On God:
The Real Jesus:
Jesus Is. . .
The Good Shepherd
Jesus Is King
Jesus Prayed
Greatest Hero
The Gospel 1
The Gospel 2
Relation with Jesus
The Jesus Transformation
The Word Was Made Flesh
In Jesus
Salvation:
Words of Life
What Must You Do to Be Saved?
What Is Faith? I
What Is Faith? II
Faithfulness 1
Faithfulness 2
Heart
Real Freedom
Prepare for the Day of the Lord
The Kingdom is Now
Pomises and Loyalty
What is the Kingdom?

Deliver Us from Evil
The Enemy:
Fear Not
Spiritual Warfare
Antichrist
The Causes of Troubles
War and Peace
Miscellany:
As We Forgive Those...
Bible and Stem Cell Research
Religion in America
Angels
From Time to Time
What Is the Spirit?
Work of the Spirit
Baptism of Spirit
Adversity
True Joy
Age of Passover
The New Age
Peace
Hope
Covenant
Covenant of Creation
Two Covenants
Covenent of Promised Land Sabbath, Covenant of Promise
The New Covenant
Our Wrtten Covenant
Grace, Part 2

Introduction

As much as God favors us humans, he gives special favor to those with whom He has a rapport. He favors them with the knowledge of Him and His Way of Life and the opportunity to become His adopted children. In return, His adopted children worship Him and try to imitate Him. He is close to them, closer than any other possible relationship.

Call Out to the Father

In the course of life or every day affairs, God’s favored ones get into trouble or troubles find them. When they find they cannot handle the situation, God tells them to get in touch with Him and He’ll come with aid swiftly. Now, like babies crying for no reason, God does not always act on some of the cries because He knows that the situation is not grave or peril urgent. He will console or otherwise help His child, but not get actively involves.

Psa. 138:3 On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

But when the danger needs his immediate attention, He is always there to save His child. He hears the cries and recognizes the distress in the voice and knows this is the time to act to save. His children know that their Father in Heaven will never neglect or leave them helpless. Sometimes, a person must cry out with intensity to let God know their condition, either externally or internally. He wants His children to be hot, intense, passionate. When their cries are just so-so, He pays little attention. He wants them to know how strongly they desire His help and His help alone.

Psa. 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
Psa. 88:1 ¶ O LORD, the God of my salvation,
Psa. 107:6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.

Even Jesus responded when the request was passionate and reasoned:

My best servant is dying; help him. But, you don’t have to travel to heal him, just say the word, that is, speak from your authority.

Both passion and reason were demonstrated in the Centurion’s plea.

One cried aloud from a branch of a tree. Another had four people lower him into a room Jesus was speaking because the crowd wouldn’t let them in. Peter cried in panic as he was sinking trying to imitate his lord and master’s walking on water.

Our Father in Heaven wants more from His children than a weak whimper in times of trouble.

Matt. 15:22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.”
Matt. 15:23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.”
Matt. 15:24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matt. 15:25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
Matt. 15:26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Matt. 15:27 But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Matt. 15:28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

Grace Knows God Keeps His Word

How many people do we know that promise all kinds of wonderful things, those particularly in politics and religion. To get elected most candidates, take polls to find out what people want and then promise what the polls say they want. How they will pay for what they promise is often not really explained, higher taxes or assessments are usually not delved into. There are too numerous examples to examine here. In religion, they proffer the fear factor: if you do not belong to this religion you will go to hell, but if you belong, give and obey the tenets, you will go to heaven. Few human promises are fulfilled.

But all of God’s promise, though mostly conditionally, will be kept because God is as good as His Words. What He says He means, and what He says comes to pass. Some might say didn’t God say…? Yes, but only if you meet his conditions and prove you loyalty: God makes conditional promises. What is unconditional comes from Noah: God freely gives food, clothing, and shelter to all who live on Planet Earth. Of course, one has to work for these.

Num. 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Num. 23:20 “Behold, I have received a command to bless;
When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

Deut. 7:7 “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
Deut. 7:8 but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Believe God

People who look at the creation see the reality of God and His goodness. If this God created this world, we know He can do anything He wants. If this God created this world, we know we can trust His promises. Believing God is considered righteous.

Gen. 15:6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Rom. 4:20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
Rom. 4:21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.

As we know, God favors people with His Words in order to know and believe His promises.

John 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Favored with Works

Those whom God loves and love Him back, He favors with works.

He provides the plants and animals for food, but one must work for them, cultivate, raise or hunt for various animal fare, and harvest. Just as well He provides shelter and clothes when one works for them, unless a person is satisfied with living in a cave. Working, in and of itself, is a great blessing and favor. Those who work from menial tasks to great creations are blessed in their doing, often the menial being favored more so. The commandment says it this way: Six days shall you labor and do all your work. Labor and work have the sense of toil, hard work.

Why is work good? The Lord our God who brought believers out of the dominion of sin and slavery to Satan into the light of freedom commands we work for six days because: He freed us from sin, because He labored for six days Himself, because He wants the weekly Sabbath rest to mean more than just taking a day off. Obviously, when we work we act as one made in the image of God, who worked and still works now. Our working unifies us with the Creator and is a great blessing.

