Monday, December 15, 2008


Sometimes at our church someone will go to the front during worship and share a 'word', or picture that the Lord has used to minister to them, and that may encourage others. This was given by my friend Linda and I thought I'd share. It has to do with trials and discomfort, idols, and GRACE! This can minister to many right now I bet...

Jonah 2:8 "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

What worthless idol are we clinging to that is causing us to forfeit the Grace that could be ours? The Grace that is freely given to us!
In chapter 4 of Jonah v6"...the Lord provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give ease his discomfort and Jonah was very happy...vs 7...the next day God provided a worm that chewed the vine...vs8...God provided a scorching east wind the sun blazed on Jonahs head so he grew faint and wanted to die vs9...But God said to Jonah 'Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?'"
Are we only happy when God provides things to ease our discomfort in life? Sometimes God takes things away or allows trials-- He provides a "WORM" to help remind us not to cling to worthless idols and forfeit the Grace that could be ours.
He wants us during those difficult times, to cling to grace rather than the comfort of the idol in our heart. It's when our focus is off Gods provision, instead its on the comfort we want, we lose sight of God's Grace.

I believe God is asking us:
Do we have the right to be angry at our lot in life?
Does not God provide all we have?
Does not God provide grace during the difficulties of life?
GOD is calling us to let go of the idols we're clinging to in order to experience HIS AMAZING GRACE!

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