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But By The Grace Of God…

Paul says a very wonderful something in 1 Corinthians 15:10a where he writes, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” It’s not that he sees himself as Mr. Wonderful. Not at all! But he brings up his past, even though I’m sure it broke his heart to think of it, in order to say something wonderful about God. And that is surely worth whatever trouble it brings us, isn’t it? So he wrote, “Of all the apostles, I am least. I am not fit to be called an apostle.” And the reason this is so? “Because I persecuted the church of God.” There was a time in his life when he breathed out threats and slaughter upon the church of the Lord and upon the Lord of the church. That reality would always be his. He couldn’t change it. He would own it. “But”…he said…and with that word, his world was inverted. It was turned upside right. “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” And the amazing grace of God harnessed the spiritual energies of the man who became Paul and set them gloriously off in pursuit of other lost souls who would also discover the delights of life set right by grace.

And as I was thinking about this my thoughts ran along these lines…

By the grace of God I am not what I once was…so lost, so self-involved, so evil, so uncaring.

By the grace of God I am what I am…saved, secure, accepted, seeking, serving, worshipping, growing.

By the grace of God I want what I now want…I want to honor Him, to be more like Him, to be with Him.

By the grace of God I will be what I should be…for He Who began a good work in me will bring it to completion in the day of Christ…blessed day!

Then I thought about God’s amazing grace to me in the form of so many blessings in my life. At this time in my life, I am trying to be more observant of such blessings, because it brings greater heart to my worship of Him. By the grace of God, Vicki and I got to have our Granddaughter Skylar for a week recently. By the grace of God, I received a two minute video of my California Granddaughter, Remi, only 15 months old now and singing, “Hallelujah.” (I can forward you that clip, if you are really nice and ask for it.) The beautiful songs of my granddaughters still ring in my heart. By the grace of God, I got to see Rachel at the fair yesterday. The sight of her and her son did me good, as did the hug I received…and the hope that she and her family would come to our worship this Sunday morning (pray for that if you can, please).

Of course I could go on and on with this…but I’m really wanting to hear from you (it has been so long…too long…I have missed you)…today, right now…as you read this…how would you complete this phrase…this ultimate gift of our Father’s to us…

But by the grace of God, I…

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9 thoughts on “But By The Grace Of God…

  1. By the Grace of God – He helps me live on and enjoy blessings and I know my Help comes from the Lord. My Blessings come randomly when I don’t even expect them. That is so sweet of our God.

    YES SISTER, GAIL, GOD IS GOOD. BY HIS GRACE, HE GAVE ME A SISTER LIKE YOU.

  2. John on said:

    But by the grace of God – I have been blessed to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, live to 52, be supported by a wonderful church, see my granddaughter almost every day, communicate with my “opinionated” brother-in-law (Doug), and experience the cleansing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Thanks, Doug, for the opportunity to remember what God’s grace has brought into my life.

    GOD HAS GRACED ME, FROM MY YOUTH, TO KNOW THE YOUNG MAN NAMED JOHN WHO HAS A HEART AS BIG AS ALL OUTDOORS AND A ZEAL FOR GOD THAT I ENVY.

  3. Mom Brooks on said:

    By the grace of God, I have lived to see 71, even tho a few yrs. back I never thought that was possible, also to experience the fact that we have 17 grandchildren and soon to be 10 great-grandchildren. All from three wonderful children and their mates whom I love dearly. I can’t forget by the grace of God, we get to hear our son preach ev. Sun. and worship with them. Thank you Lord for all your blessings! Mom Brooks

    THE BLESSINGS OF GOD’S GRACE TO YOU ARE ALSO BLESSINGS TO US WHO LOVE AND ARE LOVED BY YOU. BY GOD’S GRACE YOU TOOK ME IN WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND HAD NO OTHER GOOD PLACE TO GO. IF YOU HADN’T BEEN THERE, I CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER HOW MY LIFE WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. I KNOW THIS…IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN BETTER…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE…MUCH WORSE. YOU ARE LOVED. YOUR FIRST SON-IN-LAW…WHO GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST GRANDCHILD AND YOUR FIRST GREAT GRANDCHILD.

