Abba Father,

I confess to you that I keep thinking it’s all too good to be true! That’s how good, how incredible, how amazing your love and truth are! Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! It’s like I’m on a precipice looking down at this incredible place that’s too good to even imagine. I want to be there; I see it and can almost reach out and touch it, but I’m AFRAID to believe! If I really believe it and go “all in” I might be disappointed, I might get hurt. It can’t really be that good. So good that it can’t be real. That kind of goodness doesn’t happen, doesn’t last, isn’t real. There’s always a catch, always something bad lurking around the corner.

Father, forgive my unbelief! I do believe, help my unbelief!

But this! What if? What if it really is real? What if I finally surrendered my unbelief, doubting, questioning, scoffing, hesitating, and allowed myself to jump off the precipice with the greatest leap of faith I’ve ever taken? What joy and freedom is awaiting me? If I allowed myself to finally fully accept and believe all God’s promises are true? I am my own worst enemy. Please give me grace to be “all in.”

“knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Corinthians 4:14).

To be in your presence; the One who “is kind to the ungrateful and evil”. It is unfathomable! The One who has taken every sin I have ever committed and ever will commit off my shoulders and heaped them ALL upon Himself to be my burden bearer and then carried this immense weight to the instrument of torture at Calvary–“my burden gladly bearing.” Oh, the wonderful cross! Oh my wonderful Jesus, Savior, Redeemer, FRIEND. What a friend I have in Jesus. He came to bind up the brokenhearted and to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are BOUND!

What if FREEDOM is really real?! “For freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1a) Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

“Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life” (John 5:24).

“Jesus said, ‘I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst…And whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:35, 37b).

“For the lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17).

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage super of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9).

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new’…And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment” (Revelation 21:5-6).

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5b-6).

All your words are TRUE!

You are the way, the truth and the life! I do believe, help my unbelief. Oh God, you are my God. You are real and you reward those who earnestly seek you. I seek your face, oh God of Jacob! Hear my cry Lord. Give me grace to fall into your arms, completely trusting that “the eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Thank you Jesus. You are faithful, you will do it!!!

Amen!!

Learning to Live in the Garden of Grace

 

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