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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS THE CHEERFUL GIVER!!


GIVING EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE GIVING THAT'S BLESSED; NOT THE ONE DONE IN THE FLESH!!

 “…Remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that GIVETH thee POWER to GET WEALTH…” (Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV).  
 “…For it is God who WORKS in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13 NIV).

“…It is the SPIRIT who GIVES…. the flesh profits nothing…” (John 6:63 NASB). 
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God’s indwelling Holy Spirit EMPOWERS you to GIVE from your spiritual and material resources and WEALTH.…it is God which WORKETH in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 KJV). YOU …can do all things THROUGH Christ which strengtheneth (empowers) [YOU]….” (Philippians 4:13 KJV). “….APART from Me, you can do nothing…” (John 15:5 NIV).

“… A man can RECEIVE nothing, except it be GIVEN HIM [FIRST] FROM HEAVEN…” (John 3:27 KJV). “…Unto you it is GIVEN (gifted) ….not only to believe on him (depend upon him)...” (Philippians 1:29 KJV).  ALSO, “…As MANY as received him, to them GAVE HE POWER to become the SONS OF GOD…” (John 1:13-14 NASB).

The FATHER’s (God) WORD (Jesus) is POWER (Holy Spirit) and they are ONE. “…THERE ARE THREE that bear record in heaven, the Father (GOD), the Word (JESUS), and the Holy Ghost (POWER): and THESE THREE ARE ONE…” (1 JOHN 5:6-8 KJV). God’s Word is POWER.

The salvation message is the FIRST experience of God’s POWER. “….the gospel of Christ (the WORD) …. is THE  POWER of God unto SALVATION TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH (THAT DEPENDS UPON HIM)…” (Romans 1:16 KJV). “…Unto YOU it is GIVEN (gifted) ….not only to believe on him. (not only to depend upon him)..” (Philippians 1:29 KJV). BUT, “…BY GRACE  (unmerited FAVOR) have ye been SAVED THROUGH FAITH (through dependency)…” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV). “…RECEIVE (accept the GIFT)  with meekness the engrafted WORD (Jesus Chist), which is “ABLE” to SAVE your souls…” (James 1:21 KJV).

“… He (Jesus Christ) had a name written, that no man knew … his name is called The Word of God…” (Revelation 19:12-13 NASB).….The Word became flesh” (John 1:14 NASB). “…BY THE WORD of the Lord … [YOU ARE SAVED] …” (Psalms 33:6 NASB).

God’s POWER is invisible, but the results of God’s POWER “can” be CLEARLY seen.  “…Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualitiesHIS ETERNAL POWER AND DIVINE NATURE—have been CLEARLY SEEN, being UNDERSTOOD FROM WHAT HAS BEEN MADE, so that people are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20 NIV).

God’s power basically refers to his divine, holy authority or omnipotence. God’s kind of POWER is a spiritual attribute which originates from his divine, holy nature.

Everything that has been created is a manifestation of God’s eternal, holy POWER. God’s DIVINE, holy POWER is seen in nature, the cosmos, the heavens, the earth, all creature or humans, and in the way all things are sustained. “…The Son (the living word) … sustaining ALL THINGS by his powerful word…” (Hebrews 1:3 NIV). “…In him (Jesus) ALL THINGS hold together…” (Colossians 1:7 NIV).

A good definition of God’s POWER comes from understanding it through the lens of its original Hebrew and Greek meaning which points to words like exousia or dunamis which simply means ULTIMATE power or authority. “…POWER belongeth unto God...” (Psalms 62:11 NIV).

God’s holy power is in a category all on its own. Ancient Greek calls it dunamis power where miracles and mighty supernatural works derive. There are a lot of names given to define power such as: clout, one’s own ability, being sovereign, strength, one’s capability, dominion, authority, control, rule, or supreme influence.

There is no power, however, like that of God’s power. “… There is NONE like unto thee, O LORD; thou art GREAT, and thy name [ALONE]  is great in might.” (Jeremiah 10:6 KJV). “…GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV).  “…POWER belongeth unto God...” (Psalms 62:11 NIV).

There are many examples of power, many definitions of power, but none of those powers are comparable to the POWER of God. “… There is NONE like unto thee, O LORD;” (Jeremiah 10:6 KJV).

No matter who holds positions of power; ultimately all power BELONGS to God. “…POWER belongeth unto God...” (Psalms 62:11 NIV).

If one possesses power of any kind, it was given to him by God. “…There is NO POWER but of God: THE POWERS that be are ordained of God…” (Romans 13:1 KJV). “….[God]…changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding…” (Daniel 2:21 KJV).

