March 20, 2014

“Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with a resolute heart to remain true to The Lord; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” Acts 11:23-24 New American Standard

Are you looking for the grace of God today? The Spirit of God sees beneath all the layers and knows exactly where the seeds of grace will grow into a living established faith. Barnabas was sent to encourage .. comfort .. and strengthen this new faith in Jesus. Remaining true in The Lord is the same call upon your life today. You need a Barnabas in your life .. someone who encourages you to remain “true to The Lord” today. It is sad how few “good” men and women have someone in their life who become like the Holy Spirit’s friend to them. Their friendship strengthens you to live in faith .. in trust .. alive in grace. And maybe, just maybe The Lord is shaping you to be a “Barnabas” to someone in your world. It’s not about having all the answers or being able to fix problems. It’s about listening and looking where the grace of God is affecting hearts .. changing lives .. and leading you to encourage another life in Christ. How often have you held back a word or action because you “felt” unworthy in the moment? Barnabas was “sent” because his heart and life were “all in” for Christ. It was Christ whose life made him blameless and kept him blameless his entire life. Barnabas wasn’t perfect. He had his just-a-man moments just like you. The Holy Spirit gave him an encouraging word that lifted other lives to trust Jesus. God will amaze you where his grace is breaking out. Are you really looking? Are you remaining true to The Lord? It only takes a moment …

“..so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” 1 Thes. 3:13 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Blameless-Kept followers of Jesus (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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