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For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  Ephesians 2: 8-9

As I write this post–with great care and trepidation, I may add–I want to begin with the gospel of Christ.  If you are reading this and have been saved from your sins and from the wrath of God against those sins, then my hope is that you already know full well that it was the grace of Christ at work to give you eternal life with God, our Father.  This is a grace that is matchless, immeasurable and seemingly senseless!  Yet, this is God’s glorious plan of salvation for His children and I love it.  To imagine someone dying for me in order to become a scapegoat for my sins…it’s inconceivable.  And, Jesus did this when we were His enemies, no less.  The whole gospel message of Christ Jesus is unimaginable to my selfish, sinful mind.  Yet, this plan pleased our Father and Jesus lived to glorify His Father.  Our only response is great gratitude.

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-

Colossians 1: 19-22

The case for grace is well established in the Word of God and I cling to it so.  While I say that, though, I must also observe in our modern-day Church the phenomenon of too much grace.  Before you cry, “heresy!”, please let me go on.  I’m not the first to reply to this kind of statement either…

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not!  How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?                           Romans 5: 20-6: 2

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church.  We are fighting today for costly grace.”  (Written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1959, The Cost of Discipleship)

See, it is not accurate to say ‘grace is grace is grace’.  Not all grace is the same.  To proclaim the costly grace of Jesus’ shed blood on the cross is the same as the grace that covers my ongoing, knowing habitual sin (with no evidence of repentance) is heresy.  The latter is a cheapened, tarnished and filthy version that must be eradicated from the Church.  Ephesians 5: 27 describes a ‘glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”  This is a very different church than the one we often see today.  One that says, “There’s no hope for homosexuals to change, so live happily in your sin.  Jesus’ grace covers all!”  Or one that says, “If you struggle with this sin or that sin, just stop trying so hard!  There’s grace for you, so just relax.”

Yet, the apostle Paul asked the Romans (and us) how we could keep on sinning when our ‘old man’ has died?  How can we live as the old man when we are new creations?!?!  Something different!  Transformed creatures!  Alive!  No longer dead!

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.  Death no longer has dominion over Him.   Romans 6: 4-9

Do we believe that God has power?  If not, re-read the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in your Bible.  What greater evidence of power is there than raising yourself from the dead?!?!  This same ‘divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which has been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.’  (2 Peter 1: 3-4)

We can fight our sin, we can live for Christ–because of His great power.  Because of His costly grace.  To continue to wallow in our miserable sins, to wear our ‘old man’ flesh, is to pronounce the impotence of God, saying that He is unable to change me from a slave of sin to a slave of righteousness.  This.is.not.biblical.

Too much grace?  We must be discerning in what we listen to and read in the Christian world.  Just because a blog post uses the word “grace” a lot does not make it biblical.  Just because someone gives you earnest advice that includes the mention of Jesus’ grace does not mean she is on target.  We must ask God for wisdom to discern whether or not the grace we are hearing about is Jesus’ costly grace or a cheapened version.  His costly grace:  a grace where He gave everything up.  This is also a grace where we, too, must give up our everything so that He might become our All in All.  To hold onto my habitual sin and presume that God will just smile upon my sin because Jesus paid it all…it’s atrocious and horrifying.

For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit…But, why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  Luke 6: 43, 46

If you love Me, keep My commandments.  John 14: 15

Love, Wendy

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It’s gardening time once again for us northerners and I, for one, am very happy about that.  Nothing is more depressing than my beige house with its beige landscaping during the bleak winter season.  Once spring hits and the red buds burst open its blooms and the crab apples look luscious and the dog woods are just heavenly, I’m ready to plant my annuals and make my home colorful once again.  New life is appealing!  It brings hope and joy and, of course, I’m talking about more than the lovely flowers in my garden.

Who can’t help but be reminded of her new life in Christ when she sees the signs of spring all around?  Every single human being is born dead.  Weird, huh?  But, it’s true.  Every single human being is born dead because of the sin in the Garden of Eden.  That sin continues through all of human kind for all time.  And, because of that sin, Jesus died.  He took our sin upon Himself, He incurred the wrath of God against that sin, He gave His life for His children.  That sacrifice is what now gives us new life.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.                               2 Corinthians 5: 17, 21

This new life isn’t just a one time thing.  We live it out every single day.  As we live out this incredible gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, how do we do it?  How do I live as a woman in Christ?  How do I live as a godly wife?  How do I parent in a way that brings out good fruit in my children?  How do I serve my family when I want to just serve myself?  I can only help my husband, love my children, serve others and die daily to myself when I am abiding in Christ.

Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.                John 15: 4-5

When I bought my new plants, they thrived for a short time on my back patio, but after a few days, they began to wilt and look pathetic.  They needed to be connected to the soil and water, nutrients that would provide them with life.  We, too, need to be connected to our Source of Life.  We are branches, Jesus says.  He is the vine.  He is our life source–remember, we were dead before He died for us and made us new creations.  He caused us to come alive, to be born again, because of His sacrifice.  Apart from Him, we are basically zombies walking around with dead hearts.  Sure, I can do things, but will they have eternal value?  Will they be for my glory or His?  How far does my own glory go?  Basically, until I’m in the ground or people just forget about me eventually after a few years or so.  God is eternal and His glory is forevermore.

As we go about our daily lives, the challenge is to get connected to Jesus.  His Word gives us direction, life, truth.  As I pray, and listen, He re-directs my thoughts and gives me peace that passes all understanding.  When I stick closely with Him, when I abide in Him, I am connected with the One who says He can do all things.  The One in whom all things are possible!  But, if I’m just doing things on my own, John 15: 5 says, I can do nothing.  How about that for humbling?

Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.                   James 4: 10

Our God is good, isn’t He?  Now, I must be off to go parent-in-the Vine…

Love, Wendy

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On the way home from AWANA last evening, my little man Tate rode in the front seat with me (yes, the air bag was ‘off’).  He’s my thinker, my joker, my talker, you name it.  I enjoy a good conversation with him.  So, as we made the way from Toledo to our home, I wasn’t surprised that a song from the CD sparked some questions from him.

Why did the Israelites have to destroy the people in Canaan?

Why did the Canaanites worship other gods?

How come they couldn’t live together as friends?

That was just a sampling of the conversation that flowed as Jamie Soles and his family sang about the Old Testament in the background.  These are difficult questions to explain to an eight-year-old because in our human minds it seems “mean” that God would tell His children to do these things.  Yet, as I spoke to Tate, I kept bringing to mind this scripture:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55: 8-9

and this one too:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

As I forged ahead in my comments with Tate, I realized how applicable God’s words to the Israelites really are to us today.  How?  Well, some of the biggest spiritual stumbles in the friends I’ve had, and even in my own life, particularly in college, were when we befriended someone who didn’t follow the Lord.  In my case, I began liking people, hanging around them, listening to their ideas, agreeing with their ideas because I liked them, and eventually forsaking my earlier beliefs.  Thanks to the tremendous mercy of God, Christ-followers spoke Truth into my life and my heart was soft enough to return to His ways, but this is not always the case.  Some continue stiff-necked into their own interpretations of the Word…”this person is so sincere and loving!  Surely, God didn’t really mean it when He said…”, and soon they are following their own wisdom and turning from God’s ways.  Like the Israelites, we begin adopting “gods” or “idols” of the culture.  We begin to second-guess what God has said in the Scriptures.  We begin to use our own wisdom in the circumstances.  I see this each and every day among Christians.  We have become more and more assimilated in “our Canaan” and we have begun to believe in our culture’s ways above our God’s.

If they’re happy, then I don’t see why they can’t get married.

They should have legal rights just like we do, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The mother should have the right to do as she chooses and not be told what to do.

God will forgive us.

Maybe my way (rather, God’s way) isn’t the only right one?

As we surround ourselves with the wisdom of the culture, we will begin falling away from God.  We are no different from the Israelites.  Do we honestly think we are?  Do we think that we can hang with the world and remain unaffected?  We are fooling ourselves!  God’s Word says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12: 2

We do live in a different time than the Israelites.  We are certainly NOT to destroy those who are different from us nor are we to never befriend someone who doesn’t know Christ.  However, we must incorporate the wisdom of 2 Corinthians 6: 14 and not be unequally yoked with unbelievers for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?  As you befriend unbelievers, have the purpose of sharing the hope of Christ.  Be on guard and pray for protection from the lies of this world.  Be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can earnestly love them.  But, don’t become like them.  There is no eternal hope in that.  The principle remains for God’s people to be holy, to be pure.  Let’s be very mindful of what we surround ourselves with–what are we hearing?  watching?  loving?  believing? If any of it is contrary to the Word of God, cut it off.