“…In order that the living may know That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And bestows it on whom He wishes …” (Daniel 4:17 NASB). “…Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above…” (John 19:22 NIV).

ALL “…POWER belongeth unto God...” (Psalms 62:11 NIV). “…The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein…” (Psalm 24:1 KJV). “…for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof…” (Psalm 50:12 KJV). “…all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine” (1 Chronicles 29:11 KJV).

The WORD of God is “…the POWER of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Romans 1:16 KJV). God’s dunamis power is often translated as miraculous power, especially since it extends far and abundantly above normal, common human power or capability. God “… is able TO DO exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20 KJV).

Jesus displayed that POWER. “…Jesus realized that POWER had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering…” (Mark 5:30-34 NIV).  “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth  (HOW?) with the Holy Spirit and POWER,  (AND WHAT DID JESUS DO?) … he went around doing good and healing all ….because God was with him…” (Acts 10:38 NIV).

God used others to display that POWER too. “…Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and POWER, performed great wonders and signs among the people…” (Acts 6:8 NIV).  “…God did extraordinary MIRACLES (power) through Paul” (Acts 19:11 NIV). “…I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and MIRACLES (power)…” (2 Corinthians 12:12 NIV).

“…Now God GIVES US many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same HOLY SPIRIT who is the SOURCE of them all.it is the same God who does the work IN and THROUGH all of us who are his. The HOLY SPIRIT DISPLAYS God’s power THROUGH each of us It is the same and only Holy Spirit who gives all these gifts and POWERS… (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT).

The uniqueness of God’s POWER and what separates it from any other power is that it originates from his DIVINE nature. In addition, God’s POWER has demonstrated that it is the PRIMARY POWER that moves, shakes, sustains, and controls the entire universe and everything in it. “…There is NO POWER but of God: THE POWERS that be (exist) are ordained of God…” (Romans 13:1 KJV).

God’s POWER is witnessed throughout biblical and natural history. “… I HAVE MADE the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by MY GREAT POWER and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me…” (Jeremiah 27:5 KJV).  “…Lord God! behold, THOU HAST MADE the heaven and the earth by THY GREAT POWER and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee…” (Jeremiah 32:17 KJV).

God’s POWER is witnessed through the humans he EMPOWERED to fulfill his historical purposes as well. “…Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in POWER…” (Exodus 15:6 KJV). “…thou hast guided them in THE STRENGTH (power)…” (Exodus 15:13 KJV). “…O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and THY MIGHTY hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to THY MIGHT (power)?” (Deuteronomy 3:24 KJV). “…God is our refuge and STRENGTH…” (Psalms 46:1 KJV). “…give thy STRENGTH unto thy servant…” (Psalms 86:16 KJV).

I hope we have established that God’s POWER is intrinsic and is witnessed in creation as well as in God’s people. “…Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualitiesHIS ETERNAL POWER AND DIVINE NATURE—have been CLEARLY SEEN, being UNDERSTOOD FROM WHAT HAS BEEN MADE, so that people are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20 NIV).
“…God GIVES US many kinds of special abilities, but … The HOLY SPIRIT DISPLAYS God’s power THROUGH each of us and … gives all these gifts and POWERS… (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT).

God’s people RECEIVE POWER from God's indwelling Holy Spirit, but it originates from his DIVINE Holy nature. “…I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God GIVEN unto me BY the effectual working of HIS POWER…” (Ephesians 3:7 KJV). “…My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the[HOLY] Spirit and OF POWER…” (1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV).

When God’s people mistakenly think POWER comes from themselves it is a sign they are deceived and do NOT know the truth. “…Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the POWER of God” (Matthew 22:29 KJV). “…Remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that GIVETH thee POWER to get wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV). “…He GIVETH POWER to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength…” (Isaiah 40:29 KJV).  “…Truly I am full of POWER by the Spirit of the Lord…” (Micah 3:8 KJV).

Divine, holy POWER belongs to God and his kind of POWER is NOT intrinsic to man. “…Thou say in thine heart, MY POWER and the might of MINE HAND hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is HE THAT GIVETH THEE “POWER” TO GET WEALTH” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18 KJV). “…Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I HAVE POWER to crucify thee, and HAVE POWER to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have NO POWER at all against me, EXCEPT it were given thee from above…” (John 19:10-11 KJV).

Jesus was the example of GIVING credit for his POWER to God and God alone.  “…As thou (God) hast GIVEN HIM POWER over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him…” (John 17:2 KJV). “…And hath GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY to execute judgment also…” (John 5:27 KJV). “…Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him…” (John 5:19-23 KJV).

