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Where Sin Abounds, Grace Superabounds

All my life I had struggled with being late. Believe me, it was a chronic problem. I can even remember running down my subdivision street, chasing the school bus fairly often in elementary school as a result of standing in front of the bathroom mirror too long and not leaving my house in time.

The Apostle Paul said,

20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  – Romans 5:20-21 (NLT)

The following story is my personal story of how God’s amazing grace freed me from this life-long bondage that I had struggled, for decades, to free myself from.

One afternoon I was on my way to visit my Grandma and once again I realized I was going to be late. (Sigh) I started to feel guilty like I did every time I ran late, but that day something different happened.

My wonderful Helper, the Holy Spirit, reminded me that I couldn’t keep fighting this sin in the same way I had always tried to before, by my own human efforts. He encouraged me not to feel bad about myself and instead, remember what was true about me…in Christ.

Thankfully, I heeded His advice and said to myself, “No Sandra, you’re not going to allow the devil to bury you under guilt and condemnation any longer. That was the old Sandra (pre-grace revelation Sandra). The new Sandra doesn’t do things the same way. Remember, you know something now that you didn’t know before.”

It wasn’t like I was sweeping this issue under the rug and ignoring it or saying to myself, I can do whatever I want now that I’m living under grace. No! In fact, I began to pray and tell The Lord (while driving to see my Grandma) that I did not want to continue being late everywhere I went, but…

In the past, each time I realized I was going to be late somewhere (which was almost always), I would start feeling terrible about myself and at the same time anxiously try to concoct a plan for how I could get free from this life-long struggle. (self effort)

Fearful thoughts would flood my mind such as, I have to stop being late everywhere. I gotta get free from this bondage. This is terrible. I cannot keep doing this. And at the same time I had self-talk like this, I will never get free from this. There’s no hope for me. I try so hard but it never works out. I’m a failure.

I wonder if maybe you can relate to this inner dialogue in some area of your own life?

If so, please keep reading because this story is about to turn for the good!

Thankfully, on that glorious day in the Fall of 2012, the Holy Spirit showed me the practical application of grace in my life. That day He led me to think and say (out loud), some very different things than I had ever said before.

I recall saying, “God, I thank you that I am loved unconditionally by You even though I am on my way to see my Grandma and will be late. You love me just as much as if I was not late because You love me simply because I’m Your child. Your love for me is not based on my works.”

“I thank You God that I am righteous in You. I am not less righteous right now because I am running late and I wouldn’t be more righteous than I am right now if I was on time. My righteousness is in You, completely separate from what I do or do not do.”

Of course I began to relax the moment I started speaking these things out. The anxiety began to subside. I could breathe.

I went on, “I thank You God that I am forgiven right now because of the blood that Jesus shed for me on the cross. I’m not less forgiven because I’m late. I have complete forgiveness in Christ Jesus!”

Interestingly enough, I went through this same scenario about three different times when I was running late and after about the third time I clearly recall that something changed in my heart.

I told my husband, “Steve, something has changed in me. I suddenly have this strong desire to walk in love with people in this area by being on time. I want to walk in love with you and the girls (my family) by not making you feel as if we are rushing out the door all the time and I also want to walk in love with the person waiting for me to meet them by being on time for them.”

I don’t mention having done this three times as some sort of magic number, but simply to show you how fast God freed me from a lifelong problem that I could never, not with all the trying in the world, free myself from!

Once I gave up on my own human efforts and threw myself on the grace of God – once I decided to receive His grace right in the middle of my mess instead of waiting until I had my mess cleaned up so I could ‘deserve’ His grace, the bondage was annihilated.

And did you notice that I went from following a law – I have to stop being late everywhere. I gotta get free from this bondage 

to following this new commandment that Jesus gave us:

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:34-35 (NLT)

That’s what a life lived under the waterfall of God’s grace does for us. It helps us live with the law of love as our guide!

How many Christians will not receive God’s grace unless they think they deserve it? I did this for decades. But guess what – that’s not grace! Grace is God’s unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor – period, end of the conversation.

After God’s grace produced this change in my heart I started being on time. Of course, I wasn’t perfect, but let’s just say, where I used to be late 90% of the time, I would now arrive early 90% of the time!

This freedom I enjoy was and still is simply amazing to me to see how quickly and easily God’s grace changed me from the inside out. I experienced heart transformation and it was so much better than the behavior modification I had going on for so long. I could hardly believe what was happening to me after all those years of struggling to get free.

When you and I receive God’s grace by faith, it produces His power working in and through us! This is what happened to me.

