Grace defined – Are you under the Real Grace of God or have you lost your way? I

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Grace: Kharece/Charis (gr): meaning merciful kindness by God, favor, exerting His Holy influence upon souls, turns us to Christ, keeps, strengthens, and increases us in Christian faith, knowledge, affection and loveliness, good will, loving kindness, benefit, gift of grace, thanks, rewards, graciousness of manner or act – abstract or concrete literal figurative or spiritual especially the divine influence upon the heart and its reflection in the life including gratitude.

   A popular definition of Grace that we hear so often ” free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing.  It is free undeserved gift of God through Jesus Christ……..

but that’s only the beginning…….

Grace is part of the new covenant between God and man. When the law was in effect, sin and death reigned, but now,  through the redemption of blood in Christ Jesus, we are offered a new covenant under Grace. Grace is first received by faith in Christ Jesus when we believed. This grace justifies us, causes us to do good works, strengthens us, makes us an heir to God’s family and leads us into eternal life. God’s grace reigns over His people making us servants of God and no longer a servant to sin. The law was something man strived to do, but under grace, we are lead and directed into good works, obedience and eternal life. Grace is a driving force, it’s like a current of air, a pathway or a direction in which we go. Grace is walking in Step with the Holy Spirit of God. Grace leads us or creates a path on which we live a life pleasing to the Lord God.

After much study of the scripture on Grace, I’d like to give you two analogies on what Grace is like-

1-     Grace is like a mighty current of air or pathway that causes you/ leads to go in the right direction. It is a gift from God through Jesus Christ that leads you to eternal life. The Holy Spirit is the driving powerful force causing you to move along this path that is a righteous path before Almighty God. We know that the Holy Spirit is referred to (at times) as a breath or wind, and here, I have found that grace is actually the current. A current is the movement along which the air (electricity, water or air) flows. It is a force or movement in which wind moves through the flow. Wind is moving air, it is doing the moving. A current with no wind doesn’t exist, and wind always flows along the current. Can we put these together as an analogy of Grace and the Holy Spirit? I think so. We are told that grace gives us the ability to do good works so grace is our driving force along the righteous path.

2-     Grace is like tracks and pathway of a railroad. You see, you are the train off the track- then you accept the terms of the covenant by Faith in Christ Jesus and you are put on the tracks to newness of life. The tracks, or Grace, have a right path for you to go ahead in and helps you from falling off. The force and power of the train is the Holy Spirit always leading you in the right direction. However, you still have your own free will – to listen and obey the Spirit or go after your own lusts and desires. If you choose to go your own way and live a life contrary to the Spirit of God, you are OFF the tracks – you are no longer on the right path and are no longer under God’s grace. God will not be mocked. He is far from the wicked. (it’s in the bible)

God’s grace leads us into obedience and good works. We do fall, stumble and trip at times, even falling into temptation – but God’s grace is there to lift us up, strengthen us and establish us- knowing we did wrong, we repent, we turn and we get back on that track, always thanking God for His Grace. But if you choose to completely and intentionally leave the path destined by God for you and choose to live a wicked life, you have wandered far, far from God’s grace.   If you are living a life of sexual sin, idolatry, covetousness, or the sins listed in the verses below, you are not under the grace of God. You may have received God’s grace when you believed, but you did not allow or follow the direction it was leading you. Instead, you choose your own way and turned from God’s grace. God hasn’t changed. He will not be mocked. People may make their excuses to sin, but come judgment day, there will be no excuses.

Accepting God’s grace is accepting His covenant, it’s like a marriage. You accept the terms – that Christ died for your sins and to follow His leading and His ways. If you think you can accept God’s grace and go your own way, you are not under God’s grace – no matter what any preacher tells you. The bible is specific in this, if you choose to live an unacceptable sinful and immoral lifestyle; you are not under the protection and guidance of God’s grace. It’s like a woman who accepts a wedding ring from her groom but turns to live an immoral lifestyle.   Grace leads us to eternal life and makes us heirs of God’s family. If you choose to live an unrighteous lifestyle, you are no longer under God’s grace:

Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-20   No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body] and in your spirit, which are God’s. The verse above tells us specifically that the following people will not inherit (not be an heir or part of the royal family) the kingdom:

