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Eleanore Holmes

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #40 on: August 05, 2005, 09:45:00 AM »
WE ARE FREE

We are involved  in a battle! But, remember, we are not called to win the battle, BECAUSE IT  HAS ALREADY BEEB WON for us by Jesus.  We are called to enforce and maintain Satan's defeat. He has no more authority, and we are to go and TELL THE WORLD THAT THEY ARE FREE FROM PRISON. JESUS WON THE VICTORY FOR US.

The real spiritual battle comes from the  battle of the mind when the enemy tries to cut off our communication to God....getting us out of prayer, faith, love, and getting us into strife with each other, committing sins  of the world.  The battle is to keep our mind clear, renewed, full of God's GRACE and His holiness.

The GRACE of Christ is to work a wonderful transformation in the life and character of its receiver; and IF we are truly the disciples of Christ, the world will see that divine power has done something for us; for while we are in the world, WE SHALL NOT BE OF IT.

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #41 on: May 26, 2006, 09:43:00 PM »
In re-reading this topic I think that we all will benefit from my repeating what Brother Cop posted about a year and half ago:

"Christ shows what price He had to pay on the Cross for the sins of the world. As the sinner looks upon the pain and suffering that Christ endured, he begins to realize that his own sins caused Jesus to die. His heart begins breaking and he cries out to Christ to forgive him for what he has done. Love, such as he has never imagined or experienced, then floods into the deepest part of his soul as his sins are washed away.

The joy and peace, which he has vainly sought in many places, he has finally found. Christ reveals to him the beauty of God, the lovingkindness and mercy He has for the sinner. As they spend time together, the born again child of God begins to fall in love with Christ. He surrenders all he has…his heart, mind and soul to Jesus. This love he experiences, is a love that he has never known and causes him to desire to do that which will please his Lord and God.

He has had a small spiritual taste of Christ and His Holiness and now desires to come closer to Him. He wants more of God’s Grace, even though he now sees how far he is from what Christ desires him to be. The more grace he has, the more he sees his imperfection and emptiness, and distance from what ought to be and so the more does he see his need of grace. Grace, is of a growing nature, and in a growing state. The cry of every recipient of true grace, is like that cry of true faith, Mark 9:24: 'Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief.' The greater spiritual discoveries and affections the true Christian has, the more does he become an earnest beggar for grace, and spiritual food, that he may grow; and the more earnestly does he pursue after it for true longings after holiness are no idle desires."

Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #42 on: November 17, 2007, 07:23:30 AM »
On the first page of this topic, Sister Ele said:

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"Repentance is one of the first fruits of saving GRACE." AG 138
How did we get this great sorrow? We went to Calvary and heard Christ's pleading, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsake me?", "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities...."  this gave us repentance, also, our daily love for Christ gives us repentance.

What is Grace?
GRACE IS POWER:  "The transforming power of Christ's grace will mold the one who gives himself to God's service."  We need this strength and power to overcome the temptations of Satan.  That is why it is so important  "The grace of Christ is essential every day, every hour...." 6BC 1117

GRACE BRINGS US JUSTIFICATION, SANCTIFICATION, PERFECTION!
"The Sanctficatioin of the soul is accomplished through steadfastly beholding Him by faith as the only-begotten Son of God, full of grace and truth."

The perfection of Christian character depends wholly upon the grace and strength found alone in God.  Without this power of grace upon our heart, assisting our efforts and sanctifying our labors, we shall fail in saving our own souls. Taken from 3T 188

This subject has no ending.  Our free gift from our loving Saviour will come to us  daily as we need it.  Thank you Lord for our Salvation.

I agree! This subject has no ending! When I finally understood what Grace is, how Grace works in our lives, my heart leapt. For so long it was set in my mind that Grace was Jesus making up my deficiency, period - that He would "look over" those sins I could not overcome.

To know that Grace is power from above to transform the heart and mind, and also to HOLD was an incredible discovery. Do we also see this as the very power that will hold the 144,000 during the great time of trouble? They will have no mediator during that time. They are sealed - they have settled it in their minds that they will not be moved.

 
  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89 

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #43 on: November 17, 2007, 07:55:32 PM »
AMEN!!!
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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #44 on: December 10, 2007, 05:40:39 PM »
Sister Ele said:

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The real spiritual battle comes from the  battle of the mind when the enemy tries to cut off our communication to God....getting us out of prayer, faith, love, and getting us into strife with each other, committing sins  of the world.  The battle is to keep our mind clear, renewed, full of God's GRACE and His holiness.


