Archive for the ‘grace’ Category

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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.

Right living

Posted: December 1, 2016 in bible, faith, grace, life, music, religion
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Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

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.

Faith is not about right thinking it is actually about right living. To put our faith fully in God, we must not just know what is right, we must also act or live in the right ay, the way God directs us to.

Are you living your life right?

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God needs all of us, those who have gained university degrees and passed all their schools/college exams with great grades, but he also needs the rest of us too.

To serve God we don’t need to have lots or qualifications, in fact we don’t need to have any qualifications, we simply need to give our lives fully to God and He will give us all the knowledge and training we need to tell others about Him.

Amazing grace

Posted: August 17, 2016 in blogging, grace, life, love, mercy, music, religion
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One of my favourite songs, which, just like yesterday’s blog post, is also about grace – Here’s Chris Tomlin with Amazing Grace:

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

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

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

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

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

So what is “grace”?

The popular definition for grace is “unmerited favour”. However, this definition is insufficient to describe the just how much value and worth the word actually conveys, but it makes grace indistinguishable from mercy.

If we consider how we use the word grave is normal everyday language, we can get a better idea of what grace means.

  • We call a person a “gracious host” if they provide us with everything we could need, making us satisfied.
  • We call a dance “graceful” if the dancers move around in a lovely and beautiful way.

These definitions reflect the definition of God’s grace, because he is provides everything we could ever need, even if we do not deserve it.

God’s grace is amazing!

Grace alone

Posted: August 16, 2016 in bible, faith, grace, life, music, quotes, religion
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In this last week the song By Grace Alone has been going round my head a lot:

In 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, we read this from Paul:

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If we fulfill a good resolve “by his power”, God gets the glory.

We have faith. God gives power.

We get the help. God gets the glory.

That’s what keeps us humble and happy, and keeps God supreme and glorious.

God’s answer to Paul’s prayer that we rely on God’s power to do good works, is grace. God’s power to enable you to do what you resolve to do, is grace.

We get the help. God gets the glory.

So live by grace, and grace alone, because God will suffice.

Forgive me

Posted: March 15, 2015 in grace, life, love, mercy, music
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Forgive me by Rebecca St James

For all the times I failed You, Lord
Forgive me
For all the ways I’ve fallen short
Lord, forgive me now
God, I’m so in need of grace
I fall upon my face, forgive me

You see the tears fall down my face
Forgive me
Take my fear, Lord, take my shame
Lord, forgive me now
Purify me, make me new
Like only You can do, forgive me now

Lord, we come to honour You
We are forgiven
We bring our love and thanks to You
We are forgiven now

God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised, forgiven
God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised
Forgiven, forgiven

How many times have you failed God?

Me, I’ve failed Him so many times I’m sure He’s lost count. I continue to fail Him daily when I do and say things I shouldn’t, yet He still forgives me and loves me unconditionally.

God loves each of us and offers us His grace and mercy. What more could we ask for when we seek forgiveness!

 

Sin is one of those words that we always seem to avoid saying, as if it’s some kind of bad word. Well it’s not, sins are something we all have as none of us are perfect, so don’t be afraid of talking about your sins.

God's grace is bigger

The good news is that no matter how big or horrendous our sins, God still loves us, and is still reaching out to us. So let God prove His love for you by seeking His forgiveness for all your sins, and in turn give your all to Him. God’s grace is so amazing!

 

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Today, we remembered the fallen on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month by taking part in a 2 minute silence to remember those who have fought and died for their country. This year the remembrance celebration have been more widely publicised in the UK as this year is the 100 year anniversary of the start of the 1st world war.

The men, women and children who have died in the various wars in which  the UK has participated, sacrificed their all, so that we may have continued freedom to live our lives in this country. We should never forget what they gave for us, and we will never forget their sacrifice.

In the last few days while thinking about the sacrifice given by so many during war, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus, as just like those who have died fighting for their country, He too gave the ultimate sacrifice anyone could give, by giving His life. The difference with Jesus is that not only did He die so we could be free, but He died that we could 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.