The Lord is Gracious! by Elaine Davenport July 31, 2010

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea our God is merciful!  Psalm 116: 5

There isn’t a lot of conversation about God’s graciousness.   Does that mean that we take it for granted?   I surely hope not.

Have you ever found yourself at someone’s home for a special occasion…and you did not know them beforehand?  Well, in that type of circumstance there could be all types of dynamics that could bring that about.    And of course, I do not know about you but even as a humble guest; I often take note of the behavior of the hosts of the home.  Do they go out of their way to be hospitable?  Do they get to know  all of their visitors?  Do they make all of the guests feel at home at all time?  When it’s time to leave; my decision often factors in my being in a comfort zone.  Would any guest who doesn’t know the hosts; ever return again?

Well the answers all depend of the graciousness received.    See, a lot of things can bee faked…but graciousness can not be faked in any way.  It  comes from the heart.   Politeness is certainly a virtue, but it isn’t graciousness.   It’s important that we understand the context of graciousness in our everyday lives…in order to understand God.

My good friend and I were out to lunch and we  met a lady  that was selling some clothes and some jewelry.   It came up in casual conversation. She invited us to come over to her home to look at it.  When we  went, we found her to be extremely hospitable, kind and gracious.  We bought more jewelry  and clothes than we had planned.  But, the most striking thing that I recall was that it left such an impression on us!   We all decided to stay friends.  We had so much in common and we had felt a kinship that was directly related to her graciousness towards us.

The bible explains that God is gracious; but I think too often people do not understand what that means.

God wants us to be guests in His house at any time and we do not have to be invited…we can just come.    His word (look at the passage above says that He is not only gracious…but He’ll make things right at the same time and…He’ll be merciful to us.  It’s a protective compassion and I don’t know about you…but I realize that this is not ordinary.

DEFINiTION OF GRACIOUSNESS

1. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty. [1913 Webster]

A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful. –Neh. ix. 17. [1913 Webster]

So hallowed and so gracious in the time. –Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent. [1913 Webster]

Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born. –Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections.

Syn: Favorable; kind; benevolent; friendly; beneficent; benignant; merciful. [1913 Webster]

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So…I say to you today…please understand who God is and how very important you are to Him!   Only a gracious God could have brought me this far!   He’s a God who has thought of everything!I just want to praise Him!

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Tough Times June 21, 2010

There was a troubled young man that wrote to the site.  He was visibly upset…something had happened….or not happened in his life and he was angry about it!

Take the average person…they need someone to blame when things go wrong…this young man blamed God. I don’t know what happened…but finally to get even somewhere along the way he decided that God did not exist.   The very denial of God’s existence gave him peace.  But, I know he wasn’t sure about it because if he was he wouldn’t been so full of hatred.  He would have just been normal.  I’ll tell you why he wasn’t.  I wrote an article about my uncle being an atheist.  It wasn’t a bad article…in fact, this was my favorite uncle who just happened to have kept his being an atheist a secret…and the young man read it and wrote a horrid note.  I began to intercede in prayer for this young man because he does not have to continue on the path to which he is headed.  It is my prayer that this young man will be healed emotionally and that he will be saved and made whole.

God doesn’t bring sickness or disease, nor put it on people nor kill them.   That is the devil’s trick.   Satan’s greatest trick is how many people are fooled.

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Isaiah 53:5 (Amplified Bible)

5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

I have been challenged with my feet…but I know that they are healed!   Yes, I have sweet and precious promises from God and I take hold of those promises that my feet are healed.  I meditate in God’s Word.  I bask in healing scriptures and I believe that God has already healed me as I wait for sudden manifestation.  It will come just like it did for the cancer, the Carpel Tunnel, the positional vertigo and all of the other ailments that the devil has tried to assign to me.  I refuse it.  I will not receive it!  By the stripes of Jesus I am healed!   PRAISE GOD!!

You Want To Be Healed? by E. Davenport January 16- 23, 2010

That’s easy…Get God’s attention…show Him your faith!

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10: 32-33

Dear Heavenly Father, I am not ashamed of you. In fact, quite the contrary. I love you. You are First in my life. You are my daybreak, my daylight, my light and with you there is no night. Blessed Father, I pray this day for the misguided people. Someone must pray for you. I am asking you today to send your laborers to them. Many think that you and all the other Gods are one God. To hear the vain philosophies of civilization, we sound like the ancient Greeks. You are the true and living God and your sheep hear your voice. Yet, there is a misconception among men that we all have the same God no matter what the belief. Some think Jesus is a prophet O LORD. Please help them to understand that he is the Messiah and no one comes to the Father except through him. Let our words of truth from your Holy book fall on willing ears. Let us all be able to boldly confess you to all men. AMEN

My Help Cometh From The Lord Central Church of God (Powerful Video) October, 2009

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Power of Your Love by The Oslo Gospel Choir (You Tube Video) Friday, July 31, 2009

All Around by Sheila E (featuring Martha Munizzi) Music Video Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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