Grace Unlimited

1 Peter 5:10 ESV.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

 

What is grace?

Many people I speak with seem to think it has only to do with the forgiveness of your sins. Others believe it is so much more. I being one.

Grace is simply defined as “unmerited favor.” Yes our Lord Jesus extended His grace upon us by removing mankind’s Sin of rebellion. But grace is so much more.

When Peter preached his first sermon on the Feast of Pentecost immediately after Christ’s resurrection, he quoted from the prophet Joel who stated in the latter days God’s Spirit will be poured out upon all humanity. The result is a manifestation of acts leading toward human flourishing. Without God extending His grace upon us through His Spirit, we would not be experiencing the richness of this planet. God is in the business of pouring out His grace upon us because He is the source of everything good.

Whether we pursue Him or not, His goodness and unmerited favor is showered everyday upon this planet. He feeds the ignorant and unjust. He hears the prayers of every person no matter their denomination or belief. Whether He answers or how He answers is another matter. But He knows. He grants unmerited favor upon people who serve His purpose. He allows the unrighteous to live longer than others knowing that time may breakdown their hard hearts.

When suffering seems overwhelming and the solutions are few, He showers His unmerited favor upon us. Yes we may hurt for a moment, but He is there to help carry us through. He is the author of grace and the sustainer of grace. He realizes our fragility. From His love, we experience His favor not because who or what we do, but because of who He IS. We don’t earn or buy His favor. Instead we place our trust in Him and allow His natural self rub off unto us. We realize the more we come to know Him and develop a strong, intimate relationship with Him for no other reason but to know Him and appreciate Him for who He IS, everything else will work out because of Who He IS.

Grace unlimited. How sweet the sound.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
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What is Your GQ?

Psalm 46:10 ESV.
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

We all have heard about I.Q. And most of us are probably aware of E.Q. But how many of us truly focus on improving our G.Q?   Godly Quotient.

We spend our lifetime accumulating knowledge. Yet most of what we acquired is only good for trivia game shows. As we mature and gain control over our emotions, we find our success throughout life has more to do with our attitude than our intelligence, our actions rather than our words, and our personal goals/dreams rather than the expectations and standards of the outside media/culture.

Measuring your Intelligence and Emotional Quotient may give you added insight into your strengths and abilities, but it is a far cry from the most important measurement: your relationship and knowing the Triune God. When you become more aware of God’s presence in your life, how He shares everything He owns with you including His name, and His desire for you to succeed in life, you find yourself in a wonderful awe state of mind, heart, and soul. As you lean more on Him, He opens more of your eyes and ears to see the work of His hands in your life and in others.

You ask in prayer and witness answers. You diligently seek, and find. You knock on doors until the one opens that takes your breath away in amazement. You come to realize each and every  day there is a God and He is involved in every detail of your life. You become more and more comfortable in trusting Him through the hard times as well in the good times. You come to better know His ways and are always pleasantly surprised how He works-out situations and circumstances beyond your initial expectations. Your God quotient grows each and every day.

Intelligence is good. So is strengthening your emotional management skills. But nothing compares with excelling in your awareness of God’s love and influence in your life. Make that your aim and everything else seems to fall into place better than you could ever realize.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Top Ten For 2017

 

 

 

 

In review of this past year, the top ten pages with the most views were:

1) A Mirror Image of Jesus

2) Where is God’s Domain

3) Jesus is Our Reference Point

4) Love Has No Agenda

5) Build Strengths, Compliment Weaknesses

6) EVIL

7) Rest in Christ

8) Blessed How?

9) Pop Theology

10) What New Creation?

Thank you for allowing me to express the love and joy of Christ through this blog this past year. For me, it is therapy for the soul. Hopefully you likewise have found some encouragement or insight in your walk with Jesus Christ through these pages. As always, my prayer is for you to truly experience the radical, blessed and adventurous life only found in the Incarnate Triune God!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Relevancy of Jesus Christ

John 20:31
but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.ESV.

A little more than two thousand years ago, a baby was born that would change human history. He grew up and started a movement without writing a book, running for political office,  leading an army, nor cornering the economic markets. He was born into an unpopular ethnic group, surrounded himself with people from all strata of society, and was controversial with his working peers. Yet today this man is the central figure of an international religion that integrates all nationalities, sexes, races, social, and political groups.

He still appears on magazine covers, books are still being written about him, and his story continues to be translated into multiple languages. His impact into the lives of people living today is an ongoing witness for unbelievers. Eventually you either acknowledge him or deny him in your life. You can only ignore him for so long.

For if HE is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, King of Kings and Lords of Lords of heaven and earth, and the Savior of all humanity, what does that mean for you and me? How would truly knowing that change your life? Your purpose? Your future? Your family? Your relationships? Your work?

