Friday, November 13, 2009

Keep On Coming

I was reading my Bible this morning and came across this verse:

Therefore, also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored.] Rend your hearts and not your garments. (Joel 2:12-13 Amplified)

I am reminded once again of what the Holy Spirit continues to impress upon my heart....that God has so much more for us. He desires a pure bride - a spotless church - a holy life, fully consecrated to Him. I think that perhaps most of us don't even fully understand what that means.

In Revelation when Jesus is speaking to the seven churches, He says to each one of them, "I know you by your works." That's not to say that we aren't His children because of His grace alone - for no man can be saved through works. But I say to you today - do not take His grace in vain!

Recently I heard a teaching by John Bevere. He used an illustration which I thought was so appropriate to showcase the somewhat apathetic attitudes of us Christians. There was a man who lived at the base of a volcano. The news was spread that this volcano was about to erupt and that anyone who was within 150 miles of its base would be destroyed. The man is panic-sticken, because he has no way to get away from the volcano! His SUV is in the shop and if he started walking right now and didn't stop there is no way that he could get 150 miles away within the next 24 hours. Shortly, there's a knock at the door. He opens it to find a man standing before him holding out a set of keys. He asked about the keys. The man told him that he was giving him a brand new vehicle. Wow! Are you kidding! This is awesome! But why are you doing this? Just because I care about you and love you so much and I want you to be able to escape from the destruction of the volcano. Wow. He thanked him and then immediately got on the phone and started calling all his friends. Can you even believe this? This guy just GAVE me a set of keys! I have access to this vehicle and it's going to get me far away from this place! I'm saved! Do you believe it? I'm saved!! When he finished telling the story to one friend, he called another and then another. Pretty soon he realized that 23.5 hours had passed and he had been so busy shouting about how he had been saved that he hadn't bothered to get in the vehicle and drive to safety. He would die.

Those keys are just like the grace of God. We have been given this wonderful gift of gace. Grace to empower us to live the life that God's truth demands. What are we doing with that grace? Remember what Jesus said to the churches in the Book of Revelation. "I know you by your works." We must continue to persevere - to reach the lost - to draw nearer to God - to work for His Kingdom. He has so much more for us to do - and so many more blessings to give.

It is we who hold the keys. What are we doing with them?

They would spend the night stationed around the house of God,
because they had to guard it;
and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning.
-I Chronicles 9:27

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
-Matthew 7:21


adebanji said...

Powerful! This one hit me!

Jada's Gigi said...

What a fabulous story! Acting on Grace...a message needing to be heard in the hearts of Gods people...may we never cease to keep on coming to Him that we might have more and more of His Grace to share.

Louise said...

Excellent post Deb. Bless you & thank you for sharing it.

Tonya said...

This is a great picture of RELATIONSHIP!!! We have our part & God is looking to & fro the whole earth for those "willing vessels" to partner with!!! Many are called, few chosen, why? Few are willing. Loved your blog!! God bless you!!

Margie said...

great post!!

Crown of Beauty said...

I just visited your blog today after having been away for a while. HOw did your talk go on November 10? I hope that you were able to speak out your thoughts as they flowed in, and that you were able to sing the song that God has placed on your heart.

I love the verses you shared on this post. After writing this, I will go in to my prayer room for my early morning devotional time. The two verses you shared are not commonly shared, and so to me, they were really special. JOel happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible.

Hope you and Brillo Man Randy and little "Dorothy" girl Olivia are doing fine...

BY the way, heaven is my favorite topic, and I try to collect books on heaven. I still have to check out the bookstores here if they have Randy Alcorn's book on heaven.


Felisol said...

The Bible says we are saved by grace, but also that we are going to be judged by our deeds.
I think my "get away car" by the wonder of Jesus will save me, but I'm scared that my deeds may burn like straw.
Oh, Deb, that's a harsh thought.
1James 23: 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

I am glad that God is greater than my heart.
From Felisol

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

great story and illustration of God's grace