Gods promise to Abraham

Gods promise to Abraham.

God chose Abraham to be the founding Father of the nation through which He would bless,and He wasn’t an ordinary Man.

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His name is mentioned no less than seventy-four times in the Word of God.In the miles of the earth be blessed.He departs with Lot from Haran.

So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went
with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed
out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son,
and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they
had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan;
and into the land of Canaan they came .Gen 12:1-5
God told Abraham to leave His land,family,and His inheritance.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he
should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not
knowing whither he went.” Heb 11:8
No doubt this had to be extremely difficult for Abraham to leave,but
He did as the Lord asked of Him.abraham passed the first test.
God calls Abraham; blesses him with a promise of Christ
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and
from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will
shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless
them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall
all families of the earth be blessed.
These are promises god gave Abraham.
a. I will make of thee a great nation
b. I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
c. thou shalt be a blessing:
d. I will bless them that bless thee
e. curse him that curseth thee
f. in thee shall all g. families of the earth be blessed.
These promises were the strength,that kept Abraham to keep Him going
forward.

(2)The second test:The test of fellowship.
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God,
and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God. James 2:23
It is something great to be called the friend of God.Abraham lived His
life to be Gods friend,a rare and beautiful walk of love,based on Gods
grace and Abrahams faith.When grace and faith are combined,they
produce a wonderful thing,its called salvation.
This test marked Abraham as an outstanding example of obedience.
As We saw in James 2:23,Abraham believed and was imputed unto
Him for righteousness. This verse explains the Old Testament concept
of conversion.This does not speak of moral perfection,it refers to the
righteousness of God,which is only found in Jesus.
Jesus was not to come to the world until a thousand years later,yet the
writer says Abraham believed God. This simply means He believed gods
Son would actually come.god saw Abrahams heart,it revealed that He
truly believed the coming of the savior.
(3)The final test:The test of fidelity.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had
received the promises offered up his only begotten son.Heb 11:17
Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting
that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence
also he received him in a figure. Heb 11:18-19
This is the test of fidelity.God called on Abraham to give His son Isaac
as a sacrifice.Abraham obeyed God,and offered Isaac.The Lord knew
Abrahams heart and supplied a ram for a scapegoat for sacrifice.
God also supplied us with a scapegoat,His Son Jesus,to be the sacrifice
for all sin.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is
not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hates the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought
in God.John 3:16-21
Accept Jesus today,by grace through faith.

 

