Chelsea Crockett

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about…

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about the impact of what Jesus did on the cross so many centuries ago?

That action on the cross meant so many things for us: forgiveness, grace, eternity, mercy, love, and so much more. In just one action, we got what we could never deserve: God’s endless grace for the things we’ve done and the sins we still have yet to commit.

Growing up in church, I heard the story of Jesus over and over again. Although I never forgot how amazing that story is, I started to forget to really process and meditate on that sacrifice God made. It’s not “just another story.” It’s a true story of God’s grace, love, and mercy. Three things that we receive but could never deserve!

I encourage you to sit down and re-read the story of Jesus’s life again, or read it for the first time if you haven’t. It’s good to remind yourself of what Jesus lost in order for us to gain eternal life and endless grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

This verse always brings me back down to earth. Nothing that we do will change God’s opinion of us. Like I mentioned above, his grace is endless. No matter how many times we sin or turn away from God, he loves us just the same.

Have you ever experienced grace like that? I try to wrap my head around it, but it’s hard to fathom how wide God’s love truly is.

I always put it into perspective from the situations I’ve experienced in my own life. When I find it hard to forgive someone, I think of how easily God forgives me. I can’t hold a grudge or decide not to extend forgiveness when our heavenly Father gives us his grace constantly.

 Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 God’s perfect gift is free. We did nothing to earn or deserve it, but he willingly and graciously gives us the gift of eternal life and so much more. This verse gives me a sense of peace and freedom because his grace is always constant, never fading and never changing.

I encourage you to remind yourself frequently of the story of Jesus and what that means for you and your life. Maybe sit down today and read it through. It’s a story of endless love, redeeming grace, and selfless sacrifice. Jesus is the same today as he is tomorrow, and the tomorrows after that. Remind yourself of the gift we don’t deserve, yet get to receive every single day!

– Chelsea

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Those Who Walk with God, Always Reach Their Destination

If we had a compass that showed us the right way whenever we came to a crossroad, we would walk through life stress-free and confident. If I could predict the…

If we had a compass that showed us the right way whenever we came to a crossroad, we would walk through life stress-free and confident.

If I could predict the next 10 years of my life, I’d have no problem putting all my trust in the future and depending on myself for security and happiness.

Why is it so hard for us to feel secure in our future when we know the one who planned it is holding it in his hands?

If anything, this should give us more security than anything in the world.

When we walk through seasons of our life, it’s easy to forget that God is walking right beside us. If we could see him, we would see that he never leaves our side, not once.  If we were perfect Christians, we would do the same, sticking by his side at all times as well.

Luke 9:23 says, “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’”

God doesn’t just ask us to follow him. He asks us to take up our cross and deny ourselves.

This verse is proof that walking with God is not always the easiest path. You will face struggles and persecution, but God is still there in the midst of it all.

He wants us to deny ourselves, prioritizing his commands over our own wants and desires. Whether you prioritize sleep, a social life, a reputation, etc., we should forget about it all in the presence of God.

The closer you walk with God, the less room for anything to come in between.” The closer you cling to him, the harder it is for the devil to work in your life. God wants us to succeed! He wants us to strengthen our dependence on him and follow the path he created for us.

The devil’s not the only enemy that tries to throw you off your path. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”

Sometimes we ourselves are our greatest enemy! We try to control our plans and focus on what we want instead of what God wants.

I know for me, my thoughts can completely take over. My thoughts say one thing while the Bible says the other. Although our way seems more appealing at times, God’s way is full of endless joy and peace.

It’s been proven to me time after time that God’s way is the best way. He never fails us and never points us in the wrong direction. It was when I truly believed this that I began to give up the ways of this world and take on the ways of his Word.

I encourage you to do the same and reach your destination with the person who determined it.

– Chels

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