What’s your testimony? What has God done for you? I’m unsure how to answer the questions posed by a trusted counselor. In the past the story of my testimony has been the “easy” answer to the church-ese question: When did you get saved? I’ve never shared the answer here because my testimony is so much … [Read more…]
But in all of the busy-ness, that Still Small Voice has been calling me slow down and smell the roses and stop doing all. the. things. With these words I walked into 2014. And it’s one of the best choices I ever made. My journey into whitespace didn’t end up looking like I expected. … [Read more…]
The restrictive cocoon of legalism was a necessary part of my life. It couldn’t make me fly, but there would be no butterfly without it.
But TRUE grace-filled living is not about doing whatever you want without care and crying “there’s grace for that!” when you know what you are doing is wrong.
The difference between grace-filled me and former legalistic-me has very very little to do with what I do or don’t do, what I abstain from and what I participate in. But it has everything to do with my motivation.
You cannot accept God’s grace for your daily Christian life until you let go of your own righteousness. God’s grace and your own goodness are incompatible. It’s one or the other, and you have to choose.
And so I left it all behind. All the working for His favor. All the seeking for answers. All the desiring of the acceptance of people. Because He already has what I need. And He always has.
In that moment, I felt myself truly let go of “all else.” I felt myself running to his arms. Accepting his love, his peace, his forgiveness, and his grace.
When I really grasped it, that big weight that I had been carrying around (guilt, shame, expectations, fears) just slipped off my back.
Because there are no “entry-level” positions in God’s eyes. There are no ladders to climb to make us more important than another Christian.
Leaving behind legalism is one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done. And for a long time, I just couldn’t do it.
For those times when you are out-of-sync spiritually with your spouse.
The verse that is probably used the most to stress “faithful church attendance” is simply a reminder that we need to be getting together with other believers.