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GRACE- by Cass Giacone

“but Jesus has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me and rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

We have come up with our own gospel of self-improvement instead of leaning into and surrendering to the true Gospel of Grace. We are fed the formula: soothe your fear of not being good enough with achievement. Indulge in the kind of self-love

that makes you resilient to anything or anyone unloving. Be the best. Replace your sense of lack with control. Keep things neat and tidy. Cover up your exhaustion with religious effort that’s too nice to argue with because it looks like you’re doing all the right things and everyone looks up to you.

We think enoughness is attainable through our own means and efforts. All that striving has to do with what we really think about God’s grace. God gives freedom and welcome in His way ✝️

If we believe it’s up to us to be pleasing and enough, we can only try harder or stop caring altogether. Neither is what God intended for us.

So grateful and relieved we have a kind and merciful Father. We are made to please HIM ALONE..and good news—He is already pleased with us 🙌🏼

This is the grace of God—I don’t have to earn it, prove myself or work for it. I simply have to receive it and believe it is finished.

I am home. He is my home. He is my refuge, my defender, my protector and my hope.

When we believe our Father is available, knowable, personal, inviting and good-we go running to Him. We don’t hesitate to pursue a Perfect Father who welcomes us with open arms, who looks up from His work and really listens, who shows concern when we cry, who holds us when we ache, and who is patient in our complaining and in all our words.

But we will shy away and be hesitant with this Father if we believe He didn’t make us to pursue relationship with us or He seems silent all the time. When He is bad at listening or unavailable. We hide. We stay away. We pretend.

What we believe about our Heavenly Father-Creator-The Almighty God determines how we come to Him-or if we come at all.

He says in His Word-“I am faithful, in spite of your faithlessness.”

If we are constantly trying to work toward being deemed worthy of His attention, thinking we have to be enough or do enough before we are fully welcomed, assuming His love and faithfulness is only in place if our actions are perfect. We need to go back to the firm foundation of what Jesus did on the cross-HIS GRACE. Remembering:

You are welcome, even when you haven’t been consistently in the Word.

You are invited, even when your faith is lacking.

You are loved, even if you’re ashamed of your past.

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now because of Him I see. ❤️

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