The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Grace For Granted

“Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor,”  Latin phase meaning, “I see and approve of the better, but I follow the worse.”

Did that which is good, then, bring death to me?  by no means!  It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.  For I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  Romans 7:13-20

Infirm:  “week of mind, will, or character”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you see yourself doing what you do not want to do...  Praise the Lord!  You’re ahead of the curve.  It’s much better to recognize the faults in our lives, than to live lives of supposed perfection.  No one is perfect.  No one is perfect.  No one is perfect.  However, we can all attain righteousness.  That is righteousness through the cross.  If I get on my knees and can’t think of something to confess to the Lord.  I know I need to at least confess my self righteousness.  It’s true that we are saved by grace.  And what a grace that is.  It’s also true that grace is required for us to be saved.  It’s not a luxury to be abused and taken advantage of.  Grace should never be taken for granted.  Actually, in the true sense of the word, it absolutely should.  When we accept the love and sacrifice of Jesus in our hearts and make Christ our Lord and Savior, grace should be taken for granted.  And how great is that?  That we can know our mistakes, understand we’ll always make mistakes, and realize they’ve already been forgiven.  Here’s where I could qualify my statements and say something like, “However, that doesn’t mean we continue a life of willful sin...”  But I’m not going to do that in this message.  Do you know why?  Because I know that when grace is accepted, the desire to abuse it disappears.  Ya, we’ll always make mistakes.  But grace has a way of pointing out our imperfections more than anything else could.  It’s in  accepting the free grace of God that we begin to see sin more and more clearly.  That’s why there are times in a Christians life when we lament our wrongdoings.  We see them so clearly, but we can’t avoid them.  There times in a Christian walk when we need to take grace for granted.  Because, if the phrase, “No one is perfect,” is true, we know we’ll never be perfect.  Not until that grace earned on the cross comes to full fruition.  Not until the promise of Jesus is fulfilled.  Not until He comes to take us to His Fathers house will we be perfected.  “‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’” says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”  Isaiah 1:18  I can’t wait until that day.  But for now, we’ll have to take grace for granted.  Praise the LORD!

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

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