Testimonies on Pursuing a Godly Life of Grace
Take special acts of graciousness. (This shapes your behavior bringing it in line with the scriptures).
The Story of God's Grace
God is working in each of His children a beautiful story of His grace. Last night a friend came over and shared parts of God's story of grace in his life with me. How touching and moving. Not only does this refocus God's goodness in his life but it helps remind him how God works out all things together for good. By looking back in time, he gains hope for the future and confidence in the troubles of the present. Each of us should be recording God's story of grace in our lives.
The Nativity Miracle
He shared one story that happened about 10 years ago when he was driving children home from a children's meeting on a stormy night. The car flipped over and went off the road. One 8 year old girl fell out of the car and was dragged 120 feet. He went over and saw blood all over her. But as time went on he discovered that all the blood came from one cut. God's grace miraculously kept her from great potential harm. Her Christian parents were thankful together with this brother that God worked out all things well. Three days later the little girl of grace acted her part in the nativity scene with a few bruises but otherwise fine. For him that year's nativity scene still embedded on his mind serves as a clear reminder of God's wondrous grace.
One dear brother, a president of a Christian ministry, showed me one day as I walked in his office a special box on the table. He bought the special box and started placing different 'treasures' inside it. If a thief stole it, he would be greatly disappointed for it would have no 'real' value. But this brother was so proud of its contents. He would take the box out when he would introduce the ministry to others and sometimes to his colleagues to encourage them. Each item spoke of God's grace in the shaping and building up of that ministry. They are things which marked off this organization from the non-Christian ones. They are what made that ministry special and unique and bring glory to God. Here are three items inside the box!
1) a blue Matchbox van to remember a miraculous answer of prayer for transportation for our Club kids,
2) a photocopy of a five-figure check written, unknown to the board, by a stranger to the ministry AT THE VERY MOMENT the board was deliberating about starting a new program. The board decided that to be financially prudent we should not move ahead of God and that we would start this new ministry if and when God provided start-up money for us. I guess God wanted us to start right away.
3) a toy spider as a reminder of the cabin of girls at camp who were away from home for the first time and terribly frightened of the wolf spiders who had decided to infest their cabin and who could not be gotten rid of by spraying, swatting, etc. The girls prayed simply, humbly, yet urgently -- some of them for the first time in their lives -- and from that moment on the girls did not see one more spider the rest of their stay at camp.
The Godly Man: "Grace and Graciousness"
| Graciousness | Grace in Difficulty | Grace to Forgive | Revival | Grace in NT | Grace in OT |
| Spiritual Gifts | Saying Grace | Grace & Pleasure | Testimonies
God's Common Grace - Matthew 5:44-45
The Rain | Explain Causality | Common Grace | Kinds of Grace | The Shock | Goodness & Doubt |
Misinterpetations of Love | Effects of Grace | Examples of Grace | Call to Come
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