Sunday, February 19, 2012

living in grace, alone

grace: getting something you don't deserve

If you are a Christian, if you have called on the name of Christ, if you have repented and given your life to the Lord, then you are saved by grace, alone.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8

To live any other way is arrogant.

Cross at sunsetsource

God saves sinners. Sinners cannot save themselves. There is nothing that we can do to earn redemption. It is something that is freely given and humbly received.

Stop trying to be a good Christian.
Stop your feeble attempts at cleaning up your sins.
Stop making lists of righteous acts and stop checking them off.
Stop reading your Bible because you're supposed to.
Stop going to church just because it's Sunday.

None of those things will make you cleaner. None of those things will put you in a better standing before God. None of things will get you into a higher level of heaven. None of those things will bring you joy.

"This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!" Isaiah 25:9

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Instead, live in grace. Live humbly, but boldly and in confidence. Allow God to transform your heart and your mind. Let him cleanse you and make you pure. He will take away your sins. Delight in Him. Enjoy His word.

Know that you are saved, not because of anything you do or will do, but because of the work of Christ on the cross. Allow that knowledge to move from your head to your heart. And then live like it.

There is freedom in Christ. There is freedom because of His grace.

Freedom !source

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36

I need this reminder today, and everyday.

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5 comments:

  1. i SO needed to hear this tonight. been catching myself 'going through the motions' a little bit in some things, and am reminded by this post to refocus on my relationship with Christ and remember his GRACE! :) your posts never fail to encourage me.

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  2. AMAZING POST!!!!!!!!!!!! :) This was beyond perfect for me tonight and it was so beautifully written! :)

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  3. Great post!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. This is exactly what I needed to read! This is so true! We have such a great God!

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  5. Beautifully written post. Thanks for sharing this truth.

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