Broken Chains Ministry

Grace a gift from God

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.

Acts 13:43 And when the congregation of the synagogue dispersed, many of the Jews and the devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked to them and urged them to continue [to trust themselves to and to stand fast] in the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God.

Romans 3:24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 5:15 But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass [His grace is out of all proportion to the fall of man]. For if many died through one man’s falling away (his lapse, his offense), much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through the undeserved favor of the one Man Jesus Christ abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Romans 5:20-21 But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,
21So that, [just] as sin has reigned in death, [so] grace (His unearned and undeserved favor) might reign also through righteousness (right standing with God) which issues in eternal life through Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) our Lord.
1st Corinthians 3:9-11 For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.
10According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,
11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

James 4:6 But He gives us more and more grace power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).
1- The physical relm- Unbelievers continue to live in the world because of God’s common grace.
every breath we take,food, clothing all of the things of life here on earth.
Gen 39:5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household(J) of the Egyptian because of Joseph.(K) The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field
Ps 145:9 The Lord is good(A) to all;
he has compassion(B) on all he has made.
Ps 145:15-16 The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season.
16You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor
2- The Intellectual Realm-John 8:44 You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
Romans 1:21 Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and [c]godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.
3-The moral Realm-God bestows common grace to keep us from being as bad as we can be. If people persist hard heartly and repeatedly,in following sin over a coarse of time, God will eventually “give them up”to greater and greater sin.
Ps 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust and let them go after their own stubborn will, that they might follow their own counsels.
Romans 1:24,26,28 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin],
In the case of most humans God does not let us fall to the depths to which sin would take us, He intervenes and puts restraints on their conduct.
4-The creative realm- Artistic, music, athletic,cooking, writing, and so forth. In all cases these things are a gift from God. What are we doing with ours?
5- The social Realm-Government, laws ect clearly given by God to keep us from being as bad as we can be.
Romans 13:1 LET EVERY person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment.(A)
6-The religious relm- Matt:5:44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,(A)Pray for their salvation, love them.
7- Common Grace and saving grace influence each other Examples, craftmen building church,
typesetters making bibles. Unbelievers benefit from examples of Christians in society, prayer, teaching ect.
8- Common Grace does not save people
Matt 22:37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
Example unbelievers doing good works.

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