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Disgrace or God’s Grace?

Disgrace or God’s Grace?

“What used to make us stumble, God can use to make us stand.
What once made us bow our heads in shame, He can use for His glory.”
~ Joanna Weaver~ Having a Mary Spirit

I bow my head in shame to think of the number of times I have stumbled or fallen. Each time was a direct result of relying on myself— my sight, my feelings, and my reasoning. Reliance on self causes us to walk unsteadily. When my sin nature is in charge, my eyes, emotions, and intuition deceive me. Whenever I allow distractions, doubt, fear, and pride guide my walk, I will stumble or fall.

When I allow God to guide me, He shifts the center of my existence from selfish ambition to standing firmly on the rock, Jesus Christ. He restores what sin has damaged or threatened to take away–my disgrace and shame is lifted by His grace and the situation brings glory and honor to Him. Hallelujah!

Not only does He give us the support we need, He assures us that He will restore us and make up for the time we have spent in brokenness. “I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25).

As wonderful as it is to recognize this blessing of unmerited favor, let us not make the mistake of allowing the stumble just because we know He will pick us up. We need follow Christ’s example and strive to avoid the stumble. Satan tested Jesus three times attempting to make him stumble. Jesus overcame each temptation.

The opposite of God’s grace is disGrace: shame, reproach, or dishonor or is dishonorable or shameful. God’s grace is not a substitute for righteous behavior, but His forgiveness allows the righteous behavior.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your power to resist, but with the temptation will also provide a way out so that you will be able to withstand it. (I Cor.10:13)

Jesus taught the best way avoid sin is to avoid being in a position where we will be put into temptation when He taught us to pray “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” The heart of this prayer is the surrender to God’s will, seeking God’s reign in our lives.

Thank you God, for your mercy and grace, for picking us up when we fall and allowing us to be used– in spite of our failures– in Your Kingdom. Train us to walk in the way of Your Word. Lead us not into sin or temptation or disgrace. Do not let our sin nature lead us but help us follow your ways.

His promise is ours, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Side Notes.

  1. If someone kept a record of my keystrokes, I bet my backspace would be the most used key.
  2. I never put together that disgrace was the opposite of grace until now.
  3. Thinking of the word stumble makes me think of the stumbling Bumbles abominable snowman. Remember him and the Island of Misfit Toys? Yukon and the toothless snow beast stumble over a cliff and appear to be lost forever but at the end of the story they return, Yukon explains, “Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce!” (This could be a blog-worthy lesson since this story is such a part of the baby boomer generation, but I’ll avoid for obvious reasons).
  4. This week’s quote is from the book Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out.

19 comments

  1. Beautiful post, bless you.

  2. I pointed out in my blog that Paul had already covered everything I had to say, [God’s grace is not a substitute for righteous behavior ~] Now you reminded me of a Paul quote too.

    What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Romans 6:1.

  3. Great post. The reference to Joel 2 is perfect. Thank you and blessings on your week.

  4. Robin,
    Great post! I love your new blog btw I know you changed hosts or something. Hope it is working out great.

    I especially liked this part:

    But, when I allow God to guide me, He shifts the center of my existence from selfish ambition to standing firmly on the rock Jesus Christ. He restores what sin has damaged or threatened to take away –my disgrace and shame is lifted by His grace and the situation brings glory and honor to Him. Hallelujah!

    Amen!

    Angel():)

  5. Great take on the quote this week. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Such a thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing – and the verse from Joel was so appropriate as well.

    Blessings ~ Loni

  7. I will remember that: the opposite of grace is disgrace.
    Thank you.
    It is good to be part of a community of women thinking on such things.
    Such a God.

    All’s grace,
    Ann V.

  8. Guide me and lead me Lord! Great post!

  9. Loved the sentence at the beginning.

    Loved the Grace disgrace discussion.

    Loved the post.

  10. Not so long ago I wandered across this website and have been reading along. I decided I would give my opening comment. Im not sure exactly what to say except that Ive enjoyed perusing. Interesting blog. I intend to continue coming back to this blog now and again. I have also got your feed for any updates.

  11. “He restores what sin has damaged or threatened to take away –my disgrace and shame is lifted by His grace and the situation brings glory and honor to Him. Hallelujah!”
    WOW!
    Just wow!
    Thank You, Jesus, for your grace!
    And thank you, Robin, for your insight. God’s timing is *perfect* and I needed this badly today!

  12. thanks for this. i really needed to hear it.

  13. Isn’t it great to know God!!!

  14. Isn’t it amazing to feel our holy fathers blessing!!!

  15. Arthur Brown

    GOd is so good!! Thanks for sharing!

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