My theology is continually evolving as I saturate myself in The Gospel of Grace teachings. For one year now, I have been reading the Destined to Reign Devotional by Joseph Prince. And for nine years prior to this, I listened to audio teachings by John Sheasby from Liberated Living Ministries. I love the Grace message!
The Gospel of Grace is the message of the finished work of the cross. What did Jesus do for us on the cross and what exactly is finished?
This is the unadulterated understanding of the New Covenant.
For years I have understood that my salvation and forgiveness of sins was purchased for me by Jesus. In 1980, I was overcome by the incredibly love of my Lord – that He didn’t make junk (me) and loved me so much that He sent His son to die in my place. I accepted His gift of salvation, realizing that I cannot ever be good enough to save myself.
This alone is beyond belief, but I am learning that so much more was accomplished by Jesus in his life and death. Because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, many more blessings are at my disposal. And the best part? I am not required to obey perfectly to receive God’s acceptance, favor or blessings. Actually, this all has nothing to do with my obedience. Jesus has done the part of perfect obedience, I just receive the gifts from his obedience – by faith.
Again, this Grace Walk has nothing to do with my doing, but is all about my believing in Jesus’ doing.
It’s a faith walk.
If you are like me, you have been caught in a confusing web of gospel and performance all mixed up – maybe feeling you deserve to be rewarded for good behavior and punished for the not-so-good behaviors. Or that God is happier with you when you are doing well, but displeased with you when you are failing to do well. Your eyes have been on you. It takes time and renewing of the mind to walk away from this performance orientation and self-focus.
Allow your eyes to shift to Jesus and what HE HAS DONE and off yourself: your weaknesses, failures and attempts to be good. Get your eyes off your performance (good and bad) and onto Jesus alone. It’s NOT about you!!
Receive by faith that the Grace Walk is about Jesus’ performance, not your own.
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In my 30-year battle with compulsive eating, I was so exhausted with dealing with the negative fruit of the struggle, including guilt, self-hatred and fat on my body. And clothes that never fit! I read in scripture that Jesus came to bring me abundant life (John 10:10), but my life felt FAR from abundant.
Can you relate?
My life became about finding a solution to all this angst. And the answer always involved the next diet. I am not sure why dieting is presented as the solution, but I approached each next diet as the one which would solve my problems. Little did I know, back in those years, that dieting would actually increase and exaggerate the problem. If only someone had shared with me the negative fruits of dieting, I could have saved myself years and years of emotional pain.
Dieting almost always causes weight gain over time. Nearly every client I have worked with weighs more NOW than when they began their first diet.
How about you? Please reply in the comment box below if you have ever dieted and if you weigh more now than before you went on your first diet. I really want to know!!
Dieting is the tool that causes the exact opposite of what you desire. Diets cause you to weigh more AND be more obsessed with food. They also teach you the OPPOSITE of what presents a real solution.
I finally received a breakthrough in my life when I took a class that taught me to trust and listen to my body for how, when and what to eat. This was a HUGE shift from my dieting experiences that taught me to follow someone’s rules for eating instead of following the God-given hunger signals present in my body.
Your body is smart – it speaks about your eating needs and if you follow it, your extra weight will fall off and you will settle at a normal weight for your body – for the rest of your life! Voila, your weight struggles are over!
You start practicing – listening and doing what your body is telling you for hunger.
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Find the abundant life of peace with your body and the joy that comes when food and eating no longer control you.
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When Peter walked toward Jesus on the water in his amazing step out in faith, he walked for a short time before beginning to sink. I recently noticed that Peter cried out three simple words when he got in trouble,
“Jesus, save me!”
You have to give Peter a lot of credit. When they first saw Jesus walking on the water, they were frightened thinking He was a ghost. But pushing fear and doubt aside, Peter dared to step out of the boat even though it made no logical sense. He was bold and adventurous to even try this feat! I like Peter for that character quality.
And he did okay as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. But … when he saw the wind, he began to sink. Who wouldn’t?!
Peter knew what do when the going got tough – he cried out in fear!
“Jesus, save me!”
The Greek word for save is sozo, which means to save, to rescue, to cure, to heal, to restore to life, to save from final ruin, to preserve safe and unharmed, to persevere from being lost, and to rescue from unbelief. 
Wow! That is a jammed pack little word, sozo. Read that list again…
So, when you are doubtful or afraid or overwhelmed or worried or concerned or overcome with temptation, simply cry out these three simple words AND BELIEVE that Jesus will save you! He saved Peter, after all, didn’t he? Why wouldn’t he save you??!
“Jesus, save me!” or even… “Jesus, sozo me!”
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I feel so blessed because I am never alone. As a follower of Jesus, He is always with me in the form of His Spirit. My body is His temple! I sensed the Lord reminding me of this the other day when I was tackling a difficult project! Wow, that truly is amazing to me. I don’t need to face anything or figure anything out by myself – ever!
But if I could only remember . . .
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,”Hebs 13:5
“And they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.” Matt 1:23
Joseph Prince reminded me in his daily devotional yesterday  how to be conscious of the Lord’s presence. He suggested that whenever you are doing something or going somewhere, imagine Jesus sitting there beside you giving you wisdom, words, and favor. This is just so practical, I love it!
“Lord Jesus, we invite You into our day. Remind us by your Spirit to be conscious of your Presence in each activity, every place we go. We are so blessed to have your wisdom, your counsel, your company, and your favor with us continually! Thank you that we are NEVER alone! Amen.”
1. Joseph Prince, Destined to Reign Devotional, Tulsa, Harrison House, 2008, December 15