As I decided to stop condemning myself and concocting my own plan for freedom through self-effort, and instead placed my trust in the unmerited favor of God, His power went to work in my heart. As a result, instead of me feeling like I HAVE to stop being late I would think I WANT to walk in love with people by being on time. God’s grace changed my have to into a want to and His grace can do the same for you in any area of your life.

I purposely meditated, right in the middle of being late, on the following Biblical truths:

1.) God’s love has not changed toward me one bit.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

2.) God is not going to take back the gift of righteousness He has given to me because I sinned.

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:17 (NLT)

3.) God is not charging the sin of being late to my account because He has already completely forgiven me of all of my sins – past, present and future sins – according to the riches of His grace.

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:14 (NLT)

As I meditated on these truths and spoke them out, right in the middle of my sin, I was changed!

My friend, this is what receiving grace looks like!

Look at this verse:

Galatians 3:10 (AMP)

10 And all who depend on the Law [who are seeking to be justified by obedience to the Law of rituals] are under a curse and doomed to disappointment and destruction, for it is written in the Scriptures, Cursed (accursed, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment) be everyone who does not continue to abide (live and remain) by all the precepts and commands written in the Book of the Law and to practice them.

Now look at this great news:

Galatians 3:13 (AMP)

Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);

These verses are amazing because how many times do we look right past what Jesus did for us to our list of rules and regulations instead? No wonder I wasn’t getting free before I realized I could receive what Jesus had already done for me.

Yes, I had believed in and received Christ the day I was saved at the age of 8, but not long after this I turned away from focusing on my relationship with Him and focused completely on living this thing out in my own strength instead. Bad idea. I was doomed to disappointment as it says in Galatians 3:10 and believe me, that’s exactly what I was experiencing. I was often disappointed in myself.

But not anymore, thank God!

Interestingly enough, several different times since God initially set me free in 2012 (including recently) I have begun to be late a lot once again. Each time I started to stress about it anxiously saying things to myself similar to what I had in the past, “I can’t start being late again, etc,” but thankfully God helped me and sent me back in the right direction. I recall Him speaking this to my heart, ‘No Sandra, you don’t have to live this way. Just get right back to believing in the grace I’ve provided for you.’

I did and guess what happened? I started getting places on time again!

Each time this has happened I’ve noticed that I remembered what actually frees me faster (God’s grace) which means I caught the devil in His lies and stopped believing them more quickly.

If I ever fall back into being late again I think I’ll just ignore the devil all together. Why should we let him waste our time. Freedom belongs to us…in Christ Jesus.

Yay – now we know the answer. We don’t have to be afraid of getting trapped in sin again. If we falter in the future, we know exactly what to do…trust completely in Jesus!

In addition, as I have said in other blog posts, when we get out from under guilt and condemnation and lay down our self-efforts, we are then able to clearly hear from and be led by the Holy Spirit as to any Spirit-led actions He wants us to take to assist us in overcoming areas of sin in our lives.

I have lost count, at this point, of the number of freedoms I have received by God’s Superabounding Grace.

Freedom Living is your reality in Christ Jesus! Believe it and you will live it!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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The Greatest Freedom You’ll Ever Know

It’s hard to put into words what gaining security through getting to know who I am in Christ has done for me, but I have found that as I’ve learned the promises in the Bible that tell me who I am and what I have in Christ and live out my true identity on a daily basis, God is giving me the ability to articulate this more clearly. I’m so thankful to God for this.

At the same time, I fully realize that I have so much more to learn and that doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, it’s exciting to me. You’ll find this to be true as well in your own life. We’re all on this journey together!

So let’s see who we are and what we have…in Christ, by Christ and through Christ Jesus! And remember, these are only a small amount of all the promises found in the Bible on our true identity in Him. The treasure hunt never has to end as we take time to study God’s Word!

We Are NewTherefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 – NASB)

We Are Free From CondemnationTherefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1 – NASB)

We Are Destined For Good Works – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 – NASB)

We Are Chosen, Royal, Holy and God’s Own PossessionBut you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 – NASB)

We Are The Righteousness of God in Christ He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 – NASB)

We Are Sons And Daughters Of GodFor you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 – NLT)

We Are Christ’s Ambassadors So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, Come back to God! (2 Corinthians 5:20 – NLT)

We Are Full Of PeaceTherefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1 – NLT)

We Are Partakers Of The Divine Nature 1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ – To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter 1:1-4 – NASB)

Something wonderful is gonna happen to you as you live your life knowing: “Wow, In Christ I’m brand new, I’m free from condemnation, I’m destined to do good works, I’m chosen, royal, holy and I belong to God. I have right standing with God – apart from my works, I am a child of God, I’m an ambassador for Christ and God is going to make His appeal to people through me during my lifetime. In Christ I’m filled with peace, I’m a partaker of God’s nature and His divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to life and godliness.”

