Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Unmerited Favor and Blessings"

Reflections4Life July 23, 2017
“Unmerited Favor and Blessings”
“For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth], we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift].” John 1:16 (AMP)
Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 15; Deuteronomy 28; Psalm 5; 30; John 13:17; 20:29; Romans 4…
"What Love Teaches Me" ©Ruthe McDonald

I declare that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Let the word of God penetrate your heart and soul this week. Let the truth of His goodness and the revelation of His grace fill your heart with hope and a burning desire to be in the presence of God, soaking up His wisdom and glory ordained for your life. Do not waste one more moment away from the loving arms of God. He has exactly what you need.
I do not even think that the word excited is big enough to explain the joy that is burning in my heart and my soul at this moment. It is like swallowing the sun and its light is shining through every pore of my being while burning away everything that ever hurt, healing every wound, and nourishing me for the continued race and journey ahead of me!
You may ask why I am so excited today. If you but knew all the reasons I could give you. It would take my lifetime to explain and share absolutely everything that God has done for me. However, this week, I am excited to be celebrating ten years of Reflections4life Blog and Ministry.
It did not occur to me until earlier this year as I was writing the next volume in Reflections4Life series that this year, July 27 to be exact, marks ten years. It blew my mind. I began the blog as God has whispered to my heart to start sharing my experiences. I was learning some very strong and powerful life lessons. One, in particular, was that people needed encouragement. They needed to know that there is indeed a God; a God who loves them and cares for them and that for those of us who forgot because of life’s hardships, that God did not abandon us or forget about us. That what we are facing at this moment, will strengthen us, and that we can allow it to draw us closer to God or away from Him as the enemy plans.
Every post written has come from my own life and spiritual lessons. It has come from lessons that I have learned and am learning in my personal walk with God. These past ten years of my life have not been easy. Though I have not shared everything that has happened to me—yet (there are a time and place for all things), the lessons, knowledge, and wisdom gained have been phenomenal, and there was no way I couldn’t share them with you—my Reflections4Life community and family. Because, if you did not know, that is how I see you—as a family. A family comprised of many nations, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, coming together to share the love and grace of God. I honor you all today and thank you for your fellowship and friendship. Thank you for your prayers and support, for the wonderful dialogue. Even when we may disagree or see something a differently, we still can communicate and respect and love one another, because that is what families should do.
For the past ten years, God has granted me to not miss one Sunday post, with the exception of one Sunday when I lost internet connection, posting on the following Monday. Then the Lord increased my writings to every day inspirational posts and more intimate posts, which are called, My Friday Truths, where I share a personal truth about my life and the lesson I learned.
Here is what I have learned and come to understand: God’s blessings and unmerited favor (grace) shows up in our lives in many different and unexpected ways. It is not about how good we are how perfect we try to be, how many times we may have failed, messed up, screwed up, and totally blew things. No, it is about God’s love for us and His compassion and mercy towards us. His blessings and unmerited favor have nothing to do with how good we can be or how much we pray. It is about His love and purpose for our lives; about His Son, Jesus Christ, dying on the Cross-for our sins, redeeming us, and covering us. So that when God looks at us, He does not see the wrong or bad, or even our faults. He sees His grace, His love, and His mercy. He sees us complete as He ordained us to be. He sees us as we should be and that is how He communicates with us.
God does not wait for us to get it right before He calls us or chooses us. No. If we could get it right and be all that we could and should be, there would have been no reason for Christ to go the Cross in the first place. No. God calls us just as we are. He has chosen us, even while we are still in sin and have no clue who or what Holy Spirit is. God calls to us at our lowest places. He has a plan for our lives—a plan to prosper us, to give us hope, and peace.
While we are yet struggling, trying to find our way, wondering if there is a God, He has already placed a purpose inside of us that is waiting to be birthed, unearthed, to be uncovered and revealed. Waiting for us to believe and see ourselves as He does. Not someone who is incomplete, broken, and used but someone who is loved, cherished, whole, and complete because of His love. We will never be good enough on our own but with God we are unstoppable and that is why the enemy tries so hard to take us out. That is why he is the enemy of our minds is always whispering and using people to bring hurt and shame and lying to us that God cannot use us or that God has abandoned us.
I have learned over the years, in my walk with our Father that terrible things happen to good people. That, God, gave everyone on this earth the same gift of choice and sometimes other people’s choices have negative effects on our lives. However, it does not stop God from calling us, delivering us, and healing us. Some of us are a casualty of a war we did not start but we can claim the victory and the spoils of the war by running into the waiting arms of God. We do not have to be perfect. We do not have to come from the richest family. We do not have to have the best schooling, clothes, or home or appearance. All we have to have is a willing heart. A heart that wants to be used by God and is ready to be filled with His love.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity finds permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Thank you for ten years of fellowship. I am profoundly grateful to you. May the coming years bring us closer together, expanding our family and connecting us on greater and deeper levels. I love you and I pray for you always. Remember: You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
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