In addition, Jesus was the example for demonstrating he had God’s POWER. “…that ye may know that the Son of man HATH POWER on earth to forgive sins…” (Matthew 9:6 KJV).  Jesus also had POWER over the unseen world. “…And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for WITH AUTHORITY AND POWER he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out…” (Luke 4:36 KJV).

Jesus GAVE his disciples power and authority over the unseen world. “…Then he called his twelve disciples together, and GAVE THEM POWER AND AUTHORITY over all devils, and to cure diseases…” (Luke 9:1 KJV).

It is God’s POWER that delivers the sinner from the BONDAGE of sin and allows him or her to experience the POWER of Christ’s resurrection. “…Who will free me from this life that is dominated by SIN? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…(Romans 7:14-25 NLT). “…if the Son…shall make you FREE, ye shall be FREE indeed.” (John 8:36 KJV). “…That I may know him, and THE POWER of his resurrection...” (Philippians 3:10 KJV).

Believers rely on the EMPOWERING, indwelling Holy Spirit for Holy living (Living FREE from SIN). “…For God hath not given us the Spirit of fear; BUT OF POWER, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to THE POWER of God…” (2 Timothy 1:7-8 KJV).

The Father’s Word is POWER and salvation originates from the WORD'S inherent POWER.  “…For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek…” (Romans 1:16 KJV).

The GOSPEL/WORD is God’s POWER that supernaturally works SALVATION “IN” and "THROUGH" those who believe (depend upon the Word). “…Unto YOU it is GIVEN ….not only to believe on him (not only to depend upon him)…” (Philippians 1:29 KJV). But, “…BY GRACE  (unmerited FAVOR) have ye been SAVED THROUGH FAITH (through dependency upon the WORD)…” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV). “…RECEIVE (accept the GIFT)  with meekness the engrafted WORD (Jesus Christ), which is “ABLE” to SAVE your souls…” (James 1:21 KJV).

Through the GOSPEL/WORD/JESUS, God’s divine POWER becomes the key to EMPOWERING the believer's salvation and directing them into victorious Christian living. “…But thanks be to God, which GIVETH THEM the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (the WORD)…” (1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV). “…His “divine” POWER hath GIVEN unto [you]… ALL THINGS that pertain unto life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1:3 KJV).

“… [WE]… WHO ARE “KEPT” BY THE “POWER” OF GOD THROUGH FAITH (dependency upon his WORD) unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls…” (1 Peter 1:5-9 KJV).

God’s POWER is not passive or inactive, but is the driving FORCE behind a productive and fruitful Christian life.…God… works IN YOU to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose…” (Philippians 2:13 NIV). “….apart from Me (Jesus, God’s WORD), you can do nothing…” (John 15:5 NIV).…May… God,EQUIP “you” with everything good for doing his will, and may he work IN US  what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ,” (Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV). “…He gives POWER to the weak and strength to the POWERless.…” (Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT). “…NOW UNTO HIM THAT IS “ABLE” to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER that worketh IN US…” (Ephesians 3:20 KJV). “…HE WHICH HATH “BEGUN” A GOOD “WORK” IN YOU “WILL” “PERFORM” IT “UNTIL” the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6 KJV). “….the GOD of Israel is he that GIVETH strength and POWER UNTO HIS PEOPLE” (Psalms 68:35 KJV). “…SUMMON YOUR POWER, God; SHOW US YOUR STRENGTH, our God, as you have done before…” (Psalms 68:28 NASB).  “… [I am]…strengthened (empowered) with MIGHT by his Spirit in the inner man…” (Ephesians 3:16 KJV).
God MEETS every NEED you.“… God will supply all [your need]…” (Philippians 4:19 NASB). “…God will generously PROVIDE all you need…” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT). The HOLY SPIRIT even supplies you with the ability to GIVE!

“…Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV). I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn it and grants to them Christlike character, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that produces Godly fruit. I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn it and grants to them the beauty of  his holiness, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit and expresses how God’s love has set them apart from all others. I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn it and grants to them the ability to carry out his word, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit to do all his good pleasure. “…God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 KJV). I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn it and supplies all that is needed, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit to have MORE than enough to share with others. “…And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT).  I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn and is an expression of God’s divine love, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit to further demonstrate his GREAT, faithful, everlasting love. “Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD” (Psalms 117:2 KJV).   I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s grace is bestowed upon the unworthy, the underserving, and those who did not earn it through the GIFT of the indwelling Holy Spirit. “….ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost…” (Acts 2:38 KJV). “…the Spirit of God dwell in you…” (Romans 8:9 KJV).   “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV). “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV). “…God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV).

by the grace of God I AM what I AM” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV). I AM is one of God’s names and can mean the source of all reality. God’s name “I AM” verifies reality and when used with His word creates reality.

