21 Days of Grace – Day 8

1 Peter 5:10

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
(And) The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.

This verse mentions the grace of God twice (in the beginning and end) and yet, most people cringe when they see the word suffer. We don’t like that word, even when bracketed by Grace. But we shouldn’t worry at all because, God first tells us who He is —“God of ALL Grace” and His desire for us “ called you to eternal glory in Christ”. Then he mentions that after we have suffered a little, He will restore us, making us stronger, firmer and more steadfast.

What a promise when we are experiencing challenges! Grace is before us and after! God leverages our suffering to make us better, stronger, more steadfast ( unwavering). In winter, things look barren, withered and dead, but under the soil, roots are growing deeper and stronger. Likewise, through suffering, God’s grace strengthens us so we are unmoved by attacks, storms and other challenges that would try to shake us from our foundation. Truly all things are working together for our good!

21 Days of Grace: Day 7

Hebrews 4:16

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Today’s verse is a clarion call for us to come boldly, confidently to God’s throne of grace to get the help, mercy and find grace when you need it! The preceding verse talks of God’s great compassion for us, that He knows our weaknesses and beckons us to come to Him. The point is that we don’t have to be fearful or timid when we approach God ( like Dorothy and crew in the Wizard of Oz), but confident that He will be just and merciful. There is also no question that once we come, we will get the mercy and find the grace we need to help us in any circumstance.

The throne of Grace also reminds us of God’s sovereignty and majesty from which His grace flows. The ability to extend grace to others is a noble leadership quality that we should emulate. Lord, help us to grow in our knowledge and trust in you that we we can confidently come to you for everything and expect that Your loving kindness, mercy and grace are available to to help us always. #Grace #Mercy #Boldness #Confidence #21DaysofGrace

21 Days of Grace: Day 6

James 4:6 (NLT)
“And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

The scriptures always talk about God’s grace in abundance. He generously and lavishly pours out his grace to us. But it is conditional! This verses refers to another scripture Prov3:34. that emphasises that God resists pride & scorn but gives grace to the humble. So humility, a humble heart, unlocks God’s grace in our lives.

Humility acknowledges the sovereignty of God, which helps restrain man’s propensity for self importance and pride. We can truly submit ourselves to one another and serve each other. 1 Peter 5:5 admonishes us to “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another” and again quotes “God opposes the proud” This is very important to God. Pride is the strength of sin and can completely block the grace God desires to pour into our lives.

Lord help us to stay humble before you and others so that we are worthy of the grace you desire to pour into our lives. Help us to realize our dependency on You and open our eyes to anything else in our hearts that would block/ hinder that grace. #Grace #Humility #Humble #pride #21daysofgrace

21 Days of Grace: Day 5

Psalms 145:8

Psalm 145:8 (MSG)
God is all mercy and grace– not quick to anger, is rich in love.

Grace is the very nature of God – He is ALL mercy and grace. As we walk in Grace, we truly allow God’s character to permeate/ override ours. We become more long suffering and slow to anger- overlooking offense. That is how God operates. He is gracious and compassionate – rich in unfailing love and mercy. Lord, help us to be more like you.

There is great power in not being shaken or moved to anger by circumstance and to continue to be gracious and merciful in difficult times. We need Gods grace to do it. #Grace #21DaysofGrace #compassion #mercy

21 Days of Grace: Day 4

2 Peter 1:2

2 Peter 1:2 NLT “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.


This scripture reminds us that God gives “more and more” grace as our knowledge of Him grows. He is such a generous God and knows what we can handle at each stage in our lives. As we grow ( mature) in our knowledge of Jesus, our capacity expands and He gives us more abundant grace. My Pastor calls this the economy of grace: as we grow in God, we receive grace and when we use/deploy the grace to advance the kingdom and God gives us more grace.

Further in 2 Peter 3:18, it exhorts us to Grow in grace AND the knowledge of God. We know God through His word so Set your hearts today to learn of Him and you will find that the grace & favor of God will follow “more & more”.

21 Days of Grace: Day 3

Titus 3:7

Written 1/3/21

Titus 3:7 (NLT)
“Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

God’s grace ( unmerited favor) justifies us, making us righteous so that we, as His heirs, have full confidence of inheriting eternal life with Christ. In our individualistic performance based culture, we try to earn God’s grace by doing good deeds or the “6 steps”of this or that, when His grace cannot be earned…it is a free gift from God when we place our lives in His unfailing hands.

