How can one experience God's Grace?
What do you need to pray to receive Grace?
Can all have an opportunity to receive Grace?
How can you know this is true?
Have you ever noticed that when a mother smiles at her infant, it will soon smile back?
The child is learning how to love.
It is like this too for the children of God:
You could say that grace is God's smile upon us and we, like the child, through recognition of this gift, respond.
Remember the answer to the old
"Why did God create us?"
"God created us
to know him, to love him, and to serve him."
You are about to be presented with an adventure that will take you far above and beyond your present relationship with Jesus Christ, and will show you the possibility of changing your world. The GuardianAngel faculty and staff here believe that you have the potential to be a mighty man or woman of God, and that He has an awesome plan for your future.
The time you spend at GuardianAngel will be well invested. You will be challenged to examine your way of thinking, acting, and interacting in the light of what God has said are His top priorities for humankind. You will encounter the eternal. You will learn about yourselves and develop life-bending friendships. But most importantly, you will expand in your relationship with God, and discover renewed personal purpose through living in His presence and serving in His Kingdom.
What an opportunity !
We encourage you to make the most of it !
1) One can experience God even in casual events of Life.
Once we have His glory, we will receive grace upon grace.
After Grace--------Life in Abundance--------Gifts in Abundance
Jesus, praying to God and using only a few loaves of bread and fish, feeds thousands (5000 not counting women & children) of men, along with an unspecified number of women and children; there are even a number of baskets of leftovers afterward.
So, when one receives Grace, its Grace upon Grace upon Grace upon.......
What I am trying to say is, that once we receive His Grace, we will keep on getting gifts after gifts, grace after grace.....abundance blessings;
2) How can one experience God's Grace?
Would you like to enjoy such an experience?
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Recognize That Everything You "Own" Actually Belongs to God
All that we have, we possess by the grace and gift of God. Everything belongs to Him. The psalmist records,
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."
God's ownership is eternal and unchanging. He never has given up this right - and never will. Thus, the whole of our life - our personality, influence, material substance, everything - is His, even our successes.
God has placed in our trust a measure of time, a unique set of talents, and sufficient treasure to carry our His will for our lives. Our task as faithful stewards is to manage those blessings to bring the maximum glory to His name.
Realize It Is More Blessed to Give Than Receive
Giving produces abundance. When you give freely of yourself and of your possessions as a material expression of your spiritual obedience to Christ, God in turn meets your needs abundantly. This is true whether you are rich or poor, whether you serve God in a land that is blessed with great material wealth or in a poverty-stricken part of the world.
Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when we take your gifts to those who need them they will break out into thanksgiving and praise to God for your help.
How does this work?
Giving begins an endless circle of joy. God gives; you receive. You give; He receives, He then multiplies your gift back to you in the form of additional supply. It is important to remember that God is the one who initiates this process of blessing. The purpose of the return is not just to reward you for giving, thus completing the circle again and again.
Although God owns all the wealth in the universe, few people are willing to share the portion of resources which He has entrusted to them. When someone does begin to give, God releases additional abundance to them so they can give even more. If we break this process on the receiving end of the circle, He is likely to look for someone else whom He can trust and through whom He can channel His blessings. The Book of Proverbs records:
One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
We tend to cling to every object in our lives. We hold on to our profession, relationship or possession as if our entire world depends on them. We are so busy clinging to our own lives, that we have forgotten to live with the flow. We are afraid to move ahead, afraid to let go.
Life in essence is like an unobstructed, unrestrained, uncontrolled flow of a river. Life flows at its own pace and the ultimate source of all our pain and sufferings is our tendency to cling to and obstruct the flow. Professional life stagnates, relationships are broken, possessions are lost; all because we refused to let go when we were actually required to let things take their own course.
Why do we cling?
- We cling because change scares us;
- We cling because we are afraid to face the unknown, to face challenges;
- We cling because we feel secure if the status quo is maintained;
- We cling because we refuse to believe that life can never be static;
- Because we refuse to accept the transience of everything;
- We believe that everything is in our hands. We do not have enough faith in life and that higher force which is omnipotent and omnipresent.
In the chaos of existence, we have lost touch with our higher self. Most of us lead a life which is similar to that of a child who is lost in a crowd, separated from his guardians. He has nobody to place his faith on. He is afraid, insecure, suspicious about everyone and everything.
We live under the false illusion of having everything under our control. The spirit of getting things done becomes a problem when we continue to cling on even after we have exhorted all our efforts. We are overwhelmed by a sense of despair and disillusion when things move beyond our control. It is at this stage we need to learn to let go. Several times relationships are broken just because we tried too hard to make them work. We didn't give the breathing space they required to grow. We didn't let go and let them take their own course.