Your identity becomes linked with truth. “…thy word is truth (JOHN 17:17 KJV). Every time you say I AM, link it with a biblical truth. Believers can actively accept their new identity “IN” Christ Jesus. “…But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was “NOT” WITHOUT EFFECT” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).

God’s indwelling Spirit is not without effect and thus can EMPOWER you to GIVE. You can say, “ I AM A CHEERFUL GIVER.”

Monday, July 9, 2018

THE HOLY SPIRIT is THE "FREE" GIFT of GRACE!


                                           
THE HOLY SPIRIT "IS" THE FREE GIFT OF GRACE!

“…What we have RECEIVED is not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. ” (2 Corinthians 2:12-15 KJV).
“….ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy … [SPIRIT]” (Acts 2:38 KJV).  
“…GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV). “the Spirit of God (THE GIFT) dwell in you…” (Romans 8:9 KJV). 

“…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV).   “[God, through Christ]… FREELY GIVE US all things?...” (Romans 8:32 KJV).

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  JESUS (THE WORD OF GOD) SAID: "…The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (John 4:16-21 KJV).

“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth  (HOW?) with the Holy Ghost (THE GIFT) and WITH POWER:  (WHAT DID JESUS DO?) who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil;  (HOW WAS JESUS ABLE TO DO GOOD & HEAL THE OPPRESSED?) for GOD  (WHO IS SPIRIT) WAS WITH HIM. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem…” (Acts 10:38-39 KJV).

“…What we have RECEIVED (THE GIFT OF THE "HOLY" SPIRIT) is not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God (GOD IS SPIRIT), so that we may understand what God has freely given us. ” (2 Corinthians 2:12-15 KJV). “….ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy … [SPIRIT]” (Acts 2:38 KJV).  “…GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV). “the Spirit of God (THE GIFT) dwell in you…” (Romans 8:9 KJV).“…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED. (THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT)..” (Matthew 10:8 KJV). 

What motivates God to freely GIVE mankind all these spiritual blessings? “…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HATH blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…” (Romans 1:3 KJV).

The answer is his DIVINE Love motivates him. God SO LOVED the world, that he GAVE…” (John 3:16). “…Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that HE LOVED US... (1 John 4:10 KJV). We love, because HE FIRST LOVED US…” (1 John 4:19 ASV). God “SPARED NOT his own Son, but delivered him up FOR US ALL” (Romans 8:32 KJV). Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God SHOWED HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:7-9 NLT). “…There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life…” (John 15:13 NLT).

“…Who will separate us from the love of [Christ? … [Nothing]…will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”(Romans 8:31-39 NASB). He has “….loved [you]...with an everlasting love….” (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV).

Mankind became separated from God, nonetheless, but HOW?[Their] … iniquities (sin) …separated [them]… from God …” (Isaiah 59:2 KJV). “…It’s YOUR SINS that have cut you off from God…” (Isaiah 59:2 NLT). “…Your INIQUITIES have separated between you and your God…” (Isaiah 59:2 KJV).  

What caused the separation?

through one man SIN entered into the world, and DEATH THROUGH SIN, and so DEATH passed to all men—“(Romans 5:12 KJV). .  “…the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23 KJV). “…There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10 KJV). …There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not…” (Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV). “…ALL HAVE SINNED and fallen short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23).

Mankind became separation from God, the Holy Spirit's, presence, but NOT his love. What did God do to SHOW he still loved them?“…God SHOWED HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:7-9 NLT). God …sent His Son to be the propitiation (substitute, intervention) for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 KJV). “…[God]…sent His Son...” (1 John 4:10 KJV). “…He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life…” (John 3:16 KJV).

How did Jesus, the WORD, help the separation between, God, the HOLY Spirit and mankind? “…He [became]… the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2 NIV). Jesus also became the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV). Christ …died for sins ONCE for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18 NASB). “…he (Jesus) by the grace of God should taste death for every man…” (Hebrews 3:9 KJV).

