Lee Blum: Grappling with Grace
Hey FINDINGbalance Friends! I just returned from Fb’s amazing Hungry for Hope Conference in Colorado Springs. If you didn’t attend this year, be very sorry you didn’t and get your behind there next year! It is for sure something NOT to be missed! Hopefully, there will be some sort of re-cap, photos, and maybe even downloads available from our fearless leader Constance soon
All of us who were at HFH were blessed to hear John Lynch speak. If you haven’t heard him speak, you need to.
If you haven’t read his book or gone to his website TrueFaced, you need to.
This past winter my Bible Study chose a book on grace for Bible Study. Something like “Lord we need Grace to get through the day.” We chose it because we all longed to understand this word grace better in our daily lives. It unfortunately didn’t deliver or offer the kind of radical understanding of grace we longed for. The book didn’t shed any new light for any of us and we ditched it halfway through.
Maybe I will never understand this enigma of a word. I thought.
Maybe we aren’t meant to really comprehend it until heaven. I pondered.
Maybe I have to clean up my act to really understand grace. I also scolded.
Then John Lynch spoke on this subject last weekend and I felt the scales of confusion fall off my eyes. I am not sure if I can accurately even explain what he said, or really what I heard. But what I took away from it all was this…
God’s Grace is bigger than my sin.
Bigger than my failures.
Bigger than my theologically confused mind.
I knew this and had heard it before, but for some reason this time it hit my heart. To understand grace is necessary to live in this life as a believer. To really really look at it, touch it, feel it, and taste it. It is OURS for the taking! If we are willing to receive it.
The question I grapple with is, “what if I believe it? What if I believe that when Jesus said, My Grace is sufficient…he meant it?”
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”’
Or how about Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
He meant it. Nawwww I think. Too dangerous to believe this 100%! To really depend on this. Awww, but that is what faith is!
To rest in this every day, to be able to really live out FROM this verse. That would only be possible with the power from JC!
Don’t confuse this. This doesn’t mean believing it and then not having needs, but more importantly resting in this room of grace and starting to live FROM it. To spring up from the grace that God gives me everyday and then give it to others. Hmmmn good thoughts and prayers to chew on. Stuff I am chewing on right now.
Then to end his talk John read something called, “The New Testament Gamble.” It is in his book TrueFace that I highly recommend.
I have taken liberty to change the words “they” to “you”…to make it more personal. It is one of the most accurate and understandable descriptions of grace I have ever heard and understood. I hope you enjoy it like I do!
May your eyes open with God’s grace every day and may your head rest on the pillow of God’s grace every night!
“We discover in The Room of Grace that the almost unthinkable has happened. God has shown all of his cards. He reveals a breathtaking protection that brings us out of hiding. In essence, God says, “What if I tell you who you are? What if I take away any element of fear in condemnation, judgment, or rejection? What if I tell you I love you and will always love you? That I love you right now, no matter what you have done, as much as I love my only son? That there is nothing you can do to make my love go away?
What if I tell you there are not lists? What if I tell you I don’t keep a log of past offenses, of how little you pray, how often you have let me down, made promises that you didn’t keep? What if I tell you …you are righteous with my righteousness, right now? What if I tell you …you can stop beating yourselves up? You can stop being so formal, stiff, and jumpy around me? What if I tell you, I am CRAZY about you!”
To read the rest of the New Testament “Gamble” you will have to purchase the book. But, trust me…you won’t be disappointed.