More Grace? Without A Doubt!

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According to Matthew 21:25 Jesus asked the chief priests, “Where did John’s baptism come from?  From heaven or from men?”  Without a doubt the baptism is sanctioned from heaven and we are mere men allowed to be servents to the Most High.   Glory!    We had a baptism at my home last night!  Would you agree that being servant of the Lord holds untold riches? How can we resist Him?  To partake of the grace of God is divine but then to experience the grace more and more leaves me speechless at times.  As the evening began there was a beautiful light snow fall.  A symbolic reminder to us that the Lord indeed washes us as white as snow; they will be like wool.  (Isaiah 1:18)  How about a reminder today that only Jesus has the answer for you.  Only the Perfect sacrifice can wash you as white as snow.  Will you join me in a shout of Hallelujah! for the grace poured out over your sweet head?  Amen!!

Let’s take a look at who we match when we are washed white as snow and wool.  “As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat.  His clothing was white like snow and the hair of His head like whitest wool.”  “His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow.”  “His head and hair were white like wool – white as snow…” (Daniel 7:9, Matthew 28:3, Revelation 1:14)

The goal of sanctification is that we are conformed to the image of Christ.  2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us with unveiled faces, we are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory!  Does it speak to your heart that as we are washed white as snow that white is the color used to describe aspects of Jesus or the garmet He wears?  Glory and Grace!!  It is poured out in abundance!  Stand with your face looking toward the heavens and be washed.  I bet you look stunning in white!

Keep remembering your verses!

In His grace,

Amanda

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When Grace Springs Up Bitterness Scatters

Hebrews 12:15 Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God – and that no root of bitterness springs up – causing trouble and by it defiling many.

Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God – Holman
Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God – NLT
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God – ESV
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God – KJ
And be watchful, lest anyone among you be found lacking the grace of God – Aramaic
Looking diligently that no one deviate from the grace of God – Jubilee
Be carefully on your guard lest there be any one who falls back from the grace of God – Weymouth NT

When I first pictured this verse I imagined a bone-dry person on hands and knees in a hot desert land. The person was straining with their last ounce of energy to get themselves to a lushly shaded, well-watered area for refreshment. Due to stumbling blocks, the person ultimately fell short (failed to receive or obtain, lacked, deviated, or fell back) from the refreshment they were seeking. In this case, the grace of God. Therefore, a root of bitterness sprang up.

If you are in Christ, you have spoken of the grace of Romans 10:9-10 and believe it to be true. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” Believing with the heart is the path to righteousness. Verbalizing that Jesus is Lord ushers you into salvation. Do you ever question the simplicity of it? Or do you just believe that the One who causes the sun to rise and set and the One who ushers in the seasons is believable? Let’s apply this to Hebrews 12:15. Accept the grace of God thereby forbidding the seed of bitterness to even be planted. Are you willing?…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

In His grace,
Amanda

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Come Into His Marvelous Light

 

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It is a beautiful day DIVAs! Are you feeling Divinely Inspired and Victoriously Anointed? The answer is Yes!! This is not a matter of a fickle heart but words spoken in full faith and assurance that the Most Holy Spirit residing in us is powerful and when we are yielded to Him we operate out of that power! Hallelujah! Do not approach this point in meekness but in full authority that your mind, soul, and body WILL BE in line with the word of God! Amen!

If you are joining me in bible study our current focus is on ‘children of the DAY’. As I was staring at the title of this study, a scripture came to me so conspicuously that I knew we must memorize it next. Before we get to it, let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 5:5. “For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.” Verse 8-9 reads, “Since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thank you Lord that we are ‘daughters’ of light and ‘daughters’ of the day. Thank you that we do not belong to the darkness!  Because of this, we watch over and defend what you have given us by putting on the armor of faith and love to protect our hearts and a helmet on our heads to ‘protect’ our minds against any attacks Satan would throw at us to deny or lesson our faith. Amen!

Now on to our memory work. It comes from 1 Peter 2:9-10. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people.”

Come…into His marvelous light.  Come…chosen, royal, and holy.  Come…proclaim His praises.  Come…because you are His.  You do not belong to the darkness or anything associated wih it.  Come into His marvelous light…into the DAY.

Comment if you intend to join in this memory work.  If you are just beginning, don’t worry about the previous verses – just jump in now!  Come on DIVAs let’s hear from you!  Be an encouragement to one another!  Be a part and own it!

In His grace,

Amanda

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Crisis? Choose Faith!

“He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is assured; he will not fear. In the end he will look
in triumph on his foes.”
Psalm 112:7-8

“He will not fear bad news.” As soon as I heard the news I (1) did not stop and pray to the Lord who tells us not to worry about anything, but to pray (Philippians 4:6) hence my heart was not assured and therefore (2) I indeed feared the bad news. Later, as I repented for my lack of trust my heart reminded me that He was holding our son in His hands as He holds all circumstances. What an opportunity we miss for Him to take care of us when we choose instead to handle things ourselves! I so regret my missed opportunity…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

Praying for you today!

Amanda

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