by Karen Elliott
On 11/27/11, Sunday morning during a worship service, I had a vision of a roulette wheel. It was upside down, and there was another one below it that was right side up. I heard these words, “My people take too many chances with my grace.” Not quite understanding, I continued to ask God about it and this is what unfolded.
As Christians, those who are born again from above, we take chances with His grace, His love, His mercy. In other words, we compromise. We often see how far we can go and still look like the world and partake in worldly pleasures. We even try to bring worldly ways into our life in Christ and call it sanctified. I believe we are in a time where the Lord is opening our eyes to see and giving us a grace to separate the holy from the profane in our lives and in our churches. He’s coming back for a pure and spotless bride and we as His bride have got to make ourselves ready. One of the ways we do this is by seeking the Lord concerning anything in our lives that we are compromising, anything we are calling holy that He is not calling holy. We are going to be experiencing, and some already are experiencing, a desire for holiness. A desire to please the King, to walk with clean hands and pure hearts.
On the flip side (because the roulette wheel was upside down and right side up), God is asking “Will you gamble, will you take a chance, will you risk, giving all of yourself to Me?”
Everything God calls us to do isn’t easy and often in the beginning we receive a lot of grace, but when we feel the grace lifting, we automatically think that it’s time for us to move on or to stop whatever we felt we had His grace to accomplish. That may be true sometimes, but not always. We truly need to seek God and not pull up stakes because things are no longer easy or comfortable for us. I believe in these times, our resolve and our commitment is being tried and tested. Will we stick to it when the going gets tough or simply say ‘the grace has lifted?’ He is more interested in our character and transformation into Christ’s image than He is in our comfort.
Remember this from 2 Corinthians 9, “and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”