Savoring the Taste of Grace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Proverbs 3:5–6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18–19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, it will be most evident to us that God can then begin directing our walks with Him on paths that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). When we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks – believing that He has received them – then God begins to work mightily in our lives.

When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22). Then becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, whatever and whenever a believing Christian gives to God, it never costs him, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others. The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God, which thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyle because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life; He only desires that you take Him with you. Romans 12:1–2 reads that we may “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how and when God begins showing us His “good, acceptable, and perfect will.”

 Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3).

Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems like he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures! When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be fulfilled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4–5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2–3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk, rather than skim, one percent, or half-and-half) within every ounce of God’s winsome, delectable, and gracious Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways, which are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15, I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our lives, and allow the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts. Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Let us continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love, along with and our hopes and dreams, as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5:
Let your conversation {manner of living or behavior} be without covetousness {greed, wanting more than our needs); and be content with such things as ye have: for he {our God} hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Allow me to present this verse one more time from the Amplified Bible:

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):**
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always – this indeed is savoring the taste of grace.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Knowing the Praise of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I Corinthians 4:5:
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of {from} God.

This verse reveals one of the most amazing truths that I have ever known. When Christ returns for us “then shall every man have praise of God.” The word “of” is the Greek proposition apo meaning from. I once used to be afraid of the end, when judgments and condemnations were supposed to take place because I thought that the pit of hell was my destination. However, when I read this verse some years ago I was totally blown away. For in that great and glorious day when Christ returns, we Christians will have actual praise from God! Some Christians today (not understanding the Scriptures) are still fearful of the wrath of God and His judgments. However, and thankfully according to the Bible, we have been delivered from the wrath to come.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Praise God! We can become so thankful for Christ, and all that he has done for us, and for the wonderful hope of our future to be able to stand with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Lord our God receiving His actual praise. He is our righteous Father, and He is Spirit, and He is Light, and He is Love. We can walk with the Lord our God in a loving relationship that indeed dispels all our fears, as we continue walking in the spirit, in the light, and in the love of His own glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14:
-13: In whom {Christ} ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which {holy spirit of promise} is the earnest of our inheritance {it is a token and guarantee of so much more to come} until the redemption of the purchased possession {that’s you}, unto the praise of his glory.

Not only will we receive the praise of God, but also the praise of God’s own glory is upon our very lives today! The reason why is because we believed the Gospel of our salvation (period)! In our families, we have many rights and privileges handed down to us by our fathers; it is the same with our heavenly Father. He has graciously allowed us to walk in the praise of His own glory for us.

Philippians 1:11:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness {another privilege}, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Righteousness means to be able to stand before our heavenly Father without fear or condemnation, and when we live fearlessly in righteousness, we will be delivering up to God glory and praise. Understanding God and His Word is certainly a wonderful thing. I pray that you have a magnificent day living and enjoying all the fruits of your righteousness that the completed work of your Savior, Jesus Christ made available to you.

The Peace of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 14:27:
Peace I {Jesus Christ} leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Christ’s peace is a precious gift that we have, his peace will guard our hearts from being troubled, and his peace comforts our hearts to relieve us from fear. As we know, there have been peace treaties written for thousands of years, yet they never seem to last and most people have an extreme distrust in them. But the peace of Christ is written deep within our very hearts. We are not instructed to pray for peace, but rather we are to let (allow) Christ’s peace to rest at home in our hearts. Christ has established permanent peace between you and God (Ephesians 2:12-22).

Ephesians 2:14b:
For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace. . .

Could the Word of God be more precise? Jesus Christ is our peace, because he is our inner souls’ comfort. The more that we understand whom Jesus Christ is, the more we will be able to let the actual peace of Christ into our hearts.

Colossians 3:15a:
And let {allow} the peace of God rule in your hearts. . .

The word “God” in Colossians 3:15 from the Greek Text is the word for Christ, not God. Oh, definitely we have the peace of God, but if we leave God’s name in this verse, then spiritual truths become left out, the first truth being that Christ’s peace is also in our hearts. The word “rule” means to umpire. Christians are to allow Christ to be the umpire of our hearts, and in order for us to allow him to umpire, we need to acknowledge him as being alive and at home in our hearts. This is why the next verse, Colossians 3:16 states “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; . . .”

Romans 5:1:
THEREFORE being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through {or, by means of} our Lord Jesus Christ:

We have peace with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Henceforth, God’s Word encourages us to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” For starters, Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” These are some of the words of Christ that believers may dwell on richly. Peace of mind and peace of heart is the will of God for His children. Keeping the words of Christ alive (in your heart) will bring the written (and once spoken) words of Christ into a peaceful reality with the assurance that your heart will cease from fear and troublesome agitations.

So today, please allow the words spoken by Jesus Christ to delight and comfort your heart, realizing that you have already obtained the peace of Christ who continues introducing you into the genuine peace and presence of God in and around your life.

The Stamp of Approval

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus– Romans 15:5. God’s Word in Romans 15:5 encourages Christians to be likeminded one toward another, yet at times this may appear to be one of the most difficult requests given by God. The reason this seems so difficult for people is because of misunderstanding God’s true intent in this verse of Scripture. It is so very true that Christians disagree on many secular things and they probably will continue to disagree. The word according means a standard, and that standard is according to Christ Jesus. What is according to Christ Jesus or what is the standard upon which Christ Jesus has stamped his approval? All the things that Christ has done for humanity, and these are revealed to us throughout the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians).” ~LMJ~

Unrighteousness – Yucky / Righteousness – M’mm, M’mm Good!

If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness- I John 1:9. After our salvation, do we still fall prey to temptations and are we swayed by the sin nature? Yes, all Christians will be tempted, and blow it even after salvation, and it is at this point believers feel that they have lost their salvation, that their relationship with God has been severed, and condemnation thus begins reigning supreme in the conscious mind. So what do we do at this point to regain our good standing with God? From the time of our salvation, onward, until Christ returns, we simply confess our mistakes or shortcomings to God in prayer to receive forgiveness, thus cleansing all that yucky unrighteousness, and adding all that good stuff called righteousness (reread I John 1:9, above).” ~LMJ~