Renew your mind with the Truth of the Bible and be strengthened by Him as you build the Kingdom of God!

Love, Wendy

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Sin.  Why is that word so taboo?

Facebook has opened up another avenue, a tremendous avenue, of public discourse.  Before this social arena, of course, we had opinion columns and letters to the editors in our newspapers, and even before that, we had speakers on park corners spouting notions about one thing or another.  This is good.  Our country’s founding fathers found it to be so good and so important that they even included the concept in our nation’s constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  (U. S. Constitution, Amendment 1)

I am very grateful for the opportunity to live out my faith in Christ, to speak about anything, to gather with others peaceably and to even write a letter to my government officials about my concerns.  United States citizens, myself included, take this freedom for granted.  Too many of us are either unaware or callous to the fact that much of the world does not share those same rights.

So, because of this liberty, each and every person on Facebook, just for example, is able to write a post or a comment regarding personal beliefs.  Again, this is all good.  However, the problem arises when we resort to acting like third graders on the playground in our responses to others’ comments and beliefs.  Assuming the worst in people, grouping all people into one stereotypical category, name-calling, running on emotions…this is what we grown-ups need to rise above.  For people who deny Jesus Christ and live with a secular worldview (meaning that the natural world guides their understanding and wisdom about everything), if you happen to be reading this, please understand that Christians live with a biblical worldview.  We believe that the Bible is infallible, inerrant and the absolute standard of Truth.  It is our Rock.  Truth does not shift from one decade to the next.  Truth does not apply in one circumstance, yet change in another.  God guides us and He is a good, omnipotent God.  And, Christians, let’s remember that people who deny Christ will say things that are not biblical.  They will do things that are not biblical.  So, as we are commanded in the Word, let’s show them Christ.  How?  They will know we are Christians by our love.

Love is not all “touchy feely, anything goes, let’s just be happy”, though.  As the song goes, sometimes “love hurts”.  But, when love hurts, let’s be sure that the hurt comes from the realization of our sin’s offensiveness to a holy God and not from my rude behavior and snarky words.

So, to return to my opening sentence, why is “sin” such a taboo word in our culture today?  The other day, as I was talking with my friend, I thought of an illustration that may help explain.  If you’ve ever had a problem with cussing, you may relate to this illustration.  Let’s say you find yourself with a bad habit of swearing like a sailor.  Your friends swear, the TV shows and movies you watch are filled with curse words, it’s just commonplace to your ears.  But, you have victory over this habit of swearing and begin to surround yourself with people who aren’t cussers, you stop filling your ears with the coarse words and pretty soon you rarely hear such words.  Then, one day you decide to watch a movie that you enjoyed back in high school.  You remember all the fun parts, the songs, and you want to re-visit this great movie.  After the first five minutes, your ears are about ready to bleed because it is filled with cuss words and “f-bombs”, but the funny thing is that you don’t even remember that being an issue back when you watched it years ago.  Well, you had been de-sensitized to the cussing the first time you watched the movie.  But, now, it’s a different story.  The coarse words are hitting you like a brick wall.  Now, the word “sin” is the same way.  If you go to a church where sin is rarely talked about, where everyone is accepted just as they are with no exhortation to confess sins and repent and follow Jesus, or if you are in the world and sin is never ever discussed, then whenever a Christian mentions that something is called a sin by God, the brick wall hits you and you recoil at the word “sin” like I recoil at an “f-bomb”.  It’s like a “sin-bomb”!  Yet, if you go to a church that is faithful to present the gospel in its entirety, showing us our sin and leading us to our Savior from that sin, then you are familiar with the word “sin”.  When someone, in great love, comes to you and challenges you to see your sin and reject that sin, you don’t recoil or yell at them or make excuses…you hear them and go to God in prayer.

Christians, we must be faithful to the Word of God.  We must be bold to proclaim what is sin and what is not sin.  We must not compromise with the world and begin to change the gospel of Christ to be more palatable.  Sin is offensive to God.  And, it can be very offensive to us to hear about our sin.  But, we must get over ourselves if we want REAL happiness, or joy, and if we want REAL peace, and, most of all, if we want eternal life and not eternal condemnation.

