Archive | January, 2016

His Grace

13 Jan

We are created by,
His Grace

We are born in,
His Grace

We learn of,
His Grace

We grow spiritually in,
His Grace

We live by,
His Grace

We enjoy different types of,
His Grace
We can start to lose touch with,
His Grace

We start to turn from,
His Grace
 

We don’t believe we are worthy of,
His Grace
We start to believe we don’t need,
His Grace

 

We become lost without,
His Grace

 

We live in a darkness without,
His Grace

 

 

 

We live in misery without,
His Grace

 

 

 

 

We fall into a bottomless pit without,
His Grace

 
We start to pray for,
His Grace

 

 

We start to search for,
His Grace

 

 

We see a small light by,
His Grace
 

We start to change by,
His Grace 

 

We yearn for,
His Grace

We were made clean through the blood of,
His Grace 

We may at times deny,
His Grace

We are always in,
His Grace 

We will always have,
His Grace 

We cannot earn,
His Grace

We cannot buy,
His Grace

We do not deserve,
His Grace
 
We can do nothing to get,
His Grace 

We cannot be lost to,
His Grace

We are given,
His Grace

We are blessed by,
His Grace 

We cannot live without,
His Grace

We live only by,
His Grace

We sing praises of,
His Grace

He gives us,
HIS GRACE;

Only By The Grace Of God,
Bill Lester 1/12/2016

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A little of my past….

5 Jan

So many of us go through life just trying to get to the next day. The next meeting. The next appointment. We rush around in a spinning, crazy world. We see so much bad and ask why? Why is this slowed to happen? Some say that it happens because we are being punished by God. Other’s that don’t believe find others to blame. But I believe in God and I know personally that he is not the one that rains down the evils on Earth. I have a personal past that took me into hell. The only reason I am here is because He went with me into it and protected me and brought me home. But, I did not recognize Him when I saw him or even know He was with me for the vast majority of those decades. Thirty plus years of living in silence and darkness. I tried to rid myself of the weight of my past many, many times. But I kept a small piece that I felt I needed. That small piece took little time to become a monster again.
As the day of the Epiphany draws near think on this. God loves you so very much that even if all those years ago when He sent his one and only Son, if you had been the only person that would ever need to be saved in all eternity, His Son would have been born. Walked among mankind. Would have taught us. Would have been betrayed. Would have been beaten. Would have been crucified. Would have died. Would have risen. And would have done it all, just for you. Now, that is love.
Many years ago I asked to be rebaptized. It just so happened to be on the Sunday that was the day of the Epiphany. As I knelt at the alter in the chapel with our pastor and my fiancé, as the pastor placed the water on my head and started speaking, I was completely wrapped in a very overpowering fragrance that was so sweet it should have made me feel sick. But it didn’t. It was an embrace. It was Christ, present with me removing all that was trying to destroy me from within.
And while the past still lives itself out in my head daily, it didn’t have that power to take me back into the darkness and silence.
What ever it is that drags you down. What ever it is that keeps you in your own private prison. What ever it is that you need to release. Take it to the Cross. Kneel down and give it to God. He is waiting for you. I’m not saying that you are going to have a life filled with Rose in this world. Mine hasn’t been. But you will have a calm in your heart right down into your soul…….