Blessings of Forgiveness

3-crossesBlessings of  Forgiveness

2 Cor. 2:10–11
Unforgivingness is a toxin. It poisons the heart and mind with bitterness,
distorting our whole perspective on life.
One thing satan wants us to do is get upset at other folks in the church.
Anger, resentment and sorrow begin to overwhelm the unforgiving
person—a kind of soul-pollution that brings out evil emotions.
Such bitterness can even spread from person to person, ultimately defiling
many. Forgiveness is the only antidote.
Forgiveness is a healthy, wholesome cleansing act that brings joy and
peace
It washes the slate clean. It sets all the highest virtues of love in motion.
In a sense, forgiveness is Christianity at its highest level. God puts us to
the test every day to see if we are going to forgive and be like Jesus
I not going to get into why or who the church at Corinth forgave but how
we can use this scripture for our own lives.
If some one has repented for the wrong they done to us; then we should
forgive them.
Pride is the primary reason most people refuse to forgive. They nurse
self-pity which is nothing but a form of pride.
Their ego is wounded, and they will not stand for that.
When we allow our lives to be motivated by pride all our action and
responses will be wrong. No matter how white we think our robe is!!!
When we are offended and someone else expresses outrage at our hurt,
our tendency is to lap it up with a selfish delight.
Someone says, you poor thing how could they do that and we eat it up. We
want them to feel sorry for us.
It becomes a feeding frenzy, just like a bunch of sharks.
We got to rise above the things we do wrong and rise above those who talk
about us and take our self out of a victim status.
We all need forgiveness. Most of the time we are in the wrong because we
are flesh.
But those who think they are always right are living in pride and are so
blind they think every one else is wrong.
Some folks don’t want to forgive. Self-pity is an act of sinful pride.
The wounded ego that cannot rise above an offense is the very opposite of
Christ likeness.
Pride always wants to demand eye-for-an-eye justice.
We want to prolong punishment as long as possible and get every ounce of
suffering in return.
Forgiveness is not like that.
It buries the offense as quickly as possible, even at the cost of personal
pride.
If we are too put true Godliness and genuine love in action; we must be
able to swallow our pride!!!!
Joseph’s own brothers sold him into Egyptian slavery.
Falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and then imprisoned for many years.
For most folks those would have been years of festering resentment and
time spent plotting revenge. Not Joseph.
When he finally encountered his brothers again, he was in a position to
save them from famine.
Forgiveness erases all the evil influences in our heart.Forgiveness frees us
from the bitter chains of pride and self-pity.
If we hold hate in our heart it will drain us like a dam breaking on a
pond.
Christians should be more willing to forgive than to blame, because
forgiveness, not condemnation, epitomizes the heart of our Lord
How does God treat a repentant sinner? With total, complete
forgiveness–instantly .
He holds forgiveness and love in His heart as He waits for the penitent
sinner to come and seek that forgiveness.
And then He bestows His mercy with the greatest joy and liberality.
Being a Christian means being like Jesus
God desires His people to have fullness of joy.
The apostle John wrote, These things we write, so that our joy may be
made complete
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. I have been preaching a lot about our fruitful
harvest. How we can harden our heart or make the soil hard so that the
seed does not produce what God wants.
There are no limits on divine mercy and no boundaries on forgiveness.
If we walk by sight and not by faith we tend to be just like the world.
When we get panties in a wad we are ready to slap some body.
But the Lord said we should forgive them 7 times 70 every day.
Refusing to forgive is a sin.
God finds no pleasure in our despair. He seeks our joy, not our sorrow.
God is love.
The Greek word for love is agape—the love of choice, the love of will,
the love of serving with humility.
Love is best manifested in forgiveness. The real test of love is how eagerly
we forgive when we are offended.
Almost nothing can fracture a Christian life where forgiveness is
practiced, because unresolved issues are never left to fester.
Forgiveness is a simple matter of obedience.
It is easy to be obedient in some things. Scripture tells us to sing songs of
praise to the Lord. We love to do that!!!.
The Bible says we’re to pray. That comes fairly easy, but faithfulness in the
task is sometimes a challenge for some.
But of all things Jesus ask us to do, forgiving those who hurt us or our
family seems to be one of the hardest things to do.
We can not have fellowship with God until we forgive and clean out the
pride in our heart.
Satan’s whole agenda is undermined by forgiveness. Because sin cause the
problem in the first place.
Therefore, forgiveness is an essential part of undoing Satan’s schemes.
To refuse forgiveness is to fall into Satan’s trap.
Unforgiveness has all the opposite effects of forgiveness: it hinders
humility, mercy, joy, love, obedience and fellowship with the Lord and
other and really our self.
Forgiveness is the soil in which spiritual fruits and divine blessings are
cultivated.
Tending and nurturing the soil of forgiveness is one of the surest ways to
develop spiritual health and maturity.
When we forgive, it not only blesses those we had hatred toward, it blesses
our self — 1 Pet. 3:8–9

Are You worried ?

 

Are You worried ?


Are You a Christian worried about going to Heaven ?You
shouldn’t be.If You are saved by the grace of God you have
obtained eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be
saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:16-18 (KJV)
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this
is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who
is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus
is the Son of God?1 John 5:4-5 (KJV)
I feel I needed to use these scriptures to show that when We
believed the word,and on the name of Jesus Christ,We are
overcomers.Yes We are overcome this world and now possess
eternal life now,and We can know it.
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11 (KJV)
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of
the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and
that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:13 (KJV)
The above verse says that We may know that we have eternal
life.I do not worry of hell anymore,because I have been sealed
to be with Jesus when I die.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the
earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession, unto the praise of his glory.Eph 1:13-14 (KJV)
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed
unto the day of redemption.Eph 4:30 (KJV)
What is the day of redemption ? It is the day that Jesus comes
for the church,the born again.We are sealed by the Holy Spirit
and that seal cannot be broken.
What happens if I sin after I am saved?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

 

This however does not mean that You have lost Your salvation.Lets look at 1st Cor.3

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.1 Cor 3:11-15 (KJV)

This fire is judgement of God.It tells Us that if we are saved,our works will be judged,not our soul.Because the soul has been protected by the Holy Spirit. Ephesian’s 1:13,4:30

If You are saved,don’t worry,If You have lost loved ones,pray that they come to know Jesus as their savior,so they can go to heaven too.