Here’s what will happen: When you start understanding you are new, you’ll also start living out of your new identity in Christ. Your new right belief system will naturally lead you to do stuff like what Peter encourages here in this next groups of verses.

In 2 Peter 1:5-9 Peter said,

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

I promise you, living out this Christian life is absolutely doable when it’s lived through Christ Jesus. You will find yourself changing more and more into the image of Christ as you focus, not on what you must do, but as you behold Him. (see 2 Corinthians 3:18 ). The doing will come. There is no doubt about that because right believing leads to right living, which leads me to my next point.

The reason the right doing (right behavior) did not come on a consistent basis for me for so many years was because I didn’t know who I truly was in Christ so I was all caught up in changing myself by my own effort instead of receiving the changes that come from a life submitted to Jesus!

And by the way, I think it is extremely interesting that in this group of verses that you just read above in 2 Peter chapter 1, it says in verse 9, “But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”

See here, these are the people that are living their lives trying so desperately to be spiritual, but they are constantly buried under a mountain of condemnation because they do not know or they are not fully accepting and honoring the truth that Jesus has already taken care of their sins, once for all time. (see Hebrews 10).

Believe me, there is no hope for any kind of real spiritual productivity for the people who will not accept God’s complete forgiveness for themselves. How do I know this? Because I used to be this person, constantly trying to pay my own way instead of just receiving the gift of Jesus’ finished work.

Since I was, for the most part, disregarding what Jesus did for me and instead, depending on myself, I wasn’t able to receive the power on a daily basis that comes along with placing our trust in and receiving His finished work in our lives.

Let me be clear, I was taught many of these things growing up, but my own legalism had me totally blinded. I did not see grace. I saw everything as law. Every verse I read in the Bible I saw as another rule to follow instead of a promise from a heavenly Father Who loved me.

I didn’t know (I didn’t truly understand) this good news for so many years because legalism blocked me from getting a heart-shaping revelation on these Biblical promises. Ahhhhhh… but now I know and this revelation in my heart is getting deeper and deeper every day and the devil doesn’t know what in the world he’s gonna do with me anymore and he’s not gonna know what to do with you either, once you get this solid, solid, solid in your heart!

You see, before I understood grace the way I do now – not as a doctrine, not as a theology, not as one subject along with a list of other subjects, but as the person, Jesus Christ:

I didn’t know I was new, so I didn’t live like I was new and in fact tried to spend all my time being something I already was (which was new), but I didn’t know it so it didn’t do me any good. (referring back to 2 Corinthians 5:17)

I didn’t know I was free from condemnation, so I didn’t live like I was. I felt bad about myself almost 100% of the time, unless I was performing perfectly. (Referring back to Romans 8:1)

I didn’t know I was already destined to good works. Oh my goodness, if I had known this… the boatloads of stress it would have saved me from trying to be good enough. (Referring back to Ephesians 2:10)

I didn’t know I was chosen, royal, holy and that I belonged to God; as in He was never going to leave me and He was not mad at me, but was crazy in love with me. Chosen, Royal, Holy, God’s own – each of these words carries such power that you can just imagine what they produce in us when we really believe they are true of us! (Referring back to 1 Peter 2:9)

I didn’t know that I was a daughter of God. I saw myself as His servant and therefore I acted like one. For more on this I recommend John Sheasby’s wonderful book titled The Birthright. (Referring back to Galatians 3:26)

I actually did know that I was an ambassador for Christ, but I tried to be this in my own strength; therefore, witnessing about Jesus was a chore for me. But not anymore, my friend. Now I can’t wait to get out my doors and shine for Him because it’s all by His grace paving the way for me to shine! God sets me in the right place at the right time and He will do the same for you, if you believe He will. In fact, my girls and I are going to be doing errands all day today and I am SO excited to see who God has lined up for us to encourage! (Referring back to 2 corinthians 5:20)

I didn’t know that I had been made right with God through faith which was totally ridiculous because this is one of the things I heard my parents talk about more than anything – “We are the righteous of God in Christ,” they would say. But the devil had me blinded. I heard everything as law. I heard it as, “I gotta be, I gotta be, I gotta be righteous by doing good works.” I didn’t hear “You are righteous in Christ alone, because of the legalism I was under.” Since I didn’t know that my right standing with God was secure, my life was not filled with peace. (Referring back to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5:1)

I didn’t know I was a partaker of God’s divine nature. I thought I had to earn my way. (Referring back to 2 Peter 1:1-4)

Again, I cannot even begin to fully explain the deep impact that knowing who I am in Christ has made in my life. I want to see this transformation happen in every Christian’s life!

