Here is my favorite song this week. It is called “Your Grace is enough” by Chris Tomlin. And truly this week, God’s grace is all I need. This week my Grandpa went home to be with the Lord… passing from this life into eternity. This and other things have tempted my heart and emotions to go just a bit crazy.
There are those days that we all have when it seems like everything has hit the fan. And naturally we feel like reacting to the situation, which NEVER works. Emotions fly, words are said that we only wish we could take back, perspectives are narrow, and hope is seemingly lost. But there is hope for our broken and/or hurting heart! Our God has made a way for joy to fill our hearts again and our eyes to see His perspective on the matter. John 15:1-17 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15&version=NIV you should read it) talks about Jesus being our true vine… or our life line. We are like branches attached to the vine, if we keep our eyes and heart steadfast on Jesus, our life, like a branch, produces much fruit. And when things hit the fan… we are connected to the Vine that will provide the healing “Sap” needed to recover. The promise we have according to John 15 is
1. Much Fruit, showing that we are Jesus’ disciples – John 15:8
Note: when our mind is “disconnected” from the Word of God and vain imaginations take over because our focus is off Jesus…. we loose our testimony and any proof that we are His disciples… scary!
2. Complete Joy. John 15:11 The only requirement here is to remain connected to the Vine… or to His Love, and obey God. He commands that we love each other. Our love runs short for people often. But His Love is never ending. He has enough Love ready for you to receive for that person or situation that seems impossible. All you have to do is stay connected and obey Him and as a result an incredible JOY will spring up in your heart.
3. We will have what we ask for. John 15:7 &16 The result of staying connected is answered prayer. We will be asking with the right motive and perspective if we are connected to the source.
Warning: This scripture also says that God is the Gardener… who prunes the Branches…John 15:1-2 “he cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will bear more fruit”
So what now… this is where his Grace comes in and covers us! Grace is a free gift from God… all we have to do is Pray (ask for it).
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:9-10
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:15-16
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Listen to this song and allow His Grace to fill you with love, joy and peace for whatever you face today: