cannot continue in their jurisdictions when we are not under Law but under Grace…

If the People of God in a location come in unity under Grace then they can dispell the presence of darkness from among them…

We have the power in the Spirit to dispell the presence of darkness from amongst the Church of the Living God – from amongst our jurisdiction…

Israel was given a jurisdiction which Goliath was trespassing in…

The enemy is trespassing in the jurisdiction given to the Church of the Living God – He must be evicted…

And evicted quickly…

He is a reproach and a taunt to the People of God…

He cannot stand against the Blood because the Blood represents the Grace of God…

He has no weapons against the Blood…

The Law is his weapon…

Guilt is his weapon…

Condemnation is his weapon…

Lists of sins which are contrary to us and condemn us…

None of us in the Church have any of these lists remaining…

He has no “dirt” on us…

We are free…

Even if “sin within us” is still committing certain sins, he still doesn’t have any “dirt” on us cos it’s not us committing those sins but sin within us…

We are new creations…

We (our new selves) do not sin…

The old is gone, the new has come…

In the Mind of God “It is Finished”…

It has already happened…

The paradigm has shifted…

I am not under Law (because I died and my life is now hidden with Christ in God)…

Because I died I am no longer under the Law’s jurisdiction…

But under the jurisdiction of Grace…

It’s like I’m invisible to the devil…

I slip through his fingers…

He only knows Law…

He only knows condemnation…

All his allurements into sin are to then turn and bring condemnation…

He can’t do that to a saint of God who knows they are no longer under Law but under Grace…

We see that he can only do to us what the Lord allows him to do and no matter how much that hurts us it is for our good cos God only allows him to touch us when it is for our ultimate good as it was for Job…

Love You Lord Jesus…

You are the Overwhelming Conqueror…

I love You Lord…

Thank You Father…

Thank You Holy Spirit…

Thank You Lord Jesus…

Thank You Lord…

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Technical Director - Design, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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4 Responses to The Grace of God…

  1. Linda Pittenger says:

    Andrew, are you the guy that posted on Revival School’s post of Hyper-Grace, about the Blastphemy of the Holy Spirit? If so that was excellent and what the Lord had been showing me. Will you be posting that here? I would love to share that on Facebook and with my friends! How can I get in contact with you to get permission to post that? LJPittenger@gmail.com is my email if you want to contact me that way. If you want to delete this post, that is fine, I know it is a little of topic!

  2. The way we know that we have truly come to know God’s Grace is when we see ourselves demonstrating it to others (I’m laughing/smiling on the inside as I say this as I had a painful example of this last night but one which has really blessed me, i.e. deepened my revelation of Grace and one for which I am extremely grateful to the Lord)…

    We speak to God in a way which is expressing exactly what is going on in our hearts at any point in time – He calls us to pour out our hearts to Him – the good, the bad and the ugly…

    As we bring our hearts to Him He cleanses us – practically – into His Image – the “gunk” or “muck” comes to the surface and He scoops it off…

    When someone else in our life comes to us like that – expressing their heart towards us – the good, the bad and the ugly – how do we handle it?

    This was my “reality check” last night…

    I’m still smiling on the inside…

    When we see the Lord inside us “buttoning our lip” and allow that other person in our life to “speak their mind” about us and like Jesus “like a sheep before her shearers is silent so he opened not His Mouth” and then to watch God bringing revelation and healing to that person and experiencing a closer relationship with them than previously through (unwittingly) demonstrating that grace and acceptance to them – that is precious in the sight of God and glorifies God…

    The Lord told me on my bike in to work this morning that I am to be silent when He is silent and to speak when He tells me to speak (or words to that effect)…

    It’s not always holy to “take it on the chin” but it is always holy to “take it on the chin” unless the Lord specifically tells us to speak…

    Only the Holy Spirit can show anyone anything…

    Sometimes the Lord tells us things about the future and we want to “go out there and make them happen” but this doesn’t please the Lord and stresses us out… 🙂

    I don’t want to do that anymore…

    I want to live in God’s Grace and let others do the same…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  3. God’s Grace is amazing…

    Completely forgiven…

    No condemnation – no mention or reference to our sin when Jesus appears or when we reach heaven – yes, we go through the fire before we get in to heaven where any remains of “sin within me” are removed and all the remains of our flesh “drops off” but once our body is dead we – as those who know the Lord – are ushered up to that fire – cleansed – or salted as the scripture says – with fire and then we – our new selves – our new spirits and our new hearts – our righteous souls – it is we that enter into His Holiness – for without Holiness no one will see the Lord as the scripture says…

    But there is that verse – and the testimony of scripture – which assures us that there is a sin leading to death and if we see a brother, i.e. a believer, committing that sin we shouldn’t pray that God will give him life – all other sins we should pray that God would give him life but not this particular sin…

    So what is this sin – the sin which we shouldn’t pray for that God will give our brother – or our sister – life?

