In all of my Morning Messages, my greatest desire has been for you to discover and experience the profound truth that Paul expressed in his letter to the Roman church, that if our Father is for us, no one can be against us! (Romans 8:31). Yet still, even after the sacrifice of His Son, so many are laboring under the misconception that Yahweh is against them; that He is holding their sins against them. Sure, they are obviously missing the point of Jesus’ sacrifice, but they still picture Yahweh sitting on the edge of His Throne waiting for them to screw something up, just so He can thump them in the head and crash fiery judgment down on them. So sad.
So, if you have indeed been reading my messages, you should understand that our Father is calling us to enjoy the peace of His unconditional love instead of the fear that always accompanies legalism. As one writer pointed out, “God’s love isn’t based on me. It is simply placed on me.” You can now wake up and begin to relate to your Father in a whole new way! A new and refreshing way!
Quit looking to all of the rules and regulations. Those that were writen, and those men made up (including those you created. The Law was intended to simply serve as a protective guide to those who belong to our Father. The restraints of the Law were to function like a parent’s safety guidelines, intended only for the welfare of a child. The moment we discover the wonder of our Lord’s love and tenderness, the law no longer locks us in. We can approach life freely because we love our God and will never want to do anything to harm the loving relationship we have with Him! Once we know the joy of fellowship with Him, we will never want any barriers to come between us.
Regarding this, Tozer provided keen insight that we need to read carefully:
Why do some persons “find” God in a way that others do not? Why does God manifest His Presence to some and let multitudes of others struggle along in the half-light of imperfect Christian experience? Of course the will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us.
Pick at random a score of great saints whose lives and testimonies are widely known. Let them be Bible characters or well known Christians of post-Biblical times. You will be struck instantly with the fact that the saints were not alike. Sometimes the unlikenesses were so great as to be positively glaring. How different for example was Moses from Isaiah; how different was Elijah from David; how unlike each other were John and Paul, St. Francis and Luther, Finney and Thomas a Kempis. The differences are as wide as human life itself: differences of race, nationality, education, temperament, habit and personal qualities. Yet they all walked, each in his day, upon a high road of spiritual living far above the common way.
Their differences must have been incidental and in the eyes of God of no significance. In some vital quality they must have been alike. What was it?
I venture to suggest that the one vital quality which they had in common was spiritual receptivity. Something in them was open to heaven, something which urged them Godward. Without attempting anything like a profound analysis I shall say simply that they had spiritual awareness and that they went on to cultivate it until it became the biggest thing in their lives. They differed from the average person in that when they felt the inward longing they did something about it. They acquired the lifelong habit of spiritual response. They were not disobedient to the heavenly vision. As David put it neatly, “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
My friends, the more we experience our Father’s love, the more He Himself becomes the primary desire and focus of our life. It can’t be helped! As we draw closer, He opens His heart to us. The coercive aspects of the Law become unnecessary. We find ourselves longing to please God, simply because we love Him!
Oh man! The greatest joy we can experience in our lives is a genuine love relationship with our Father! To know that He is for us, that He loves us, that He is the greatest source of security any of us will ever know. Discovering the glorious grace of God is one of the most important events we can experience. We can learn to relate to our Father on an entirely new basis: not on the basis of our works, or of our righteousness, but on the basis of His love for us through Jesus The Christ.
That, in case you were wondering, is grace! That is what makes life worth living! In fact, I will go so far as to say that is what makes life real life, abundant life, fulfilling and satisfying life possible. When we open our eyes to the astonishing truth that our relationship with our Father never depends on, as one commentator defines it, the “puny pebbles of our own efforts” but rather on the “massive rock of His unchanging and loving character.” Once this sets in, our lives begin to expand and explode into awesome possibilities.
Our Father’s Grace transforms dull and boring existence into rich, green pastures. Oh how the Psalmist understood this when he joyously shouted,
“The Lord is my Shepherd! He feeds, guides and shields me. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters. He refreshes and restores my life; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for the sake of His own Name.
Even though I walk through the sunless valley of the shadow of death, I will never be afraid of evil, because He is continually with me; His rod of protection and His staff of guidance comfort and console me.
His Grace changes our grit-your-teeth duties into loving, enthusiastic service! We are no longer burdened with the plainness of our lives, and instead, experience liberty and refreshment. It exchanges the tears and guilt of our own failed effort for the eternal thrill and laughter of freely offered pleasures at the right hand of God! Everything changes when we experience Grace!
So let’s bring this to a close, and get real personal. Have you discovered the deep joy of living in your Father’s grace? If you were given the chance, would you welcome a reminder that your standing does not depend on your own weak efforts, but instead on what His almighty arms have already accomplished for you? Wherever you are in your walk of faith, you have been invited to consider the amazing grace of our Creator — our Father — that has been poured out on your behalf.
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