God’s cleaning franchise…

God’s cleaning franchise…

October 12, 2017

“He treated the outsiders exactly as he treated us, beginning at the very center of who they were and working from that center outward, cleaning up their lives as they they trusted and believed him.” Acts 15:9 The Message

Are you trying to make the christian life work …in your own strength … on your terms … trying .. failing .. trying .. failing .. trying .. failing? Life in Christ sometimes seems so unattainable .. unyielding .. and constantly demanding. God found you when you weren’t looking for him. He loved you completely .. totally .. all-embracing .. even though you weren’t really asking. He’s cleaned you up on the inside and patiently keeps working to the outsides of your life. Is it that simple .. really? Trusting .. Surrendering .. Believing .. Receiving .. Releasing .. Forgiving .. Waiting ..Praying .. Praising .. Loving .. and Serving? Do you think that God is really waiting for you to do your part .. wear yourself out trying before He steps in?  Or has He sealed you with His Holy Spirit .. His Abiding Presence .. to change you from the inside out? Yes … it happens through Jesus. Yes .. there was and is a Cross .. big enough and reaching far enough to cover your whole life completely. Yes .. He has risen from the dead so that you can know and experience life firsthand. Without Christ, life takes on a secondhand feel. It requires more of you and you require more from things to fill the hole in your heart. Your life is the most simplistically complicated mess-made-whole-in-Jesus. Do you really think that you can add one layer to what God has in store for you today? He simply invites you to love Him, trust that His way is true and good for your life, and to whom or wherever possible … share what He has given you. He’ll fill in the blanks … It only takes a moment …

“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in our lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you.” Galatians 3:5 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Former Outsiders following 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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