What does Jesus, the WORD, DO for you when you confess your SIN? “…If we confess our sins, he (the WORD) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…” (1 John 1:9 KJV).“…Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies BLOT OUT “MY” TRANSGRESSIONS (sin). WASH ME THROUGHLY FROM “MINE” INIQUITY (sin), and CLEANSE ME FROM “MY SIN.” For I acknowledge my TRANSGRESSIONS (sins): and “MY SIN” is ever before me. AGAINST THEE (God), THEE ONLY, HAVE “I SINNED” AND DONE THIS EVIL IN THY SIGHT…” (Psalms 51:1-4 KJV). “Create in me a clean heart, O God…” (Psalms 51:10-19 KJV).  “…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more…" (Hebrews 8:12 NIV). His “…love covereth a multitude of sins…” (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8 ASV).

God specially created Jesus, the human vessel, to die while we were ALL still filthy, unworthy sinners. “…sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:7-9 NLT). How does God’s Grace in Jesus find us? "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Every one that hath HEARD and hath LEARNED of the Father, cometh to me…” (John 6:45 KJV). “..If I (Jesus, the WORD) be lifted up from the earth, WILL DRAW all men unto me…” (John 12:32 KJV).
What is important to KNOW about Jesus? “… He (Jesus) had a name written, that no man knew … his name is called The Word of God…” (Revelation 19:12-13 NASB). The WORDs of God are SPIRIT. “…THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK unto you, they ARE SPIRIT …” (John 6:63 KJV). “…GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV). Jesus, the WORD said: "I and my Father are [not simply close, but]…ONE." (John 10:30 KJV). This unity is, first and foremost,  HOLY and unique to God and Jesus (Deuteronomy 6:4). JESUS is The WORD of GOD. Thus, Jesus (THE WORD) is also SPIRIT. 
God is Spirit. “…GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV).  Jesus (the word) is SPIRIT. “…The Lord (the WORD) is that Spirit [too!]…” (2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV). God is Spirit and Jesus, the Word is Spirit. “… I and my Father are ONE…” (John 10:30 KJV).

What POWERFUL thing can HAPPEN after people HEAR and LEARN of the Word of God? “… [THE WORD] … is the power of God at work , saving everyone who believes  (hears, learns, and depends)” (Romans 1:16 NLT). They can “…RECEIVE with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to SAVE [their]… souls…” (James 1:21 KJV).“…BY GRACE have ye been saved THROUGH FAITH; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD; not of works, that no man should glory…” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV).
 “..Being justified FREELY by his grace…” (Romans 3:24 KJV). “…we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand...” (Romans 5:2 KJV). “…being justified by his grace…” (Titus 3:7 KJV). “…To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved…” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV).

How does receiving the Word of God SAVE me or justify me, or make me accepted? “..The WORD OF GOD is “…the POWER of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Romans 1:16 KJV). “… IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD…” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV).

During the “the power of God (THE PROCESS) unto salvation” God is at work (Romans 1:16 KJV). “…God ...[sends]… forth the Spirit (the GIFT) of His Son (the WORD) “INTO” [y]OUR HEARTS…” (Galatians 4:6 NASB). Thus, “…the Holy Spirit (the GIFT) gives birth to SPIRITUAL LIFE…” (John 3:6 NLT). THE SOUL IS UNITED AGAIN WITH GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT. “…He that is joined [by Jesus] is ONE spirit… [OR united with the HOLY God]” (1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV). Along with hearing the Word and receiving God’s Spirit; spiritual faith is transferred to you. “…FAITH [also]… COMETH BY HEARINGTHE WORD OF GOD” (Roman 10:17 KJV). “…The grace of our Lord was poured out on me (or transferred to me) abundantly, ALONG WITH FAITH (the power to depend upon God)that are “IN” Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:13-14 NIV).

Therefore, “…We have obtained our introduction by faith (dependency) into this GRACE (undeserved FAVOR) in which we stand…” (Romans 5:2 NASB). “…a right relationship with God …comes by faith (dependency upon the GRACE of God)…” (Romans 4:13 NASB). … [God] … [makes] …us ACCEPTED in the beloved (Jesus Christ)” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV).

Did you do anything to earn, deserve, or be worthy of God’s GRACE (unmerited FAVOR) through Jesus? “…Christ …[died]… for us while we were “STILL” sinners” (Romans 5:7-9 NLT). “…BY GRACE have ye been saved THROUGH FAITH (total dependency upon God); and that NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE (FREE) GIFT OF GOD; not of works, that no man should glory…” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV). “…the GRACE (unmerited FAVOR) of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men…” (Titus 2:11 KJV).

