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Struggling to Understand the Present Reality of God’s Grace

Tonight The Stars Speak by The Glorious Unseen

Tonight the stars speak of your infinite love
And it serves to remind me
That what I have means nothing at all
Compared to your glory, Oh lord

How long till your voice speaks clearly?
How long till your arms envelope me?
I cry be my strength when I am weak
Oh Lord have mercy on me please

My spirit is willing but my flesh is so weak
I cry in your arms now
God grant me the strength to rest in you
I lift my hands and cry

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The above is a song of yearning. It captures the heart cry of a sinner who is coming to grips with  the reality of his or her brokenness. It reminds us that we have to look to a power beyond ourselves. I had the pleasure of attending a worship service tonight where the Glorious Unseen played this song.

It really seemed to capture the depth of my sense of isolation from God. At times, I feel so far away even though I know that God is closer than I can ever imagine. At times, it feels like I have to beg God for love and mercy when He has already given me everything I need in Christ.

The Holy Spirit spoke to me while singing this song tonight. He said, “You don’t need to beg for my mercy. I have already provided it to you. All you need to do is walk in what I have placed before you. Get up and get going in the reality that I died to secure.”

This was swift kick in the gut. I started to realize that I struggle to believe the basics of the Christian Gospel. Although I know it  to be true, I seem to forget the impractical reality of God’s grace in my live. It seems too good to be true. And it is. That is what makes the Gospel the greatest reality in human history. That is why it is the source of all hope. I am reminded of the lyrics from this other Glorious Unseen song.

Forever Holy
God, You stand when all has fallen
You embrace the long forgotten
I guess it’s just hard to believe
The Grace You’ve poured out on me
I guess I’m just starting to see
How You’re working in me

This is what makes my head spin
You’re forever Holy
God of all creation
Pour Your life into me
This is so overwhelming
You’re forever Holy
God of my Salvation
Clothe me in Your Glory

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It Is Finished

Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, ” A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ…  I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it?”

“There is a great deal of prayer that comes from actual disbelief in the atonement. Jesus is not just beginning to save us— He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.”

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I find Chambers’ words an indictment to many of the prayers that I have prayed in my life. Why do I pray for things that God has already done? Why don’t I take hold of these spiritual realities by faith? It can be real easy to thing we are being very spiritual when our petitions before God ring of faithlessness and a lack of godly understanding.

When Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished,” He meant it. These are some of the most profound words ever uttered. The implications change human history. Jesus has already obtained our salvation, freedom and future.

The only barrier we find to these greatest gifts is not God’s willingness to provide them because the real work is already done. The difficult part is accepting the full implications of the cross by faith.

We have to come to the end of ourselves and realize the futility of our works. We have to understand the amazing quality of God’s grace and the fullness of its power to impart reconciliation and transformation. When I come to the reality of what I can’t do on my own, I start to realize the power in what Christ has already done for me.