The Cookie Claim (#jammed daily devo day 2)

January #jammed : Grace in Life’s Face

Day 2: Let’s Claim our Grace Space.jammed-day-2-image

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

“Mom,” my daughter informed, “don’t let Daddy eat these cookies …they’re YOUR
cookies.”

We looked at each other and laughed at the thought of her Daddy …our late night cookie monster …leaving nothing but an empty mug of milk and some special “Mommy’s Cookie” crumbs on the counter for us to discover.

Humble acceptance of Jesus is our claim to God’s great grace.

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.” 1Peter5:5

James and Peter doubted Christ was who He said He was. Peter three times before the rooster crowed, and James despite relational brotherhood to Jesus. Their words of His acceptance endure through ancient text and into our hearts to comfort and assure us that He was …and is …and will be. They both quote Proverbs 3:34, connecting the Old Testament promises to their real-life experiences with Jesus:

God treats the arrogant as they treat others,
    mocking the mockers, scorning the scornful,
    but He pours out His grace on the humble.” Proverbs 3:34

Jesus didn’t endure humanity for the sake of a select few; or require grace to be earned. Humanity …we are the special batch.

 Jesus loved me so much that He died for me. And God loved me so much that He let Him. Let’s not take those sentiments lightly by embracing our inner critique. Throw it to the shadows, and claim our grace space. What could happen if we do?

Father, You are powerful to cover us in grace before we claim it. We praise You for Your justice and patience to love us more than we can ever comprehend. Forgive us for allowing our inner critique to deter us from claiming our space in Your grace. Bless our hearts with the assurance of Christ’s sacrificial love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

What keeps you from claiming your space within God’s grace? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

Happy Claiming!

#greatgrace17

Megs

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