May 25, 2010

“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. .. God pays for each slaves freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.” … Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready of love don’t for a moment escape his notice.” Psalms 34:18,22 — 51:16-17 The Message

What is God like …? (2)

You could never create a god like this: He is grabbed by broken hearts and lives that are starving for a Love that never fails. He is the God who literally changed your life from being a slave .. Yes .. a real slave to yourself and maybe others. He is the God who bought your total and complete freedom and yet gives His kingdom away to the poor in spirit .. comforts you when you are broken-hearted and crushed to the point you cannot breathe. He doesn’t demand your worship by force but fills you with His presence when you worship Him with nothing but who you are. You’ll find Him at your darkest moments .. and yet you may choose to try and make life work on your terms rather than wait for His help. He is the One who helps you catch your breath. He is the God who knows the Broken-heart: His own heart has been crushed time and time again .. and He doesn’t quit or give up. He is the God of Real Life .. your life.. your marriage .. your children .. your friends. It’s your life that the Lord is freeing from slavery. It’s your life He wants whole and put together. What’s God like …? He’s not looking for perfection but hungry hearts willing to learn how to live their lives filled with His love. He’ll find you at your lowest point .. most distant point .. and even at your highest points. It is all the same to Him. Jesus is after your life. He’s not trying to force you or anyone around you. He’s not offering to meet you halfway … He’s coming all the way to where you are so that you no longer have to try to get home or get through this day in your own strength. And the even better news: It only takes a moment …

“God blesses: Those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs .. Those who mourn, for they will be comforted.. Those who are humble, for they will inherit the earth.. Those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied .. Those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy .. Those who work for peace, for they will see God .. Those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matt. 5:3-10 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Heart-shattered and repaired Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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