Refueling grace …

November 16, 2011

“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope.” Romans 15:13 The Message

God designed you to know His love. In the midst of a fallen .. scarred .. broken world He came for you. That would be enough but it wasn’t. Jesus knows that left to yourself you would run aground .. lose hope .. lose faith .. and maybe lose sight of Him. His resurrection-life is constantly filling your life with hope .. a hope that brims with life .. His life. There are times when “we” want His energy in lives for our own purposes .. even good ones. But God fills His life in you with His hope for you. He is the One who is strong enough to finish what He has started in you. He hasn’t left you to fend for yourself. As one New York city pastor wrote: The Gospel reaches the most rule-bound and the most rebel-bound with the same message. Both paths are dead ends. We do face moments of uncertainty or can be overwhelmed in a moments notice. Hope seems scarce and unobtainable. And yet Jesus is ready to refill your life over and over with “green hope” .. new life .. new strength .. and even deeper peace. He fills you with His life .. not some unknown force .. but His risen and restoring life. As an old hymn rings: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking .. all other ground is sinking sand”. We have to learn over and over that our hope comes from Christ. It’s not a sign that God doesn’t love you when you feel drained and dry. On the contrary .. His supply is incomparable. And His hope for you .. His joy for you .. His peace for you .. and His Life in you .. only take a moment …

“All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter. All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes!” Romans 16:25-27 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Green Followers of Jesus brimming with His life and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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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