As things got busy and distracting today - I found this that our dear Sister spoke in 2005. I say, "Amen" - Sister Ele!

I wish I had known this woman. Even in her resting sleep, she shines as an encouraging light! What a lasting witness!
  For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89 

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #45 on: December 14, 2007, 10:44:30 PM »
 :'( Amen, Sister Sybil! I still miss her and think of her several times a week. She was a true Christian! :'(

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Re: God's Amazing "Grace"
« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2009, 01:41:03 PM »
God's grace extended to fallen man blesses all of creation, not just us fallen beings.

The grace of Christ alone could change the heart of stone to a heart of flesh, make it alive unto God, and transform the character, so that a degraded child of sin might become a child of God, an heir of heaven. Man had no power to justify the soul, to sanctify the heart. Moral disease could be healed only through the power of the great Physician. The highest gift of Heaven, even the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, was able to redeem the lost.

The only hope for the fallen race was found in becoming reconciled to God. Satan had so misrepresented God that man had no true conception of the divine character. Christ came to the world, and, in carrying out the plan of salvation, revealed to man that "God is love." 

When the plan of salvation was revealed to the angels, joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. The glory and blessedness of a world redeemed, out-measured even the anguish of the Prince of life. Through the celestial courts echoed the first strain of that song that angels sang above the hills of Bethlehem: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." And the lost pair in the garden of Eden, standing as criminals before the righteous Judge, waiting the sentence their transgression merited, heard the first notes of the divine promise. Before the life of toil and sorrow which sin had brought upon them was depicted before them, before the decree that the wages of sin is death was pronounced, they heard the promise of redemption. Though they must suffer from the power of their mighty foe, still through the merits of Christ they could look forward to victory. The mystery of the gospel was spoken in Eden when God said to the serpent: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." If Satan could have touched the Head with his specious temptations, the human family would be lost; but the Lord had made known the purpose and plan of the mystery of grace, declaring that Christ should bruise the serpent under his feet.

Not only had man come under the power of the deceiver, but the earth itself, the dominion of man, was usurped by the enemy. Through the plan of salvation, through the sacrifice of Christ, not only man, but his dominion, was to be redeemed. Because of the merits of Christ, all that man lost through sin was to be restored. The time would come when there should be no more curse, but the throne of God should be in the earth renewed, and his servants should serve Him. The promise would be fulfilled, "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever."

Through the plan of salvation, a larger purpose is to be wrought out even than the salvation of man and the redemption of the earth. Through the revelation of the character of God in Christ, the beneficence of the divine government will be manifested before the universe, the charge of Satan against God refuted, the nature and result of sin made plain, and the perpetuity of the law fully demonstrated. Satan had declared that the law of God was faulty, and that the good of the universe demanded a change in its requirements. In attacking the law, he thought to overthrow the authority of its Author, and gain for himself the supreme allegiance. But through the plan of salvation, the precepts of the law were to be proved perfect and immutable, that at last one tide of glory and love might go up throughout the universe, ascribing glory and honour and praise to Him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever. 

The inhabitants of all worlds will be convinced of the justice of the law in the overthrow of rebellion and the eradication of sin. When man, beguiled by Satan's power, disobeyed the divine law, God could not, even to save the lost race, change that law. God is love, and to change the law would be to deny Himself, to overthrow those principles with which are bound up the good of the universe. The working out of the plan of salvation reveals not only to men but to angels, the character of God, and through the ages of eternity the malignant character of sin will be understood by the cost to the Father and the Son of the redemption of a rebel race. In Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, all worlds will behold the marks of the curse, and angels as well as men will ascribe honour and glory to the Redeemer through whom they are all made secure from apostasy. The efficiency of the cross guards the redeemed race from the danger of a second fall. The life and death of Christ effectually unveils the deceptions of Satan, and refutes his claims. The sacrifice of Christ for a fallen world draws not only men, but angels unto Him bonds of indissoluble union. Through the plan of salvation the justice and mercy of God are fully vindicated, and to all eternity rebellion will never again arise, affliction never again touch the universe of God.
Jesus receives His reward when we reflect His character, the fruits of the Spirit......We deny Jesus His reward when we do not.