For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (Ephesians 2:8 NIV)
Through faith we receive grace.
Where does faith come from, how do we receive the gift ?
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17 NIV)
When we hear the good news about Christ we can have faith.
Is it only by faith that we are saved ?
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14, 17 NIV)
Faith + No Action = Dead
Faith + Action = Alive
Anyway, who believes in something they do not want to put in action. Then it is only a wishlist. It’s like wanting coffee in bed in the morning and ur not willing to get up and go get it.
So why does God want us to do good deeds ?
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:12-13 NIV)
God want to reward us for our good deeds.
“Most of us are aware that it is by grace that we are saved, but I wonder how many people truly understand the power of God’s grace.
Everything we receive from God must come by grace through faith. But all knowledge of faith must be built on a clear understanding of grace, because even faith comes to us by grace, as a gift.
When you understand grace, you can walk in faith and receive God’s blessings.
God’s grace isn’t complicated or confusing. It is simple, and that’s why many people miss it. There is nothing more powerful than grace. Everything in the Bible, salvation, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, fellowship with God and all victory in our daily lives, is based on it. Without grace, we are nothing, we have nothing, we can do nothing.
Today, don’t just hear about grace, but understand that everything in our lives depends not on our merits or abilities or works, but on God’s willingness to use His infinite power to meet our needs. This is grace. ” – JM