It doesn’t fluctuate

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The mistake
we so often make
is thinking that
God’s interest
and care for us
waxes and wanes
according to
our spiritual
temperature.

–Eugene Peterson ‏

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Called into the grace of God

How easy it is to think that the Christian life is all about cleaning up our act and making our life count for God. It seems right. It sounds good. It even sounds Biblical . . . until we run into the words of Paul in Galatians 1:6. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you into the grace of God.”

Notice, we are called not into performance
but into a position of favour with the Most High.

Not into activism but into God’s gracious embrace. And ultimately it is there that our lives are changed and become fruitful for God. The good news is that God did not call us because he had some important tasks for us to do for Him. He did not have a shortage on hired help. He called us because he had some important things He wanted to do for us. C. S. Lewis said, “In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.” He pursued us in order to love us freely and fully. We were called “into the grace of God.” What an awesome place to be! That’s the Good News—and everything else flows out of that.

–Jurgen Schulz

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The key to God’s heart

Anytime we embrace anything other than Jesus as the key to God’s heart, we open ourselves to the malignant deformation of a religious spirit. A religious spirit always accents the syllable on what we do, what we know, instead of Whose we are, and Who we know. A religious spirit always holds up the mirror before your face, not the face of Jesus. Its focus is inward, into ourselves, our performance of religious routine, our spiritual resume. In contrast the Holy Spirit (who doesn’t possess a shred of religion), always points us to Jesus. When we believe the lie that we through effort can please God, we negate the entire purpose of the cross. We become an enemy of all that God intends for us through His Son . . .

Religion that bars the door, and only lets the initiated into the deeper things of God, is the first sniff of heresy. There are no keys, no passwords, no hidden knowledge that gets you entrance to Jesus. He is the door. He, Himself is the key. He said “…the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

–Fawn Parish

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