Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Grace and Favor

Greetings My Friends;
We have all heard of grace and favor. You may be asking yourself what is the difference between them. According to Strong's dictionary of Bible words, the Hebrew and Greek is identical for the most part. The words mean graciousness, benefit given, and basically blessing and  kindness.
Proverbs 8:35 for whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have reduction through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
When you read the Bible, you begin to see the situations that pertain mostly to favor. Even though God is impartial, it looks like He has looked at the righteousness of some people in particular. These people were usually chosen for something special God had for them to do.
Luke 2:52 and Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Psalm 5:12 for you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor you will surround him as with a shield.
1 Samuel 2:26 and the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor with the Lord and men.
Luke 1:30 then the angel said to her, be not afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Grace on the other hand is the means by which something is accomplished. It is a gift of God. It is not earned by works of any kind.
Ephesians 2:8 for by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God.
Ephesians 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace and his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
If you look at everything you do during the day, you will find an outpouring of grace from God which enables you to do what you do. You take your next breath by the grace of God. We would not even be the smallest particle in the universe without the grace of God. Anything you do with your senses is by grace. Prayers are answered by faith and trust which is grace too. Grace is one of the most important things in our lives after Jesus and salvation.
So I guess you could sum it up this way. Everything that you feel led to do by the Lord, and you do it, by his favor you accomplish it. Absolutely everything in life, including the things we take for granted, is by the grace of God as a gift.
God Bless You And Remember
 Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation;
"Oh God in Heaven, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I receive Your Word, and I repent of sin. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus name. Amen"