Welcome to godsavinggrace.com. This web-site was created to bring hope and inspiration to everyone who visits this site. It was also created to educate people about God’s saving grace. Meaning when terrible things happen to us that eventually turns into a triumphant or victorious events or situations. This we will done through testimonies of God’s people that experience victorious outcomes from bad accidents or incidents that happened in their lives. Most people would call these accidents or incidents God’s miracles. Because the accidents and incidents we are referring to are situations where the person would have died or would’ve been permanently damage but that didn’t happen. These incidents can’t be explained logically. Some people would say that these so-called miracles are just lucky circumstances. But God’s believers know better. The submitting of these testimonies will culminate into an inspirational devotional book where the proceeds will go to fight Brest Cancer and AIDS in Africa. So I am calling all God’s people to post their stories I will start with mine. Hi, my name is Kofi Baruti I am a former retired school teacher my story happen several years ago. I was 45 years old I was working for a temp agency called Georgia Temp which was own by Georgia Pacific. I work as a Dock Loader in a warehouse in Norcross, Georgia. My job was to load heavy doors onto large pallets and load these pallets of doors unto a truck for shipment. One night as I was finishing loading my pallets of doors unto the truck for shipment an incident happen. I parked my fort lift at the front of the loading dock which was on an incline position. I went to close the curtain to the truck with the load and the brakes on the fort lift brakes failed and the fort lift rolled down and crush me against the truck. This accident left me with severely crushed ribs so crushed that it pierced my left lung. I lost a lot of blood when they took me to the emergency room at Gwinnett Medical Center I only had four pints of blood. Since I had a lacerated lung they tried to put a trachea down my throat to get me to breathe but I went into cardiac arrest and lost oxygen to my brain. The medical team at Gwinnett Medical also had to take out my spleen because it was so badly ruptured. After all of this the doctors were ready to give up on me take me down to the hospital morgue. However, I believe by the grace of God I was still alive. I was still alive but I was in a coma for several days. The doctors told my wife that even if I did come out of my coma I would have severe brain damage which also didn’t happen. Actually I don’t remember anything about the accident itself I did remember going to work that Monday afternoon and the next thing I knew I woke up next Monday morning with five tubes coming out of my body. One tube was a ventilator in my mouth, two tubes on both side of my back and two tubes on both side of my chest. Today, I have retired from an energy company as a customer service representative, taking high volume calls at a call center in Atlanta, GA. I thank God for his saving grace.
Written by Kofi
Many people have asked this question about our relationship with God. But first before we explore this issue let get a definition of the word “covenant”. A covenant is an agreement or a contract between two or more parties. There are several covenants God has made with mankind at least according to the Word of God. There is the covenant of Eden where God makes a promise of redemption through the seed of the woman and the eventual destruction and eradication of sin. The covenant to Noah where God promises never again destroy the earth with a flood. The covenant to Abraham where God promises the seed of Abraham and his descendants would be blessed and the land of Israel promised to Abraham. The covenant to Moses where God promises the law which would govern the life of the Israel people. The covenant to David where God promises the seed of the Messiah go through the seed of the house of David. The new covenant which adsorbs all the other covenants through your faith in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice of our sins through his death. In this article we want to focus on the new covenant with mankind.
However, before we get into God’s new covenant with man we first must compare the old covenant with the new covenant. To do this we must explore the old covenants with man. Regarding the old covenant with man we had to make sacrifices for our sins an example in the bible is in Exodus 10:25,…But Moses said, “You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. This sacrifice was done to protect the Israel from the nine plague of darkness during the period where Israel were slaves to Egypt. Moses is talking to the Pharoah of Egypt telling him that they needed to make sacrifices to God with their livestock. Today we don’t have to make sacrifices to God with our livestock of animals under the new covenant. In the Old Testament people had to make sacrifices to God because it was stated in the bible in Exodus 22;20,…“He who sacrifices to any god, except to the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed. This was a moral principle under the laws of the Ten Commandments. We should follow the Ten Commandments but under the new covenant God has made a promise to us that we will not be destroyed if we don’t make animal sacrifices to God. In the Old Testament people had have a physical place to worship God in Exodus 33:10…. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. In the new covenant we do go to church to worship God but we must worship God in our hearts, therefore the church of Christ is in our hearts not a building. Also in the Old Testament people had to obey rules such as the Ten Commandments set up by Moses but under the New Testament there are no laws by man but by Christ and all we have to do is serve the living God, Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs us on how to serve the living god in Matthew 5:1-11,…And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus also teaches us that we are the salt and the light of the world in Matthew 5:13-16…13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. God want man to serve Him from our hearts and not our deeds less we bust that we may be greater than another through our deeds. Our deeds alone will not save us from our sins but serving God through our deeds giving God the glory and not ourselves will grant us salvation. These are a few examples of the covenant with God and man form the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Let’s now explore the new covenant with God and mankind. I stated before that the new covenant between God and man supersedes all the previous covenants. The reason why the new covenant supersedes the other covenants because in this new covenant it states in Hebrews 8:10-12,…. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds[a] I will remember no more.”… This is why Jesus Christ came to us so that we would have an everlasting covenant with God. We do have our bible, God’s word, to guide us but only if we believe in our mind and hearts will our covenant with God be in affect. We don’t have to worry about making any sacrifices or any laws society may make. All we have to do is believe that Christ died for the redemption of our sins and serve our living God. This salvation is a gift from God we can’t earn it!!! This new covenant of grace as I call it is given to us as Christ’s offers to forgive our sins and bring us to God through his sacrificial death. We will still rebel against being told how to live through God’s word but the Holy Spirit will gives us new desires to help us obey God ways.
