Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bible Verse Thursday Challenge 09 ~ Grace

Good morning dear ones and welcome to this week's Bible Verse Thursday Challenge!

For it is by Grace you have been saved,
Through faith - and this not from yourselves,
~Ephesians 2:8

On my walk with the Lord, this is something I struggle with.  When I look in the mirror and see my faults, my shortcomings, my lack of obedience, I often wonder why He would save someone like me.

Yet God wants me to experience the richness of my salvation – the joy of perfect love- and He requires no payment for it.  Salvation is a gift from my Heavenly Father, one that He gives freely to me.

Our faith, our conversions, and our eternal salvation are not anything we can earn.  2 Corinthians 5 tells us that we are a new creation and as such we are to become ambassadors of Christ.  St Paul goes on in verse 10 to tell us that “we are His workmanship. Created in Jesus Christ for good works which God has prepared for us beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  We do this not simply by intellectual exercise, but by becoming the righteousness of God in Him.  We then do “good works” not by our own natural talents, but by accepting God in our life and living accordingly.

So take heart!  For the salvation our Lord has feely given us will lead us by faith to do His work in Christ Jesus.  All we need do is be obedient – Salvation is already ours!

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse about the gift of God’s grace in our lives.  When uploading projects, please use keyword ODBDBVT09 and then come join us at Our Daily Bread Designs Forum to share what you’ve done!

Cardstock:  Bazzill – Snow White, Leaf, Cocoa, Natural
Decorative Paper:  BoBunny – Welcome Home Collection
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Scripture Collection 2
Inks, Stains & Sprays:  Versifine – Onyx Black; Ranger Distress Ink – Brushed Corduroy
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:
Accessories:  American Crafts Ribbon - Leaf

Have a Blessed Day!

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