  4. Rex Boyles on said:

    By the grace of God … I have seen a spark of my life and love come to life in a bold and bright son (and now in his two children) and a courageous and compassionate daughter (and now in her two children) … I have received the gift of enjoying my parents (82 years old) everyday on the phone and email and every week at church … I have stood condemned – deserving to be stoned – and the Master refused to condemn me and even walks with me now, reassuring me of His love and His purpose for me … I have watched Him make “fishers of men” of me and a small fellowship of prodigals, fill our nets ’til breaking and our boats ’til sinking … I have known the love and soul-knit kinship of you my brother and my friend for over 30 years. I count you – us – among His greatest gifts to me. Rex

    I COUNT US LIKEWISE, FRIEND. I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW BLESSED I WAS TO READ THESE WORDS. UNDERSTANDING, AT LEAST A BIT, OF THE WILDERNESS YOU HAVE TRAVERSED, THESE WORDS, COMING AS THEY DO FROM YOUR GREAT HEART OF FAITH AND LOVE FOR GOD AND YOUR LOYAL LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THE TRUE FAMILY OF GOD WITH WHOM YOU WORSHIP AND SERVE, THESE WORDS, I SAY, LIFT MY SOUL TO THE PRAISING OF FATHER GOD AND REJOICING WITH YOU AT HIS KINDNESS AND HIS EVER-NEW MERCIES. WHEREVER YOU GO, WHOEVER YOU TOUCH, WHENEVER YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO TEACH (WHETHER PUBLICLY OR PRIVATELY), YOU ARE SPREADING THE FRAGRANT AROMA OF JESUS…THAT FRESH, LIFE-GIVING SCENT…TO THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE FOR TOO LONG BEEN LIVED IN THE POLLUTED ATMOSPHERE OF THE FOUL LORD SATAN.
    I THANK GOD FOR YOU AND THAT GRACE-FILLED DAY WHEN I FIRST MET YOU.

  5. But by the grace of God I am what I am … a child of God … that acts like a child most of the time. But He loves me unconditionally.

    But by the grace of God I am what I am … forgiven … not because of anything I will ever do but truly because of His grace and His mercy.

    But by the grace of God I am what I am … scared … there are days that fear is the only thing I feel. It manifests itself in so many ways but it’s all rooted in fear. He answers each of my fears with refuge and rest in His arms.

    But by the grace of God I am what I am … me … I cannot be anyone else and God made it that way. He knit me … knows me … and loves me because I am His.

    AND YOU’LL DO, PAIGE, JUST FINE…JUST AS YOU ARE…WITH A HEART THAT LONGS TO RECEIVE AND REFLECT EVERYTHING HE WANTS FOR YOU. ISN’T IT RICH TO BE WAKING UP TO NEW DISCOVERIES OF HIS GRACE EACH DAY? TO BE READING ALONG IN HIS WORD, TO BE LISTENING TO REX OR SOMEONE ELSE TEACHING TRUTH, TO BE REFLECTING ON OUR DEAR LORD, AND BE SURPRISED BY JOY OVER A TRUTH BROUGHT HOME WITH A CLARITY, A FRESHNESS, AN INSIGHT YOU HADN’T SEEN BEFORE OR HAD FORGOTTEN. BY HIS GRACE YOU ARE UNIQUELY HIS. YOU ARE THE ONE HE WANTS (AND THE FACT THAT HE WANTS OTHERS ALSO DOESN’T CHANGE THIS TRUTH). YOUR HONEST HEART SERVES TO OPEN UP THE DOORS OF OTHER HEARTS WHICH OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE REMAINED SHUT. THIS HONORS HIM, PAIGE. I KNOW IT DOES. TFS! AND GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.

  6. By the grace of God I am alive. I don’t deserve to be. I should have been stoned to death. The way I was acting He should have let me die…when I was taking stupid chances and could have…should have died. But He kept me alive…for some reason…and solely by His grace.

    By the grace of God I have been able to help some people that have been broken and bruised. By the grace of God, He brought me to a place where I could heal and grow. And now He has given me the chance to help.

    By the grace of God I have three beautiful children that I love beyone measure. By His grace and mercy, they came through the fire with me and didn’t suffer as many scars as they could have.

    By the grace of God I have the chance to have a teacher (who is my friend) and a group of friends around me that want to be like Jesus…they are honest about their shortcomings and just as honest about their walk with Jesus.

