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Look for His Grace

August 27, 2018

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Look for His Grace

Psalm 147:11

The LORD takes pleasure  in those who  fear Him,   
who  look for His grace.

The LORD God made every single one of us.     We can’t even take a breath  without His allowing it.     God is in control  of everything  that happens to us — and He allows challenges and temptations  of all sorts  to come our way.     The challenges and temptations  are the results  of sin  throughout the world — including our very own sins  and weaknesses.     Thus,  we create many  of our own problems.

As we face our sins  and the sins of the world,  we need to realize  that we are not strong enough  to overcome sin  all by ourselves.     We are simply unable  to imagine the future results  of our sinful natures,  so we proudly and blithely forge ahead,  hoping for the best — done in our sinfulness.     With such independence  and disregard  of our heavenly Father’s offer  to guide and keep us,  we soon fall  into trouble.     It’s discouraging.

Seeing our dilemma,  God has a really big heart  for helping us  in every trouble.     But,  He wants us  to  “want”  His help.     He is not going  to force Himself  upon us — even though He is deeply longing  to help  and is constantly extending His open hands  in an offer  to help.     God is constantly saddened  by the majority of people,  who refuse His help.     They don’t pray.     They don’t honor God  in any way.     They refuse  to acknowledge  that He alone  is the Almighty Creator  and Redeemer,  who has the power  to forgive their sins  and heal their troubled hearts.

What a world!     They know  “about”  God,  but refuse  to go to Him  for help.     They prefer  to try to show their own strength  in solving their problems — as if they are stronger  than their Creator.     It’s all so sad.

Nevertheless,  there are the few  who do rely  on the LORD  for deliverance  from all their sins,  temptations,  and troubles.     Even though  there are comparatively few  who turn to God  for help,  God greatly delights  in them — just because  they recognize Him  as LORD and God  over all things —  i.e., realize and accept  the truth.     These few  have respect  for God  because  they realize  how all of God’s word  has come true  in Jesus Christ.     Because these few  see how powerful,  faithful,  and loving God is  in fulfilling all  of His prophecies,  they look to God in prayer,  asking for His mercy  in their personal  trials.

God loves it  when people accept truth.

We need  to let God take pleasure  in us  by fearing  (respecting)  Him  and looking  for His grace  in prayer and faith.     He’s waiting for us  to want  His Fatherly help.

As we walk with our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     I praise and thank You for being so patient and faithful in inviting me to live with You.     Let me always  be near You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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