Is this a little fire and brimstone?  Yes, probably so.  But, I’m finding that it’s becoming such a blurred line between Christians and the world that we must ask God for the courage to stand firm on His Word and not step into the shifting sand of our culture’s relative truths.  Christians, be bold.  Open your eyes and ‘see’ the mighty warriors of angels standing all around us, ‘see’ the crowd of witnesses who have gone before us, ‘see’ Jesus, at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf, and stand firm!

Love, Wendy

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Have you ever said something that you later regret?  I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  In a world where someone is always talking…on the news, on reality shows, on the internet, maybe even in our heads…it’s rare to truly get some peace and quiet.  Not only is it all very noisy, but in all this talking,  there is also much sinning.  How do I know this?  The Word of God tells me so.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.  Proverbs 10: 19

As a former speech therapist, may I use some medical jargon here?  If you are “verbose”, instead of “telegraphic”, in your speech, then you are probably prone to a lot of sin.  I don’t know about you, but I, unfortunately, fall into the former category.

The other day my mouth opened up and sin poured out.  I was in a group of Christian friends and my comment was sort of/kind of/a little bit funny.  Yet, something didn’t sit right with me after I said it.  Have you ever been there?  You know you’ve just sinned, but you’re in the midst of friends…Christian friends!…so you just blow it off.  You justify it.  “Oh, they know I love the Lord…no big deal…surely they knew I wasn’t serious…I’m really blowing this out of proportion…”

Then, as I was reading the Bible, I was struck by this verse:

But among you (dearly loved children of God), there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  Ephesians 5: 3-4

I was convicted.  Now what would I do?

How do we respond when we sin?

The Lord wasn’t letting me go.  He would not give me any peace in my excuses.  The Holy Spirit kept bringing up the need to confess and repent.  There would be no satisfaction until I took care of business.  “But…it would be embarrassing to bring this “little thing” back up again.  But…I’m just going to stir the pot and look stupid.  But…they’re just going to think I’m over-the-top; everyone sins; they understand!  But…what if they’re mad at me and won’t accept my apology and won’t forgive me?”  The enemy certainly does not want us to be restored with God through confessing our sins.  The enemy desires us to be causing others to stumble through our unconfessed, and excused, sins.  The enemy lives to accuse me and torment me through his lies.  If I confess, then I’m bringing the truth to light…and he hates that.

Yet, God loves that.  And, He is so glorified.  Regardless of the other person’s response, we must be quick to see our sins and acknowledge them.  We must be humble and confess them.  We must be open to God giving us repentance.  We must fight our sins and walk out in victory over them through the power of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

We all sin every single day so every one of us can apply this post to our lives right here and right now.  Are our hearts soft enough to see our sin?  Are we humble enough to confess them and ask for forgiveness?  Are we believing that God is powerful enough to give us victory over our sins?  Will we press on and fight our sins day after day after day?  I know that I need fresh strength every new day to cooperate with any of this…God is so good to give this to us!

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness…”  2 Corinthians 12: 9

“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3: 22-23

Love, Wendy

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I hadn’t realized how long it had been since last posting on this blog.  I try to write every Thursday or Friday, but my most recent post was December 2012!  As you can figure, January was a very busy month for me.  It was actually a very exciting month for me.  My childhood dream of visiting the United Kingdom finally came true at the end of January.  We visited London, the English countryside and Wales; it was exactly as I’d imagined it to be!  While there, I enjoyed noticing the little differences in the English language, such as “Mind the gap, or mind the stairs” instead of “Watch your step” or “Give Way” was the instruction on the road sign instead of “Yield”.  For me, saying something differently causes me to stop and think rather than just ignore the same familiar statement or warning that I am used to seeing.

Years ago, when my husband and I were discussing the concept of the “sinner’s prayer”, he said something that bothered me at first.  Instead of focusing on the need to say a prayer for salvation, Dave commented that he did not like that idea because the journey of salvation was a daily “yielding” of his life.  He understood the concept of justification, but he also was comprehending sanctification, and better than I had been at the time.  See, our conversation consisted of the many people in our lives who had prayed “the prayer” (sometimes with us!), but whose lives did not reveal any changed fruit.  They weren’t living for God, but for self.  After hearing some sermons on the importance of following God all the time and not just getting your “Free Get Out of Hell Card” after saying a prayer, I was deeply challenged by the fact that sometimes the sinner’s prayer was used as an ‘insurance’ of getting into Heaven and nothing more.