    BY THE GRACE OF GOD I GOT TO READ YOUR LIST WHICH MAKES MY HEART SING TODAY. I AM EVEN MORE IN LOVE WITH THE GOD WHO HAS BEEN THIS GOOD TO YOU AND WHO HAS ENABLED YOU TO EXPERIENCE AND SHARE WITH US REGARDING THESE TREMENDOUS BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE. AND YOU ARE BEING A WONDERFUL STEWARD OF THESE RICH BLESSINGS FOR YOU SEE THAT GOD’S RESCUE MISSION ON YOUR BEHALF WAS, IN PART, DESIGNED NOT ONLY TO BRING YOU HOME WITH REJOICING AND GLORY BUT TO MAKE OF YOU A RESCUER OF OTHER TROUBLED LIVES. WISH TO GOD ALL OF US, HIS CHILDREN, WOULD SEE THAT WE ARE TO BE ON THE SAME MISSION. THE CHANCE TO HELP TRULY IS A GIFT. YOU HAVE HELPED MY BY YOUR TEACHING…YOUR SPIRIT…YOUR LIFE. I KNOW FROM THESE BLOGS THAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY HIS WORK IN AND THROUGH YOU ALSO. AND I AM CERTAIN THAT THOSE PRECIOUS CHILDREN GOD HAS GIVEN YOU ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU AS MOM AND ARE READING THE WONDERFUL LETTER GOD IS WRITING BY YOUR LIFE. JESUS IS LIVING AND GROWING IN YOU. GOD BLESS YOU TODAY, SHERRY. THANK YOU FOR COMMENTING HERE.

  7. Reba on said:

    By the grace of God I can forgive and be forgiven for the sins that commit daily. By the grace of God I have a partner of 40 years that shares with me his love of God and life. By the garce of God we have raised three wonderful children two of which are faithful and the other one we pray for daily. By the grace of God we have five wonderful and beautiful grandchildern and they give us love everyday. With each child and grandchild there is a renewed appreciation of God’s love and the mircles he performs everyday. God is so good.

    I LIKE YOUR LIST TOO, REBA. I REJOICE WITH YOU OVER THESE SURPASSING BLESSINGS GOD HAS AFFORDED YOU. I BELIEVE HE IS HONORED BY YOUR GRATITUDE TO HIM. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IT WAS BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT YOU WERE ON THE SCENE THAT DAY ON COUNTY ROAD 25-A AND ELDEAN WHEN JEN AND MATT WERE INVOLVED IN THE CAR ACCIDENT. GOD HAD YOU THERE WHILE VICKI AND I WERE OUT OF TOWN. YOU DID GOOD. I WON’T FORGET. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR GROWING FAMILY.

  8. Carolyn on said:

    Doug, though I don’t know you I have read several of your posts here and your comments on Rex’s blog. I am always edified by what you have to say in both places. This post about Gods grace just really speaks to my heart. I thank you for it.

    By the grace of God I have been forgiven…for my sins, for my judgements, for my avoidance of Him for so long.

    By the grace of God I have found a teacher, my friend…who is walking me back into the loving arms of His grace.

    By the grace of God I have 3 beautiful children…who remind me daily of His love for me and give me a reason to fight for my life.

    By the grace of God I have been given a second chance…a renewed hope that I will finally be who He intended me to be.

    By the grace of God I see reminders of His love for me in everyday things…in the laughter of my children, in the wisdom of a friend, in a song on the radio, in a word spoken by a stranger.

    By the grace of God I will finally be what I am – His.