SALVATION, by GRACE (unmerited FAVOR) through FAITH (the power to depend upon God) "IS" FREE? “…the FREE gift…” (Romans 5:15 KJV). “….the [FREE]… gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord…” (Romans 6:23 KJV). “…BY GRACE have ye been saved …” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ASV). “…Since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s GRACE would not be what it really is—free and undeserved…” (Romans 11:5 NLT).“…The grace of our Lord was poured out on me (or transferred to me) abundantly, ALONG WITH FAITH (the power to depend upon God)that are “IN” Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:13-14 NIV).

What is this GRACE? God’s GRACE in a nutshell is his UNMERITED, UNDESERVED, UNEARNED, AND UNWORTHY, BUT "FREE" favor of God toward mankind. “…For God saved us and called us to live a HOLY life (a life free from the bondage of sin). He did this, not because we DESERVED it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of timeto show us his GRACE (undeserved FAVORS) through Christ Jesus (the FREE gift of God)…” (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT). “…A few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God’s GRACEhis UNDESERVED kindness in choosing them…” (Romans 11:4 NLT).

UNMERITED favor means ABSOLUTELY nothing was done to DESERVE it, but it was FREELY GIVEN to you anyway and emanates from God’s divine, loving, KIND nature. “…God is love…” (1 John 4:4-8 KJV). …… [God’s]…love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV). “…the fruit of the Spirit is… gentleness (kindness)…” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV). “…For God saved us ... not because we DESERVED it, but ...to show us his GRACE (undeserved FAVORS, kindness) through Christ Jesus …” (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT). “…God’s GRACEhis UNDESERVED kindness …” (Romans 11:4 NLT).

Grace may be one of the hardest concepts to embrace, especially in the western culture. Growing up in the U. S. you are taught nothing in life is FREE and you have to EARN, DESERVE, and be WORTHY of everything; including love. “…Since [salvation]… is through God’s kindness, then it is not by … good works. For in that case, God’s GRACE would not be what it really is—free and undeserved…” (Romans 11:5 NLT).

In many cases, earning, deserving, and being worthy becomes a lifelong effort to be some idea of perfection to keep the favors of those whose love and acceptance you covet.

If you don’t maintain that idea of perfection or keep the favor and acceptance of your coveted people usually there is NO Grace waiting for you on the other side.

I have been there. I have been the person with the endless task of trying to be some idea of perfect in order to sustain the favor and acceptance of people I deemed important to me. “…ye are not under the law (the never ending dos and don'ts of life), but under GRACE (unmerited FAVOR)…” (Romans 6:14 KJV).

So, you may THINK, "IF" I can’t sustain, or earn, or deserve, or be worthy of a finite human’s continual favor, what chance do I have with a Holy God. Certainly, I am not good enough to deserve ANYTHING from a HOLY God.

However, God’s GRACE  (unmerited FAVOR and KINDNESS) empowered and strengthen me to DEPEND upon his LOVE for me, personally. “…God’s GRACE has set US FREE from the law (the dos and don'ts and of people too)...” (Romans 6:15 NLT). “…where sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound…” (Romans 5:20 KJV).  “…He is “SO” RICH in kindness and GRACE that he purchased our FREEDOM with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins…” (Ephesians 1:7 NLT). “….The exceeding RICHES of his GRACE in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7 KJV).

The indwelling Holy Spirit enabled me to become a person who displayed Godly grace. I also thought if I showed grace to others, when my turn came, they would show grace to me. "…In everything, therefore, TREAT people the same way you want them to TREAT you, for this is the Law and the Prophets…” (Matthew 7:12 NASB).

Well my turn came and I made a big mistake in the eyes of someone I loved deeply. However, there was NO grace. They blatantly treated me according to the wrongs they felt I had done to them. “…As every man hath received the gift (of GRACE), even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold GRACE of God…” (1 Peter 4:10 KJV).

I couldn’t make it right with that person. I found myself gravelling for their GRACE in my heart. That is how it is with humans sometimes. No matter what I DID I couldn't make things right. I came to realize, we wouldn’t be able to make it right with God either without his GRACE. “…For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law (rules, dos and don'ts, gravelling, trying to earn, deserve, be worthy, etc), you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s GRACE (unmerited FAVOR)…” (Galatians 2:21 NLT). “…God is able to make all GRACE abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things…” (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV). “…where sin abounded, GRACE did much more abound…” (Romans 5:20 KJV).  “…My GRACE is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...” (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV). “..Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find GRACE to help in time of need…” (Hebrews 4:16 KJV).

I remember asking this person the question: “Where is my grace?” I asked that question because I knew I have shown grace to them many, many times.