I see the benefit of this all throughout the day and not a day goes by that I don’t think things like – “Wow, that’s changed in me… I’m not fearful in that area anymore… I just left that conversation and didn’t second-guess myself… I wasn’t nervous around that person, but instead felt totally free to be me… I didn’t feel the need to impress so and so…I didn’t feel one ounce of condemnation over that sin…I was able to focus on Jesus’ ability in me instead of my inability in this situation…Cool, I ran right back to God’s love for me instead of accepting that fear just now…I’m not feeling stressed to try, try, try; even though I have way too many things to do today. I prefer to place my trust in Christ…

And I could go on and on if I sat here long enough thinking about how God has transformed my life by transforming my believing.

I hope and pray that I have been able, by the grace of God, to leave you with a hunger to have the greatest freedom you’ll ever know! It starts with accepting Jesus as your Savior which you can do by clicking the link below. Then, the result of you placing your trust in Christ by receiving His gift of salvation is just what I’ve been talking about in this blog post. It’s the good life of being completely secure in who you are in Christ!

I could have never imagined what knowing who I am in Christ was going to bring into my life. It’s changed everything…and I mean EVERYTHING!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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There’s No Bad News In The Good News

When we share the gospel with people, but present it as a works based religion (not the real gospel), it may look like we are encouraging spiritual maturity, but what we are actually creating are just more Pharisees.

Why? Because when people get trained up to think they can do it on their own if they would just exert a little more willpower, discipline or self-control, it sends them on a prideful works trip, constantly with their eyes on themselves and their own strength and ability, often comparing themselves to others.

In contrast, sharing the gospel of grace with people and pointing them to Jesus (who is grace) works quite the opposite. This sets people in a place of rest and peace.

If they are hearing the true gospel they know that God is not good to them because they have been good enough to deserve it, but simply because He Is Good! This in turn causes them to want to put their trust in Christ more and more to do His work in and through them.

Then guess what happens? This results in people who are extremely grateful to Jesus. They simply can’t help themselves. They become consumed with living full force for Him!

I know it’s hard for people to believe this sometimes, but there really is NO bad news in the Good News. The only bad news for you is if you choose not to believe the Good News.

For example: As a Christian, if you scream at your kids and you choose not to believe that God loves you just as much as He did before you screamed (see Romans 8:38-39) and if you choose not to believe that you are still righteous in Christ (see Romans 3:28) and if you choose not to believe that you stand forgiven because of Jesus’ blood (see Hebrews 10:11-12), your unbelief will lead to bad things, including guilt, anxiety and fear that will end up causing you to scream more often and behave even worse.

But if you choose to believe the Good News about grace (God’s unmerited favor – meaning there is nothing you can do to earn or deserve it),  you will fall deeply in love with Jesus and be one of the most thankful people on the planet and since you have chosen to receive God’s grace instead of trying to pay for your sin through your own self-effort – the Holy Spirit will then go to work in you, changing you from the inside out. Then you’ll be even more thankful that, in addition to everything else, He keeps changing you by His grace. “Seriously” You’ll be thinking, “God is SO good!”

I’m telling you right now – you’ll end up walking in love with your kids more and more and screaming at them less and less as you choose to believe the Good News and as you remember that there’s no bad news in the Good News… that is, unless you refuse to believe it!

Update, Update! I just had to come back to this blog post today, 2.5 years after first posting this and say that believing in the Good News really works.

For example, I’m a much better Mom than I used to be?

How? I have been spending the past 5.5 years receiving God’s grace, including the following aspects of His grace:

  • Remembering I’m unconditionally loved…not matter what
  • Remembering I’m righteous in Christ…no matter what
  • Remembering I’m completely forgiven…no matter what

And believe me, I know it’s only because of God’s grace that I get to receive these wonderful gifts, made possible all because of Jesus.

Before, when I wasn’t living under God’s grace but was living under the law, if anyone complemented me on being a good Mom I would immediately give credit to the parenting principles I had learned and implemented over the years. I’m not saying good parenting principles are not helpful and important, but I didn’t even think about giving God the glory back then.

Now I know the Good News is the Good News about God’s grace – about the person of grace – Jesus Christ. I now understand that anything I ever manage to do right is by His grace and by His grace alone!

