Today I’d like to release a small excerpt to my upcoming book, “Scandalous Grace”. This details a pivotal moment in my journey of breaking away from the chains of legalism and stepping into a Gospel of grace. On this night, in February 2017, my faith was forever changed.
“So in that moment I made the conscious decision to let go. In that moment, I stopped trying. I stopped to figure everything out. I stopped trying to earn God’s approval, for the truth was, I already had it (though I didn’t realize that then). I stopped try to build my relationship with God through my actions.
The interesting thing was, it wasn’t until I stopped trying to grow closer to God that my relationship with Him actually grew. In the upcoming months as I learned to loosen and even let go of my white-knuckled death grip on religion, I eventually learned the most crucial truth yet. **Our security in Christ is not based off our grip on Him but His grip on us!**
We will mess up in life. We are imperfect humans. But once Jesus grabs a hold of us to pull us out of our brokenness, there is nothing we can do to loosen that grip. It is strong and secure. We need not hold on for dear life, or for fear of death for that matter! No! We simply rest in His grip, knowing we are secure. This confidence in His love is what casts out fear. It’s what makes us chosen, secure, promised children of God. He will never let us go. Even when we are distracted by the Enemy or are lured away by false prophets and empty promises. None of those thing can change Jesus’s grip on us. Just like sheep, we will always recognize and know the Good Shepherd’s voice as He patiently draws us back to the safely of His fold.”
~~ Chapter Excerpt from “Scandalous Grace”