|Father Tom's wife, Susie, is standing next to Scovia.|
Here are some quotes from the notes I took. I hope they bless you as they did me and Christ the King Church.
He spoke of Grace...Grace is the total substance of who God is. The total heritage of what God gives us.
When you are having trouble with someone, "God wont cut that person out but He will cut that person into your heart." (This one made me almost cry). So many times we want to cut people out who disappoint us or who annoy us but by the grace of God, He changes US so that we can truly love this person. They become a part of us. I love it.
4 Grace Positions
1- Verses 15-16...Learning the bridge of Grace...when we deal with just the law, it always comes up short...Grace is the bridge from the law to Christ, to forgiveness. This has stirred in my heart since the Wednesday...the law has a purpose but so does grace.
2- Verses 17-18...Cannot continue in sin while claiming to live by grace. The law of liberty is when God sets everything in it's rightful place.
Just like your body needs to be aligned, everything in it's rightful place, to work perfectly...that's what grace does for us...it aligns us with Christ, so that He can work perfectly in us and through us...(By me, not Tom)
3- Verses 19-20...Die to yourself...take responsibility and take it to God. Grace is worked into us...we take the things we struggle with to the LORD. Doing whatever He requires.
4- Verse 21...Everything is a work of grace. We cannot take credit for any of it. It's a journey from the beginning to the end. All of it is the grace of God.
To set aside the grace of God would be fatal.
Different faces of Grace
1- Saving...Ephesians 2:8-9
2- Ministry...1 Corinthians 15:20
3- Strengthening...2 Corinthians 12:7-10
4- Speaking...Colossians 4:6
5- Standing...Titus 2:11-14
6- Giving...2 Corinthians 6:1-10
7- Abounding...2 Corinthians 9:8
8- Preaching...Luke 4:22
9- Sustaining...Deuteronomy 8
10- Pardoning/Forgiving...Matthew 6:14-15
Father Tom also said that there are many more faces of grace but these are the ones that stood out to him.
Amazing grace. I have such trouble wrapping my head around this amazing grace sometimes. When I think, "this is it, He wont save me this time", God comes in and loves me even more. You see we have to come to the end of ourselves. That is where God really shows His abilities and love.
|Give it to God...|
Let Him empty us so
He can refill us with something
I am not sure if this is for anyone out there reading this blog today or if I just need to chew on it for a while but this is truly burning in my spirit. I will continue to search it out and study it until it becomes a part of who I am.
Grace empowers us to live as Christ designed us...In my living in grace, I have to be careful not to be so careless that I stretch my idea of grace to disgrace. Remembering that God will give me grace in order that I may be in perfect alignment with Him. It changes me and molds me into His servant and causes me to fall deeper in love with Jesus...not for my worldly gain but for my eternal gain...Everlasting life.