I began to dwell on Dave’s comment about “yielding”.  What did that mean?  Yielding what?  And, to whom?  Many years have passed since that initial conversation with my husband and God has been faithful to show me time and time again what I must yield (all of me) and to whom (Him).  Romans 6 and Galatians 2 have been instrumental in helping me visualize what it means to yield my life to God.  I am no longer–I have been crucified with Christ.  I am raised from this death by the glory of the Father so I can walk in newness of life!  Everything must change.  There can’t be any coddling of former sin; I must hate it and ask God to give me repentance.    Does this happen overnight?  Sometimes.  But, oftentimes not.  And, in that process is our constant yielding.

So, while I was in England, and my poor husband was attempting to drive on the wrong side of the road (for us Americans, anyways), the signs that said, “Give Way” caused me to think in a different way about the word “yield”.  Of course I know it means to give way.  But, I began to imagine this in regards to my relationship with God.  Was I giving way to Him when I was full of anxiety about flying?  Was I giving way to Him when I was frightened about a possible medical diagnosis?  Was I giving way to Him when I was jet-lagged and super grumpy?  Or was I standing firm, not budging in my sins of anxiety, fear and rudeness?

Lord, may my commitment to walk in Your ways be firm.  But, may I be quick to “give way” when my ways, my flesh, want to take over.  Only through Your Holy Spirit am I able to walk as a child of the Light.  I lean on You today for that very thing.

Love, Wendy

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Have you ever felt like you’re in a hopeless situation?  We just celebrated Christmas and some may feel let down–or even hopeless– after the exciting hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Perhaps you’re sitting by while watching a loved one make dreadful decision after dreadful decision and you feel without hope.  Others may find themselves in trial after trial and sensing no relief from the storm.  Maybe you feel this way about our nation, your church, your family, yourself.  Our hopeless feelings can engulf us and leave us feeling like we’re suffocating or drowning and never getting above surface.  What’s left to do but fear?!  Yet, as Women of the Word, I want to challenge us to see the big picture and choose to trust our sovereign God Who is in control of all things.

Examine yourself in the midst of your hopelessness and consider some things.  Do you believe God is the Great I Am Who is sovereign over all?  If you do, then you can begin to truly trust that He is good, as the Word says, and He is working all things for the good of those who love Him.  You don’t know how He’s doing it, but you know He is and you can praise Him in the midst of that.  However, if you ask yourself if He is sovereign over all and come up wanting…then, chances are that you are struggling with the thought that the ultimate solution to this hopeless situation–or any situation–is up to you.  If God is not in control, who is?  The only option is…me.  Consider this.  Is this possible?  Seek God’s wisdom and ask Him to reveal to you if this is your way of thinking.  If He answers yes, then confess that and seek the Word for comfort and realize that He is indeed sovereign and we can utterly depend on Him.

Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.  Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?  Tell Me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements?  Surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?  To what were its foundations fastened?  Or who laid its cornerstone, when they morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Oh, we know this familiar response by God to Job in the midst of awful trials.  What a beautiful reminder to us, in the midst of hopelessness, that God is omnipotent!  And, that’s very practical for us today.  When we feel hopeless, we are without power.  Surely, we recognize our human limitations in certain situations and that’s when we “give in the towel”.  That surrender may take on a variety of faces–from complete depression to seeking others to help (this could be useful assistance or help from the wrong places) to giving up on our own “power” and depending fully on God’s true power.  But, if through our own unbelief, we limit God’s power, then we have found ourselves in a truly powerless condition.  Not believing in His sovereignty, not believing in His goodness, not believing in His providence…this leaves us powerless.  And scared.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:  3-5

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  2 Peter 1: 2-4

There is no need to fear our own impotence over frightful and hopeless circumstances.  Do not give in and think there is no way out.  Do not give in and believe what is contrary to Scripture.  Do not give in and just “pull up your bootstraps and try harder”.  But, do give in and depend fully upon the power of God Himself.  This great power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is the same power at work in Believers!  If this is hard to believe, we can join the father who searched out Jesus for the healing of his son and cried out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Love, Wendy

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