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“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~Jesus
Welcome to my virtual home. I’m Bill Giovannetti, a husband, dad, pastor, author, professor, and child of God. I’m here to encourage you and to fill your spiritual gas tank with the amazing grace of God. I’m tired of Christianity that wears people out and smashes people down. I don’t want to beat you up; I want to fill you up. That’s how grace works. So stay a while. Unburden Your Self. Below, you’ll find three convictions that guide me. They rescue me from being a gooey splat of guilt and shame on the windshield of faith and life. [Let’s keep in touch through the social media links on the bottom the page. Please sign up for email updates about new books and random blog posts.]
1. The human heart is terminally resistant to Grace.
The human heart is terminally resistant to grace.
But it’s worst. Not only do we suffer this crazy resistance to grace, we’re also blind to our resistance. It’s a double whammy.
We’re natural-born legalists, 180 degrees out of phase with the crazy little thing called GRACE. We’ve turned it into a bland “niceness” on the part of God, when it really is a fierce, fiery, loyal, relentless commitment on the part of God to bless you, even on your lousy days. Even when you’ve been a jerk. Even if anything. I’m blown away by how many times Christianity tells me to do stuff for God, while basically ignoring all he’s done for me in his matchless, infinite grace. God is more committed to you than you will ever be to him, and he’s good with that.
2. You've been slimed.
We go through life collecting labels. These labels can create self-fulfilling prophecies. Unless you had a miraculously healthy childhood, odds are strong you carry the demeaning labels of our half-crazed culture: stupid, ugly, worthless, damaged goods, unwanted, nobody, fat, short, skinny, tall, wrong color, whatever. You’ve been slimed. That’s why GRACE HEALS THE IDENTITY FIRST. God gives you new labels. Before you run out and do stuff for him, let him reach down and do this in you. Let him rehab your sense of self. Embrace new labels that flow from your identity in Christ. When you accept those labels, they create self-fulfilling prophecies too, and give you the life of your dreams.
3. Grace is hyper (by definition).
“And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly [hyper] abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:14). The only truly “crazy love” is God’s love for you. Your love for him is just a drop in the bucket by comparison. He’s good with that. God is all-in for you. He’s not just a fan, but also a follower of you in grace (Psalm 23:6). He serves you more than you serve him, and this makes him happy. If you want to talk about surrender, commitment, dedication, devotion, and giving your all, start by looking at the Cross. Christ surrendered, committed, dedicated, devoted, and gave his all for you. All he wants is for you to rest your weary soul in his his love. Unburden Your Self.
Grab a cup of coffee, turn on some music, and rest your heart in the Matchless Grace of God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10, NKJV).
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8, NKJV).
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9, NKJV).
For it is good that the heart be established by grace. (Hebrews 13:9, NKJV).
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:6, NKJV).
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18, NKJV).
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