#166: Power Play – Breathe in, breathe out

Heart and Ice Power Play - Breathe in, breathe out

That’s the rhythm of worship.  You can’t breathe out till you’ve breathed in.  Set your eyes on the glory of God.  Call to mind the amazing glimpses of His faithfulness… The breathing out is a natural reaction.  It’s a reflex.  So many times in worship we focus on the breathing out side.  One of the wisest things you can do is focus on the breathing in element.  Then you can’t stop breathing out.”  – Matt Redman, Relevant Magazine

 

I love this thought because of its imagery – you can’t breathe out without first breathing in.  You can’t give to others without first accepting God’s love yourself, and allowing yourself grace.  Even in the hardest of times, God’s grace surrounds us and lifts us up.  Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before receiving a meal.  It’s a way to live.  It’s not something that can be earned – he gives it freely because he loves us.  God has shown us his grace by saving us, forgiving us, by giving us strength and guidance, and looking out for us every second of every day.  When you are able to live in and accept God’s grace, it’s easier to freely give it to others and praise God for the grace and love that he extends to us.

We spend a lot more time remembering our failures than God does. Memorize grace.  – Bob Goff

Game Plan:  Ask for God’s grace, accept it, and extend that grace to others.  When you recognize what an amazing gift that is, then you can praise the Lord.

Quote source: Matt Redman, Your Grace Finds Me

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