It hardly feels like it, but SiGGiT is about to have its fifth anniversary on December 21st.
When I started writing this blog, I had some ideas that I wanted to get out there. I wanted to share on spiritual experiences both I and other believers in Jesus Christ have had and also the rock solid truths of scripture.
The direction the Spirit ended up leading me in was to write about the deep, simple, and clear gospel of grace. Little did I know that my own experience with grace was about to be increased in 2011. God surprised me with His goodness as He so loves to do. I thought I knew grace (and did to some extent), but needed to drop the gospel ad-ons. The revelation began to be and continues to become purified.
This is still where I am as I realize that I really only have one message: Christ and Him crucified, the eternal gospel. This is by in no means limiting. The riches of Christ are unsearchable; yet He wants us to search them out. To be mature is to focus on the one thing you were made for. It is realizing that there is only one well that never runs dry and drinking only from that one.
Also, I am about to make a change to the website. After re-thinking the site, I am changing the url from siggit81.wordpress.com to the much more easy to remember: soaringingrace.wordpress.com
The traffic to the old siggit address will be re-directed for the time being once the change is made. I just thought that the new name is easier to remember.
I was actually thinking of changing the blog name to something like, “Back to the Gospel” or “Return to the Gospel”, but these names were taken already. I then thought, “Hey, God gave me that name over 5 years ago. Maybe I should ask Him what He thinks.” So I did. The very next day, there was a post on escapetoreality.org that contained these words:
Grace doesn’t make people lazy; it makes them supernaturally fruitful. In contrast with the law that provides no aid to those who trust it, grace makes us soar. A 300-year-old poem from John Bunyan expresses this perfectly:
Run, John, run, the law commands, But gives us neither feet nor hands. Far better news the gospel brings: It bids us fly and gives us wings.
“Okay God, I will keep the name,” I thought. So let’s keep soaring on the wind of the Spirit of grace. It sure beats trying to flap up with the broken wings of man-made religion and tradition. Let’s explore the depths of the gospel truth that there is not a brutal tyrant but a loving Father on the throne and He has good news for His creation.
Since starting this blog, I am amazed at the increase of what is being said about grace and the true nature of the gospel. I have seen rich, freedom giving truth being proclaimed as well as stuff that seemed legit, but led to confusion and denied scripture. I have seen people who I admired and followed go after things that have no clear Biblical backing, but are popular among certain grace circles. Although I do not have all the answers, I have to keep on walking with Jesus and value only what He says to be true. Freedom really is found in Christ, not human philosophy. We cannot nor do we need to add or take away from the gospel in order to make it the best news in the Universe.
But be encouraged, my friends. Are there counterfeits out there? Of course, just like there are counterfeits to everything in God’s true plan for creation, which He called “very good.” Are there people who are coming against the true message of grace and not simply exposing falsehood? Of course, just like there were those who accused Paul of the whole, “let’s sin so grace can abound” stuff 2000 years ago. Guys, I think history has shown Paul was right.
This is nothing new my friends. Be warned, but do not throw the truth away. Run, but don’t throw all caution to the wind and embrace every fancy catch phrase on social media about the gospel. Stick to the Bible as your map and the Holy Spirit as your Tour Guide and you can’t go wrong.
In conclusion, may His love so fill us in 2015 and in this Christmas season. May we soar into new heights of the joys of sonship as we become more grounded in the rock-solid righteousness we have as a gift. And lastly, may we keep Jesus at the center of this wild and untamed journey.