Professionally or personally, once all the efforts are made towards achieving a goal, we must learn to let go and let life take the best course. It might or might not be of one's choice, but if we have faith, we will realise that it inevitably is the best course. We need to believe that forces above us are far better equipped to make judgments for us. We must learn to have faith in their judgment. Letting go, however, does not mean turning into a fatalist. One cannot sit idle in life and expect life to take care of itself. Karma, the fulfilment of one's duties is the ultimate objective of all human existence and if we fail to fulfill our duties towards life, life inevitably fails us.
When God gives us dreams, He shares them with us. Whatever we consider our dreams, are actually His dreams and He gives us the capability to realise them. The part we are required to play is to ensure the optimum usage of the capabilities bestowed upon us. And once we have played our part with utmost honesty and effort, we need to let go, step aside and let God step in to fulfill our dreams. After all, they are His dreams, too.
3) What do you need to pray to receive Grace?
Act is equally important just like prayers!
Know the World... Love the World....Serve the world...
Now that sounds pretty simple.
Quite some time ago I found that oil and water do not mix. It became apparent that there were not two sets of rules in life. If I wanted the spirit of revelation and I was a thief, one or the other had to go. This is pointed out in the Bible quite clearly.
(James 3: 10) Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing, which ought not so to be
If I wanted to give blessings to some and curse even for one....remember- Blessing and Cursing can not come from the same mouth with spiritual power. Oil and water do not mix. If I break the commandments I loose the spirit. There are no exceptions. There is only one set of rules, and we all play on the same playing field.
If we blame our misconduct on having a bad habit, then the keys found in this article should be of great interest to us. If we keep the commandments strictly we will be the recipients of the great promise in the scriptures.
Matthew 7: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
This has especially been true in the case of immorality. Many times people feel that the Lord told them it was OK for them to continue with addictive habits like pornography, adultery, drugs or have an affair outside their marriage because they were so lonely, or the other person involved need their help. But in each instance, the thing that had actually happened was that Satan had convinced them that doing what they were doing would not effect their eternal salvation. They felt they could do it and still live with God some day. They could not use eternal life as a source of higher power to help them stop what they were doing, because they already felt they could have BOTH.
Believe with all your Heart that you can not have “BOTH"
4) Can all have an opportunity to receive Grace?
The Restoration of Truth
God is your loving Heavenly Father
Yes, Everyone has an opportunity to accept Grace!
- God is your Father in Heaven. We call God Heavenly Father because He is the Father of our spirits and we are created in His image.
- God has a body that looks like yours, though His body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory beyond description. He knows you personally and loves you more than you can comprehend. To help you find happiness in this life and guide you to return to live with Him, Heavenly Father provided a plan called the gospel of Jesus Christ, a guide based on the life and teachings of His Son, Jesus Christ.
- From the beginning, Heavenly Father has called prophets to testify, record His word, and provide His plan for His children on the earth. The teachings of prophets are found in sacred books called scriptures.
- Your Heavenly Father knows you and loves you and wants to help you return to Him. Your life on Earth is part of His plan for you to gain a body, learn, grow, and find joy. Sometimes life is hard, lonely, or frightening, but your Heavenly Father is always there. He sorrows when you suffer and rejoices when you do what is right. He wants to communicate with you as you sincerely pray to Him, and He stands ready to give you comfort, peace, and guidance in your life.
Jesus Christ taught that you must know the only true God to have eternal life ( John 17:3). As His child, you must know who He is and what He is like to find greater peace and joy, both in this life and in the life to come...
5) How can you know this is true?
Sincerely praying to your Heavenly Father &
asking Him if what you are learning is true.
Your Heavenly Father is the source of all truth. He loves you and wants to answer your questions. Therefore, He will help you recognize the truth as you sincerely seek it and ask Him for guidance. You can know if the things you are learning are true if you ask your Heavenly Father in prayer. He desires for you to know the truth, and you can receive an answer from Him through the Holy Spirit.
As taught in the Bible, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance” (Galatians 5:22–23). These feelings from the Holy Spirit are personal revelation to you that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true. You will then need to choose whether you will live in harmony with the knowledge you have received.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Out deepest fear is that we are
Powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
"Who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God!
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
its in everyone.
as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
As the Savior taught in the Bible, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you ( Matthew 7:7). Feelings from the Holy Spirit are personal revelation to you that confirm the truth gospel of Jesus Christ.
Counting my blessings from God is a pleasure
Many have become my greatest treasure
God's blessings are special, you see
And each one brings peace to me.
God sends new blessings each day
His blessings are received in mysterious ways
Every joyful blessing He gives is free
And I pray my eyes be open that I may see.
All blessings from God are everlasting
They cover the world in every place
Every blessing speaks of His mercy
And He sends them with loving grace.
God's blessings of love He does bestow
Only He knows what our future will be
His blessings will continue we know
Because He loves you and me.
Lord Jesus, I need you.
Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins.
I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord.
Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life.
Make me the kind of person You want me to be.