Day 11: How do you get grace?

Call out to God and ask Him for His grace. In order for you to receive grace you need to be in good standing with God through Jesus. How do you come into good standing with Jesus? You acknowledge Him as your Savior.

John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

How do I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior?

You need to say a prayer. I don’t have any formula for this prayer. It is between you and Jesus. There is an example in the Bible of a publican that simply prayed: God be merciful to me as a sinner.

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What I see as important though is that you acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you need Jesus to be in control of your WHOLE life. You might want to say that to Jesus in your prayer?

After you’ve said the prayer connect to Christians in your area- they will be able to assist you further. Please remember in your Christian walk that God will never contradict the Bible. The Bible must always be our most important Book.

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Until tomorrow

amanda
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Day 7: What Esther teaches about grace

Hadassah or Esther was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin. She was brought up by her uncle Mordechai.

I thought of rewriting the whole story of Esther in my own words but the Bible is very concise: Esther 1 NIV

Queen Vashti Deposed

This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,[a] the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush[b]: At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.

For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa.The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couchesof gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality. By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink with no restrictions, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas— 11 to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. 12 But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.

13 Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times 14 and were closest to the king—Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.

15 “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.”

16 Then Memukan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, “Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. 17 For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ 18 This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.

19 “Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. 20 Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.”

21 The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed. 22 He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, proclaiming that every man should be ruler over his own household, using his native tongue.

Now the king set out people to find a new Queen and Esther ended up in the palace.

Xerxes didn’t show grace to Vasthi but he chose Esther to be his queen.

Through this grace the whole of Israel was saved.

Esther 7 NKJV 3 Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.”

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The story of Esther shows us how God can turn a bad situation into a good one. Also how GRACE can make a difference. I would like to believe that Xerxes loved Esther that is why he showed her GRACE. This includes the Divine intervention that softened his heart.

Do you think that divine intervention is neccesarry for us to show grace towards others?

Until tomorrow

amanda
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Day 6: Notes for Bible study

I am linking up for the first time with the Weekend wind down link party It is really fun and worth a visit. For a full list of posts in this series please click here.
Thank you for being part of my journey so far where I am exploring the word GRACE. your turn to write
Every few days it will be your turn to write. We will recap on the previous few days’ posts and take a sneak peak into the week to come. Take out your Bible and a note book or whatever you would like to use. If you want to blog about your thoughts please link up to this post by adding your link in the comments section of this post.
So here we go:
    1. When you hear the word Grace what is the first thought that comes to mind?

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  1. What does James 4:7 mean to you?
  2. How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is your savior?
  3. Can you think of someone that you need to show grace to? How will you go about it?

 

Until tomorrow
amanda
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Day 3: Grace: a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior

According to the dictionary grace is (among other things)
grace manifistation
A manifestation of FAVOR by a SUPERIOR.
What is favor? Dictionary.com says that favor is:
something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act:
 Who is our superior? Your boss can be seen as your superior, people in leadership can be seen as your superior, but today I’m choosing to focus on God as our Superior.
In other words we can say that:
Grace is a gift that you get without doing something for it from God.
what does the Bible say

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:7

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.

Eph 1:6 NLT

From these two verses we can KNOW that God gives favor. His grace to those that belong to His Son Jesus Christ.

This favor is eternal life and forgiveness of our sins.

To belong to Jesus Christ is the most important aspect of my life. What a comfort to know that God is with me always and that through His Son I have eternal life. To read my testimony you can go here.

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If you read here and you do not know Jesus as your Savior yet all you need to do is say a prayer and talk to Jesus and ask him to be a part of your life. If you do not want to do it alone go to a Christian friend or church they will surely help you. Otherwise you can contact me.

 

I feel amazed and thankful that I can go into the new year with the knowledge that Jesus Christ is with me especially since the events surrounding Christmas are still fresh in my memory. How does it make you feel to know that God gives His grace  through His Son?

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Day 2: What does grace mean?

According to the dictionary Grace means:

grace is

Dictionary.com states the following:

elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action:

We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice.
2.

a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment:

He lacked the manly graces.
3.

favor or goodwill.

4.

a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior:

It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled fromschool.
5.

mercy; clemency; pardon:

He was saved by an act of grace from the governor.
Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve.
Antonyms: harshness.
6.

favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
7.

an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted tothe debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penaltyapplied:

The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days’ gracebefore the policy lapses.
Compare grace period.
From the above we can get the following 8 meanings of this one word:
1. a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior
2.mercy; clemency; pardon:
3.favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
4.Favor or good will
5 Grace is smoothness and elegance of movement.
6. Courteous good will
7. Bring honour and credit to.
8. A pleasing or attractive quality
 Looking forward to your comments.
What do you think about when you hear the word “grace”?

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Day 1: 2015: A year of Grace

grace I’ve decided to join One word for 2015. The word I’ve chosen is grace because it is something that I’ve thought about a lot since October. In October I did a series 31 Days of blessings and that made me realize the amount of grace that I’ve received from God as well as the amount of Grace that I need. Please follow me on this journey in 2015. For a list of posts in this series please click here.

Day 1: 2015: A year of Grace

Day 2: What does grace mean?

Day 8: Quotes

 The best thing about One Word is that there are no rules.    The word should promote growth and courage.  It shouldn’t be too narrow, should be able to be interpreted in a variety of ways.  Click on the picture below for more info: