Summary: That’s the day Jesus became more real to me, than He ever had before! I realized for the first time that grace, had nothing at all to do with what I could do, but everything to do, with what Jesus had already done for me and was still doing for me....
Grace, "Like You’ve Never Seen It"!
Go ahead and Jump! I Dare You
Do you remember playing that game with your friends, when you were young?
At the time, it didn’t seem like you were all that young, remember you thought you were all grown up, you know the king of the world
but looking back now you see things through a different set of eyes.
Those were serious challenges we all faced, or so we thought, back in the day.
Some of them, we didn’t have to think about it at all, it was just an easy decision to make and we just took the plunge,
Others though took serious thought, as to the ramifications that we would face, if we did make the commitment to take the leap and go for it.
What other people thought really mattered, or so we thought, funny how some things never change, isn‘t it?
You know, some people never end up doing a lot of things in their life, because of what they think, other people might think.
Anyway the next thing you knew, summer vacation was over and everyone was back in school and things were the norm.
And life has been streaming by 90 mph. ever since and continues to do so, whether anyone will admit to it or not.
Seems like we all say the same thing, were has the time gone to?
you know a lot of decisions have been made since then,
Some of them have been great ones, some of them good ones and some of them,
well lets just say we wished they would have turned out differently, then they did.
And then again Some decisions, never have been made, there still out there and folks are still pondering them, after all these years!
None the less, the decisions we have made in our lives, good and bad,
are the sum total of the outcome, of all that we are today.
One of the things I did do when I was 9 yrs. Old and the best decision I made in my whole life, was to ask Jesus in my Heart,
I thought, like a lot of people did in the beginning, I took the plunge and jumped in with both feet,
I was on the Jesus Train bound for glory, but what happened was, I barely even got my feet wet, so to speak.
Oh, I went to church all right and learned the dos and don’ts, learned some bible verses and heard some incredible stories.
What I ended up with for far to many years, I now know, was not at all the life that the Lord had prepared for me to live,
Like a lot of society, what I had was a one way ticket to the good life, I thought.
And hopefully someday if I didn’t mess it up, I would get to experience what Jesus died for, to give me.
In the meantime, for the span of the many years in between, I thought it had to be
and was going to be all about what I was capable of doing,
how much would I be able put into it, to make it work for me?
it was going to be a bunch of dos and don’ts, that I was going to be in charge of, it was a lot of responsibility.
Lets call it, the to be-or not to be Christian, commonly referred to as religion,
And that’s exactly what it was, Religion
and like a lot of people, I found out in short order, I really didn’t care too much for religion and still don’t.
Oh, I was as on fire as a young boy could be, or for that matter any new convert could be or stay, for any length of time.
But the do’s and don’ts, soon turned to cant’s and wont’s as I searched for, as to what God wanted for me in the interim.
I was raised and told, you cant do that, or expect this, He doesn’t do that anymore, He’s not a genie in a bottle you know!
No you don’t want that, that was for then and that time, you cant ask for that, that’s not the will of God for today….blah,….blah, …..blah.
Let me tell something, God is a Sovereign God, He can do anything He wants, anywhere He wants, anytime He pleases!
His power is limitless, He can even make time stand still if He wants,
TBS. He did it for Joshua and the children of Israel.
Joshua 10:12-13 NKJ
12. Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”