    CAROLYN,
    YOUR GRACIOUS WORDS WERE LIKE A REFRESHING BREEZE TO ME. VERY KIND OF YOU. YOU SPOKE THE WAY I BELIEVE JESUS SPOKE TO OTHERS. HE LEFT THEM WANTING MORE…LEFT THEM FEELING HOPEFUL, PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR TOUGH, TOUGH LIVES…LEFT THEM BELIEVING THEY HAD A SHOT AT BECOMING MORE LIKE WHAT JESUS WAS LIVING BEFORE THEM. ISN’T IT AMAZING WHAT A KIND WORD CAN DO?
    HOW DO YOU ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF A SECOND CHANCE? I KNOW THIS…IF GOD DIDN’T MAJOR IN SECOND CHANCES, I WOULD BE OF ALL PEOPLE MOST MISERABLE. AND THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT GOD’S SECOND CHANCES…HE ONLY COUNTS TO TWO, BUT HE DOES IT OVER AND OVER. WITH HIM WE GET SECOND CHANCES AD INFINITUM. HE HAS CHANGED OUR HEARTS…MADE US HUNGRY FOR WHAT HE WANTS TO GIVE US. AND SINCE THIS IS TRUE OF ALL OF HIS REDEEMED ONES, HE NEVER GIVES UP ON US. HE KEEPS GIVING US SECOND CHANCES. AND WHILE WE DEPEND ON THIS RICH TRUTH FOR OUR VERY SPIRITUAL LIVES, WE DO NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. THERE IS FORGIVENESS WITH HIM THAT HE MIGHT BE FEARED (I.E., RESPECTED). HIS FORGIVENESS OF US NOT ONLY MAKES US REJOICE AND PRAISE HIM, BUT, WHEN PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD AND RECEIVED, IT RESULTS IN REVERENCE FOR HIM.
    I APPRECIATED WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT SEEING REMINDERS OF GOD’S GRACE EVERYWHERE…GOD’S GRACE NOT ONLY GIVES US SECOND CHANCES BUT GIVES US SECOND SIGHT AS WELL. NOW WE NOT ONLY SEE THINGS THAT ARE, WE SEE THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET, BUT WILL BE. FOR WE WILL BE LIKE HIM ONE DAY. ALL THESE SECOND CHANCES ARE LEADING US THERE.
    CAROLYN, YOUR LAST SENTENCE IS BEAUTIFUL AND SUMS UP THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION PERFECTLY.
    “BY GOD’S GRACE I WILL FINALLY BE WHAT I AM- HIS.” HOW WE LONG FOR THAT REALITY TO ARRIVE.
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR INSIGHTS WITH US. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS.

  9. By the Grace of God I am glad I had a Mom and Dad (especially my Mom) who loved us (all five children a lot) and took care of us really good. They were not raised in the church and did not know much about raising children.

    But we always had a roof over our heads and food to eat. And Mom and Dad met people along the way that taught them about God. They started taking us to church and we had many opportunties to meet people along the way that helped us become what we have in our lives today. We know that Bud and Middy Fisher were the ones who led our family to Christ. We were Blessed by them. And we were blessed by other things that happened in our lives as God used people we met to bring about changes.

    Things were not perfect by a far cry in our home even going to church.
    But I think we were pretty lucky and blessed to have a Mom and Dad like we did. They loved us in their way…as best they knew to love. They made some judgements about things that were not always right but they kept on the journey. We Kids Did not turn out too bad.

    I loved our Family a lot. We miss Our Sister Tammy a lot. My Mom and Dad took us to church.

    But just because people had struggles trying with their families does not mean there cannot be good from that. So hang on if you do have struggles. We did. Because of the Grace of God people come thru that and are blessed Richly Today. Never condem the struggles because there is beauty and peace and love that can still come out of them.

    Keep on Keeping On. God can do WONDERS with us. And we need to look back after the years have gone by and be Thankful for our Parents. No matter how they did or did not do things, God was still helping us along. And you know if we remember things we learned in the Bible that is how God worked thru out the Bible (bringing us along) in order to know more about him…to BETTER OUR LIVES.

    SISTER GAIL,
    I DON’T THINK YOU TURNED OUT TOO BAD EITHER. ME, ON THE OTHER HAND, WELL…THAT’S A DIFFERENT STORY. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A DOUBT THAT YOU LOVE OUR FAMILY. IN MANY WAYS, YOU HAVE BEEN THE GLUE THAT HAS HELD US TOGETHER. YOU HAVE A HEART FOR OTHERS THAT CAUSES YOU TO LOOK ONLY FOR THE BEST. I THINK YOU LEARNED THIS FROM YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR. IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, EVERY GOOD GIFT, WHETHER PEOPLE, OR THINGS, OR EXPERIENCES, OR TRUE KNOWLEDGE, COME FROM HIM. I LOVE YOU. GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU.

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