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John 3:16

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THE NEW TESTAMENT "GAMBLE"
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We discover in The Room of Grace that the almost unthinkable has happened. God has shown all his cards. (Hebrews 1:1-2) He reveals a breathtaking protection that brings us out of hiding. (Hebrews 10:19-22) In essence God says, What if I tell them who they are? (1John 3:1-2) What if I take away any element of fear in condemnation, (Romans 8:1) judgment, or rejection? (Romans 8:33-34) What if I tell them I love them, (1John 4:9-10) will always love them? That I love them right now, no matter what they've done, (Romans 5:8) as much as I love my only Son? (John 17:23) That there's nothing they can do to make my love go away? (Romans 8:35-39)

What if I tell them there are no lists? What if I tell them I don't keep a log of past offences, of how little they pray, how often they've let me down, made promises that they don't keep?       (1 Corinthians 13:5) (Hebrews 10:16-18)

What if I tell them they are righteous, (Romans 5:17-19) with my righteousness, right now? (Philippians 3:9) What if I tell them they can stop beating themselves up? That they can stop being so formal, stiff and jumpy around me? (Romans 8:15) What if I tell them I'm crazy about them? (Ephesians 1:18) What if I tell them, even if they run to the ends of the earth and do the most horrible, unthinkable things, that when they come back, I'd receive them with tears and a party? (Luke 15:11-24)

What if I tell them that if I am their Savior, (Romans 10:13) (Ephesians 2:8) they're going to heaven no matter what - it's a done deal? (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) What if I tell them they have a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) (2 Peter 1:4) saints, not saved sinners who should now 'buck up and be better if they were any kind of Christians, after all I've done for them'! (Romans 7:24-25) (John 15:5) What if I tell them I actually live in them now? (1 Corinthians 6:19) That I've put my love, power, and nature inside of them, at their disposal? (2 Timothy 1:7) What if I tell them they don't have to put on a mask? That it is ok to be who they are at this moment, with all their junk. (Hebrews 4:15-16) That they don't need to pretend about how close we are, how much they pray or don't, how much Bible they read or don't.  (Romans 3:27-28) (Hebrews 4:13) What if they knew they don't have to look over their shoulder for fear if things get too good, the other shoe's gonna drop. (Matthew 7:11) (James 1:17)

What if they knew I will never, ever use the word punish in relation to them? (Hebrews 12:5-8) What if they knew that when they mess up, I will never "get back at them"? (1John 1:9) What if they were convinced that bad circumstances aren't my way of evening the score for taking advantage of me? (Romans 5:4-5) What if they knew the basis of our friendship isn't how little they sin, but how much they let me love them? (Ephesians 1:6-7) (1 John 4:16) What if I tell them they can hurt my heart, (Ephesians 4:30) but I will never hurt theirs? (Hebrews 12:5) What if I tell them there is no secret agenda, no trapdoor? What if I tell them it isn't about their self-effort, but allowing me to live my life through them? (Galatians 2:20)

When you stand at the crossroads, you decide which road to choose largely upon how you see God's "gamble." Do I really believe this stuff will hold up? --- for me? (Romans 1:17) (John 8:32)This is the way of life in The Room of Grace. It is the way home to healing, joy, peace, fulfillment, contentment, and release into God's dreams for us. It almost feels like we're stealing the silverware from the king's house, doesn't it? Truth is, the king paid a lot so that you wouldn't have to try to steal any silverware. He gets to give it to you; and other stuff so big and good and beautiful that we couldn't even begin to stuff it into our bag of loot. Wow! It takes the eyes some adjustment to look into such light, huh?

Title; TrueFaced, 
Authors: Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch
Copyright 2004, Used by Permission of NavPress., All Rights Reserved.
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