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GRACE AND FAITH

WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE

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GRACE AND FAITH
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE

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STEPPING STONE #12

GRACE AND FAITH
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE

 

Welcome back to ...

THE PATH
 

Psalms 33:20 
Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield.

The best investments are ones that are long term.  
I trust you're taking one step each day to gain the most success of your program.

 

Good to have ya back ... I missed ya.

Did you say 'Hi' to the Holy Spirit today? He is waiting.

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.


GRACE AND FAITH
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE


You may not like the things that a true friend tells you even though they may be for your own good. But thatís what makes them a true friend, isnít it?

I just wanted to remind you of this Proverb that I shared with you back at the GARDEN GATE because the things that I have to share with you today may seem a bit abrasive. But you have to admit, warning is a good thing. If you knew there was a camouflaged ditch in the road that your friend was about to walk down, youíd warn them about it, wouldnít you?

As your friend, I caution you ...

You ARE gonna fall down ...

EVERYONE DOES

The devil seeks every opportunity to attack. His evil offerings may not appear to be bad. He will package them with ribbons and bows and make them look like a gift instead of a curse. He is dressed in a tuxedo, not a red suit with a forked tail, pitchfork in his hand and horns on his head.

2 Corinthians 11:14
And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

His intent is to disguise evil. Heíll try to make you think he and/or his ideas are romantic, fun, intelligent, captivating ... honorable even. Be alert. Be careful how you walk. Walk in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Do not be deceived. He does not sleep. He will use whatever means that he can to lure you into his deceit: television shows, commercials, movies, books, magazines, billboards, food packaging, newspapers, mail, clothing, dreams, music, social media, thoughts, even Christian holiday gimmicks such as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. You name it, his purpose is to win your soul away from God, any way he can. Heís depending on the chance that his repeated attempts will make you give up the fight for righteousness.

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

How do you do that? Reverse psychology. Heís depending on your weakness, so heís going to aim for that. Guess how you send his arrows crashing to the ground ... By planting good seed:

2 Corinthians 12:9
My strength is made perfect in weakness.

The last thing the devil is expecting is that Jesus will become stronger in you because of his games. So, use it to your advantage. Lean on Jesus when the arrows are flying. Donít let temptation become stronger than the presence of the Lord at any time. Do whatever you have to do to get rid of it. An even better thing to do is avoid it in the first place.

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints ...


GRACE AND FAITH DURING TRIALS AND TRIBULATION
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE WHEN WE FALL DOWN


Weíve talked a great deal about trial and tribulation all along THE PATH and youíve learned many different ways to fight the good fight. But what happens once you fall?
The answer is simple.

GET UP!

Youíre not suddenly a failure because you fell. Youíre not banned from being a Christian. Youíre not bad. Youíre not different. Youíre not hopeless. Youíre not stupid.

(But you do look a little silly if you lie there in pools of self pity.)

Itís all up to you. God gives you the choice to make decisions. As long as you feel sorry for yourself the devil is winning. When the devil shoots his arrows at you, put up your shield of TRUTH! Itís never too late to begin again.

Continued efforts WILL complete any task set before us!

Every day is a new day ... A fresh start. Every moment is a new moment. No matter what, you arenít a hopeless cause. Read the New Testament. Get to know the character of Jesus' apostles at the beginning of their walk with Christ. They were not all full of virtue from the beginning. It took time. It took faith. Some of the un-virtues they possessed were doubt, fear, pride, jealousy ... The Apostle Paul even described himself this way:

1 Timothy 1:15
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.

Peter, the rock upon whom Jesus built His church, had so much cowardice that he denied emphatically to some girls at a campfire that he had ever even known Jesus.

Yet, these were His Apostles. Jesus knew that they would need and depend on the Holy Spirit after He left. Don't you let the enemy make you believe that Jesus canít change YOUR life.

It seems impossible? Remember this about miracles, if you're not asking for something that seems impossible ... you're not asking for enough. God wants you to depend on Him to make it possible. You canít possibly do it alone.

You may think that you have done some unforgivable things in your life and thereís no way you could ever make up for them, but that is exactly the reason why our Lord died for us. THAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD. There is one string attached ... you have to be genuinely sorry for what you did. Your sins cannot outdo Godís grace, neither in frequency or intensity.

An extremely cool thing just happened. As you started reading that last paragraph, your mind went into itís computer mode. Searching ... searching ... File found! And it opened up what you stored in there about Godís Grace. It didnít like the word ďunforgivableĒ because you weeded that out already, and it started reinforcing the TRUTH right away. Then as you read the second sentence and the third and the fourth, well, you could practically quote it word for word!

