Undeserved Grace

I am so thankful for the grace of God! He reminded me today that grace is a gift from him to me, because, little did I realise, I had been subconsciously trying to earn his grace. Yes, it’s a fool’s errand even to attempt to earn God’s grace, yet without realising it, I had drifted to that mindset.

It was when a friend was praying for me that I realised my error. I felt the Father’s love at that moment, and he reminded me that grace is his gift to those who confess their sins and repent. I had already done that, yet I held on to guilt, shame, and the other side effects of sin. The best thing to do is fully embrace God and accept all his gifts, including grace. The Bible has this to say about grace:

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT

The challenge in all of this is to have a balance based in God’s word. You cannot have grace if you do not repent because sin is still living in you and you are not made new. However, on the other side, you also cannot live a perfect life to earn it. I believe the best way is to repent from sin and accept God’s grace. This way there is a turning from sin, yet no striving to attempt to earn grace.

Grace is no reward, and it never will be. It is always a beautiful gift from God, and no one can take that away from him. By trying even a little to earn it, I went astray. I pray that you learn from my mistake and fully embrace this beautiful gift our Father has given!

Have a blessed day! 🙂

Encounter

One night I was quietly praying in my bed when I suddenly felt the presence of a heavenly being! I believe it was Jesus because love flowed out of him and he was very powerful. There was also a feeling like electricity going through my veins; this electricity was far more potent than adrenaline and the feeling of butterflies from a new relationship, combined! It is so out-of-this-world that I cannot describe it.

Although the most powerful feeling was love, the second most dominant feeling was fear. This fear wasn’t rational, though, it was different. I wasn’t afraid of Jesus, although I had a fear of him. It isn’t easy to put this into words. I think what I experienced was the fear of God. It’s different to rational fear; This fear was almost…healthy?

This experience was all very strange to me, and I was terrified because I knew Jesus had the power to kill me in an instant. It wasn’t that he would kill me; it’s just that he could. I know it isn’t in his character, but he is simply that powerful, and it was instantly understood.

Some things in this world can be explained logically because they frequently occur to many people, while others cannot be explained. This encounter is one of those things that can’t be communicated easily. It’s one of those things where you’ve either experienced it yourself or can’t relate at all. There isn’t much middle ground.

I want to encourage you to be more intentional with your relationship with God. He embodies love and is waiting for you with open arms, even coming close physically in some cases. Please pray about this and ask Jesus to visit you personally. I’m certain he will 🙂

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With One Step.

I have started writing. Writing is the beginning of a new season not to attract attention, earn money, gain respect, or get fame. I don’t want to do this. I am writing to increase discipline through accountability. Some time ago, I believe God told me to start writing. I started a blog and wrote once. Two years later here I am. This time I am paying to host a site, with the goal of writing every day for a year. I want to see what happens when I put faith into action.

Who am I? My name is Caleb, and I am 23 years old. I live in Adelaide while studying at UniSA. I am also working casual hours as a Junior Software Engineer at a small company. I have a gym membership and regularly visit. I attend a local church.

I want to share my experience this past week, but to do that we need to go back a bit further. When I was young, I found pleasure in other people acknowledging me. Through achieving great results, I found respect, honour, and most importantly, acceptance from others. I have seen that everyone needs love. I needed it more than anyone else. The only way I thought I could find love was to succeed. This drive to succeed caused me to strive hard and be the best at everything I could. I trained hard and grew extremely competitive.

This week God has spoken in many ways, directing me to focus my attention to Him rather than a future career. The change from a world’s perspective to God’s is tough! However, after spending a week focusing on spending time reading the bible, praying and worshipping at every spare moment, I started feeling different. Rather than desiring to succeed at all costs, I started wanting God. I was hungry for the presence of God, but I couldn’t get enough.