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Thursday, September 14, 2006



Thirteen Things About Grace

1. Before we can experience the grace of Jesus,we have to realize our need for it. If we don't think we are sinners, why would we need Jesus' grace to cover our sins? This is why the first three chapters of Romans talk about our sinful condition. Before Paul could show the people how they could be saved, he had to show them that they were lost. He pretty much sums it in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"

2. Once we realize our sinful condition, we must realize that there is a penalty for our sin, and that penalty is death. Were it not for the grace of God, we would have to pay that debt. But through God's grace we are given life not death. Ephesians 2:5 says, "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"

3. We must realize that there is nothing that you can do to earn our own salvation. It can come by grace alone. There is nothing that we can do to deserve it. If you could have saved yourself, Jesus would not have had to die. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."

4. Grace can only come through God by the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 5:15 says, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."

5. Grace has more power than sin. Romans 5:20 says, "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:"

6. Grace does not give us freedom to sin. Romans 6:15 says, "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."

7. We are given gifts through God's grace. Not only are we made clean in God's sight, but He uses us in His service. Romans 12:6a says, "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,"

8. God gives us the strength for any good work through His grace. II Corinthians 9:8 says, "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"

9. God's grace will always be sufficient through any problem in our lives. II Corinthians 12:9 says, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

10. Grace is something we should want others to receive. Ephesians 1:2 says, "Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."

11. We should watch our words because it is our job as Christians to share about the grace of God with others. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

12. Grace should give us a song in our hearts. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

13. If we want God's grace, all we have to do is ask for it. Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

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10 Comments:

At 5:47 AM, Blogger kpjara said...

Thank you for this!

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger homegirls said...

What a great outreach, and testimony for God's grace! Good job on putting it together!

happy Thursday!

 
At 6:54 AM, Blogger lrlwreath said...

Amen, I could not live without that is for sure!!

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Candy Minx said...

I do beleive in Grace, very much so and have experienced it all through my life, even when I didn't ask...It is a beautiful and humbling sensation.

We need to use our experience with Grace and start to respect God's earth. It is not our planet...it is the great spirits planet.

God gave us freewill, lets do something to save the world with our grace of energy!!!!!

I liked your list very much...

Here is mine for TT this week...

http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2006/09/thirteen-things-i-can-do-to-save-world_14.html

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Amydeanne said...

watching my words... that's the hard one for me!

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Oh, Heather, I SO needed to see this today!! God's grace is truly AMAZING!!!!!! I haven't been around here in a while. I love the design.

My TT is up!!

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I loved this! It is so wonderful to depend on God's grace with so many aspects in my life right now.

I know that I am just a sinner saved by grace!

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Blond Girl said...

Good job! Not only is is spot-on, but you made it fit a T13; you totally rock!

Thank you - I think #12 was my favorite :-)

 
At 5:59 AM, Anonymous nancy said...

Grace is a beautiful thing!

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger GiBee said...

Thanks for this beautiful list!!!

p.s.: I never got the email with the link

 

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