    And how does this marry with the Grace of God?

    Is God going to punish us for our sin after all?

    He cannot do this…

    He – the Father – has punished His Perfect Son – Jesus – for our sin and He can’t have another crack once we have gone to Jesus to be our Protector from His Wrath – once we have gone to Jesus pleading His Blood and His Sacrifice as our Substitute…

    He – the Father – can punish us no more with His Wrath for our sin…

    As it is not ours anymore it is Jesus’ and Jesus has already paid the Wrath of God for it – it can’t be paid twice for us because we have fled to Jesus – like the City of Refuge – for Protection – we are protected by His Blood…

    But…

    Those who sow to the flesh from the flesh will reap destruction, corruption, decay, rottenness & decomposition… http://biblesuite.com/greek/5356.htm

    As the scripture says…

    If we sow to the Spirit from the Spirit we leap eternal life – the Knowledge of God… http://biblehub.com/interlinear/galatians/6-8.htm

    We have examples in scripture of those committing a certain sin which led to death…

    Ananias & Sapphira – they lied to the Holy Spirit…

    Er & Onan – they each in turn refused to raise up seed for their departed brother through their sister in law Tamar…

    Hananiah – he prophesied rebellion against the Lord…

    Jezebel’s children – the Lord will kill them with death…

    Korah, Dathan & Abiram – they gathered themselves together against Moses, against Aaron and against the Lord…

    Moses – he didn’t trust God and didn’t treat Him as Holy before the People of Israel…

    Uzzah – he reached out and steadied the Ark when he was not permitted to touch the Ark…

    So what am I saying? Have I built up a beautiful picture of the Lord only to tear it down again?

    No I have not…

    God is everything that I have said that He is in His Grace…

    We are protected from the Wrath of God in His Grace…

    We are not under condemnation…

    He will never mention our sins to us…

    They are forgotten and we are welcomed into heaven with open arms – just as accepted as Jesus…

    All this is true…

    But there is a sin which we can commit as believers which leads to us being “snuffed out”, i.e. our bodies dying, on this earth…

    Once the Holy Spirit decides to depart from our physical body we die…

    Because scripture tells us that it is the Holy Spirit who gives life to our mortal bodies – as we died when we were baptised into Christ Jesus – you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God…

    So when the Holy Spirit leaves our mortal body we die…

    He takes with Him our new spirit and our new heart – our righteous soul…

    We are one spirit with God so our new spirit goes with His Holy Spirit and our new heart goes with our new spirit and our righteous soul goes with our new heart…

    When the Holy Spirit departs from our body we die…

    We are told in the scripture not to grieve the Holy Spirit…

    We are told in the scripture that the Spirit He caused to live us lusteth to jealousy…

    We are told in the scripture that the Holy Spirit will not strive with men forever…

    The flesh lusteth against the Spirit – there is war going on in our innermost being…

    Jesus said that any sin would be forgiven people except a word spoken against the Holy Spirit…

    What am I trying to say?

    It is the Holy Spirit who has to “put up with” living inside us…

    I say that in the nicest possible way – but it is not pleasant for the Holy Spirit to live inside us – yes, He is living in our new spirit which is perfect but He is in close inner contact with “sin which dwells within me” and He is always fighting it – resisting it – overcoming it – and opposing it – it is a “fulltime job” for Him – and He hates it…

    He hates “sin which dwells within me” – He does – I know this – I have experienced it in my relationship to others – and living “up close and personal” with their sin – I hate it – I hate living with it – I hate it…

    It is a sacrifice for God to put His Best – His Holy Spirit – inside us for us to be brought to Glory…

    But His Holy Spirit does not enjoy our sin…

    Love does not delight in evil…

    And there are times in God’s Sovereignty as we can see from the list above – where God has had enough…

    And He “snuffs out” the life…

    For those of us who know Him it is His Holy Spirit departing and taking what belongs to Him with Him – our new self…

    For those of us who do not belong to Him – who do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – it is God running out of patience with the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction – not that God prepared it – but that the rebellion of that vessel had stored up sufficient wrath against themselves for the day of destruction that God has acted in “taking them out”…

    The Patience and Mercy of God does not last forever – God is infinitely patient – well not really – He is slow to anger – He is long suffering – He doesn’t wish any to perish – yet there is a day appointed where He will judge the earth in Righteousness – and right now the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men…

    So what am I getting at?

