Amazing Law

legal gavel, scales and law bookI’ve never heard anyone say, “Amazing Law”. No one ever talks about the law the way we speak of grace. Every person on the planet has received grace from someone. The Person Who defines Grace is God. He has forgiven sins that are profoundly harmful to my heart and others. He’s forgiven murderers, liars, adulterers, thieves and the list could go on and on. His Grace is complete. His Grace is very thorough. His Grace is like a “hard reset” on my computer or my phone. God chooses that kind of memory with His Grace. When I really put my head to His Grace, it is ridiculous, lavish and “mind blowing”.  I deserve punishment, I deserve death, but instead I get promoted!

Romans 6 is packed with some amazing details about my new life in Christ. I came across one short verse yesterday and today while reading and it stopped me in my tracks. Check this out…

14 For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace. (Romans 6:12 CSB)

I am no longer a slave to sin.

I am free to live for the Lord.

I am no longer guilty under the law, I am under grace.

As a recipient of grace, I’m also called to dispense grace. I see people every day who need grace. I see people who have never known grace. I see people who’ve received grace but then they are selfish with it – like it’s theirs to be selfish with. Grace is God’s gift NOT mine. I get the privilege of delivering God’s Grace to others. It’s better than delivering lavish gifts that someone else paid for, but the recipient of those gifts think I’m responsible

God’s Grace is hard to describe.

God’s Grace is hard to define.

God’s Grace is NOT hard to accept.

I’m so thankful to live under His Grace. I’ve failed miserably trying to be a rule keeper under the law. Now that I know Grace, I want to honor the One Who delivered me from the law. I’m a better follower of God because of Grace NOT the rule keeping.

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound

That saved a sinner (aka wretch) like me.

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Pressing On!

Dwayne

Reputation

 

reputation conceptual meterI’ve learned over the years that my reputation is based on many factors, but honesty and integrity stand near the top if they are not the top. I believe that others look at my behavior and make a judgement. If I made a decision they didn’t like, they might try to use that to tarnish my reputation. I care much about my reputation, but if I stay there too long, I’m worried too much about what someone else thinks of me versus what the Lord thinks of me. If the Lord knows me like no one else, He is the judge of my very heart. I believe my reputation is determined by where my heart is.

King David speaks of the Lord’s reputation and it’s clear that He knows the Lord and is trying to follow Him. David’s reputation as a man after God’s heart is based on his walk with God. His writings reveal his walk. Check this out…

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations. (Psalm 145:9-13 NIV)

I make bunches of decisions and choices each day and I don’t always have a ton of time to prepare. I must make decisions based on the information that I have in front of me at the point the decision needs to be made. The cycle of reputation begins in my heart, then moves to my behavior and the perception of that behavior. The Lord has inside information to my reputation because He knows every thought and every motive. I’m not concealing anything from Him. I’m confessing everything to Him. Confession is agreement. I care more about my reputation before the Lord than what others think of me. I can’t control what others think or do regarding me. I can only have influence and control over my behavior or response to them. My behavior and response to others comes directly from my heart and the work that the Lord is doing there.

I want others to know of the Lord’s reputation and not be super concerned or worried about my own. He is Creator God. He loves like no other. His mercy and grace is beyond description. I really want to live for Him and honor Him. I want to be known as a follower of the Lord – a man after God’s heart.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

In Charge

 

Follow Lead Buttons Show Leading The Way Or FollowingWhen I’m having an issue with someone at a place of business or a retail store, I usually ask for the manager. What I’m really asking for is “Who is in charge?” If I can speak to the person in charge, a resolution can often be found. I understand that things won’t always go my way when seeking such a resolution, but at least I’ll be talking to a decision maker. My son and I recently had an issue with Home Depot mixing some paint. I spoke with the young man who was helping us. I asked a few questions regarding his experience and how long he worked in the paint department. I gathered rather quickly that he was quite young. I also observed that he seemed nervous. I understand that everyone has to start somewhere and has to be “new” at some point in their lives. It falls upon the leadership/management to make sure that their team is properly trained and educated. It’s too late to make this long story short, but the paint turned out wrong. My son went back to get it remedied. It was still off pretty bad. I went up there fully prepared to speak to the manager and encountered a different staff person that looked at the recipe and saw the mistakes of the first guy and immediately said, “we’ll just start over on this”. He made it right. He understood customer service. He understood that he was currently in charge of making this right.

The prophet Gideon had just returned from driving the Midianites from the land of Israel and the people of Israel were impressed with his leadership approached him.  Check this out…

22 The Israelites said to Gideon, ‘Rule over us – you, your son and your grandson – because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.’

23 But Gideon told them, ‘I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.’ (Judges 8:22-23 NIV)

I love Gideon’s response…. “The Lord will rule over you”. He knew Who was really in charge. He didn’t take credit for what God had called him to do. I’m learning that the Lord will lead me in every area of my life whether at home with my family, at church when I’m teaching the Word or at my Real Estate office. I am humbled at what the Lord does through me when I surrender my abilities and gifts to Him. He makes way more of me than I could on my own. He makes me look brilliant and wise. If I’m anything, it’s because of Him. I am nothing without the Lord. I want to grow in my trust of the Lord. He helps me to be wise and discerning as I walk through the maze of decisions in this life.

I see myself as a follower of God PRIOR to being a leader of anyone or anything. The Lord is in charge of me!

Pressing On!

Dwayne