By Grace

The words come back to me and I find myself singing them in my mind…
Matthew West has written a song that I hear quite often on the radio. 
Here is a sample of the lyrics:
There’s a war between guilt and grace

And they’re fighting for a sacred space

But I’m living proof

Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death’s defeat

Now I’m rising up in victory

Singing hallelujah

Grace wins every time. 
Ephesians 2:8-9 states:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 
Have you ever felt that there was a conflict going on inside you concerning guilt and its relationship to forgiveness?
There may be someone you know who feels so guilty about a situation they can’t seem to grasp the fact that God is willing to forgive them. 

The song lyrics describe it as a “sacred space.”

This forgiveness—our salvation and redemption—is a gift from God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. Instead, we must only accept it. 

As believers in the world, each one of us is living proof that grace is victorious through the sacrifice of Jesus. 

Find Grace

I’m interested in understanding just exactly what grace is.

What it means, what it does.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of grace as being the unmerited favor of God.

We don’t deserve to have eternity in Heaven offered to us, because we are all sinners.

Yet, Jesus died so we could be forgiven.

We are saved from spending eternity apart from God if we believe.

I understand that we are saved by grace.

Somehow, I want to go further with my understanding of what grace looks like in the life of a believer on a day to day basis.

Hebrews 4:16 reads, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

In this passage we have, “throne of grace” along with “find grace to help.”

What are your thoughts on grace?

I welcome any comments.

Thank you!

 

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Grace

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May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.  All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

–Galatians 1:3-5

He gave.

He planned.

He rescued.

He gives grace.

He gives peace….

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By Grace

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Provenance.

Until about a month ago, I didn’t know the meaning of the word.

After having heard it for the first time, I looked it up in a dictionary.

Provenance, defined, means the origin or source of something or its history of ownership.

I have no conscious memory of being born.

The recollection of the first months of my life seems unattainable.

I have very clear memories of my second year, although they are only a few in number.

By three years old?

I remember a lot.

Of course, my capacity to recollect increased considerably after that.

My origin?

Who really claims ownership over me?

I learned that much later.

God created me and gave me life.

It is He who truly owns me.

There came a point as I matured where I understood more than this.

I understood that I was a sinner—as all are—and I was in need of forgiveness from God.

Jesus died on the cross, paying the penalty for all my sin, so that I could receive this redemption.

Believing this, I repented and asked God to forgive me.

At that very moment, a new point of personal origin came into being.

My new life as a Christian began.

Provenance.

Knowing Jesus gives the word a whole new meaning…

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

–Ephesians 2:8

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Where We Always Hoped We Might Stand

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Where have you always hoped you might stand?

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

–Romans 5:1-2  The Message

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