Monday, July 7, 2008

Amazing Grace (2)

The Second Verse

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

This verse brings back memories of the time I accepted Christ as my risen Lord and Savior. "The Hour I First Believed"... Sure I thought that I knew that there was God and there was Jesus, but I didn't know that I needed to decide to take the gift of grace already laid out for me. It was July (almost 3 years ago now) and we had been attending The PROMiSE for about a month when I was captivated by the songs and message of the day and knew in my heart that not only was The PROMiSE the church for me, but that God himself had been calling me here and that it was high time that I let him know I was listening. What a precious moment...and the effects were immediate. Sure, accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior has its earthly costs, but none of that matters under the protection of grace...if only I could remember that every time the earth catches up to me :)

Recall the hour you first believed, were the effects of Grace immediate?
How have your fears been relieved by the power of Grace?

Isaiah 30:19 (The Message)
Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you'll find it's grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he'll answer. Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he'll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: "This is the right road. Walk down this road." You'll scrap your expensive and fashionable god-images. You'll throw them in the trash as so much garbage, saying, "Good riddance!"

Remember these words of the prophet Isaiah this week when you are seeking Him...


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