Balancing Grace And Truth, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

Living a lie as mentioned last time is very easy and we see this many times. When Solomon was faced with his first judgment, he encountered with two prostitutes who had both given birth. Two women, two babies the only difference at the time of this meeting with the king, one baby had died as the mother laid on him and she could not live with the reality that her baby was dead. So she took all her love, passion, desire and planted it on this other woman’s baby. She claimed that this other baby was hers. This is what deception is, trying to be what you are not. Trying to live a life God never designed for you. Deceiving yourself that everything is alright when in actuality it’s wrong.

God does not anoint lies so until you come clean, honest with yourself and stop deceiving yourself and other people you are not ready for progress. Trying to live someone’s life the way one of the prostitutes tried to do will rob you of time you should have had to run in your own lane. Be yourself, be what God wants you to be. Your progress is not measured by someone else life. You have no competition, so why live a lie? The prodigal son could not live a lie anymore, he drank a glass of truth and realized he had a problem and sought for help. Jesus said in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” I could take that verse and apply it the way it is yet how many know the truth but it has not set them free? If anything they have taken the truth and push it aside. It’s in the process of knowing the truth and desiring to work truth into your life even when it’s hard that the truth begins to set you free. Truth works its way through the excessive baggage’s pushing through the lies in order to liberate. This is where even the true worship begins to flow John 4:23, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and TRUTH; …”. When truth is given an opportunity to prevail, grace follows to even the tracks. James 4:6, “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Can you balance grace and truth in your life? Would you face truth in the eye even when it seems so hard? Can you come to the Lord just as you are and be real as you desire change? Let this hymn reminds us that we need to be true and real with God if we want to grow.

1. Just as I am, without one plea,

but that thy blood was shed for me,

and that thou bidst me come to thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2. Just as I am, and waiting not

to rid my soul of one dark blot,

to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about

with many a conflict, many a doubt,

fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;

sight, riches, healing of the mind,

yea, all I need in thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

5. Just as I am, thou wilt receive,

wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

because thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown

hath broken every barrier down;

now, to be thine, yea thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Blessings Ev

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