Once again, Pastor Asa Dockery’s insight into God’s word spoke to my heart today about God’s grace. Believers know that God’s grace is free, but I never considered that I might abuse this gift. I know abuse, I lived through it and God delivered me from it, but how could I be abusing God’s grace?
Pastor states that:
We might not start out treating God’s grace as sacred, but let us go through some fiery trials because we walked away from His love for the pleasures of this world, and it will be the goodness of God that will recapture our attention.
My 15 year fiery trial has not been obvious to anyone but God. But, finally, I am at a place where the goodness of God recaptured my attention and brought me to repentance. God has been speaking clearly to me about bringing my flesh into subjection to His Spirit and getting His temple in order so that He can bring increase in many areas of my life. I kept saying “tomorrow, Lord”, “I can’t”, “it’s too hard”, or “you love me the way that I am, right?” Abusing the grace of God? I know that performance doesn’t please God, so I would rationalize that if God wanted me thin, then He could perform a creative miracle and I’d wake up just the way that He wanted me to be. So, I swore off any type of “diets”, but in essence I wanted an excuse to continue to live in rebellion – to abuse God’s grace.
After a child of God waivers and falls into sin, it will be the goodness of God that restores him to the place of grace from which he has fallen. We have a loving and compassionate heavenly Father, who is longsuffering. Let us honor the free gift of God and save ourselves from hardships and heartaches.
It’s about honor. Honoring God’s grace. Transformation has taken place in my mind today. Finally, I rest in Your strength and am enjoying the sweet odor of obedience to Your grace.