God’s Given Grace

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

When all the natural fails and all that is left for us is to reach out to the supernatural and seek God’s free gift of Grace; the real challenge becomes then, do we just seek it to capture it, never maintain it, or share it? Or do we need this grace just to get through the current season?

In my opinion, after we reap the benefits of this God’s given grace in our lives, it becomes not a choice to always put it before us whenever dealing with offenders.. “For those Who Love Much Have Been Forgiven Much”. Jesus said that the woman who washed His feet with her tears loved much, and, because of this, she was forgiven much. “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47 

Sharing is required:

After reaping its benefits, it becomes an obligation to use it, maintain it and to share it with our offenders, even under pressure.. “To whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). The main point here, After we are given much of (God’s grace) we become responsible towards glorifying God then we should always apply our brakes first remembering to give much by using this grace while dealing with others’ attacks..

Many are missing the point

It is His free gift of grace the reason why we (everyone of us) still alive, yet today so many are walking dead believing that they hold in their hands the card of entitlement, and they blow through this life acting like they literally own it..Surely, this will only last for a season..

He never forget:

But God our Father always gives many chances, He also forgives much and forsakes a little -in order to build our character up-, but above all else, He never forget..

 

The Ancient & Modern “Elite”, But Love?

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:8-9)

So Paul realized that he was spiritually attacked and started losing sight of God’s purpose for him through satan’s deceptions of feeling puffed up “Preeminence” because of his ministry, in the same way the “Elite” Pharisees and Sadducees lived, and satan convinced them to only focus on the knowledge of the Old Testament and perform outwards ceremonies, uphold an elite self-image and strictly enforcing the laws of Moses. To overcome this attack; Paul sought the Father Jesus’ ways of growing and maturing to be complete in more inward ways through deep and constant relationship -with God the Father- proved that he is a faithful follower.

You see after God opened Paul’s heart to know the difference -between being worldly strongly rooted in vs being heavenly strongly led- Paul had to face his boosting, pride and fought satan back; then made a point to warn the Church in Corinth and all of us regards the danger of self boasting about our knowledge of the Word without living it through thick and thin and actively pursuing His eternity.

Yes, we all face strong spiritual times and face weak and dry spiritual ones as well (full of doubts) Therefore, we must be ready to reload, daily equipped to fight the good fight and aim to Finish the race..always be alert for the schemes and deceptions and lies of the common enemy and stay focused on the “Big Prize” the heavenly one, none of us is immuned from facing these spiritual warfares schemes and attacks, let’s continually wear and use His Full Armor as the Father commands..

Paul last words to Timothy “7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course (race), I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7

But “True Faith” is revealed when it is seen in action. Before ascending  Jesus announced that He gave one very simple and profound commandment “Love one another.” But we crave it, we believe that love is one of the main requirement of Jesus’ true followers.

Jesus explained, in John 13:34-36  

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” 36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.

Jesus kept it simple. He taught and demonstrated that love is an action Not just in words and body language. As John explains, “Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

It is grace

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what belief, if any, was unique to Christianity. 
They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. 
This debate went on for some time until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” 
he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace” (Yancey 1997, 11).

Salvation: Describes how God takes guilty sinners and declares them righteous because of what Jesus has done for them. 
Grace: Is God’s unmerited favor toward us because we are in Christ. Completely apart from anything we do to try merit it, God gives salvation as a gift to those who receive it by faith
Ephesians 2:5-9 (NASB)
“5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together [b]with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Paul wrote this to remind the Christians in Ephesus of the salvation they already had in Christ. In fact, as the tense of the Greek verb used here indicates, they were written to remind believers of how to (stay saved). That salvation was being sustained by grace. 
Salvation is God’s free gift which was given to us (by grace) through Faith, not by works, from beginning to end.
So when someone asks us what is so special about Christianity – the answer is 
“It is God’s grace”.

Redemation vs. Forgviness 

In Christ we are Redeemed and Forgiven (1:7-8), What is the relationship between the words redemption and forgiveness in Ephesians 1:7?

Ephesians 1:7-8 (NASB) 
“7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding”.

The blessing of redemption has to do with the purchasing of slaves or prisoners for the purpose of setting them free. Before we found freedom in Christ, we were slaves of sin and self. Our redemption was costly; it cost Jesus His life 

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NASB)

“18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

Forgiveness is the consequence of redemption. The Greek grammatical construction of verse 7 shows that these two things, redemption and forgiveness, are in apposition to each other (placing a word beside another so the second word explains the first). Redemption results in and leads to our forgiveness (Salmond 1990, 254).
(These two) blessings are all in Christ. The price for redemption has been paid through His blood. The abundant riches of God’s grace determine the degree of His sacrifice (Romans 5:7-8, 20; John 1:16).

Romans 5:7-8 (NASB)

“7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”, “20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,”

John 1:16 (NASB)
“16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”
The words “with all wisdom and understanding” indicate that God does not provide this blessing indiscriminately. He knew what He was doing and considered it a wise investment of His lavish grace.

In what ways were you in slavery before you found freedom in Christ?

Most of us have no idea what it would be like to be a slave—in bondage, with no rights, without identity, forced into hard labor, subject to cruel treatment, and without hope. Yet sin and Satan enslave millions with the same results. Jesus redeems, frees, and forgives us. What a blessing! What good news!

LeRoy Bartal – Prison Episetls 

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