Max Lucado

If God can make a

prince out of a prisoner,

don’t you think he can

make something good

out of your struggle?

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 99). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

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Max Lucado

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. PSALM 37: 5 NKJV

Life comes at us with a fury of flying fists— right hook of rejection, sucker punch of loss. Enemies hit below the belt. Calamities cause us to stagger. It’s a slugfest out there.

Some people once knocked down never get up. They stay on the mat— beaten, bitter, broken. Out for the count. Others, however, have more bounce back than Bozo. With God’s help, you can bounce back. Who knows? Your rebound may happen today.

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 98). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Max Lucado

God took this mess and made it into something good?

And wouldn’t you think he can do the same with yours? Tally up the pain of your past. Betrayals plus anger plus tragedies. Poorly parented? Wrongly accused? Inappropriately touched? Oh, how onerous life can be.

Yet, consider this question: Is the God of Joseph still in control? Yes! Can he do for you what he did for Joseph? Yes! Might the evil intended to harm you actually help you become the person God intends you to be? Yes! Someday— perhaps in this life, certainly the next— you will tally up the crud of your life and write this sum: all good.

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 96). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. * In my distress, I said, “God cannot see me!” But you heard my prayer when I cried out to you for help. * “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” * I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry. * Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. * We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up. LAMENTATIONS 3: 26 NKJV; PSALM 31: 22; JOHN 16: 33 NIV; PSALM 40: 1; ROMANS 12: 12; GALATIANS 6: 9

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 85). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

you are secure in God’s hands

“My Father is always at his work,” Jesus said (John 5: 17 NIV). God never twiddles his thumbs. He never stops. He takes no vacations. He rested on the seventh day of creation but got back to work on the eighth and hasn’t stopped since. Just because you are idle, don’t assume God is.

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 81). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

STAY FOCUSED ON GOD

STAY FOCUSED ON GOD

Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10 NKJV) reads the sign on God’s waiting room wall. You can be glad because God is good. You can be still because he is active. You can rest because he is busy. . . . To wait, biblically speaking, is not to assume the worst, worry, fret, make demands, or take control. Nor is waiting inactivity. It is a sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and belief. To wait is to “rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; . . . not fret” (Psalm 37: 7 NKJV).

Those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. ISAIAH 40: 31 NKJV

Fresh strength. Renewed vigor. Legs that don’t grow weary. Delight yourself in God, and he will bring rest to your soul.

 

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (p. 74). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

March On!

You’ll get through this.   It won’t be painless.   It won’t be quick.   But God will use this mess for good.   Don’t be foolish or naive.   But don’t despair either.   With God’s help, you will get through this.

Lucado, Max (2013-09-10). God Will Carry You Through (Kindle Locations 72-78). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Grace is forever!

On-and-off salvation never appears in the Bible. Salvation is not a repeated phenomenon. Scripture contains no example of a person who was saved, then lost, then resaved, then lost again. Where there is no assurance of salvation, there is no peace. No peace means no joy. No joy results in fear-based lives. Is this the life God creates? No. Grace creates a confident soul who declares, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Tim. 1: 12 NIV). Of all we don’t know in life, we know this: we hold a boarding pass. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5: 13). Trust God’s hold on you more than your hold on God. His faithfulness does not depend on yours. His performance is not predicated on yours. His love is not contingent on your own. Your candle may flicker, but it will not expire.

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (pp. 133-134). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Know that you are loved!

To live as God’s child is to know, at this very instant, that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please him and succeed, or fail to please him and apologize, but because he wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win his affection are unnecessary. All your fears of losing his affection are needless. You can no more make him want you than you can convince him to abandon you. The adoption is irreversible. You have a place at his table.

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (pp. 124-126). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Grace = Mephibosheth

MY CHILD, I WANT YOU IN MY NEW KINGDOM. I HAVE SWEPT AWAY YOUR OFFENSES LIKE THE MORNING CLOUDS,YOUR SINS LIKE THE MORNING MIST. I HAVE REDEEMED YOU. THE TRANSACTION IS SEALED; THE MATTER IS SETTLED. I, GOD, HAVE MADE MY CHOICE. I CHOOSE YOU TO BE PART OF MY FOREVER FAMILY.

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (p. 122). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Mephibosheth

 

 

God’s grace cascades!

Jesus Brings Salvation to Zacchaeus’s Home (180)

1Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. + 2Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. + 5And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him,a and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” +

8Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” +

9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; + 10for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” +

Tyndale (2000-09-01). Life Application Study Bible NKJV (N.K.J.Version) (Kindle Locations 70728-70744). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

God’s grace is sustaining!

