Sunday, March 27, 2016

By Grace Through Faith

Easter... Is my favorite Holiday celebration
because of what Christ did for me personally;
He suffered and endured the shame of the cross
when it should have been me on that cross.
"Christ, being found in fashion as a man, he
humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross."  (Philippians 2:8)
He came to prove His love towards me,
in that while I was a sinner, He died for me,
so that I might live a victorious life through Him.
I cannot help but think about the free gift 
that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord,
 as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
 Ephesians 2: 1-10 is such a beautiful reminder
of God's divine formula for rescuing His people from their sin.


God's rich Mercy (verse 4 a) "But God who is rich in mercy."
Romans 10:12&13 are beautiful verses showing God's mercy to ALL
who call upon His name. 
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek;
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved." 
 God forgives all our iniquities
and heals all our diseases. (Psalm 103:3) 
He removes the barrier that separates people from Himself
by canceling the debt of sin (all our iniquities) so that anyone
can enjoy a loving relationship with Him.
God's love removes a persons sins as though they never existed. (Psalm 103:12)
Oh my! That should cause us to bow down on our knees
to the Lord and lift His name on high and thank Him
for the work He has done for us
as we trust Him in His unfailing love. 


God's great Love (verse 4 b) "For his great love, wherewith he loved us."
John 3:16-17 are verses we quote so often, and are filled 
with the wonderful truth of salvation.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world through Him might be saved." 

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God's Grace (verse 5) "Even when we were dead in sins, 
hath quickened us together with Christ,
by grace are ye saved."
Paul expresses his thanksgiving to God 
for his salvation through the grace of God in 1 Timothy 1:14&15
"And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith
and love which is in Christ Jesus.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world 
to save sinners, of whom I am chief."  


Mercy, love, and grace combined together produce a free Gift. (verses 8&9)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Not of works lest any man should boast."   
Romans 6:23 ties in so well with these two verses,
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  
Eternal life is a grace, a gift received through Faith. (verse8) 
"So faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 
Have you trusted in the marvelous grace of Jesus
and received His free Gift of salvation? 

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"Why Should He Die 
For Such As I" 

In everything both great and small
we see the hand of God in all,
and in the miracles of Spring
when everywhere and everything
His handiwork is all around
and every lovely sight and sound
proclaims the God of earth and sky
I ask myself "Just who am I"
that God should send His only Son
that my salvation would be won
upon a cross by a sinless man
to bring fulfillment to God's plan-
For Jesus suffered, bled and died
that sinners might be sanctified,
and to grant God's children such as I
Eternal life in that Home on High.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~ 


Great is the Lord and most worthy of our praises.
Our Precious Heavenly Father,
thank you for the gift of salvation
through Your Son Jesus Christ,
who willingly suffered and died
so that we may have life.
Amen.

Hallelujah
Christ is Risen!
~ Debbie ~ 

26 comments:

Deborah Montgomery said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful words this morning Debbie! Happy Easter to you. He is risen, alleluia!

Melanie said...

Beautiful post about God's grace. Happy Easter to you, Debbie.

littlegraycottage said...

Hallelujah! He has risen indeed!

Have a blessed day Debbie....

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Amen and alleluia, my friend! What a beautiful post you wrote for your favorite day. Happy Easter blessings to you!

Stephanie said...

Happy Easter, mom! Ah, what a glorious day to celebrate ALL that our Savior has done for us. We serve a RISEN and LIVING Lord - hallelujah!

Here is the chorus of a song that has greatly touched my heart in the last few days: "Justice and mercy met on Calvary, where the pure and perfect Savior took my place; Pardon and forgiveness covered all of my unrighteousness, and every drop of blood was full of grace." -Darrell V. Archer

Have a blessed Easter! Love and hugs to you!

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

What a wonderful post Debbie, have a wonderful Easter! I love your new blog design.

Linda said...

This is such a beautiful post, dear Debbie! God bless you, and Happy Easter.

Jeanna said...

AMEN!

Happy Resurrection Day, Debbie.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This was beautiful and so full of what Jesus/God did for us. His mercies are new every morning, His compassions fail not. I am ever thankful.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Happy Easter Debbie!! Beautiful post!

Anne Payne said...

Happy Resurrection Day, Debbie! Thanking God the Father for His boundless mercy and love toward a sinner such as I, and for His Son Christ Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the cross of Calvary so that I might be drawn to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit, and washed white as snow through the shed blood of Jesus on my behalf!

Debby Ray said...

He is risen, INDEED! And aren't we so blessed that He is?! I pray your Easter has been beyond blessed, sweet friend. Thank you for sharing these beautiful words and your beautiful heart. Have a blessed week ahead!

Carol Z said...

Happy and blessed Easter wishes!

White Lace and Promises said...

Those are some of my favorite verses. I just love Phil. 2. Christ did not consider his Lordship something to be grasped. He became like us so that we could become like him. Truly amazing love. Grace. Don't you just love the sound of that word. Amazing.

doodles n daydreams said...

He is risen indeed.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter.

Diana

baili said...

beautiful sharing sweet pic ,have a blessed Easter dear

Cheryl said...

Oh, how grateful I am that our dear Lord has arose and is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us! He is SO precious to my heart and soul, and I have never loved Him more. We watched Roma Downey's "Son of God" movie last night, and I just wept and wept as I thought of all He suffered for me...because of MY sins. I just sat there telling Him how sorry I am for being the cause of such suffering. I am so amazed at His love, and the old, old story never grows old to me. I want to serve Him all the days of my life and make a difference for Him in this life. Surely our lives pass so quickly, and as my dear mother used to often say, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." Sending you much love, sweet friend, and it was so sweet to visit with you today.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Amen dear sister, truly we are so incredibly blessed and rich in our faith in our risen Lord Jesus Christ.

The lamb ..THE Lamb of Who taketh away the sins of the world. Praise Him for the Love which sent Him to the cross, to defeat Satans hold over death, truly ...
IT IS FINISHED! As He cried... Once and for all Salavtion is bought by His life blood.

How we love Him. Thanks too for the great blessing of your comment in my blog.

How you cheered my heart.
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

hobbyloes said...

Hi Debbie, the verses of John 3:16-17 are so prescious, and what Crist did for us is so amazing, for He is risen.
That's what the children are singing: for He is risen, He is alive, He is alive!
Thanks for this beautiful and touching post.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Such a beautiful post dear Debbie... oh the wonder and amazement in my heart for the work accomplished at Calvary! How blessed beyond knowledge we are, not only for the hope that was wrought for us in this life, but in the life to come too! Such a beautiful post, precious words, lovely pictures, and my heart is still rejoicing and will continue to rejoice in the work of Calvary... HE LIVES! Praise God, such a refrain to live by! Much love to you today dear Debbie!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful post,Debbie, I love all the verses.
Praise God for ALL His Blessings.

Blogoratti said...

What heart warming thoughts indeed. Warm greetings to you!

LV said...

What a marvelous and inspiring presentation. Thank you for making us stop and think about the most important thing in life.

shortybear said...

such a lovely post.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Beautifully said Debbie, yes indeed I'm so pleased to say I have accepted this free gift for myself. It's nice to see you back blogging. I hope this means you are feeling somewhat better. Thank you for sharing God's word, He promises it will not return void. ~ Abby

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

I love your sheep -- reminds me that we are all the Lord's sheep and that he loves us each and every day, no matter how much we may wander. Lovely to meet you Debbie. so

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