I bet you just wish God would push the like button on your Facebook page! If so, how often would you be glued to your Facebook notifications checking countless times to see if God “liked” your activity?

Yes, you want to please God, but if you’re doing it to score brownie points – you won’t get any. Why? Because you don’t need any! He doesn’t give em. His son did enough for you.

Here’s Why you might have a hard time understanding why you get God’s grace when you don’t deserve it.

It’s because the world is primarily set up to give you things only when you deserve them.

  • You work = you get a paycheck
  • You work hard, harder than the rest = you get a promotion
  • Be good – Santa will be good to you, bring you what’s on your wish list
  • You behave well = you get brownie points with mom and dad
  • Your kids clean their rooms – you let them have a friend over.
  • Your toddler goes potty like a big kid – he gets a sticker.
  • You clean your house = nuff said!

We’re condition by rewards. It’s in our blood. It’s all we know. And that is why you need to trade your blood for Christ’s. He shed his blood so you no longer have to give yours. Trying to please God with your Blood sweet and tears? Drop that idea. It’s no longer needed.

How did we become conditioned by a rewards system? It’s because Bible starts out that way back in the Old Testament. If you lived by the law, you received God’s salvation and blessings…

If you gave a sacrifice = your sins were forgiven.

But all that changed when Jesus paid for our sins by becoming our sacrifice. Since then, our sacrifice in anyway, shape or form is unnecessary to access the grace of God. What does this grace buy you?

Forgiveness. Salvation. Blessings.

It’s hard for you to wrap your head around this, I know. It was hard for me too. Hard to believe that the things I do, don’t count toward my salvation, nor do they count toward my blessings. It’s all free. Free and clear. And that just doesn’t seem right. But it’s right in God’s economy.

It’s right when we accept what Christ did is far superior that what we could ever do on our own to access grace.

Romans 4:5-8 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

God is not into paying you for what you deserve. Get that in your head…and you’ll have MORE than you deserve!

If you like this post, you’ll love this week’s podcast where I go even deeper with this! Join me in iTunes or click here for the episode: “Soul Fitness Made Easy”

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Don’t Be Fooled By Your Scars – Here’s What They Reveal About You

You live. You breath, therefore you have scars. Some can be seen by others, and some scars are under your skin. But they are there, aren’t they? Ever been tempted to believe your scars are proof that God wasn’t looking out for you? Me too. Don’t misinterpret your scars, they reveal God’s grip on you. Let me explain.

It’s amazing how brain dead I get sometimes. I actually have bouts of thinking that go completely against what God’s Word tells me is true. Things like…

  • God’s not looking out for me or he wouldn’t have allowed me to go through this.
  • God doesn’t love me because he hasn’t given me what I think he should have given me.
  • God doesn’t really reward right living because he could have rescued me from this situation, but he chose not to.

Look, if you have ever uttered, “God, I trust you with my life.” Well then my dear, you have set yourself up for notgetting everything you want in exchange for what God knows is better. It’s your own fault!

When you trust your creator to the extent you would abandon every comfort you know in exchange for what he knows is better – you get scars. But don’t misinterpret the scars. They reveal God’s grip on you.

The Boy & The Gator

I heard a story that was in the news about a little boy tackled by an alligator. He decided to go for a swim in the swimming hole behind his house. He jumped into the water not realizing that an alligator was swimming toward him. His mom was in the house looking out the window and saw the gator headed her son’s way.

She ran to the water screaming to get her boy’s attention. Her son swam toward her but the gator was quicker. Just as the boy reached for his mom’s hands, the gator grabbed his legs. The mom and the gator played tug-of-war, neither willing to loosen their grip on the boy. The gator was much stronger than the mom, but she had more determination.

A farmer driving by, heard her screams, popped out of his truck with his rifle and shot the gator. After weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were severely scared by the gator attack. There were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his skin because she was hanging on with such a tight grip.

The news reporter asked the boy if he could see his scars. The boy lifted up his pant legs. But then with great pride said, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms too…because my Mom wouldn’t let go.”

The boy’s scars revealed his mom’s grip on him and the fact that she didn’t let go. Take a look at your scars. But don’t misinterpret them, they reveal God’s grip on you.

Look Back

During the difficulties, even during your struggles, you knew God had you in his grip. You could feel his hand on yours. Take a moment or two and reflect on what God has done. And what he has brought you through. Your scars are a reminder that he could have let you go and fed you to the gators, but he chose not to! You were salvaged. Don’t misinterpret the scar, it’s proof that God was on the scene and he didn’t let go of you.

[God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down ( relax My hold on you)! [ Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5b AMP

God Left His Son with Scars Too

You’ve probably heard about the scars Jesus has. In the struggle, he too felt abandoned. He too asked for his father to come to the rescue: “Father if it be your will, take this cup from me.” But God didn’t get Jesus out of that situation.

He allowed the pain, the mistreatment, and the abuse that left scars. The scars that represent the pain and agony of a necessary suffering. Suffering that left a mark, but brought greater good. God’s glory. And salvation for you and I.

I’ll say it again. Don’t misinterpret your scars, they reveal God’s grip on you. And his glory.

Share the story of your scars with someone today. And smile when you say, “But look at these scars, they are there because my God wouldn’t let go of me!”

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