  • Those who lie and cheat
  • Those who do not live righteously
  • Pornos- translated as Fornicators, a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, those who defile themselves with others, those who do not honor the marriage bed, male prostitutes (also see Eph 5:5, rev 21:8)
  • Idolaters- those who worship others gods, any Christian who participates in the feasts of the heathens (g1496 greek), a covetous man, a worshipper of money (Rev 21:8)
  • Moichos- translated as adulterers- adulterer, one who is faithless towards God, ungodly, friends with the World.
  • Oute: translated as homosexual, a male who submits his body to unlawful lewdness, effeminate man, untypical feminine qualities of a man, improper relations between men and boys (g3120 greek)
  • Arsenokoites translated as sodomites; one who lies with a male as a female, those who abuse themselves with mankind, those who defile themselves with mankind g733 
  • Kleptes – thieves , embezzlers, false teachers out for their own gain, those who break and steal
  • Pleonektes – greedy, covetous, always wanting more, never content with what they have, want what others have – and idolater
  • Loidoros – reviler – one who speaks with an abusive language with hate, insulting to others, one who hurts and destroys others with their speech
  •  Harpax – extortioner, robber , one who destroys, also used to describe wolves in sheeps clothing
  • Akathartos – unclean person, lewdness, unclean in thought and life, demonic (Eph 5:5)

  Do you really think you stay covered under God’s amazing grace when you reject His leading and His ways? The law was made for these people described above so that they would see their iniquity before God, repent, turn back to righteousness and find Mercy under almighty God. Grace doesn’t give us an open door to live against God’s rules, but Grace is another door that you are welcome into through Jesus Christ. Grace turns you back on the narrow road that you must continue walking on. God’s Grace is a gift, a beautiful ornament that makes you beautiful. This wonderful grace causes you to do good works. 

Look at Ephesians 5  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them
We must

  • Walk in love
  • Be followers of God
  • Becoming saints by staying away from fornication, uncleanness and covetousness
  • Stop all foolish or filthy talk, vulgar joking, improper talk
  • Not allow the wrong teachings and words of others to trip you with vain words and teachings that are empty and void of truth

What does inherit the kingdom mean?  This means you are one of God’s children, an heir to the kingdom of the Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ. It gives you access to your true home, your Father’s house- the Kingdom of heaven. Dire warnings are given to us warning of the requirements of this Holy family. There is a lake of fire and brimstone for those who are not part of the God’s kingdom.

Who will end up in the Lake of fire and Brimstone?  Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 give us clear understanding and warning about WHO WILL NOT inherit the kingdom “ But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” :

  • Deilos :The fearful: the timid, faithless , cowardly Christians under persecution, apostates, those who run from the gospel in fear of the world and man
  • Apistos: unbelieving, do not trust in God or his word, Christians who reject true faith
  • Bedelysso: abominable, stench, detest, to be despicable
  • Phoneus: one who murders
  • Pharmekeus: sorcerer, one who uses magical remedies, drugs, spell potions, poisoner, drugs that poison
  • Pseudes – all those who lie, deceitful, false
  • Idolotaters
  • Sexually immoral
  • Murderers
  • Unbelieving

The first example of grace in the new testament is Luke 1:30

“Mary found favor (charis/grace) in God’s eye”

What did Mary do with this grace and favor from God? Did she use it as a ticket under His favor to have her own way?

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” This is the first example we are given of Grace and our actions and duty under God’s grace should be the same way Mary responded “I am the Lord’s servant”

Think about this: You can’t have grace without faith and grace leads you into good works. Grace leads you into obedience so God’s laws and the our requirement to be holy don’t disappear, but now you have a supernatural force that helps you and leads you into obedience. Do you see how all three tie together?  We need faith, but faith alone doesn’t save us. Faith without works is dead. You may say, well I can have good works without faith”, but remember that you can do all your deeds and charity and good works, but if you don’t have love – you are just a noise maker. Even then, works don’t save you. So what in the world do we need to be saved?

I like the way Paul presented Salvation:

3-TURN BACK TO GOD- He wants you to SEEK HIM

What pulls people away from God’s grace?

According to the parable of the Seeds in Mark 4 and Luke 8, new Believers and those who hear the word of God have 6 routes of destruction that turn them away from the Grace of God:

  1. Satan – he steals the word from their hearts so they no longer believe
  2. Temptation -Problems/trials/ tribulations :Allowing our Problems to pull us away
  3. Persecution for believing in God’s word
  4. Worries of this life
  5. Lure of wealth and  riches
  6. Desires and pleasures

Is a Lukewarm christian under the grace of God? A Christian under the grace of God is promised life eternal and and heir to God’s family. A lukewarm Christian is spewed out of His mouth, so a lukewarm Christian is not under the Grace of God. Even if you have good works and call yourself a Christian, you haven’t yet decided whose side you are on – the World or God? HOWEVER! God calls that one to repent and come back, read Revelation 3 :

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne

Stop Planning your excuses before God because YOU WILL HAVE NO EXCUSE

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.[i]
 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.  Romans 1

More on Grace to come…………………………………………….


Jesus – There is NO OTHER NAME under heaven by which men are saved

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  There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved- and there is salvation in no one else. Acts 4:14

I was reading through the book of Acts and collected some of the teachings of Paul on Salvation and put it together- Act 10-28.





