Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mercy and Grace

I am OBSESSED with this song :) "I want to leave a legacy , How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things? I want to leave an offering, a child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically and leave that kind of legacy" Nicole Nordeman

My devotional for the day was so good today I wanted to share it:

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and yet was tempted. The strongest force of temptation often comes upon a person when he or she is closest to God. Someone once asked, "The Devil aims high." In fact, he caused one disciple to say he did noe even know Christ.

Why is it that very few people have had as great a conflict with the Devil as Martin Luther had? It is because Martin Luther was shaking the very kingdom of hell itself.

When a person has the fullness of the Spirit of God, he will experience great conflicts with the Devil. god allows temptation because it does for us what storms do for oak trees, rooting us deeper, and it does for us what heat does for paint on porcelain, giving us long-lasting endurance.

You will never fully realize the level of strength of your grasp on Christ, or His grasp on you, until the Devil uses all his forces to attract you to himself. It is then you will feel the tug of Christ's right hand.

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins but are sometimes are trials resulting from God's extraordinary gifts. God uses many sharp-cutting instruments, and polishes His jewels with flies that are rough. And those saints He loves and desires to make shine the most brilliantly, will often feel His tools upon them.

I willingly bear witness to the fact that I owe most to my Lord's fire, hammer, and file than to anything else in His workshop. Sometimes I wonder if I have ever learned anything except at the end of God's rod. When my classroom is darkest, I see best. -Charles Spurgeon

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