Holding on … Letting go …

February 28, 2013

“When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up. The I let it all out; I said’ “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.” Suddenly, the pressure was gone — my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.” Ps. 32:3-5 The Message

Jesus went to the Cross and the life-draining .. life-wearying .. and life-dissolving power of sin was broken. Sin’s “mission” is to make you think that God can’t help you. Others may find help and relief but your situation is beyond His reach. You have to work out your problems, failures, and sins first, and then maybe He will help you. Sin wants you to think that Jesus is not who He says He is. Repentance and confession and surrender are old-fashioned words and ancient path that still yields freedom and new life through Christ. They aren’t words to make you less of a man or woman. The Cross is ever a reminder that: “I can’t and God never said I could. God can, and always said he would.” The Major travelled the globe sharing that simple phrase of the life-saving and life-creating power of Jesus Christ. If you’ve ever carried “sin” in your life, you know how much it weighs and what it does to you, in you, and all around the relationships in your life. It isn’t determined by an amount, quantity, or quality. Sin will drain your life. David describes the cleansing power of repentance and confession above. He also discovered the incredible freedom of living every moment in God’s care. God had it written down so that you could know the same way .. same path .. and same life restored now in Christ. Nothing is gained by holding on. Everything is gained by letting go. Jesus, knowing everything about you, said He would send the Holy Spirit to help you .. lead you .. and renew you. He’ll breathe grace into your life. Cross-examined .. Grace-filled .. and Life-freed … it only takes a moment …

“Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong — then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Ps. 139:23-24 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Cross-Examined Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (KchesterP1@gmail.com)

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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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