3-TURN BACK TO GOD– He wants you to SEEK HIM


Through the name of Jesus Christ, whosoever believes in Him shall receive forgiveness of sins.  We now have the privilege to repent and receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. You see, through this One Man Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness of your sins. EVERYONE who believes in Him is DECLARED RIGHT with God. God knows your heart and He accepts you by giving you the Holy Spirit. There is no longer any distinction between Jew and Gentile. He cleansed our hearts through FAITH.  And this grace the Lord has given us is not something we have deserved, for it was undeserved grace – and He wants the rest of humanity to Seek him- “all those who I have called to be Mine” the Lord says.

For the Lord is not far from any one of us. It is in Him that we live, move and have our being. We are His offspring.  The Lord God has commanded all men everywhere to REPENT. One day He will judge the world in righteousness. You were created to be Holy for He is Holy. Confess your sinful practices. Get rid of all sin and wickedness. Throw out anything to do with sorcery or witchcraft.

Never shrink back from telling others what they need to hear – to Repent from sins and turn back to God, having faith in our Lord Jesus. Tell others the Good news about the wonderful grace of God. You must guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd the sheep of God’s flock- his church, purchased in His own blood. Beware of false teachers, like vicious wolves will come into your churches, not caring about the flock. Some others will even be from your own groups and will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following, so WATCH OUT!  Remember this message of grace, it is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has apart for himself.  Gather together in prayer, encouraging others as Paul did “and he knelt and prayed with them.”

The Lord God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will so what are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved and PROVE it by the way you live. The Lord himself will change you and transform you to be more and more like Him every day. You can be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

New believers should be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul laid his hands on them and the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.

“if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved”

Acts 17:27-31“Acts 10:41-44 Acts 19:2-7, 18- Acts 20:19-32,. 36 22:14-16  24:25 Acts 16:31-32“Acts 11:15-18 Acts 13:38-41  Acts 15:9-11, 17 Acts 15: 28-30Romans 10:9-10 Acts 16:14-15 ,Acts 17:3, Phil 1:6

Do you ever feel unsaved? The promises written in the bible are true and trustworthy. There was a time I felt unsaved, unsure and said the sinners prayer at every chance I had. I think, at that time in my life, I knew I believed and accepted Christ yet I walked my own walk. I walked in step with the World, it’s ways, and it’s beliefs. I was not walking in step with the Holy Spirit of God. I would go to church each sunday  and I would attend weekly bible meetings. I remember reading the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13  and I identified with the seed that the sower threw that landed on rocky soil :

“When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown”

 I had made up my own excuses, my own ways and walked my own walk. I loved the message and the bible, but I went back to my old ways during the week.  I knew that I had to give up the desires and lures of the world if I really wanted eternal life. I decided to turn my face to Seek Him. When I did, as the scriptures promise, I found Him. I no longer doubted my salvation. I no longer have the desires I had. It took time- and God is patient – still working day by day making us more like Him.

 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

Hear the Word of the Lord

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 john 2:15-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28

Romans 10:13  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did, Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.  But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John 2:3-11

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit John 3:5

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God John 1:12

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one 1 John 1:5

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 2:8-9

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. romans 10:9

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder James 2:19

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. Romans 3: 20-30


Things I’m pondering
1- Paul spent a lot of time debating, arguing, persuading, and reasoning with people and used “powerful” arguments.   Are we prepared with enough scripture knowledge to defend our beliefs?  Is it better to debate an issue or let it go? Sometimes I think – whatever, let them think their own way – but should we reason and debate for the sake of the Truth or pipe down in peace? Some issues could become an all out war in the family if I mention it.hmmmm

2-Considering Lot’s day, Noah’s day, the battle of Jericho, and the 12 sons of Joseph—I noticed that the entire family was saved even though only one was righteous. Noah was a righteous man, but there is no mention of his family- the same with Lot and Rahab’s family. I also came across this verse in  Acts 6:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” . It gives me hope as I continue to pray for the unsaved in my family.

3-Did anyone notice that Obama is going to Middle East on the Festival of Iran’s new year- the symbolism and history behind it are significant. This day was obviously thought out very well.

4-Mobs- a tactic of the devil. Used many times in Acts against Paul and the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ- almost in every city he visited.  Scripture says that even though the mobs cried out against them, many standing with the mob of protesters didn’t know what was going on. It was usually a very small group that incited the mob, but the Lord always carried them through” Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. Acts 18:9-10  and  We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will Acts 26:14- This verse is comforting to know – that it is useless for anyone to fight against the Lord will. Victory is only found in Him.

5- The importance of Encouragement: Paul taught salvation, debated truths and the rest of his time was spent encouraging believers. He didn’t stop at the first step of salvation. He continued to go out his way to check on others, offer encouragement and make sure they stayed on the right path. He spent months and even years with people, giving up his own life – a living sacrifice to God the Father, Jesus His Son through the workings of the Holy Spirit. He didn’t go after gold or silver – or even nice clothes. I still want nice clothes hmmmmm

6- “I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers. Acts 23:5 -ooookay then