One might ask how does the Holy Spirit gives us desires to obey God’s way in the bible it states when Jesus spoke to his disciples in John 15:15-18…15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you… as well as John 14:25-26… 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. I believe that God has an everlasting covenant with man because we have a soul and this is where the Holy Spirit must dwell. As long as we have the capacity to love in our hearts whether you believe in God or not you have a free access to this new covenant with God. When you love something greater than yourself that is when your life or our desires change from worldly desires to Godly desires. The Christian has a new mind and heart through the Holy Spirit. The covenant with God is complete in the new covenant.
The question of this article is do we have a covenant with God and the answer is Yes!!! Mankind has always have a covenant with God since the creation of the world. We are God’s greatest creation and I believe that God always wants to be with his own creation. The covenants with mankind is just God’s way of loving his creation. When you have children you would make a promise with them to love, protect, as well as teach them. So why not our heavenly Father, God, would make the same promise to his children. All you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ died for the remission of your sins and you will be able to join the other Christians in the new covenant.
What do you think?
written by Kofi Baruti
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH AND RELIGION?
Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. It can also be defined as belief that is not based on proof, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant. The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, trust, or belief. Religion is a set of variously organized beliefs about the relationship between natural and supernatural aspects of reality, and the role of humans in this relationship. Many people get confused about religion and faith as if they are synonyms of each other. They are not!!! In plain terms or worldly terms religion comes from man beliefs what he thinks God might be whereas faith come what man beliefs of what God is. In faith man knows God or has experience with God. In religion man is searching for the truth of God.
Religion has nothing to do with being saved from your sins as Christians believe. In the Christian faith Christians believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. Christians believe that if anyone believes that Christ died on the cross for their sins they are saved, but they first have to acknowledge that they cannot be saved by themselves without Christ. The faith a Christian must have is that Christ paid for all of our sins on the cross when he rose on the third day after Christ’s crucifixion. Historically, there was a man called Christ who was crucified by the Romans but no one was actual proof that he rose on the third day after His crucifixion. It is by faith that Christian believes that Christ rose from His death and therefore conquer death and all of mankind sins. The bible speaks on this in John 13: 12-16 when Jesus says….This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you… the Christian believes that Christ was the son of God, God in the flesh and we can only be saved through our faith in Christ. We were lost in sin before Christ but now all we have to do is ask for forgiveness of our sins through Christ and repent and all of our sins are forgiven by God. It doesn’t matter what the sin was or is God will forgive us it we go to Christ to confess on sins and repent (in other words by repenting turn away from of sins or don’t commit these sins again). This is the most important thing for the Christian that Christ died for our sins because that was why Jesus Christ came to the world to save mankind from their sins and as long as man repented of their sins and live a righteous life through their faith in Christ they would have salvation. God’s salvation is God’s gift to mankind we cannot earn it.
There are many examples of faith in the word of God but the best expression of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…. and in the same chapter 11 of Hebrews we find examples of other things by faith in 11:2-3… For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible… in 11:4… By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks…. In 11:5-6… By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; [a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him…In 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.… In 11:8-10…By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God… In 11:11-12… By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. Faith by the examples given before is the beliefs of things we as well as God hoped for that may not be present in our lives now. Our belief in God making a way out of no way is but one example. Faith comes in when we pray for a situation to get better when at present we may not have a solution. We turn to Christ to make this situation better and knowing Christ will make this situation better that is our faith. Presently our situation has not change but we believe it will because of our faith in Christ our savior. Also God may have something for us to do through our journey of life. Faith has everything to do with God’s grace and love for us when we may be called to do something for God’s kingdom.
The bible states in the Old Testament Jerimiah 1:5… “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”… and in the New Testament Ephesians 1:4…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,…from these scriptures we know God made us to serve a purpose of God’s will in our lives. We may not fully understand all of God’s will in our lives but through faith God will reveal His will to us. Some people have visions that they may not understand when they are revealed to them but through faith in God’s will for our lives that vision will become understandable at a later time or period in our lives. Spiritually religion is of man creation of their belief whereas faith is from God’s will, grace, love and mercy for our lives.
Religion is only a system where man may believe there is a God but that is not the same as someone’s faith. Religion is a way of study that may lead you to Christ but will you accept Christ as your Savior. Studying religion does not save a person nor does it mean that they will accept the beliefs unconditionally, faith does that. Religion is only a system of beliefs of the supernatural or natural and can lead you to many different types of religious beliefs such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, as well as Christianity. People use religion as a way of identifying their faith sometimes for example when people ask you what religion are you may say I am Christian or Islamic. But just because the person say their religion is Christianity or Islamic doesn’t always mean they have faith. My faith is that my Savior Jesus Christ died on the cross for the remission of my sins and if I believe this unconditionally I am saved. The real reason why people today are confused about the difference between religion and faith is because they haven’t accepted their beliefs unconditionally. Faith is accepting your beliefs unconditionally no doubts in your mind. Religion is only a system of beliefs. Religion only gives you a broad view of God that could possibly lead you to salvation. Faith is your only way to God’s beliefs and salvation.
What do you think?
Written by Kofi Baruti