Relaxing your grip..

November 1, 2017

“It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself?” Romans 8:11… The Message

It’s not up to you any longer. You can put the mental list away. You can let your grip finally relax. You can even breathe knowing that this “alive-and-present God” isn’t keeping score and recording all your mistakes. It might humble you just a bit to realize that everything about you was transferred over to Someone who never came close to doing and thinking like you have … not even once. And if you truly reflect on it, you realize that He willingly accepted everything that has caused you to live defeated until that moment. But who really wants to think that deeply about a cross and remember what was exchanged. God does! He sees your life connected all the way back to Abraham. And He sees it all now. It’s not past tense .. present tense … it’s all now. So what about today.? That’s what really matters doesn’t it? How are you going to live today? Are you going to grip this day with extra effort hoping you’ll get ahead? The Apostle Paul made it really clear: the same life Jesus lived raised from the dead is the same life God has designed for you to experience and live by faith. So you see… it’s not your effort that causes God to look favorably on you. If God could whisper into your heart, He would say it a million times a million: “You’re alive in My Son … now live today with His life in you. You don’t have to pretend any longer.” It only takes a moment …

“Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.” Galatians 3:13-14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to The Truly-Alive following Jesus (kchesterp1@gmailcom)


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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