Archive for the ‘grace’ Category

Have you ever been in a situation where you honestly thought your life was at an end, that you were going to die? If you have, you will know how utterly terrifying that experience can be.

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with serious health condition or illness that means you must undergo major surgery, to try and save your life, you will have experienced a situation where your future seems uncertain. In those circumstances we put our lives in the hands of the surgeon and medical staff.

From a health perspective, there are many who have experienced the life saving skills of medical professionals the world over. But what about your spiritual future, have you been saved?

God is a true life saver, because he loves each of us unconditionally, and can save our lives. He can guarantee our future, when we freely give our lives to him.

In this world there are health professionals who save physical lives on a daily basis. However in order to save our future life, God is our health professional, as when we give Him our lives, our heart our all, He saves our lives, and guarantees our future with Him.

Today I give thanks not just for those health professionals who have saved my life, but also God, as I have accepted Him as my Lord, and know He will look after me always.

2 Corinthians 9:13-14 (NIV)

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.

Have you proved who you are by your service to God?

Maybe you’ve proved who you are by your service to God, but not in the way you would want to. i.e. Maybe you’ve not service God, in the way you should. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to change, and be the person God wants you to be.

Let others see Christ in you by your words and actions. Let God’s grace amaze you, and help you do amazing things in His name.

I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

Grace is…

Posted: March 15, 2018 in bible, grace, life, music, quotes, religion
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Do I deserve God’s grace?

Do you deserve God’s grace?

Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. ~ Ephesians 2:8 (NLB)

Every single person deserves God’s grace. God is kind, and loves every one of us, and therefore we deserve God’s grace and it is more than any of us ever need.

Broken chains

Posted: February 28, 2018 in belief, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion, words
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I was reminded at the weekend of a song that has always touched me:

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Yes, because of Jesus, we have all been set free. Free from every sin, but also free so that we can receive God’s unquestioning love.

I know I don’t deserve His love, but still be loves me – unending love, amazing grace.

Because we are human and have limited resources, we can sometimes be guilty of thinking God has limited resources too. However, just as this image reminds, God’s grace cannot be exhausted.

So whether we’re finding life full of happiness and blessings or struggling to find our way through each day, we must remember that God will be there to give us His power to face each day.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (TLB)

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Santa’s prayer

Posted: December 24, 2017 in belief, birthday, Christmas, grace, heart, life, love, religion, words
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Ever wondered what Santa thinks about the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Well here’s a prayer from Santa about just that, it’s beautiful.

My dear precious Jesus, I did not mean to take your place,
I only bring toys and things and you bring love and grace.
People give me lists of wishes and hope that they came true;
But you hear prayers of the heart and promise your will to do.
Children try to be good and not to cry when I am coming to town;
But you love them unconditionally and that love will abound.
I leave only a bag of toys and temporary joy for a season;
But you leave a heart of love, full of purpose and reasons.
I have a lot of believers and what one might call fame;
But I never healed the blind or tried to help the lame.
I have rosy cheeks and a voice full of laughter;
But no nail—scarred hands or a promise of the hereafter.
You may find several of me in town or at a mall;
But there is only one omnipotent you, to answer a sinner’s call.
And so, my dear precious Jesus, I kneel here to pray;
To worship and adore you on this, your holy birthday.

So celebrate this night when Santa comes to visit, but also remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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Yesterday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we remembered the fallen by taking part in a two minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. Across the country, people young and old, in a wide variety of places and circumstances, paused just for a few minutes, just to remember the men, women and children who have died in wars the UK has participated in. They sacrificed their all so we may have the freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we must never forget their sacrifice.

Just as many have given their lives for the freedom of this country, Jesus also paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for us. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died so that we would be forgiven of our sins.

I vow today not only to never forget those who have died in conflicts around the world, but also to serve Christ always as way of repaying God for sacrificing His only son, just so I could be forgiven.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles ~ Psalm 34:6 (NIV)

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God loves us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God forgives us.

No matter who we are, or what we’ve done, God saves us.

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before your they run our completely!

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you.”

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

~ 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV)

It’s time to remember that God is working in you and through you. Because of that you can feel a renewed enthusiasm in your spiritual life.