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Do you believe in Grace?
By angelmom
11/12/2013 5:08:45 PM
2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

How do you feel about the Grace of the Lord? Have you accessed it? If not, will you?

My Story:

I did not always believe in the Savior's beautiful gift. I joined the church as a young adult and was taught that I needed to prove myself to the Lord to access His forgiveness. I believed that the more righteous I could become, the more I could feel Him near me. It was through my challenges and through my personal recovery, that I began to understand who Jesus Christ really is.

He alone has changed my heart and my actions, leaving me amazed at what my Savior can do. One day I began praying that I could give grace to people in my life who I may at the time felt didn't deserve it. Then it happened.... It was as if the Lord reached right into my heart and transformed it. Because of this experience, I truly believe that there is no problem or sin that cannot be healed by the grace of the Savior. This healing does not stop us from working our recovery, it just opens doors to make it possible to overcome.

I am afraid that our LDS culture has placed much of the burden on the sinner and not on Jesus Christ where it belongs. He gave me an amazing gift that I did not earn or deserve. My heart was broken and I told Him that I could not change on my own, that I needed Him to come into my heart and transform me because I wanted to be a better person, and I wanted to be what He wants me to be. Then the tests started, and the miracles were made manifest! It is as if He wanted to show me how powerful He truly is. Soon after inviting Jesus into my heart, there were some things happening that would normally anger me and/or send me into a tailspin but not this time, not the next, or the next 10 times. Instead my heart felt deep love and sorrow and I was not even able to feel the emotional pain that has burdened me most of my life. I was not able to feel anger or depression. All I could feel was love, forgiveness, and the wanting to help the people who caused my pain. It keeps happening and my Husband is now doing this and says that it is really helping him. This beautiful feeling is still with me today. I have never experienced something so real in all of my life. I keep thinking that maybe it isn't real, but it stays with me. I can't say that it always will, but It feels a part of me. As I stand here today in all my sins and imperfections, He is giving me gifts and he will give them to you if you will only sincerely ask.

It is so simple, it almost seems impossible.

I am a big fan of surrender, but I am a bigger fan of accepting the Savior into your heart to do what you cannot. I used the sinner’s prayer. It is not a particular prayer, just a sincere heart deep prayer of accepting the Savior's Sacrifice as a gift and accepting that He alone knows how to heal me. I just said the prayer and then let go.

Please try this.... You must be humble and sincere and not feel that you need to do anything. Find a private place to simply tell the Lord that you need him to be in your heart. Let him know that although you don't feel you can change, you will follow Him and serve Him even in your broken and fallen state. Tell Him that you are lost and that you need Him, and then proceed to ask Him for the things you cannot change. That's it.

Your change may be immediate, or it may be slow. Much of mine is slow and coming, but this last thing was a gift that I did not even work for. It was all given by His amazing Grace!

If I sound Born Again, that's because I am. Yes, I am an active Latter Day Saint and I love the Church. I guess you might call me a born again Mormon. I love Jesus Christ. He is everything to me. I complicated so many things in my life by trying to fix this myself... All along He just waited, and still waits as I turn my heart to Him daily. I thought I was partnering with Him and that we could heal me together, but I have learned and I testify that HE DID IT ALL!!!.

I am a broken woman, a wife & mother of addicts, and I am a sinner. I have nothing of value I can give to my Savior, but He is so amazing that he expects nothing but my sorry broken heart and an invitation to repair it.

If you have not already done so, my sincere prayer is that you will invite Jesus into your heart so that he can lighten or remove your burden.

You are worth it all!

Comments:

so true    
"I feel the same way, and appreciate the beautiful way you were able to express your thoughts!! I am nothing, but I can be everything with my Savior!"
posted at 18:57:26 on November 12, 2013 by sjanderson
100% Agreement    
"This--He--is the only way."
posted at 21:23:20 on November 12, 2013 by beclean
Love this!    
"I've been thinking about this very topic a lot lately. Our church culture (emphasis on culture) seems to place a heavy emphasis on the checklist of things that we should and shouldn't be doing to be good little Mormons. Too many people in the church unfortunately end up with the idea that you somehow need to earn grace, which misses the entire point IMHO. It's all about the Savior and His atonement, and it is freely given.

For anyone that hasn't heard Brad Wilcox's talk "His Grace is Sufficient", I strongly encourage you to listen to it. I think there are some particularly beautiful truths in there that are especially meaningful for anyone struggling with addictions. You can find it on YouTube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLXr9it_pbY"
posted at 22:41:09 on November 12, 2013 by rmww


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