    I delight in the Grace of God – I am so glad that I will never bear the Eternal Judgement of God for my sin – I am so glad that when I get to heaven I’ll be welcomed with open arms by Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father – I’m so glad that they won’t talk about my sin – which is no longer mine but Jesus’…

    But…

    Will I get “snuffed out”?

    Maybe…

    I can’t say that I won’t – the Lord has told me that I won’t…

    He’s told me that He’s heard my prayer and my supplication that I won’t but I don’t really know…

    It’s possible that I could do something which ‘piques’ His Anger – which He just can’t permit His Holy Spirit to be subjected to any longer and He would say, “Bring him home”, to the Holy Spirit and my body would drop to the floor dead…

    It is possible – I’m not discounting it – I know I’m “evil enough” to do that…

    Not that it’s me – but that it’s “sin which dwells within me” – but you know what?

    I’m not afraid…

    I know that that could happen…

    Hey, it happened to Moses the meekest man in all the earth – it could happen to me…

    But I’m not afraid – He is God – He is Righteous – He is Holy – He is Jealous – He Protects His Holy Spirit – He Honours His Holy Spirit – He Values His Holy Spirit – and He will “step in” to ensure that His Holy Spirit is not subjected to more wickedness than God the Father wants Him to handle – He Protects His Own – His Own Holy Spirit – we are not to resist His Holy Spirit – we are not to grieve His Holy Spirit…

    If we resist His Holy Spirit and grieve His Holy Spirit we shouldn’t be surprised if we’re given “an early shower” – this is up to God…

    We will be happy and we will know Him perfectly in heaven…

    This is not the point…

    We will be glorified just like everyone else and all of us will know Him perfectly in heaven…

    What is the point?

    He Protects His Own – His Holy Spirit…

    He also will not allow His Public Testimony or His Name – the Holiness of His Name – to be violated or abused…

    Why doesn’t He snuff out everyone each time they sin?

    Because there is a sin leading to death…

    He has been patient with us and has decided not to kill us each and every time we sin – but He has set – in His own Sovereignty – a sin which leads to death…

    I’m sharing – I’m actually seeking for revelation on this myself – and have been now for over a year I believe – I know the Grace of God – I experience it daily – He protects me and preserves me – I sin a lot – He shows me more and more and more just how much I sin – sin is so insidious – and yet I experience His Grace – why do I experience His Grace and yet others I see do not appear to be experiencing His Grace?

    I do not understand this…

    I know He has worked a work of forgiveness in my heart – He continually does this – towards those who sin against me – He is continually doing this – confronting me with my bad attitudes towards what’s going on towards me from others – why does He do this?

    Why am I so special?

    I see the unforgiveness in others and I see that it seems to go on and on and isn’t “snuffed out” in them in the sense of bringing them to a place where they forgive others and I just don’t understand that…

    And all that I can say is that God is Sovereign – I know that I’m not doing – nor have I done – anything special to make God treat me any differently – but I see a real interest in God to “sort me out” and “go to the core” on issues so that I’m “sorted out” – I just can’t ignore things – I have to sort them out – I have a passion to sort them out – I can’t have any compromises in my life – why?

    I wonder this a lot…

    Why?

    And yet it is God who works in us to will and to work for His good pleasure – and God loved Moses – Moses was beloved by God and under His Grace – yes He was – He knew the God of Grace “Face to face”…

    David knew the God of Grace and yet for David when he displeased the Lord by counting the armies of Israel – not trusting in the Lord but in the size of his armies – the Lord killed seventy thousand from Israel – He didn’t kill David – and David even said to God – “Why didn’t You kill me?” – but God had obviously covenanted to do good to David and to his house forever – David had obviously won God’s Heart – he was a man after God’s Own Heart – and God couldn’t bring Himself to kill David for his sin…

    Amazing isn’t it?

    The Heart of God…

    We really don’t know Him…

    But I want to…

    Bless you if you’ve managed to read all this – I believe it will really stimulate your thinking… 🙂

    Love you,

    Andrew

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