November 19, 2010
“If you God, kept records of wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshipped.” Psalm 130:3-4 The Message
Are you heavy-weighted or light-waiting …?
God has a three-way habit:Forgiveness. The Father .. The Son .. and The Holy Spirit are forgivers. It’s their habit. They’ve crafted it over thousands of years. Actually .. It’s just who God is and They are. And for that .. you walk along in your life and learn just how deep His forgiveness goes in you .. how far His forgiveness reaches into your memories .. how high His forgiveness lifts you from darknesses so dark .. and how wide His forgiveness stretches you to live generously with others. God is a full-price-buying-you-back God. When you were at your lowest Jesus paid His highest. And even now when you walk in and out of low moments … His Spirit whispers out of those quiet closets in your heart: You’re forgiven .. it’s real .. you can stand on it .. you can live out of it .. you are loved. God doesn’t keep records of all that junk that’s cluttered up your life. In fact .. He steps right in the middle of your messes and begins cleaning you up from the inside out. And for that .. you discover the graced-gift of worshipping the Lord .. hands raised .. arms wide .. kneeling .. sitting .. standing .. dancing .. lips moving .. singing .. and utter silence. When Jesus lives in you .. your memory is restored .. restored in the true knowledge that God is good .. the gospel is real .. and that Christ is in you .. ‘right here’ to help you. It is because God forgives that He assures and reassures and reassures you that Christ has taken the heavy-weights of your sin and you don’t have to carry or wear them anymore. His love is Light and His grace is lightly lining all those walls of your damaged heart and scarred mind. And for that .. you worship the One who has a ‘firm grip on you’ and is ‘not letting go’! And for that today .. your life is free to live out of the indwelling habit of the Forgiving One. It only takes a moment …
“When you go out looking for your old adversaries you won’t find them — Not a trace of your old enemies, not even a memory. That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, “Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you. … I, God, want to reassure you. The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.” Isaiah 41:12-13,15 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Habit-Formed followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (email@example.com)