Now thatís cool!

~Itís working~

Ephesians 2:8
For by Grace are ye saved through faith; not of your own doing: it is the gift of God.


HOLD TIGHT TO GRACE AND FAITH
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BECAUSE OF LOVE


Grab the Grace, forgive yourself, get up, and continue to fight ... to the finish!

What if David never forgave himself for killing Uriah? What if Peter never forgave himself for denying the Lord three times? What if Paul never forgave himself for persecuting Christians before his calling? What if Thomas never forgave himself for doubting?

What if they just gave up?

All of these people have a great impact on Christianity because they fell down, they repented, they accepted Godís GRACE, forgave themselves, and then THEY GOT BACK UP and persisted in the cause. They did it for God, they did it for themselves, and they did it for US!

They are our heroes.

Just think of the wonderful teachings we could have had from Judas, had he just forgiven himself. Remember, Judas was an instrument that was used in God's plan. God sent Jesus to earth so our sins could be forgiven. When Adam and Eve sinned, God set the plan in motion because He loved us so much. They broke the covenant and severed the connection to God for all mankind. So, God had to fix it.

He knew we couldn't restore the connection ourselves and Jesus had to pay the price for our sin. Judas was a part of the plan. If he had chosen to accept Grace before he died, we may have had perhaps one of the greatest examples of grace ever. Judas fell down, but did not get back up, even though Jesus, His master that he followed, lived with, ate with, traveled with, rested with, prayed with for three years, in the flesh, taught him that repentance is THE way of salvation.

Get up and carry on.

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FALLING DOWN

We are the Lordís new disciples. We are the believers ... The saints of this generation.

We fall down, we get up!

 

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WE FALL DOWN

Most every spiritual giant in the Bible, faced trial and tribulation. Our Lord Himself was tempted by the devil. It happens to the very best, so expect it to happen to you.

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

 But, I urge you to take the advice of the Apostle Peter:

1 Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Trials and tribulations will come, make no mistake. Itís the attitude in which you choose to deal with them, that makes all the difference in the world.

If youíre working in your garden, and a mosquito comes along pestering, shoo it away. If you get a thorn, pull it out. If you get dirt on your face, brush it off. If you fall down, GET UP and carry on!

Abrasive? No ...
TRUTH!

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.


GRACE AND FAITH HOPE
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BLESSING


Make it a point to be more conscientious of your day to day life. Learn to recognize when you start to stumble and catch yourself before you fall. Observe other people and identify those that are fallen. You'll notice in many cases that many don't even realize that they HAVE fallen because the world is so accepting of sin. Watch for people falling in movies, identify it ...

Ponder upon it, in your own mind, or discuss with your spouse, children, or whoever you happen to be watching the movie with as to how it could have been avoided, and how it can be dealt with after the fact. It is now your turn to share the Truth that you have learned.

There are many exercises you can do to prevent yourself from falling. You have to train yourself, just like anything else in life ... If you practice it, you'll get better at it. You can even include it as one of your Miracle Grow activities. What a great idea ... To practice NOT falling!

GRACE ... GOD'S GET OUT OF HELL FREE CARD

We all make mistakes. We fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we don't always resist. But that is exactly why God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure, unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that God loves you so very much and He wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father wants each and every one of us to enjoy.

GRACE

 

STEPPING STONE TWELVE

 
Good work today, my friend.

Lay down that twelfth STEPPING STONE and just look at that beautiful path winding through your garden! You can see the new seeds youíve planted are starting to grow, and youíre doing a fine job keeping all the weedlings out. Next time we meet on THE PATH, Iíll be sending you on a little excursion, but for now, itís time to take a rest and let the light of TRUTH shine in your heart for a while.

Make sure you talk with the Comforter Holy Spirit more today.

He is a gentleman and awaits the invitation.

MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP WITH ALL OF YOUR STEPS. WE DON'T WANT TO TURN AROUND TO FIND WEEDS COVERING THEM AGAIN.

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

If you like ...

You may go back over each completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have not missed anything.

MAKE SURE YOU JOT DOWN A LIL SOMETHING IN YOUR PERSONAL JOURNAL

YOU HAVE COMPLETED STEP TWELVE

GRACE AND FAITH
WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE

Tomorrow, return to the Forum page of this program:
 

And we will proceed to ...

STEPPING STONE #13

And I will meet you there!

 


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