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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 122 – When God Repeats Himself

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Sometimes God repeats Himself.

We shouldn’t need the God of the universe to repeat Himself, but when He does He’s displaying divine forbearance and making a point, and we should definitely pay attention.

Over the last week, our sweet Savior has repeated Himself loud and clear a few times. Allow me to share a couple of the moments with you and you can figure out what God’s trying to teach me.

My friend BCJ tells me: “God doesn’t need your help. Not even in your own life.”

My pastor’s awesome wife tells me: “God doesn’t call us to fix but to surrender.”

My best friend tells me: “It’s part of being human. You can’t be perfect.”

BUT I WANT TO BE PERFECT. *whines*

Well, here’s the thing, as a million people have reminded me this week: I’m not. “There is no end to your crap or mine this side of heaven,” BCJ told me. Ew. 

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Praise for g r a c e.

“The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.” 

Praise for an unfair life.
Praise for God’s grace.
Praise for friends and family who give grace even when you don’t want it.
Praise for grace that shows you how much you don’t want grace.

Grace has also been on repeat this week. In the last few days, each of the following came up:

James tells me: “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’? But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” -James 4:1-10

Molly Lockwood tells me: “God’s economy operates on the currency of unlimited grace.”

A.W. Tozer tells me: “We can never know the enormity of our sin, neither is it necessary that we should. What we can know is that ‘where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.'”

My pastor tells me (and a ton of other people in yesterday’s sermon, which I highly recommend): “Pride doesn’t like grace,” and “God loves us as we are not as we should be.”

So here’s to praising God for His staggering love and mercy, grace and kindness, learning to accept it without trying to prove we deserve it (because we can’t) and embracing weakness so that His strength and His grace would be seen as sufficient and as beautiful as it is.

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