The Spirit of Grace

Zech. 12:6-10

It was nearing midnight. The semi-truck loaded with bales of had headed west on 1-70. The driver was not aware that he had lost some of his cargo. Now bales of hay were strewn across the way. A few miles behind a Christian family sped through the night. The children in the car had enjoyed the Kid’s Camp and were headed home. The headlight pierced the darkness of the night. Too late the driver saw objects on the highway. In the split seconds that followed the driver realized that her only option was to pick which bale to hit. Later as the highway patrol recorded details of the accident and the tow truck driver loaded the totaled car of the uninjured family they realized how fortunate they were. The bale of hay they hit went under the car. Since it did not hit the bumper squarely the airbags were not deployed. If that had been the case they probably would have lost control of the car.

The grace of God is not just known during times of altar services and glorious camp meeting experiences. The grace of God is experienced again and again in many displays of favor that are not always realized. God watches over His people with tender, loving care.

Dr. Gayle Woods

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Leaving Something Behind

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs while not being scriptural mandates for godly people nevertheless are guides for the wise. This proverb observes that the person who is farsighted plans ahead for the provision of his family. This holds true for Christian and non-Christian alike. Therefore, this passage of scripture, would not exclude the prudent ungodly person who carefully and wisely plans for the provision of his future and his family. Neither is it suggesting that the godly are always wise and farsighted.

The person who lives beyond his means enjoying the pleasure of the present is doomed to suffer the pain of poverty. The anguish of debt and the pressures that accompany it are the lot of those who desire to overlook the necessity of providing for the future in the present. A bumper sticker that glibly states this concept in selfish humor says, “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.”
As the proverbs are not mandates they are also not determinations of certainty. This is borne out in the realization that just because a person is godly and makes careful wise decisions does not mean that he will be wealthy and leave a great inheritance to his descendants. An inheritance that all can leave their descendants in spite of their financial circumstance, however, is a legacy of godliness. To leave descendants with a healthy fear of the Lord, a deep love for the Word of God, and a determined desire to live a life pleasing to the Lord are matters of most precious value.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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We Are Not Quitters

John 8:31-36 (31)

Winston Churchill was a man who refused to surrender.  On May 13, 1940, facing overwhelming odds as Hitler planned the destruction of England, Churchill addressed the House of Commons with this challenge:  “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”  Just three weeks later he addressed the nation with the same challenge. 

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” 

A year later he told Hitler and his Nazi forces:  “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst-—and we will do our best.” And later, “We shall never turn from our purpose, however somber the road, however grievous the cost.”

It is this same spirit that motivates the child of God in spiritual warfare.  We will stand with the Captain of our Salvation.  We will never relent, recant, or retreat.  We will be true to the end for we are disciples of Christ.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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