I refuse to stop believing in and receiving it. If I did, that would be crazy of me (read Galatians chapter 3), for His great grace has radically transformed my life and it will radically transform anyone’s life who has come to the end of their own way of doing things and their own self effort and is ready to step under and live under the waterfall of God’s grace!

If you’re not already living there, I encourage you to step under it and just keep receiving from Jesus… no matter what.

If you’ll agree to live there, there is no way possible that you can keep from being changed, from improving, from getting better, from being more effective, from fulfilling all that God has called you to do; because while your resting in Jesus, relying on His finished work and receiving from Him, the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Grace) will be changing your heart from the inside out.

Believe me – I Am A Witness!

Zechariah 4:6-7

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” (NASB)

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Make A Positive Impact


If you are a Jesus-follower, Jesus said you are the light of the world! Wow!

A few months ago someone who had influence over my girls, Angel and Starr, at the time, asked a whole group of kids the following question: What did Jesus say about you? One of my girls answered, “Jesus said we’re the light of the world.” This person said, “No, Jesus is the light of the world, not us.”

Thankfully my girls knew the truth and told us about this when they got home. I’m glad they did because we found Matthew 5:14 together where Jesus said this:

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. (NLT)

Now, Jesus did also say this in John 8:12,

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (NLT)

So the reason we are the light of the world is because The Light of the world – JESUS – lives in and shines through us!

One of the biggest ways I can think of for us to be the light of the world is through prayer.

When we really believe in the power of prayer we realize prayer is both a privilege and an adventure.

Approaching a life of prayer this way is very different than going through life always feeling like you have to pray to get in your time or check it off your list.

Two different times in the past 5 years while driving to Florida for vacation, when I crossed the Kentucky state line, the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray over the state of Kentucky. I remember I’d never really done this before, but He put it on my heart so I boldly prayed out what The Spirit gave me to pray as well as praying in the Spirit for a long time.

As I said, God highlighted Kentucky to me twice in this regard so I’d been thinking, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Kentucky.

You can imagine how thrilled I was recently when I read a news report that a law has now been signed allowing public schools in Kentucky to teach Bible courses! Yay God!

Now I just need to pray that these Bible courses will be presented in the public schools from a new covenant perspective so the students who are in these classes will have their eyes set on Jesus and His true nature and the fact that He loves them and that He is for them. I know If this happens it will cause the students to want to be in relationship with Jesus.

And I don’t think this is all God has in store for Kentucky either!

It. is. on. people. Prayer gets me so excited!

I really encourage you to be bold and pray out the things God puts on your heart to pray. You don’t have to understand why He’s even asking you to pray certain things. Just believe that you are led by His Spirit, that you know the Father’s voice and the voice of a stranger you do not follow.

You’ll notice that living life like this, instead of feeling like prayer has to be a formula, will keep your spirit so excited and stirred up because you’ll constantly be reminded that God is always on the move.

Just yesterday I was driving my girls to a class and as I was driving by this section of houses that were very close to the road, God put it on my heart to pray that all the drivers that drive on that road would stick to the speed limit and not drive wild, causing them to crash into or drive through one of those houses.

I totally believe God had me pray that because there was going to be some sort of danger for one of those home owners (or more than one) in the future and He wanted me to pray against that and pray for protection for all those awesome homeowners.

And when I pray I always pray for the salvation of the people I’m praying for. I pray that God will send laborers (loving Jesus-followers) across their path to put them in touch with Jesus and that they will choose to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior!

1 Timothy 2:1-6 says, “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” (NLT)

I absolutely love to pray for people. Prayer is not a law to me. Prayer is a privilege. And when I see results, when I see people’s lives (whom I’ve prayed for) being changed, I just think, It is so kind of You, Father, to let me be a part of Your plan.

I used to be a Pharisaical Christian who would cast judgement on anyone whom I felt lived below my standard of morality, but God changed my heart by His grace and turned me away from a judgmental mindset and made me a person who wholeheartedly believes I can make a very positive change in this world by going to The Father, on behalf of others, in the name of Jesus…over and over and over again!

Just imagine what could happen if Christians worldwide stopped casting judgement and started believing in the power of prayer! I pray we’ll be the generation that finds out!

Let’s always remember what Jesus said about us:

We are the light of the world

Let’s shine brightly!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Humanity Is Ready – It’s Time! (Encouraging Word from The Lord)

God is getting ready to blow the doors clear off this revelation of Jesus Christ and open it up to the world like never before!

