Sunday, December 18, 2011

Good for Everyone

3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
4 But —
“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.

Titus 3:3-8

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Is it ever hard for you to be honest? I'm not talking about telling lies versus the truth, but honest about your weakness in a way that shows God's strength.  I confess it is hard for me. Even within the safety of friends I know love and care for me, it is hard to be open. God has done many amazing things for me. He saved my soul from hell, and my life from the pit. Over and over again He has released me from traps that should have been my undoing. Still it is hard to name them aloud. Abuse, depression, fears... and the list goes on. I must name them though. That is where He receives glory from my life. Not in how great I can look to those on the outside, but how great a work He has done on the inside. I hope to get to the point Paul was in 2 Corinthians 12:9-
Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

If boasting about my weaknesses makes the power of Christ more evident to a lost world, let me be found weakest of all!