Apriann Sutton is our guest blogger this week. I am so excited to share her voice with you today. She is a God fearing young lady whom I think you will enjoy. She has a gift to encourage young people and also adults. I will tell you a little bit about her for those of you who do not know her. She is a student at ECU, a minister at the Greater Church under the leadership of Dr. Moses O. Pitt. She is also a blogger you can follower her blog at apriannsutton.wix.com/apsthoughts. She is a busy young lady she just recently started an apparel line for kings and queens (kandqapparel.com). She also hosts the Pinky Promise of Goldsboro. I hope that you will be encouraged by these words of GRACE.
As believers we always find ourselves in a place where we tend to be desperate for more of God. Some of us experience times of our lives where we feel as if we’ve made the worst mistakes anyone could possibly make. Sad to say, sometimes those mistakes cause us to feel as if God no longer cares for us. Often times sin pushes us so far back up into a corner causing us to become intimidated of the very unmerited favor, better known as GRACE, of God. We feel like we can’t approach God with a sincere, forgiving heart because of the power of SIN. Sin often creates this false illusion that GRACE cannot cover it. Sin often makes us feel as though the sufferings, death, and even resurrection of Jesus fails to cover our worst mistake. The guilt of sin often causes us to lack the confidence within ourselves to approach God with a repenting mindset and heart. But, today I want to remind you that God’s grace is SUFFICIENT (2 Corinthians 12:9). The sufficiency of God’s grace is not limited by any means. It’s not limited to covering your worst mistake, but it is sufficient over all sin. To be sufficient simply means to be enough or to be adequate. I want to encourage you to always remember that it’s not by anything we do that causes God to forgive our sins, or to remain faithful to us after we repeatedly make the same mistakes, but it is the power of grace that keeps us close to Him (WOW! That’s love!). Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing could ever separate us from the love of God….not even what you think is your worst sin, mistake, or even thought. God’s grace covers it ALL!
I want to leave you encouraged with one of my favorite scriptures, but sometimes a challenging charge to complete. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.” I say, entering the throne of grace to obtain mercy and help, can be challenging because a lot of times as believers and sinful beings we sometimes feel ashamed to turn towards God when we sin. We feel as if we are unworthy to be forgiven, loved, graced, and cherished, but today I encourage you to RUN to Jesus every time you fall short of His glory (YOU WILL!). When you make a mistake immediately go boldly before the throne of grace. Jesus suffered, and like us was tempted in many ways, but what makes Him different from us is that fact that although He knew sin He did not sin. So, Jesus is able to relate to us concerning temptation. That is what qualifies us to be able to run to Him because He knows the exact strategies to overcome temptations, and He is able to guide us into making better decisions.
I hope that you were encouraged today to boldly return to Christ and ask for help in the time of need because of the power of grace! May God bless you, and remember that His grace covers your worst mistake!
- Apriann Sutton