Truth & Grace

Truth and Grace are the two things that Christ has offered us set us free.

John 8:31-32 “If you abide in my word, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

To be “set free,” we must believe Jesus exists. This belief starts when we realize that Jesus lives within our hearts, and through the spirit, Jesus dwelled within us. 
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…full of grace and truth.”

Most of us have heard of COVID or coronavirus, and this very real, living, and breathing enemy, has placed a real fear in many people disrupting the “daily norms.” However, the real truth is we are to gain freedom in our lives when we allow God to work in our hearts.

Using this time of the “great countries pause,” we should be looking into our hearts and souls, and asking, What am I battling? So I ask, What are you currently battling in your soul? What have you found to be the most challenging event during this time? I can say honestly say that things have been difficult. This time of rest may have created an enormous amount of unwanted or undue stress, and I genuinely miss what normal looks like. But, I tell you right now do not fear, because when I am reminded of the death of Christ, I am also reminded that Christ has broken the chains of bondage in my life.

During this time of unknown, we are not to be slaves in our home, but rather, make our home a safe place during the time of adversity. Our homes are where people should feel and be most protected, and the protection comes when we know Christ, and we find our freedom in Him.

Galatians 5:1 speaks to Freedom in Christ, it says, 
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” 
God is with us all of the time, no matter what, trust God. When people are struggling with heartache and loss during this time, some people are mad or hurt, but God already knows that you’re hurt and suffering, and he is there right now.

Here is something that I believe God has revealed to my spirit. People may blame God for the death of loved ones, and grief may lead you to anger that will fill your soul; however, James says, 
“human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:20) 
and the Bible says anger often requires an outlet for the unsolicited anguish we feel.

James also encourages us when we face trials and temptations when he says, James 1:2-4 
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

God never said that life would be perfect or that we wouldn’t deal with struggles. Even God experienced loss. We need to help people realize that through the death of His own Son Jesus, and the Grace of salvation, we have victory over death. 
1 Cor 10:13 says "temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand."

Finally, what needs to be done right now, today, is we need to turn our focus from the worldly life and rely on the one and only. The one who will walk with you daily, the one who loves you unconditionally because 
“he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 
For he will give us strength, knowledge, wisdom, and peace, and be our comforter when we need it most, today.