I would have bet my life that if anyone would shown me grace it would have been this particular person. To this day, I never received the grace I so desired from "that" person. However, I can tell you this with certainty, GRACE is found free, abundant, and endlessly in God through Jesus Christ. “…much more the GRACE of God, and the gift by GRACE, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath ABOUNDED unto many…” (Romans 5:15 KJV).  “…They which receive abundance of GRACE shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:17 KJV).

This person GAVE me no GRACE and no RECIPROCITY, especially when I needed it the most.  It’s even slightly painful to write about it. However, the word encourages me to “…be strong in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus…” (2 Timothy 2:1 KJV). Keep “…singing with GRACE in your hearts to the Lord…” (Colossians 3:16 KJV).  And “…Let your speech [continue to]… be always with GRACE…” (Colossian 4:6 KJV).

Don’t try to get revenge or return one wrong for another, or be prideful, or defend yourself.  “…He (God)… giveth more GRACE. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth GRACE unto the humble…” (James 4:6 KJV). “…God resisteth the proud, and giveth GRACE to the humble…” (1 Peter 5:5 KJV).

This is one of the main reasons I appreciate the GRACE of God so much. GRACE is NOT a first response for most humans, but it is always a first response GIVEN for God. “..Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find GRACE to help in time of need…” (Hebrews 4:16 KJV). “..The grace GIVEN unto me” (Romans 12:3 KJV). “…according to the grace that is GIVEN to us…” (Romans 12:6 KJV). “…Because of the grace that is GIVEN to me of God…” (Romans 15:15 KJV). “…According to the grace of God which is GIVEN unto me…” (1 Corinthians 3:10 KJV). “…I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is GIVEN you by Jesus Christ..” (1 Corinthians 1:4 KJV). “…Every one of us is GIVEN GRACE according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7 KJV). This is where I SHOUT!

“…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV).

If my GRACE is "NOT" always readily extended in my human relationships, where then will I FIND GRACE? Apostle Paul says God’s GRACE (kindness) is always WITH me and you. “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU. Amen…” (Romans 16:20 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU ALL . Amen…” (Romans 16:24 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU…” (1 Corinthians 16:23 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU. Amen…” (1 Thessalonians 1:2 KJV). “…The GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, BE WITH YOU ALL. Amen…” (2 Corinthians 13:14 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOUR SPIRIT. Amen…” (Galatians 6:18 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU ALL. Amen…” (Philippians 4:23 KJV). “…GRACE be with you. Amen…” (Colossians 4:18 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU. Amen…” (1 Thessalonians 5:28 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ BE WITH YOU ALL. Amen…” (2 Thessalonians 3:18 KJV). “…GRACE be with thee. Amen…” (1 Timothy 6:21 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen…” (Philemon 1:25 KJV). “…GRACE be with you all. Amen…” (Titus 3:15 KJV). “…GRACE be with you all. Amen…” (Hebrews 13:25 KJV). “…The GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen…” (Revelation 22:21 KJV). 

BECAUSE GOD is WITH me I am what I am. “…By the grace of God I am what I am…” (1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV). I AM EXTENDED GRACE AND KINDNESS ALWAYS FROM GOD THROUGH JESUS!!

Therefore, “…GRACE  "BE" unto you, and [may it continue to]… be multiplied…” (1 Peter 1:2 KJV). “…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV).

WE LOVE, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 ASV). “…We give [God]..only what [he]…first gave us! …” (1 Chronicles 29:14 NLT). There is NO GIFT greater than GIVING another person God’s GRACE.

Give GRACE abundantly and it will return to you. That person didn't show me GRACE, but God showed me GRACE through many, many other people and situations. “…Give, and it will be given to you. They will  pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return…” (Luke 6:38 KJV). “…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV).

.When it comes to GIFTS from God THINK bigger than material blessings! “…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HATH blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings…” (Romans 1:3 KJV). “…ye know the GRACE of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be RICH…” (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV).

 “…We give [God]..only what [he]…first gave us! …” (1 Chronicles 29:14 NLT).

If all you think God has GIVEN is material possessions and ALL you have to give or donate comes out of that material wealth; you are thinking WAY TOO small!! “… [God]… HATH blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings…” (Romans 1:3 KJV). “… through his poverty [you]…might be RICH…” (2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV).

“…Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have!” (Acts 3:6-10 NLT).  Therefore, as I close, I donate or GIVE to you the BLESSING of his GRACE upon your life, today, continually and multiplied!!!

