Jun 17, 2015

Wednesday in the Word-God's Grace and a {Giveaway}

Where would I be without the GRACE of Christ? I shudder to even think about it. How about you? 


After doing a little homework I found that in order to learn the definition of God's grace, I needed to understand the Greek and Hebrew words behind this term.

An Old Testament word describing God's grace is chesed. This word speaks of deliverance from enemies, affliction, or adversity. It also indicates enablement, daily guidance, forgiveness, and preservation.
 The New Testament word is Charis. It focuses on the provision of salvation.

Definition of God's Grace – How do theologians define it?
 In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven. ‘(God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.           (2 Corinthians 5:21)

What is grace? Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.

I don't know about you but I am so grateful for the Grace of God!

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" Ephesians 2:8-10

In honor of the Grace that Jesus has bestowed upon me I'd like to give this beautiful 8x10 portrait to one of you. This is just a simple photo of one of my roses. I turned it into an oil painting and then went back and added some watercolor. Something about it just spoke "Grace" to me. On the portrait you see that it has my logo and has also been downsized so it will not print any larger than a 4x6. But....whoever the winner is I will send you an 8x10 portrait without my logo and ready to frame. All you have to do to enter is comment. On Sunday all names will go into a basket and one lucky winner will be announced on Monday. 



Without His Grace....
Oh where would I be?

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

If you get the chance turn your volume up and listen to this song by Israel and 
New Bread called 
"If Not For Your Grace".


33 comments:

  1. Love Israel Houghton. Oh, how this spoke to me....wonder why!!! I love "Breathing in Grace'....and breathing out His praise....and breathing out Deb!!! Would love to win, my Friend! Hope you have an awesome day full of blessings.

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    1. Deb, I knew you would like the GRACE! LOL! Yes, I too love Israel Houghton. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. Thank God for his precious grace without it I would be lost and on my way to Hell. Kim Crews

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    1. Isn't it the truth Kim? We would be lost! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Not by works are we saved, only through the GRACE of our SAVIOR and our FAITH in HIM. Thank you Jesus for my salvation. Jackie

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    1. Miss Jackie, only BECAUSE of His GRACE.....

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  4. Hi Cindy! What a grand idea--your artwork prize is lovely! Surely it is the Grace of God that brought me my apply cookie jar this past month. I am amazed that the Lord would do such a thing that so blessed my heart and spirit beyond words. He is sooooo good!!! Joy to you!
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy for stopping by. And yes, He is SO GOOD!

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  5. Cindy I seem to have lost the "reply" option on my blog comments...sorry- Re the steal of a deal $20 antique scales keep in mind..in case I omitted this: This was mid to late 1970s :( and of course when you find one always expect to find a better price somewhere else...until you get it down to what you are willing to pay.
    Thanks for visiting LGh..really!

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    1. Maybe I will stumble across one that is too good to turn down! LOL!

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  6. Beautiful picture Cindy of your roses. What program do you use?
    Connie Royals

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    1. Hey Connie, Thanks so much. I use Photoshop.

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  7. We just couldn't make it without God's grace. I remember a little saying when I was a teenager"
    G od's
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    Love your Wednesdays in the Word and always love to hear from you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Oh Sheila, I don't remember hearing that one but will have to use it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. This is really beautiful, Cindy!

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    2. Well let me try one more time to reply! Thanks Linda!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I knew you would love the picture!

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  10. Hi Cindy, Beautiful post and teachings about Grace. Love Shelia's teenage quote. Your photo painting is gorgeous. What a beautiful giveaway. I would love to enter. This would be special in my studio.
    Hugs and hey look for fences and join in the fun on Thursdays.
    Be Blessed my friend, cm

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I love Sheila's teenage quote too!

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  11. This is a beautiful study on Grace, Cindy. Yes, the graphic is perfect in describing the gift of grace. Very inspiring! Have a wonderful day.

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  12. Oh my, Cindy...where indeed would we be without His grace! I, like you, shudder to think of it. Grace is a word that has been showing up in many places for me of late. When I go to Him in prayer I find the thought often that as I have accepted that grace from Him, how am I extending it to others? Do I automatically jump to conclusions or assume the negative about someone, OR do I extend to them the grace of Jesus' love? I know it is an area where HE is working in my life. Thank you, my sweet friend, for being an instrument He is using in my life. xo

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    1. Oh I know what you mean Dianna. The Lord has to remind quite often of how He has extended His grace to me when dealing with others! Thanks for stopping by to see me! I am so enjoying your James study!

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  13. God's grace is so beautiful and we are so blessed to live under his Grace. Love your painting is very pretty..another God given talent. The message today really touched my heart.

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    1. Yes His Grace is beautiful. Thanks Miss Mary!

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  14. Cindy,
    Great post!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the encouraging and kind words!! I am so looking forward to Part time!!

    Hugs.Deb

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  15. Grace, grace, God's grace... One thing is sure...without His grace, we would be in a whole lot of trouble. Beautiful post.

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  16. Hi, Cindy. Oh, so glad to be able to stop in! And thanks for missing me...:) It was so sweet of you to comment on my recent post! What a lovely post this is. As always, enlightening and thought provoking. Thank you. ~Zuni

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy