February 16, 2010

Paid in full!....Heaven's Grocery Store!

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I was walking down life's highway a long, long time ago.
When I saw a sign that pointed me to Heaven's Grocery Store! 
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide,
and there I stood amazed at what I found inside!
I heard a host of angels; 
"Hallelujah, Glory" they did sing,
"Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty to the King!"
"He is Worthy! He is Worthy!" With shouts of praise, they did rejoice!
When softly and tenderly I heard His wonderful Voice!
"My child, everything you need in life is in this grocery store,
and my storehouse is ever overflowing, you can always come
back for more"!
First, I got some patience;
love was in the same row.
Further down was understanding; you need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of wisdom,
I filled my cart with faith.
I just couldn't miss the Holy Spirit for He was all over the place!
I stopped to get some strength and courage to help me run the race.
By then my basket was getting full, but I remembered I must have His grace.
I mustn't  forget Salvation, the sign said it was free.
And then He whispered within my heart, I want you to live with me for all eternity!
As I went up the aisle, I saw prayer and 
just had to put that in,
for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
Mercy, oh how I need His mercy so,
so I piled my basket high to almost overflow.
Peace and joy were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
Praise and Worship was everywhere so I just helped myself.
Then, I asked, "Now how much do I owe?"
He just smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."
And lovingly whispered.....
"My child,  I paid your bill a long time ago".
                                                                                     Author unknown


I love the message of this simple little poem! It paint's a word picture of His Mercy and Grace and so Great a Salvation available to mankind.  For many years I was taught that "salvation" simply meant that when I died, I would be saved from hell. That we must plod through life with all of it's disappointments, struggles, ups and downs, just hanging on by the "skin of my teeth" and then one day in the sweet by and by, I would fly away to glory and live with Jesus!  Now the flying away part and living with Jesus part was great!!!  But what about the here and now stuff of life!  Deep within my heart I just knew there had to be more to being "saved".    So I began my quest.....A hunger gnawed deep within my soul to press in and draw closer and deeper into Him.  I purposed to pour over His Word, prayed for revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding and sought sound, anointed  teaching and then ONE DAY  Isaiah 53:1-12 truly became a rehma word to me!!  It became "alive" and absolutely real within my heart!!  He REALLY DID take the curse of sin and ALL that it included upon himself and made the divine exchange with me!  He took upon himself, all of my sin, grief, pain, sickness, bondage, sorrow, rejection and fear and delivered me unto complete wholeness. He took all my "stuff" and exchanged it for a new life overflowing with the free glorious benefits that He paid for with every drop of precious blood He shed at Calvary!!  He came and paid the price for us to have life!  A day to day journey in and through Him!  In right standing with God!!

In John 10:10 Jesus spoke these powerful words.........

 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy.
I AM come that they (YOU AND ME) might have life and that they (YOU AND ME)
might have it more abundantly (to fullest measure)!
(emphasis added)

Jesus came to give you and I abundant, to the fullest measure life!!!  Glory to God!!

In Psalm 68:19 David shares this scripture which paints a beautiful picture of God's provision for you and I........

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, 
even the God of our Salvation.
 Selah! (pause and calmly think about it.)

I love this scripture!   One of the definitions for "daily" in this passage is "in a day's journey" and one of the definitions of "benefits" is "advantage"!!!   

Are you gettin' it!!!!  Jesus died and took our sin and the curse that held us in captivity/disadvantage and made the divine exchange and gave us abundant life of freedom in and through Him and gave us benefits/advantage in our everyday journey!    Too often, way to often, we live below the standard of the amazing, supernatural benefits that He provided!!  It's time to step it up and live everyday in the blessings and benefits He paid for!  I wanna be like the gal above and have my basket (everyday life) overflowing with benefits from His never-ending storehouse!!

With one broad stroke, the Holy Spirit revealed and lead me into the truth of what Jesus provided you and I in this life, in the here and now!  That was years ago and now as I'm typing this post I sense a Holy Spirit inspired reminder and renewed hunger to once again really lay hold of the vast provision that His sacrifice upon the Cross affords me!   How 'bout you?

"Lord, I ask that you would stir within each of our hearts the insatiable hunger to live our daily journey fully immersed in Your Love and ALL that your sacrifice purchased for us.  I thank you for daily loading us with the amazing benefits of such a Great Salvation!!  Complete freedom, abundant to the full measure life......wholeness everyday, in everyway.....All to the Glory of God!!  In the Mighty Name of Jesus!!"

Hugs and Sweet Blessings!
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21 comments:

Rose said...

Jackie,
I love that story..I had never read that before so I appreciate you sharing it.

All too often we Christians live "less than" what God has for us. We go to the store thinking we have to pay so we are careful with what we pick up...and God says the whole store is for you. I paid the bill. Praise God!

Crown of Beauty said...

Oh dear Jackie, I've also read that poem years ago, and loved it...but how you used it as an intro to your post today is just so amazing. How everything connects...the way God lifted you up from a shallow understanding of what it means to be saved, to deeply receiving power, grace, strength for the here and now...the daily living.

How He fills us up with advantages and benefits as we go through our days!

Indeed, this is such an anointed post, I could imagine and feel your passion as you typed the keys to finish this post!

What a blessing it has given me this early Wednesday morning!

Spring is in the air, dear Jackie.

I thank God for you today.

Love
Lidj

Cathy said...

Amen Sister! That is my prayer too. Thank you so much for this post reminding me.

Sassy Granny ... said...

It's so very powerful! He - above and before all other gods - expects nothing but our acceptance of so great a gift. All the other gods require difficult, sometimes punitive efforts on our part to earn their favor. Theirs is a works-related offering (and you never know when or how you'll tick them off); while His is complete in love & grace - His work on our behalf nailed to the cross. Complete.

How can we not rejoice?

Blessings,
Kathleen

RCUBEs said...

I love that story sister Jackie. And what a cute picture that went with it. I can see myself loading my cart with faith, wisdom, love, etc...etc...and the best part...it was all free by the time I want to check out!

The amazing cross! Thanks be to Jesus for what He had done! I can't imagine us being co-heirs with Christ! God's love is truly unfathomable!

Blessings to you sister and have a great week full of heavenly blessings!!!

Nana Jul said...

This reminded me of my revelation...and I just knew - in the Lord's prayer....Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven!!
Everything He freely gives is available HERE and NOW...and that is what began my searching to know Him more...it's been an AMAZING journey! Not that I've arrived yet, Jesus.Loves.Me.this.I.KNOW!!

Love,
Julie

Sheryl said...

amen and amen!!

oh, how i love that passage from Isaiah. i believe it was when i was doing "breaking free" that i first came across that scripture. HE was despised and rejected and yet....

i needed this word today. thank you. and THANK YOU for the awesome Valentine's basket. that was so fun and it brought me to tears.

love to you.

sonja said...

What a great message Jackie, beginning with the grocery store story. I hadn't heard that and it's such a picture!

Everything we need, all supplied in Him...

How blessed we are to be his children and to belong to Him!
Hugs!

Sonja

They call me "Deb" said...

One word - "Hallelujah!"
((hugs))
Deb

christy rose said...

Oh my goodness! what an awesome post! I too, was taught that when I got saved that I was given rights to Heaven but I had to make sure that I lived right also if I wanted to fully be assured of even that. What a glorious day it was for me when the Lord showed me that salvation started the moment I had faith in Jesus and everything that salvation brought to me was given to me on that day too. Thank you Jesus!!!

Saleslady371 said...

Great post, Jackie. Yes, I want to realize every day all the benefits of my covenant with Jesus. Hearing it never gets old; it's always exciting.

Hugs,
Mary

Debbie said...

Oh I just loved this whole post Jackie. Loved it!! Thanks so much for all of this wonderful truth, it has soo blessed me this morning. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Debbie

Edie said...

What a beautiful poem Jackie. I love the scriptures you referenced. John 10:10 is one of my favorites.

More of HIM!

Blessings!

Andrea said...

Jackie,

Thank you so very much for your love, encouragement, and support. Also, thank you for your sweet comments on my blogs.

Andrea

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

Oh, I just LOVE this!!!!! Hallelujah!!!
Wylie

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Love being reminded that He DAILY loadeth us with benefits!

Great post today Jackie!

God bless!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

Just Be Real said...

Jackie, this was great and touched me. The story is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share. Blessings.

Deborah Ann said...

Oh, beautifully said, Jackie! I just heard Creflo Dollar on TV the other day, saying how we have a covenant with God, but if we don't know what that covenant is, then we don't receive those blessings. My spirit rejoiced at this profound truth! We need to find out what those covenant promises are, and then live like we already have them!

Jennifer said...

Hey,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following:) I always love meeting new people!! I enjoyed your blog as well!! Love the background. Have a wonderful night and God bless
Jennifer

Jensmere said...

Hi Jackie! Thanks for stopping by my place...so glad that you came by. I really enjoyed visiting with you today and look forward to getting to know you better.
Be blessed,
Susan

Terri Tiffany said...

Amen amen!!!

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