Christmas Thoughts With Podcast 18
Held in the grip of grace… That’s where I long to be.
As the sounds of the movie Elf echo in the background with grandkids giggles, I ponder Chapter 4 and 5 in Romans.
This verse captures my heart…
“Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah! Romans 5:17 TPT
Held in the grip of grace. Reigning as kings in life. Enjoying freedom. The gift of righteousness alive in me. The one and only Jesus.
What does this mean to you?
May I suggest….
No matter how issues and fears want to try and strangle you by the neck, they can’t. You are held by His grace. There is nothing you have to do but simply REST and abide in this grace, as you embrace HIM as your first love.
No matter how lack wants to tackle you and slam you down, it can’t. You are called to reign in life.
No matter how disconnected you may feel with family or friends, you are always connected to the One who restores and replenishes.
Capping these truths is the fact that He, who knew no sin, became sin on your behalf so you may be called the righteousness of God. (See 2 Corinthians 5:21)
It’s a gift. Perfect righteousness with a relationship more close than any friendship with Jesus. (God fully reconciled us to himself through the death of his Son, then something greater than friendship is ours.) Romans 5:10 tpt
Amazing gifts from a Father who adores and loves you.
Simple thoughts a day after Christmas.
And a simple word from your Vinedresser;
“Dear child. I love you. I will continue to give you each day with more presents containing My Presence. Don’t fret. I won’t drop your heart’s desires or destiny dreams. I hold you close to My Heart, in the grip of grace.
“I see you as flawless in My eyes. You have access to My marvelous kindness and radiant love. My Heart burst with joy every time you draw near to me. You make my heart skip a beat.
“Don’t think I have forgotten your heart’s plea for restoration in your family, your finances, even your faith. I have all the pieces and will put them beautifully together leaving you a legacy that has extended from your intimacy with you.
“Even as you experience troubles and pressures, know that I am working in you patient endurance. Your character will be refined like gold. Hope will be restored as you continue to experience my never ending love that washes over you through the Holy Spirit.
“I am not into disappointing fantasy. I am all about your destiny. I am into you. You are into Me. And we will dance for all eternity.
“Merry Christmas and love…The Vinedresser”
Merry Christmas friend. I continue to pray and contend for you, in the Vine.
“It might take a little time, sometimes, but I will turn the titanic of tribulation and trials around. I hold you close, child, as you wait for the turn around. The time will be the process to perfect you in your faith in the Vine, in Christ, and you will see progress and restoration.”