A thorn in the flesh. Such vivid imagery. The sharp end of a thorn pierces the soft skin of life and lodges beneath the surface. Every step is a reminder of the thorn in the flesh.

The cancer in the body.

The sorrow in the heart.

The child in the rehab center.

The red ink on the ledger.

The felony on the record.

The craving for whiskey in the middle of the day.

The tears in the middle of the night.

The thorn in the flesh.

“Take it away,” you’ve pleaded. Not once, twice, or even three times. You’ve outprayed Paul. He prayed a sprint; you’ve prayed the Boston Marathon. And you’re about to hit the wall at mile nineteen. The wound radiates pain, and you see no sign of tweezers coming from heaven. But what you hear is this: “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Grace takes on an added dimension here. Paul is referring to sustaining grace. Saving grace saves us from our sins. Sustaining grace meets us at our point of need and equips us with courage, wisdom, and strength. (emphasis mine) It surprises us in the middle of our personal transatlantic flights with ample resources of faith. Sustaining grace promises not the absence of struggle but the presence of God.

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (p. 98). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

grace = redemption

GRACE ON THE FRINGE

Christ . . . didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. —ROMANS 5: 6– 8 MSG

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine . Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

 

Max writes, “Go to your version of the grain field, and get to work. This is no time for inactivity or despair. Off with the mourning clothes. Take some chances; take the initiative.” What is your grain field? How do you plan to follow Max’s advice in the days ahead?

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine . Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

CALL ON GOD

Heavenly Father, have I been bound in self-pity? Have I become too comfortable in my mourning clothes? Am I reluctant to let go of them so I can grasp the unknown goodness of your grace? Give me the courage to take initiative and pursue your goodness and grace. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine . Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

grace = forgiveness

forgiveness

forgive

 

Sequence matters. Jesus washes first; we wash next. He demonstrates; we follow. He uses the towel then extends it to us, saying, “Now you do it. Walk across the floor of your upper room, and wash the feet of your Judas.” So go ahead. Get your feet wet. Remove your socks and shoes, and set your feet in the basin. First one, then the other. Let the hands of God wipe away every dirty part of your life— your dishonesty, adultery, angry outbursts, hypocrisy, pornography. Let him touch them all. As his hands do their work, look across the room. Forgiveness may not happen all at once. But it can happen with you. After all, you have wet feet. (emphasis mine)

Lucado, Max (2012-09-11). Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine (p. 62). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

There was not one person who considered him too holy,
too divine, or too celestial to touch.  There was not one
person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.
God Came Near               Max Lucado                    p. 176

You see, he didn’t have to go. He had a choice. He Could have stayed.
He could have kept his mouth shut. He could have ignored the call
or at least postponed it
God Came Near                    Max Lucado                  p. 175

After a nation of chosen ones had stripped him naked and ripped his incarnated flesh, he still died for them. And even today, after billions have chosen to prostitute themselves before the pimps of power,  fame, and wealth, he still waits for them. It is inexplicable. It doesn’t have a drop of logic or a thread of rationality. And yet, it is that very irrationality that gives the gospel its greatest defense. For only God could love like that.
God Came Near                              Max Lucado                    p. 168

God goes to those who have time to hear him-so this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
God Came Near                    Max Lucado             p. 165

You can almost see the tools of the trade in his words as he spoke. You can see the trueness of a plumb line as he called for moral standards. You can hear the whistle of the plane as he pleads for religion to shave away unnecessary traditions. You can picture the snugness of a dovetail as he demands loyalty in relationships. You can imagine him with a pencil and a ledger as he urges honesty.
God Came Near                  Max Lucado         p.50

This is no run-of-the-mill messiah.  His story was extraordinary. He called himself divine, yet allowed a minimum-wage Roman soldier to drive a nail into his wrist. He demanded purity, yet stood for the rights of a repentant whore. He called men to march, yet refused to allow them to call him King. He sent men into all the world, yet equipped them with only bended knees and memories of a resurrected carpenter.
 God Came Near       Max Lucado   p. 16

UNIQUELY EQUIPPED

Pastor and writer Max Lucado says God created us all with the ability to make a difference for Him.  Figuring out our unique gifting takes a couple of steps.
“We all have the ability to speak the language of somebody,”  Max says, using the takeaway principle from Acts 2. “The language of the poor.  The language of the lonely.  The language of the elderly.  Determine that by looking at people who listen to you.  Then figure out what your burden is–what really burdens your heart.
“Analyze your fluency and your burden,” Max continues.  “At the intersection of those two, you find your unique assignment.”