 

 

Go ye therefore:

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Go ye therefore:

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

And Jesus came
and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever
I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto
the end of the world. Amen.Matt 28:16-20

I believe every Christian has a duty to share the Gospel of
Christ.Just as He commanded the Disciples to do in
Matthew28.I believe when We do not share the goapel,We are
letting Christ down.
You may ask,what can I do?I’m just one person.How many
people do We come in person to person contact in a daily?How
many of those have not heard the real gospel message?If We can
share the gospel to at least one person,We may have saved them
from spending eternity in hell.
Some will just blow Us off and they may even call Us a
fanatic.Dont lose heart,If God opens the door for Us to
witness,only good can come from it.
We ,who are born again Disciples of Christ,also have that
responsibility.
If one christian truly wins one lost soul to Christ,imagine how
many that will be added to the Church.
Soul winning can be habit forming.When We win one soul,We
want to win another.Thats one good habit that We can do.This is
just one good work that We read in the Bible.
Where would the Church be today if the Disciples had quit,after
Christ died ? Sammy Smith.

Simply Ask Jesus:

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Simply Ask Jesus, if You are in need of a savior.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference
between the Jew and the Greek:for the same Lord over all is
rich unto all that call upon him.For whosoever shall call upon
the name of the Lord shall be saved.Romans 10:9-12

a.That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which is in heaven.Matt 10:32 .

b. and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from
the dead, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.John 3:16

c. thou shalt be saved And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

d. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for
righteousness. Romans 4:3

e. and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

f.Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For
whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him
shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own
glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26

g. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all
them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision
which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter,
because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the
Holy Ghost. Acts 10:44-45

h. For the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in
glory by Christ Jesus.Phil 4:19

These verses teach us how to become a Christian.It’s all about
calling and confessing,to the Lord.When we call on His name
for salvation, He will save us.We see that having faith it
becomes righteousness,just as Abraham did. There are no good
works required.Just come as you are,a sinner that is in need of a
savior.He so want’s to be Your savior today.
The Lord will not turn anyone away that wants to be saved.You
don’t need to be in Church to be saved.You dont need a preacher
to lead You through a “sinners prayer.”All You need to do is
realize You are lost without a savior,believe the word,and call on
His name Jesus.
Remember You cannot be good enough,it isn’t something earned
it is a gift from God the Father.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast. Eph 2:8-9 (KJV)

Simply Ask Jesus.

If You have Jesus:

 

If You have Jesus:
I’m sure this is cliché to many,”If You have Jesus,You have
everything,”but I believe it to be important in My life.Before I
became a christian My life was much different than it is today.
I was selfish,and never concerned about others.I was a wild kid
and out of control who knew no boundaries,.I was living life in
the fast lane and it was destroying Me,although at the time I
never realized it.
I was brought up in the “church”,but I never surrendered to the
salvation call,after all,I was to cool for Jesus.
I had always believed in God and his Son Jesus,but didn’t have a
place for them in My life.Then something changed when I
turned twenty.
I got a part time job at one of our local schools,and I would be
working with a preacher.He would talk about the Bible and tell
Me of the love of God.He didn’t seem “preachy”just concerned
for My mortal soul.He never judged me,He just told me how
Jesus died on the cross for Me.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be
saved .John 3:16-17 (KJV)
Now I had heard others use this verse and It had no effect on
Me.I guess because He wasn’t judging Me,but wanted me to be
saved.
I believe that is the problem today,We want to do Gods job for
him.Some want to be like Jonah.Jonah chapter 3&4.
We can only lead others to salvation of Christ by showing concern for their souls.
I now have the task of presenting the gospel of Christ in a way that the unsaved will come to Christ.He has given Me compassion,and concern for others,something we all need.
So if You have Jesus ,You do have everything,and have a place in Gods wonderful heaven.

Why I do what I do.