He cleans us up, generously pours out His Spirit, (Titus 3:5-6) puts us on the right path and makes us good/worthy. That is why he always says “Come to me, I will give you rest.” #Grace #21DaysofGrace

21 Days of Grace: Day 2

Ephesians 4:7

Written 1/2/21

Ephesians 4:7 “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

God is so faithful that He gives us the grace we need to accomplish the purpose and plans He has for our lives. This entire chapter in Ephesians talks about the unity in Christ and also the different gifts He gives to each of us for the edification of all! Since He has already given us this grace- Receive It!

It was uniquely designed for you. Yesterday’s scripture tells us there is a superabundant supply of that grace found in Christ. May God bless you richly today! #Grace #21DaysofGrace

21 Days of Grace: Day 1

John 1:16-17

Written on 1/1/21

Honestly I was so relieved to see the New Year 2021, I was overwhelmed with gratitude last night and I kept thanking God! Last year I experienced the sufficiency and completeness of Gods grace. And since 2021 is the year of grace- I felt directed to share on “21 days of GRACE” to truly walk in the abundance of Gods grace and favor. This first scripture is 🔥#Grace #Favor #newyear2021

“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]. For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭AMP‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1588/jhn.1.16-17.amp

Let there be Light

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:3-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

My previous post mentions that “Let it Shine” is my theme for 2018. God dropped this little nugget as I restarted my Bible reading in Gen1 and I had to share it! This is just the tip of the iceberg for me and I plan to study it out. If you have insights please also share!

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When we first read this scripture Gen 1:3 we are tempted to think of the light as the sun and moon. Especially when it says God called the light Day and the darkness Night. But in Gen 1:14-19 we see that the sun, moon and stars are not created until the 4th day!

““Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” Genesis‬ ‭1:14-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So then what was that Light that God created from the darkness, that preceded the Sun, moon and stars? James 4:6 tells us that God made this light to shine in our hearts so we could the glory of God that is seen in Jesus!

As glorious as the sun, moon and stars are – especially as they reveal themselves to us every morning and evening- they are not as splendid as God’s first created light that reveals the glory of God that is seen IN Jesus.

Let that sink in….

The very first thing that God created, Light, He makes to shine in our hearts for the purpose of knowing the Glory of God.

This original first light precedes and goes beyond the physical, natural lights that we see via God’s creation of the sun, moon and stars. It precedes the foundation of the world! As one commentary noted “Light was created first and attached to the sun and luminaries on Day4 Thus the sun is merely an obedient light-bearer and its magnificence is only understood in relation to its Creator.”

Jesus is the source of that light, THE creative force, that allows us to supernaturally know the Glory of God. Wow! Wow! Wow!

Remember when Moses asked God to see His glory? God tells Moses that he cannot “see” His face, His glory and live.

“And he said, “Please, show me Your glory. .., But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”” Exodus‬ ‭33:18, 20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God instructs Moses to stand by a rock and when He (His glory) passes by God hides him in the cleft of the rock, covers him with His hand and then takes His hand away and allows Moses to see His back but not His face. Moses was completely transformed physically and spiritually by this encounter with just the backside of God’s glory!

Jesus is the light of the world. When we receive Him, God makes this transformative light shine in our hearts and as we allow it to shine through us, it transforms others. This is that creative power that sparked creation itself.

My 2018 prayer today is to connect with Jesus more intimately so that I don’t hinder the flow of His light to shine through me. Lord, Help me to align my thoughts, actions, plans etc with Yours so that I am that conduit and vessel of that light. Thank you for clarity of purpose and creative ability and resulting actions to execute your will in its various manifestations that give praise and glory to Your name! In Jesus name!

The More Excellent Way 


Morning reflections: Happy Wednesday! 

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.”Luke‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬ http://bible.com/116/luk.6.27.nlt

I read this verse in Luke 6, and it really hit me that God’s love is unconditional so He commands us to love the same way. The whole chapter is compelling but this verses stood out to me this morning because of my recent posts about presidential candidate, DT. His remarks were (are) so offensive to me, and yet God loves him so unconditionally and therefore I should too. As I stepped off my high horse, I realized that as a beneficiary of God’s grace and love, I should be a conduit of God’s grace and love to EVERYONE. We all need God’s grace.  

Politics/ Social Justice has always been a concern of mine – especially given the hateful dark rhetoric that perpetuates the Political climate today. But as MLK said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” 

Love is the winning strategy that assures certain victory because it NEVER FAILS! I Cor 13:7-8 says Love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. It is the more excellent way (I Cor 12:31) 

My snide remarks about DT on FB did NOT reflect the character or desire of God, who reminded me this morning that I am His child first! So while I may post about issues I am passionate about I can do so with grace and love that God has so graciously extended to me.