Those who work for another must treat the employer as if he were Christ. Those who employ others must treat them as Christ would. In the work a day world, believers can use the labor not only for its intrinsic pleasure, but also to bring them closer to Christ.

Phil. 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Favored with Works of Worship

Praying to the One True God in heaven is a daily or several times daily work of worship. Jesus gives an example of how we ought to pray in the “Our Father” prayer. David particularly in his psalms demonstrates the kinds of praise and worship he gave to God. People often pray in a crisis or when they want something in particular, then they cry out to the Lord. But, constant prayer is something a person needs himself to keep in touch with Our Father in Heaven by praise and worship and to intercede for others. Works of worship gives grace to believers.

Works of Obedience

A person shows faith in and love of God by keeping the Ten Commandments. These Laws of God give ultimate grace to believers because these Laws unlock the door to salvation, of life more abundantly, to sanity, to freedom from sin, sickness and death. To walk in obedience demonstrates loyalty to the Lord God, who provided the Earth for human life, who gave all Earthlings the Laws of life. In every way, the Eternal God, Our Father in Heaven, pours out His love and grace to all.

1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
1John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

God graces us with His favor. Since we are made in His image, we ought to favor others in the same way. The best way to prove our appreciation for His favor is to walk in the way He commands. There is no better guide, no better Law to show love to those made in His likeness than by keeping the Ten Commandments. Then God’s grace poured out on us, is poured out on others through us.

Favored with Works of Faith

Some religions say that only works can save one, and others say that faith can only save one. In one sense they are both correct. There are no works that can save because Jesus obtained salvation for all by his sinless life, death and resurrection. So faith in Jesus brings salvation. But, how does one prove that he has faith? People can talk a good talk and promise a lot, but only what a person actually does shows what a person really believes. Many say they believe Jesus is the lord but do not keep the day he is lord of, the Sabbath. They find some excuse like the Sabbath is part of the Old Covenant and the New now has Sunday. If so, why would Jesus be the lord of the Sabbath and why did God, by resting, make only the Sabbath day holy? Faith and works must travel together on the road to eternal life. That’s grace.

James says we also prove our faith, in addition to keeping the Ten Commandments, by whom we show favor to, the rich and powerful or the poor and weak. He suggests that we prove our faith by helping the poor with food and clothing, not just telling them to go in peace (just go away!). Works of talk can never make up for the works of faith.

James 2:15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
James 2:16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
James 2:18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
James 2:20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

Favored with Spiritual Works

Our Father in Heaven has extended His grace to believers by giving special powers to them from the Holy Spirit. These powers give those beloved of Our Father in Heaven further options in loving believers and non-believers. The primary spiritual gift is of prophecy, which at once means foretelling future events and praising God in a way beyond the normal human ability. Praying in tongues opens up new avenues of communication between Our Father in Heaven and His adopted children. With establishing and building this communication, a believer becomes stronger and more loving in a way impossible any other way. Rounding off the spiritual gifts are healing, words of wisdom, effecting miracles, distinguishing spirits, speaking in tongues and translating tongues.

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

1Cor. 12:8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
1Cor. 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
1Cor. 12:10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

1Pet. 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

God Favors People by Being True to His Word

Although most of God’s covenants with people are conditional as we said, when the conditions are met, He never fails to keep His Word. Once God speaks it He will make it come to pass and never revoke it. Thus, the Old Covenant morphs into the New and becomes greater and better, but not done away with entirely. As He promised Abraham, He did bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land. And, as He promised, He will bring His adopted children into the better Promised Land, the Kingdom of God

Num. 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Num. 23:20 “Behold, I have received a command to bless;
When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.

Deut. 7:7 “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
Deut. 7:8 but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt..

Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

The Ultimate Favor

Our Father in Heaven has a love beyond comprehension; therefore, He favors humans with all manner of things, from food, clothing and shelter to language and an abundant life (for those willing to reach out for it. From the beginning God had a plan to bring humans into His divine family. He set a plan that would bring only those worthy of being His children into His family. The plan started with Adam and Eve who refused to even consider being in His family and continued through the ages with several who understood this grace God offered. Ultimately, a man born of woman and the power of the God’s Words (and Spirit) showed the way to entering the God-Family. We all know what Jesus did. Believers, then, prove their willingness to be adopted by Our Father in Heaven by their faith and works. Now, God has children worthy of being His own. This is the ultimate favor!

Eph. 1:11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
Eph. 1:12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

1Pet. 1:4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will
not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
1Pet. 1:5 who are protected by the power
of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Conclusion

From the creation to giving people knowledge of God and His Laws, God always gives grace. From the covenants established with the patriarchs and His children to the unerring fulfillment of these, God always gives grace. From the life and death of His only begotten Son to the bringing adopted children into His Kingdom, God always gives grace.

Let us pray and praise and thank God for His grace:

Num. 6:24 The LORD bless you, and keep you;
Num. 6:25 The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
Num. 6:26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
Num. 6:27 “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”

2Pet. 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,
Jude 1:25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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