Why I do what I do:

 Some may not agree with my blogs,but that’s o.k. All have that right.But Why do I do what I do?It is because I love people and want them to have what I have.What do I have,I have the promise from God the Father of eternal life.It has been promised to me because I have accepted Jesus as my savior.I know some may think I am crazy for believing in a God I cannot see,but that is where my faith comes in.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17 (KJV)My faith in an invisible God,comes by hearing the gospel.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Heb 11:1 (KJV)The evidence of the existence of God is everywhere,and anywhere You look.Look around at the beauty of nature.The changings of the seasons,only God could create something so beautiful.
We cant see the wind but we can see the effect that it has.We can’t see love,but We know it’s there,by the effect that it has.
God has brought me through a lot of situations.
I have had 12 heart attacks,and have died 4 times but I’m still here.It isn’t Gods fault I have had so many heart attacks,it was mine, for not taking care of my temple;
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.2 Cor 6:16-18 (KJV)

This is why I believe in a God I cannot see,He has made himself visible by His actions.
I believe God has a purpose for me,and I believe it is sharing the gospel.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matt 28:18-20 (KJV)
God has also appointed His children(Christians) to share the good news that Christ lives,and want’s to be the savior of all that will accept Him.
As an evangelist I must share the gospel to anyone that will listen.I know some ,will not hear ,and even ridicule Me,but that is alright,I know the truth,and will stand for it until God calls me home.
Are You concerned about where You will spend eternity?The Word can lead You to Christ.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:9-13 (KJV)
I hope,and it is my prayer, You have called on the name of the Lord to be Your savior.May God bless.

                                                        by Sammy Smith.

 

Lord forgive Me !

Lord forgive me

Lord forgive me for I have sinned against You.

The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his
word is not in us.1 John 1:7-10 (KJV)

I don’t see much of this happening today,confessing.It would
appear that some sins are acceptable.Maybe a little white lie,that
isn’t to bad.Maybe you’re skimming off the top from Your
employer,after all You work so hard for so little,it is really owed
to You.I could go on,but my point is,that sinning doesn’t really
hurt anyone.That is the opinion of some religious folk today.
I believe the Lord is ashamed of us sometime.Especially when
We willingly sin after We become a Christian.Being a Christian
once meant something.Now it seems people put their
Christianity on,and off like they do their clothing.
When I became a Christian,I wanted to live my life pleasing to
the Lord.Don’t get me wrong,I haven’t been a perfect person
since receiving salvation,but when I do happen to sin I claim
First John:1&9.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I believe that true Christians cannot practice an ungodly life
style and be in fellowship with the Lord.
Sin has found its way into the church world,seems everything is
acceptable,we don’t judge,anything goes.The old saying “if it
feels good ,do it.”has crept into some pulpits across the
nation,and it seems people are not concerned.
The Bible shows Us that We can receive forgiveness after We
sin.We need to get back to the basic way of living a Christian
life.
When we sin the bible says that We have a way to come back.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and
not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world
1 John 2:1-2 (KJV)
It hurts our Heavenly Father,and His Son,when we willfully sin.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:26 (KJV)
Wayward Christian come home,ask The Father for forgiveness
of Your sins,and enjoy the fellowship with the Lord and other
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Grace for Us:

Grace for Us:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.Eph 2:8-9 (KJV)
The above scripture has much to say.Though many read it some cannot comprehend the meaning.
Grace, is Gods unwarranted love for Us.As John 3:16 says,For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son.
 You notice where salvation is mentioned, it is always a gift.
It is a gift of God,(it means what it implies,that salvation is given to anyone who asks,believes and repents.)
Not of works.There is nothing We can do to earn salvation.We can’t buy it,it is not earned by merits,or by being good,belonging to a church,giving to the poor or any other deed.It is only given to the person when He asks the Lord.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)
This is pretty cut and dried.Man is saved when he believes and confesses Jesus.Don’t add anything to it,just take it for what it says.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Romans 3:24 (KJV)
There is enough grace to go around.God the Father gives it to those that will ask.When You the gift of salvation, He will not take it from You.Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17 (KJV)
Before One can receive the gift of salvation,He must realize that he is lost,and without a savior.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:22-23 (KJV)
And finally:That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
Romans 10:9-13 (KJV)
If You are not saved by the grace of god,then call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to save You.

Just a note:Adding anything to the saving grace of the Father,nullifies the gift.Have You tried to add something to the Grace God gave You ?Please accept the gift of God freely,without trying to repay.