Friends, there’s been such an excitement in my spirit lately that it’s been hard for me to sleep.

Here’s an encouraging Word that I received from The Lord several weeks ago. In it, when I refer to the gospel of grace I am referring to the gospel of Jesus Christ because Jesus is God’s grace personified. (see Acts 20:24)

“I was driving and having a time of worship and drove by one corn field after another after another… for hours. God strongly impressed on my heart that these corn fields represented people and that these people are ready to hear the gospel of grace and it’s going to explode. I heard the words loud and clear in my spirit – IT’S TIME!

There were lots of windmills on these corn fields and they represent the wind of the Holy Spirit. He is the One who will cause this wonderful Revelation of God’s Grace to spread across this entire planet!”

HUMANITY IS READY – IT’S TIME!
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“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’

who was, and is, and is to come.”

– Revelation 4:8b

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If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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We’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

When I started my worship playlist this morning during my walk, the first song that popped up was He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli. 

What a great way to start my walk with these lyrics:

I don’t need my name in lights
I’m famous in my Father’s eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I’m not living for applause
I’m already so adored
It’s all His stage
He knows my name

Even though I already know this truth, I never get tired of hearing it again. In fact, before long I was sort of dancing down the street – not just walking. I don’t know if anyone driving by could tell, but I was definitely dancing on the inside!

And then these lyrics:

He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King
His forever, held in treasure
I am loved

Whenever I sing the phrase I am loved it’s like everything shifts into slow motion for me as I truly take in those words. This is exactly what happened on January 2nd, 2012 when God stepped into my life in such a powerful way by showing me a revelation of His great and unconditional love for me. That story, as well as what happened to me as a result of that day is in my book, I Tried Until I Almost Died.

The good news is, God loves every one of us the same. He wants you to have a revelation of His love too!

I think there are still so many Christians who don’t realize the transformational power of God’s love in their lives. I say this because I’ve heard some Christians say that “personally understanding God’s love is just letter A in the alphabet – it’s just the baby stage, etc.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

My friend, God’s love for us is the entire alphabet.

Ephesians 3:18-19 say, 

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT)

I love how the Apostle Paul told the Ephesians that he wanted them to experience the width, length, height and depth of God’s love; yet, at the same time he reminded them that it is too great to understand fully.

What that says to me is, keep discovering the facets and the depths and the riches of God’s love because you’re never going to come to a point on this earth where you can say, I understand it perfectly, I’m finished now, I can go on to the next thing.

I’ve been on this grace journey for 5.5 years now and I can tell you that I absolutely felt the love of God surrounding me like an electric blanket this morning. I didn’t do anything special to feel His love. I just decided to receive it…once again.

Personally receiving God’s love in a very conscious way is something I do every single day and I encourage you to do the same!

Yesterday I had a rough day, behavior-wise. I can’t even remember what happened yesterday morning which is good. That proves that I’m not sin-conscious and us Jesus Followers are not suppose to be living sin-conscious in the New Covenant. We’re suppose to live Jesus-conscious.

I’m not saying we should be in denial about our sin, when we do sin. I’m saying we should not be keeping an ongoing record of all the things we’ve done wrong, like I used to. Man, I had myself on my mind constantly back then.

Now I have my mind on Jesus and how I am continually cleansed because of His blood!

This reminds me of an encouraging email reply I sent someone last night. This girl is coming into a revelation of God’s grace so I said:

Keep going girl. Continue in God’s grace. Keep listening to messages full of the good news. Keep reading books full of the good news. Keep reading the Bible through the lens of grace! Keep believing God loves you unconditionally and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Keep believing you are righteous in Christ because Jesus traded your sin for His righteousness. Keep believing you are forever forgiven. You cannot lose if you refuse to stop believing the good news. Keep on believing!!!!!!!

It’s fun being Jesus-conscious!

Back to my story about my rough day yesterday. I do still remember what happened last night. I got frustrated with my daughter Angel instead of staying calm in a specific situation.

I know I’m suppose to be providing a safe place for my girls in every way, even when they make mistakes. I do provide a safe place physically, but sometimes I could do better with this emotionally – meaning I need to not let their attitudes get me upset and start raising my voice, saying things I shouldn’t, etc.

Well guess what, I am so much more stable in this area than I used to be and I believe 100% that it is because I am constantly welcoming in God’s grace. I’m constantly allowing Him to love me, even when I haven’t “been good” in the natural.

Have you made a habit of receiving God’s grace no matter what kind of day you’re having? If not, you need to because it’s by you receiving God’s grace, His unmerited favor, that you’re changed from the inside out.

