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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Becoming a Living Trophy of God’s Grace


I discovered yesterday that a person cannot cry & drink from a water bottle at the same time - or at least I can’t 😂 I was at the gym trying to figure out what to do as I am limited by a cast on my arm (see Sunday’s post for that story🙄). There was so much I wanted to do but was restrained by the silly cast & resounding ache in my arm.


This morning in the One Year Bible, Paul writes about the message of the cross and how it is the very power of God. He tells the Corinthians that he decided not to use “lofty words & impressive wisdom” to tell them about “God’s secret plan.”


He says,

“I decided...to forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.


I came to you in weakness-timid & trembling & my message & preaching were plain.


Rather than using clever or persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.


I did this so you would not trust in human wisdom, but in the power of God.”


It’s so tempting & easy to allow our paltry purposes to cloud the compelling purpose of God 👉🏽To become united with Him & live our lives as trophies of His grace so others might desire the same!


Most times, the limitations we face become a beautiful stage for God to reveal His grace through our face 🤗 I want to be like Paul who willingly did not rust in human wisdom & relied only on the power of God.


So many times, I allow my purposes to quicken my stride, placing me frantically running before my King.This always results in the shattering of His peace.

I quickly grabbed my water bottle to stop the tears of self pity, but they wouldn’t have been there if I had simply focused on Jesus instead of my circumstance. I want my life to become a living trophy of God’s grace & like Paul, it starts with a simple decision, “...to forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.”


Father, when we focus on self or others, it’s so easy to become distressed or depressed. But when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we remember how we’re blessed. Holy Spirit, help us to forget everything except Jesus, our Savior, Grace-giver & King who loves us enough to die for us. Let our lives fade to the background so Yours might prevail. 🤗💕

August 5th One Year Bible Readings

💡Ezra 1:1-2:70

💡1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

💡Psalm 27:7-14

💡Proverbs 20:22-23

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