Receiving Grace by Dr. Ed Young
How many times when we were growing up we heard a mother or an aunt or even our
fathers say, "Hold up your shoulders." You can say it now and I see some of you
already beginning to sit up. It's almost a reflex action. We began last Sunday
a study of Christian posture...the great words that are used in the Bible, that
are used as symbols of our relationship with God, and our stance or our position
as Christians. We're going to look at words like sitting and walking, and last
Sunday we looked at the word "running." And then in moving from last Sunday's
study to this morning, I discovered that the next posture is not "resting" as is
mentioned in your bulletin. But there's something else involved in the running,
and, therefore, I insert this word today. As we are running from God - and that's
a position all of us when we think about, know something about - we ran from God
before we came to know Christ, and some of us have continually been running from
God, even as we are men and women in G-hrist. We discoverecl titat as we run from
God that God is like a running father who runs after us. We're running away, God
is running to. And when we slow down, when we stop, when we turn around and let
God catch us, then we have an amazing revelation. That which we were seeking in
our running away is exactly what God gives to us when we stop and receive Him...
that God is not like a hound waiting to devour us and put us down and slice us up.
But instead He is like that running heavenly Father. God is like a relentless
lover who just won't take no for an answer, but just keeps on courting ... keeps on
pursuing ... keeps on calling...keeps on dealing with us until finally He wins us
or we say an absolute "no" to His entres.
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