Grace-welded lives…

December 21, 2012

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives for God is worked into something good.” Romans 8:26-28 The Message

At this very moment, every piece of your life is in God’s hands. He’s known as a Potter .. Shepherd .. Carpenter .. and Creator and more. He hasn’t missed one second of your life. Nothing you have done has surprised him or caught him off guard. In Christ your life becomes an intimate-everything-is-connected-with-God’s-purposes conversation and communion. You’re no longer on the outside. Your life is “hidden” in Christ. And yet, you are faced with choices all day long that can knock you sideways .. throw you into a ditch .. and/or promote you upward. You may wish for simple formulas or at least something you can count on today. Sometimes your faith will be that clear, well-defined path devoid of confusion and fear-filled disruptions. Other times faith can “feel” hollow .. elusive .. unsubstantial .. and exhausting. And usually there are parts and pieces of all of those images engaging your life in the present. And then there is this GIFT: The Holy Spirit is intimately alive and aware of all of those pieces and parts of your life and he is “making prayers” out of everything in you. When it comes to your life, the Lord knows exactly how all of “you” is put together and how you function .. or sometimes don’t function. He knows what each moment of your life looks like formed and fitted in the life of Christ in your life. An ache? A sigh? A groan? A burst of anger? A paralyzing moment of depression? An unexpected and sudden taste of joy and peace? The Lord’s Spirit is shaping all of those things and more in your life “into something good”. That’s where faith .. and trust .. and surrender .. and rest .. and confession .. and forgiveness .. and fullness meet in your life with Jesus. There aren’t simple formulas. There is this LIFE that is yours in Christ today. It is a grace-welded life in the One who was .. and is .. and is to come. And in Jesus … it only takes a moment …

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Grace-Welded 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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