When you see atheists research material to prove Him an imposter and then reach the conclusion He is who He claims to be, and when you read books by the saints of yesterday and the impact walking in the Spirit demonstrated then as it does now, you can only receive assurances that there is more to this Man-God that even the Bible explains.

So when you remove the commercialism of Christmas, the pageantry of the holidays, and the false illusion of Santa Claus, you come to realize with gratitude the awesome and graceful act of benevolence from a God who cares so much to become one of us. For if humanity was worth nothing more but the value of a rat or a dog or a horse, would they be worth redeeming?

He became one of us so we can become one of His.

So let’s celebrate Him for the reason of the season.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends!

 

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Real Love And Real Truth

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.ESV.

 

Love without Truth is not real love; and Truth without Love is not real truth. For Love and Truth is based on Reality. And Reality without God is a fantasy. For God is the author of Love and Truth.

Love and Truth are not a human creation. Humanity discovers Love and Truth in the world around them and through people. For Love and Truth are the backbone of God’s character. His divine nature exemplifies Love and Truth throughout His creation. When Reality is confirmed, truth is revealed.

Truth is not the perception of an individual nor the feelings of a group of people, but  the repeated outcome of history. Likewise Love is not just an act or feeling, but the servitude attitude of heart toward another person for their success and well-being turned into action.

When one comes to know God, then one also comes to know real Love and Truth. Truth with a capital “T” is a person known today as Jesus Christ. Truth with a small ‘t” are the divine values and principles built upon the Triune God’s character and displayed throughout the creation of the world.

If one wants to know what real Love and Truth is like, then one needs to do business with the Creator of Love and Truth. As a mutual relationship is built between you and HIM, you will come to know HIM better and better each day. You will then come to better discern between real Love and Real Truth because you will have come to know the author of Love and Truth.

Don’t be fooled by the artificial love and faddish truth expounded by this world’s humanistic systems. Instead study the Word of God as revealed in the Bible and come to know HIM who is Love and Truth.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Perfect In Christ

 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But when Christ  offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,  waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV.

How many prayers must you offer to God so you feel cleanse of your sins? Or how many good acts of service must you perform so you feel worthy to approach the throne of grace? Or how many dollars must you donate to wash away the guilt that clings to your soul?

The answer: just one may be too many.

What Jesus accomplished at the cross was to free you and me from the daily rituals of sacrificing animals (or whatever) as a peace offering to God. Instead HE paid the price as our substitute one time only to make everything right before our heavenly Father. In Christ, we have been cleansed from all sin for ever more.

Yes we will continue to sin in this life. We will commit sins of omission and commission. We will be the target of sin from others. And we may have to pay the physical consequences of sin. However, our eternal home and relationship with our Heavenly Parent will always be available. There is nothing we can do to make it better or worst. Jesus himself has made it perfect for us. In Him, we have all the riches and treasures of heaven and earth at our disposal. Not because we are perfect, but because He is perfect and through His perfection we are known.

So enjoy your perfection in Christ!

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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Christian Culture is Not the Kingdom of God

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.ESV.

 

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A debate among the early church saints about whether or not it is OK to eat unclean food led the apostle Paul to write in a letter which we now classify as the fourteen chapter in the Book of Romans.  The issue included whether or not it is more spiritual to be a vegetarian or not. Paul’s conclusion emphasize that the fruit of God’s Kingdom is not food and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy.

For most of us who have never been exposed to God’s Kingdom, maybe we should hold off judgment until we truly experience the real thing. The closest we may have come would most likely be a Sunday church service among other Christians. Yet even there God’s Kingdom may not be fully operating. Instead we witness a culture where everyone speaks and acts in a Camelot fashion. So where do we go to discover the real McCoy?

The Kingdom of God is HIS reign. Wherever people allow God to be the center of their lives; where HE is served first within all relationships and transactions; where HE is the final judge on all matters; where our hearts and minds and souls yield to HIS Word, HIS priorities, and HIS values; not as we determine but as it is.

Reality composes of knowing HIM. When we gain knowledge of HIS ways, we begin to see HIS Spirit at work in our lives and the lives of others; we begin to experience life the way HE intended to be. As we learn to pray and ask and listen, we begin to see our requests actualized. Dumbfounded but in wonder, we become more and more amazed at HIS ability to bring events into reality.

So where do we find the real McCoy?

Wherever HIS people live, breathe, and serve under the authority of their King Jesus, HE is there. And not only is HE present, but the fruit of the Spirit grows. Like a tree that blooms in the spring time, the impact of HIS Kingdom becomes noticeably alive. It could be in a local church service, or a family gathering, or even in the marketplace at work. What is recognized are the manifestations of God’s Spirit sprouting from the hearts, minds, and souls of people who yield themselves to their King.  That is where you will find His Kingdom.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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