Cast Up A Highway



Magnificent Grace

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 6:15 AM

After all these years of living, more and more concepts are being planted deeper in my spirit. Withdrawing into quiet time and introspection with the Lord, my mind puzzles out some of the enigmatic truths in God’s Word. Today I am sinking into God’s mercy and grace and how my life is touched by it.

Because of Adam’s treason, we are all born with a sin nature, but by God’s grace we can change becoming people with God’s DNA instead of the devil’s. The punishment due for our sin life was taken on for us by Jesus. You see “By God’s grace Jesus Christ satisfied His justice by taking our punishment on the cross.” It was a tremendous gift of love! Jesus paid the price of our sin debt, and we were mercifully freed from our previous bondage to sin. Allow the depth of this truth to submerge and fill your spirit.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (AMP)

For His divine power has bestowed on us

[absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness,

through true and personal knowledge of Him

who called us by His own glory and excellence.

4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises

[of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape

from the immoral freedom that is in the world

because of disreputable desire,

and become sharers of the divine nature.

I use to think I was pretty “good”, but then discovered in truly examining my own heart in depth, there lurked resentment and angry thoughts toward some in authority, rebellious and uncharitable thoughts toward others, desire to do a thing by my way not God’s way, secret sins, justification of sin in myself or others. (Bit off track, but I've noticed hidden thoughts and unkind words often will pop out when driving.)

We all have the ugliness of sin hiding in our hearts that clearly expresses our own depravity~ apart from Christ. Yes, it’s right here, under the heaviness of our sin, that God’s mercy greets us and infiltrates our daily lives.

Feeling the depth of our own offenses, we cry out to God in repentance, and in His mercy, He joyfully forgives us. This attribute of God is one we should be personally emulating~ treating others with compassion, lovingkindness, and forgiveness; thus we are able to show mercy as our Father gives to us, His children.

Because of God’s grace, our very nature can be transformed. We just need to say “Yes, thank you” to Jesus for taking our punishment and ask Him to be Lord of our life~ then we are reshaped and able to grow as God’s kids, constructing our own personal highway to Him. (See the book Cast Up A Highway). This brings about a profound change in the positive attributes of our lives.

2 Peter 1:10 (AMP)

Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent

to make certain about His calling and choosing you

[be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God];

for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues],

you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and

will live a life that leads others away from sin];

Categories: God's Love , Faithful God , Jesus!

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.