 “…GRACE be unto you, and peace, FROM God our Father, and FROM the Lord Jesus Christ…” (1 Corinthians 1:3 KJV). “…GRACE to you and peace FROM God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 1:7 KJV). “…GRACE be to youFROM God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ…” (2 Corinthians 1:2 KJV). “…Grace be to youFROM God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Galatians 1:3 KJV). “…GRACE be to you, …FROM God our Father, and FROM the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 1:2 KJV). “…GRACE be unto youFROM God our Father, and FROM the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:2 KJV). “…To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: GRACE be unto youFROM God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Colossians 1:2 KJV). “…GRACE unto youFROM God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…” (2 Thessalonians 2:2 KJV). “…GRACE, mercy, and peace, FROM God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord…” (1 Timothy 1:2 KJV). “…GRACE, mercy, and peace, FROM God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord…” (2 Timothy 2:2 KJV). “…GRACE, mercy, and peace, FROM God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour…” (Titus 1:4 KJV). “…GRACE to you, and peace, FROM God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ….” (Philemon 1:3 KJV). “…GRACE and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord…” (2 Peter 1:2 KJV). “…GRACE be with you, mercy, and peace, FROM God the Father, and FROM the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love…” (2 John 1:3 KJV). “…John to the seven churches which are in Asia: GRACE be unto you, and peace, FROM him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from …” (Revelation 1:4 KJV).

“…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED [THE GIFT OF GRACE]...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV). “…What we have RECEIVED is not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. ” (2 Corinthians 2:12-15 KJV).
“….ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy … [SPIRIT]” (Acts 2:38 KJV). GOD IS SPIRIT…” (John 4:24 KJV). “the Spirit of God (THE GIFT) dwell in you…” (Romans 8:9 KJV). “…FREELY YE HAVE RECEIVED...” (Matthew 10:8 KJV).   “[God, through Christ]… FREELY GIVE US all things?...” (Romans 8:32 KJV). 
THE HOLY SPIRIT "IS" THE FREE GIFT OF GRACE. IT IS THROUGH THE GIFT OF GRACE THAT WE RECEIVED "ALL" SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS!
GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT, FREELY AND GENEROUSLY "GIVES" YOU "ALL" THINGS (NOTHING EXCLUDED) TO ENJOY!!! (1 TIMOTHY 6:17).
DEPEND UPON GOD AND "EXPECT" HIM TO DO IT!!
 “…The disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord (THE WORD)worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs…” (Mark 16:20 KJV). “…The …HOLY SPIRIT (THE INDWELLING GIFT) …is the SOURCE of [signs, wonders, and miracles]. … (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT). “…The HOLY SPIRIT DISPLAYS God’s power (supernatural WORKS and PERFORMANCES) THROUGH each of us … (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT). “…The Father that dwelleth in ... [YOU], he doeth the works…” (John 14:10 KJV).
“…Lord … Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus (THE WORD)…” (Acts 4:28-30 KJV). “…the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works…” (John 14:10 KJV).
“…You can ask for anything in my name (JESUS, THE WORD OF GOD), and I “will” do it...” (John 14:12-14 NLT).
“…You can ask for anything in my name (jesus, the word of god)...” (John 14:12-14 NLT). “….You may ask for anything you want…” (JOHN 15:7 NASB). “…Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). “…everyone who asks receives…” (Matthew 7:8 NIV).
 “…And this is the confidence that we have in him (Jesus, THE WORD), that, if we ask any thing according to his will (his word), he heareth us” (1 John 5:14 KJV). “… [We]Receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands (follow his instructions) and do what pleases him…” (1 John 3:22 NIV). “…If we know that he hears uswhatever we askwe know that we have what we asked of him…” (1 John 5:15 NIV).
Therefore,Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV). “… lean not unto thine own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV). “…The Father that dwelleth in [you], he doeth the works…” (John 14:10 KJV). “…He helps me…” (Psalms 28:7 NLT).
 “… [His word] shall not return unto [him]… void, but it shall accomplish that which [God]… please[s], and it shall prosper in the thing whereto [God]… sent it…” (Isaiah 55:11 KJV). “…I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son…” (John 14:13 NIV).
"… He DOETH the WORK…” (John 14:10 KJV). “…This hope is a strong and TRUSTWORTHY anchor for our souls…” (HEBREWS 6:19 NLT). “Everything you have heard … is TRUSTWORTHY and true…” (REVELATION 22:6 NLT). 
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE FREE GIFT OF GRACE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BOLDLY GO TO GOD'S THRONE AND FIND "ALL" THE HELP YOU NEED, BECAUSE GOD "RICHLY" GIVES HIS PEOPLE "ALL" THINGS TO ENJOY!