If You Lost Your Toes Like This Guy Did, What Would You Think of God’s Grace?

Warning: This is a bit graphic, but it’s a true story…

I visited a guy in the hospital who had the toes on his right foot sawed off. Amputated to be exact. Same thing really. They’re gone. And according to him, they were just hacked off. What’s worse is that by this time next week the surgeon will be loping off his entire foot and leg right up to his knee. Not a happy day.

He’s wondering what he did to deserve this. He’s wondering why God didn’t value the fact that he’s a good man and does good things for others. He’s wondering why God doesn’t see how hard he’s worked all of his life to be a good dad and husband.

He gave to those in need. He helped with his hands. He has been a good man. But apparently it wasn’t enough for God.

Is it ever? 

Why do we get sucked into believing it comes down to what we’ve done? How is it we have been brainwashed into thinking that if we live right and holy lives God will be good to us and bless our socks off?

Tell that to the man who will only wear one sock. Yeah, this guy who will only have one foot. He’ll only wear one shoe. And he’ll either walk with a prosthetic or not at all.

Where does his deeds come into play? Shouldn’t that be enough insurance in God’s eyes to save his toes, foot, and his fingers too?

That’s were you have it wrong.

It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Christ did for you.

As I sat beside this man’s hospital bed, he shared he was petrified that the doctors and nurses were out to kill him. He began to wonder if God was too.

He said to me, “God brought you here. Now, you can help me. You can give me peace.” I hated to argue with him. But he thought I was the one who was going to make it right for him.

You Can’t Borrow Someone Else’s “Good”

See, since he couldn’t rely on his own good deeds to rescue him, he was trying to rely on mine. No can do. That still won’t work. We can’t borrow anyone’s good and apply it to our situation.

The only good we can borrow is Christ’s. Again and again the NT tells us that it’s not by our works that save us. It’s not our good intentions that bring us God’s grace. It’s through Christ.

I had a tough time trying to help this man understand this. The grace and healing he needed was there for the taking. It was free but he insisted on paying for it. And when he couldn’t produce what he thought were enough works to pay for what he needed, he tried to access mine.

But, I couldn’t pay for what he needed either. 

Over and over again I kept explaining, I can’t believe for you. You have to believe. That’s all it takes. Believe in what Christ has done for you. That is the only thing you need to grab the gift of grace is faith. It’s free if you will believe.

Galatians 3:3-6 NLT

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vein, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.

No one pays for it but Christ.

The problem is that if we try to pay for it, we will be stuck in that system of payment. Sadly we will never have enough to pay for what we need. That’s why we don’t get the blessings of God IF we’re still trying to pay for it ourselves.

So stop working to buy your miracle.

You can’t do enough to pay for the grace you need.

If you keep trying to buy it yourself, you’ll never get it.

You can’t afford it, that’s why Christ had to buy it for you.

When you finally realize salvation and miracles are free, you’ll get the grace and mercy you need.

Are You Using Your Words Like This…
images-2Tyler, my 19-year-old son just came in from a run. He’s a tall guy, 6 foot, 4 inches and wears size 14 1/2 running shoes. Because he’s a big guy with even bigger feet, not much shakes him. But he came in the house huffing and puffing. As he was catching his breath, he said, “I sure did a lot of sprinting today….cause I had a dog chasing me!

I asked him, did he catch you? He said, “No, he was about to, but when I realized he was faster than I was, I turned around, looked at him and…used my words!”

“What words did you say?”

“STOP!”

“So what did the dog do?”

“He stopped. I didn’t have to worry about him again. He stayed put.”

That’s one smart guy! Why? Because Tyler’s been taught to say what he wants to see. He knows the power of words. And that’s because he knows his words have authority.

Authority, you might ask? Yes, Tyler knows he’s been given authority over things on this earth. And he’s not alone. If you’re a believer in Christ, you do too. You have authority.

Where does this authority come from?

Jesus Christ. His father, God, gave him authority and he’s passed it on to us.

Ephesians  1:19-22 NLT

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things.

Ephesians 2:6 NLT

For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

You and I, Tyler and every believer out there have the same authority, if we choose to use it. We are sitting in the place of authority.

How do you use it? Like Tyler did…

Use your words!

Tyler wanted to see that dog stop. So that’s what he said: “Stop!”

Using Your Words…

What do you want to stop? A divorce? A debt? A sickness? Open your mouth and say what you want to see.

  • Instead of talking about your bleak future, start using your words: “I am finding my purpose, everything I do is a success. I have hope because of Christ.”
  • Instead of complaining about a broken relationship, start using your words: “This relationship is being healed, it will be better than ever. God is helping us to mend the hurts.”
  • Instead of staring at your empty bank account. Start using your words: “Money is coming into my accounts. God is showing me how to prosper and be a success. I have more than enough to meet my needs and to help others.”

Want to stop the beast from nipping at your heals like that dog did to Tyler?

Use your words!

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