This is why I have said many times in the past 5.5 years on my grace journey that I feel like my spiritual life has taken off like a rocket. It’s because I refuse to give into guilt and condemnation and instead I drive the devil crazy by just continuing to receive God’s unmerited favor (His grace) on the good days and the bad days.

How could I dance down the street this morning during my walk after having gotten frustrated with my daughter last night, saying things I shouldn’t have?

I did it because I already know I’m forgiven for all of my sins, perfectly loved by my heavenly Father and righteous in Christ…NO MATTER WHAT! My position in Christ does not change based on my behavior and neither does yours.

My friend, I know that Jesus is my only hope for change and I refuse to go into self-effort mode, trying to fix myself. I did that for the first 34 years of my Christian life and I failed miserably.

On the other hand, for the past 5.5 years I have come into such a rest and peace as I’ve stopped trying to change myself in my own strength and instead learned how to relax and allow Jesus to live His life in and through me. My goodness, what a glorious journey this has been.

Did you notice the second part of Ephesians 3:19 – the result of discovering the greatness of God’s love:

Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT)

Oh yes it does say that and I missed it for years. You should have heard me the day I really saw this good news for the first time. I was loud!

I’m not even wondering a little bit if I’m going to become more stable in this area of my parenting. I went to the throne of grace to receive God’s help in my time of need last night. There is no way I can keep from becoming more stable since I am allowing the Holy Spirit to do the work of change and produce His fruit in me and through me!

See here:

Philippians 1:6 says,

being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.(NIV)

and…

Galatians 2:20 says,

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.(AMP)

and…

John 1:12 says,

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name. (AMPC)

I recall so clearly after that glorious day on January 2nd, 2012 that I felt like a little kid in knowing God’s love for me. This has continued for 5.5 years and I believe a big part of me continuing to experience this is because, as I said before, I continue to receive God’s grace toward me on the good days and the bad days.

There is one more reason I was dancing down the street this morning as well. God has opened some doors of opportunity for me that I will be sharing with you as they get closer. Can’t wait!

But the thing that was so exciting to me this morning was knowing that I don’t need these opportunities to feel good about myself. If everything changed tomorrow I could and would still dance down the street because I have Jesus and Jesus is everything I need! He’s everything you need too. I have a wonderful relationship with my heavenly Father. I’m God’s girl and that’s all I need. The same goes for you!

We’ve Got Nothing Left To Prove

We don’t need our name in lights
We’re famous in our Father’s eyes
Make no mistake
He knows our name
We’re not living for applause
We’re already so adored
It’s all His stage
He knows our name

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Do I Have To Confess My Sins For God To Forgive Me?

This message about 1 John 1:9 by Dr. Creflo Dollar was just too good and too clearly laid out for me not to share it!

Do We Have To Confess Our Sins For God To Forgive Us? I know this is a loaded question and has caused great debate among Christians in the past number of years.

But here’s the deal: My husband Steve and I have been living out the reality of this teaching these past 5+ years on our grace journey and all we can tell you is we are so in love with Jesus and live in such a high level of peace and rest that it is simply amazing. This change in our lives began to take place when we learned the truth that Dr. Creflo Dollar shares here in this teaching. Once we got this revelation we knew there was no going back.

Why would I share this post? To cause more debate? No. Steve and I prayed and talked about this and decided we wanted to share this, regardless of the personal cost to us, because we so badly want people to live in the freedom that Jesus died to give them!

Our prayer is this: If you have not already heard about this good news, when you watch this teaching we pray it will take hold of your heart in such a powerful way that it will result in you having a huge increase of intimacy in your relationship with God.

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you that Steve and I have NO NEGATIVE FEAR whatsoever in our relationship with God, but this was not the case for many years of our lives…as Christians.

Would you do us a favor and ask yourself if you are free from negative fear and apprehension of every kind in regards to your relationship with God?

If not, you can be.

Enjoy this teaching!

Do I Have To Confess My Sins For God To Forgive?

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Questions & Answers about Grace

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve been this excited to share something with you on my blog! I’m always excited, but this time I’m super excited.

I can just imagine how encouraged and inspired and probably even shocked you’re going to be when you hear this good news!

I just discovered these ladies – ministers of grace – a week ago.

Seriously, I have watched this Grace Q & A three times now and will most definitely be watching it again with my two 14 year old daughters.

Tricia and Connie do a phenomenal job answering 18 tough questions about grace. I took so many notes I think I practically transcribed the entire video onto my MacJournal!

