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“Grace is everywhere as an active orientation of all created reality toward God.” – Karl Rahner

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Listen to my song “Changed” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books (Mercy Reigns & Listen to Your Heart). Thank you!

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Wisdom 1:7

For the spirit of the LORD fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows whatever is said.

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When God self-identifies as “I AM” to Moses (Exodus 3:14), it speaks volumes.

How do we define the undefinable, the ineffable?

In the biblical account, God’s identity seems to be Beingness itself.

St. Paul seemed to grasp this when he stated that in God “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

As such, we cannot escape God because God is everywhere.

In other words, the Spirit fills the world, is all-embracing, and knows whatever is said. God knows our hearts.

And as Jesus said, God knows what you need before you ask (Matthew 6:8).

The point is, we can’t fool God.

So for each of us, it would be good to stop fooling ourselves.

Each of us needs to be honest about our true motives.

Over time, I have realized all the masks that I have worn in order to feel worthy or important, to feel in control; to be right, etc.

I’ve had to come to terms with many things that I had been blind to for years out of ignorance, such as the effects racism still has on this country and the world, such as the effects of greed and consumption have had on the Earth.

I’ve had to confront my basic motives and ask: Do they align with what Jesus taught?

Do I love my enemies (Matthew 5:44)?

Do I serve the poor and the least of these (Matthew 25:44-45)?

Am I a peacemaker (Matthew 5:9)?

Is love my top priority (Matthew 22:36-40)?

Thankfully, I have discovered I am loved by Love itself in my imperfection.

By grace, I have been changed and set free.

However, it is a daily process of re-discerning my motives as I live in and through this imperfect vessel.

Thank God for grace!

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Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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