Fighting Grace

I read part of Hebrews this morning. And then this came … {take it with a grain of salt as always}.

Obedience to God is belief which leads to rest. When we don’t believe we are like the Israelites who didn’t trust that God could help them fight off their enemies in the Promise Land. {Hebrews 3,4}

Maybe this is about accepting Your grace, God, to be the powerful and strong One so that I can rest from trying to be enough – trying to fight on my own? And You know how much I struggle with that – how I fight against Your grace. You know my pride and perfectionism and desire to look put together.

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath {Matt. 12:8} – a day that was set apart for worship and rest – so maybe this rest You talk about in Hebrews is the same sort of rest. Jesus is most certainly Lord of it. It’s about magnifying Jesus.

God, forgive me for making my relationship with You about me and what I can get from it – how it can help be look more put together. That perspective is dishonoring to You. And when I face daunting circumstances I realize just how weak and un-put-together I really am.

God, soften my heart. Be Lord there. Help me accept the grace that You give me by fighting for me and through me. You are fully worthy of my trust. Because of that I can rest from my works and be empowered by You to carry out the good works You have planned for me. ❤

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:8-10, ESV

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