If you’ll click on this link below you will be able to read the 18 questions, which I guarantee will spark your interest, and then you can choose the audio or video version of this Q & A. Enjoy!

Grace Q & A with Tricia Gunn and Connie Witter

I am so thankful to Connie and Tricia for giving me permission to share this with you. They are very nice ladies, but then again, that doesn’t surprise me because I’ve found that people who truly live under God’s grace are always gracious people!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Grace Based Holiness – A Brilliant Message by Dr. Creflo Dollar

Friends, I just finished watching such an amazing message by Dr. Creflo Dollar titled Grace Based Holiness. I must’ve cried 45 minutes straight because there was such a strong anointing on this teaching. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it.

Right after I finished I called Creflo Dollar Ministries to seek permission to share this on my website and thankfully, they said yes!

I encourage you to wait until you have time to sit down and shut out distractions before you watch this so you can really receive what Pastor Dollar is conveying here because it is powerful and will powerfully impact your life!

Click on the link below, scroll down and choose the 1st teaching that is titled Grace Based Holiness – ATL.

Grace Based Holiness

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Compulsive Introspection Is Neither Humble Nor Holy

Someone shared a sad story with me recently about a person who is compulsively introspective. Another unfortunate part of the story is that this person has a large amount of influence over others and is teaching many others to live this same way.

Since we value the power of prayer, myself and the person who shared the story with me immediately prayed together for this person to see the truth.

I actually haven’t been able to get this story or this person off my mind since I’ve learned of this and in fact, woke up this morning and was so grieved I was crying, which led me to write this post.

I guarantee you this person thinks they are being both humble and holy so I’m certainly not saying they are purposely trying to hurt anyone. I know this because I myself was trapped in a thought pattern of compulsive introspection for decades…in an effort to live in humility and holiness.

Honestly though, giving up this self-focused way of thinking over 5.5 years ago now and making the switch to being Christ-conscious may be the the single most important change on my grace journey that stopped me from living a life of defeat and propelled me into victory through Jesus Christ!

Compulsive introspection is a deceptive trap of the devil. He delights in us being constantly consumed with spending our mental energy picking ourselves apart (focusing on our badness) so we have no mental energy left to focus on Jesus, His goodness and everything He has done for us through His finished work on the cross.

But, as I explained in the post I wrote and recorded an audio version of after I got free from the lie of compulsive introspection myself, Christ-Consciousness Leads To Humility.

It’s time for Jesus followers worldwide to be less consumed with themselves and become all-consumed with Jesus, His finished work on the cross, His goodness and His greatness!

Believe me, when you and I make a commitment to live like this – consumed by the very Person Of Grace – anything that needs to be changed in us will come to our attention, we will gladly repent (change our mind) and keep moving forward in the life of freedom that Jesus died to give us.

One of the saddest things this person told me about this other person of influence was that they don’t think they’ve ever heard this person mention any area of their life that they’ve been able to gain victory in through Christ Jesus. They only and always continue talking about things they struggle with and how they are continuously coming up short.

That is not the life of freedom that Jesus died to give us.

How do you think it leaves those people feeling who are sitting under this person’s influence? I bet it leaves them feeling self-focused, defeated, frustrated and desperately trying to paddle upstream – toward victory.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about being real and I actually talk about things I have struggled with or am currently struggling with often, but only for the purpose of pointing people to Jesus – Who is our only way out of bondage.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, this wasn’t always the case for me. I was compulsively introspective and condemned myself often. But finally, after 34 years of going from defeat to defeat, I began to ask myself the question that I taught others to ask in my very first speaking engagement last September.

I asked myself, “Sandra, Is Your Christianity Working For You?” 

Friends, I am certainly not perfect and I have to purpose to set aside distractions and continue in God’s grace every single day, but because of everything my wonderful Jesus has done for me and the fact that I am consumed with receiving from Him day in and day out and practicing His presence through prayer, reading and studying the Bible and simply enjoying my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my Wonderful Savior and my Precious Helper (the Holy Spirit), I can sit here and type that I am living the life of freedom Jesus died to give me.

Are you? And if not, could it possibly be that you have become so self-conscious that you have forgotten to be conscious of the One Who laid down His life for you so He could lead you into a life of triumph?

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. -2 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)

If you would like to learn to become less self-conscious and more Christ-conscious and let Jesus lead you into that place of freedom and triumph, I encourage you to take some time to read or listen to the first post I linked here in this blog post and watch the message from my speaking engagement last September that I also linked.

Have a really good week as you remain conscious of Jesus!

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. -2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMPC)

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom