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
ARE WE JUSTIFIED IN CHRIST?
Matthew 12: 1-8….At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” 3 But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: 4 how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? 6 Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. 7 But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord even[b] of the Sabbath.” This word of God speaks to working on the Sabbath. The religious leaders of the day challenged Jesus regarding his disciples working in the grain fields on the Sabbath. Jesus response was to remind the Pharisees that it was in the law of the Jews that David ate the showbread which was unlawful for him to eat as well as the priest who profaned the Sabbath and were blameless. Jesus here did establish his authority saying that the Son of Man is Lord even over the Sabbath.
Before we actually get into the question of whether we are justified in Christ, let’s first get a real understanding of what it means to be justified. Justified by definition means to be prove to be just or right. The biblical definition is almost the same accept Jesus has given us acquittal for our sins as well as any works or deeds we done in His name. In the above scripture the disciples didn’t respond to the Pharisees. Christ had already responded for them. Jesus told the Pharisees that His disciples had a need and were hungry and it was up to Jesus to fulfill that need. Jesus told the religious leaders of the day that He was all powerful. Jesus made it clear the Pharisees that He trumped the Sabbath, the disciple’s works, the law, as well as all the days. Jesus expressed to the religious leaders of the day that they need to recognize who they were talking to. Jesus justified mankind when he died on the cross for our sins. So we don’t have to make excuses for anything we do that was wrong or anything we may do in His name. We are made righteous through our belief in Christ. We all have been justified through our belief that Christ shed his blood for all our sins regardless of what they were.
Let’s get into how we are justified through Christ. In the above scripture the disciples started this debate between Jesus and the Pharisees when they started to pluck the heads of grains to eat on the Sabbath. It states in Exodus 16: 23-30…. 23 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” 24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” 27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? 29 See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. This is why the Pharisees criticized the disciples for plucking the heads of grains on the Sabbath because it went against the custom of keeping the Sabbath holy. Jesus responded by point out to them that they couldn’t criticized His disciples when the Pharisees themselves performed duties on the Sabbath. The response he made in defense of his disciples justified His disciples because two wrongs don’t make a right. The point Jesus was making was how the Pharisees can accuse the disciples of working on the Sabbath when they also worked on the Sabbath. The custom was meant for all the people of Israel.
There are other examples where Jesus has justified sinners. In John 8:1-12…. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.2 Now early[a] in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b] in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c] us that such should be stoned.[d] But what do You say?”[e] 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.[f] 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g] and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,[h] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i] “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j] Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k] sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus acquitted this woman of her sin of adultery by the Jewish law this women should have been stoned but Jesus asserted his authority over the law because in reality the Pharisees as well as the town folks were not without sin. Isn’t it wonderful Jesus has the power to justify us regardless of any of our sins?
Another example where Jesus can justify us even after his death in concerning Paul in Acts 26: 9-18… 9 “Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now[a] send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ Paul was a murderer of the Jewish people yet still Jesus justified Paul through his crucified blood that was shed for us on the cross.
Now back to the question ‘Are we justified through Christ?’ The answer is of course we are justified through Christ. Jesus has authority over all this day, our life, our problems as well as our sins. We are justified through Jesus blood, grace, and mercy. You don’t have to worry about any sin you have committed if you believe that Jesus died for mankind’s sin. To the non-believer all you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ died of the cross for your sins and Jesus can justify you in any situation you may encounter. To put in a more practical manner whether you are a Christian or not no one has the right condemn or judge you of anything. The reason is you know that there is not a person on earth who is perfect (meaning not having doing any wrong in their life) so knowing this they have no rights in condemning you for any sin because they are sinners themselves. It’s like having a moral double standard I am going to judge you for your sins when I have probably done the same thing myself.
Why is this important to the Christian or us? We will all face problems and will commit sins in our lives. Whether it is a crime in our society or not anyone I believe deserves to be forgiven for their mistakes in their lives. Everyone deserves to be given a second chance to correct their wrongs and set things right for the things or people they have wrong. I don’t believe in capital punishment (meaning putting a person to death for a crime of murder) because don’t think man has the right to take a human life. I don’t have to be a Christian to believe that but as a Christian I as well as all Christian should hate sin not the sinner (meaning the one who committed the sin). I do believe in justice in our society if you commit a crime you should be punished for that crime. Even the word of God says that man will reap what he sows. So I don’t my belief against capital punishment taken the wrong way. I am only questioning the method we in society punish people who commit murder. Regardless, of what sin we have committed most people believe everyone deserves a second chance. You are justified through Christ of that second chance to make things right in your life.
What do you think?
Written by Kofi Baruti
WHAT DO WE NEED TO OBTAIN FAITH?
What is faith? Many people have asked that very question. The definition of faith is as follows; by Webster definition is a strong belief, or trust in someone or something: belief in the existence of God: strong religious feeling or beliefs: or a system of religious beliefs. This definition previously stated says that you should have strong belief at least. To the Christian believer faith does not exist with a deed or deeds. If we were to look a definition of faith in the bible or God’s word in Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 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. Let’s break this definition down to get a better understanding of its’ meaning. First, faith is the substance of things hope for… by substance of things meaning matter that occupies space it could be anything whether liquid or solid. Things hoped for meaning these things don’t exist in the present but might in the future by the Christian’s belief. Second, we must have a good testimony meaning an attestation or declare the validation of a truth of God or in God. Lastly the Christian understands that faith was made by God that the world may witness God’s glory to manifest things or events which were not done or made by what man see by God. To the Christian believer three things has to happen in order for faith to exist. The first the Christian must belief that whatever they ask or pray for will happen. Second, the Christian believer must declare this belief before God meaning they must speak it as if it has already happen (this is done through deeds). Thirdly through your patience in this belief the things will manifest itself to you and others (your pray is answered by God). In this article we will focus most of our attention on the deeds we must do in order to obtain faith.
In order for any to obtain faith they must first believe that God will answer their prayer or request. But you must not only believe you must act on your belief, in James 2: 14-17…14What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. What these verses imply is that you must work on your faith; this is where your deeds come in to play. Your deeds could be praying without ceasing, performing an act such witnessing to people, or rejoicing in the Lord because you know your prayer has been answered. You have to perform or act that will show God that you believe in Him, that you have no doubts about what God can do for you. God knows man’s heart but in order to receive faith you must stand firm on your convictions about God. Your must be patience for there is an old saying ‘God may not be there when you want him, but He is always on time.’ You must praise God not only when He answers your prayer but before He answers your prayer. God loves you and He wants you to show Him your love for Him through your faith in Him.
There are many examples in the bible regarding acts, deeds or work that believers have performed to obtain faith. The bible proclaims Abraham confirmed with faith in Genesis 22: 1- 14… Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad[a] and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” 6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. 9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” 12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide;[b] as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”….. Sometimes God wants to know if we really love him and believe in him so God may test us or place trails even obstacles in our way. Abraham confirmed his faith in God because he was willing to give up his son, Isaac. Sometimes as a Christian the hardest thing to do is just to be obedient to God. Abraham was obedient when he did as the Lord instructed him to do even when he didn’t know why. You must also fear God. Abraham feared God because he told his son, Isaac that the Lord will provide a burnt offering when he knew Isaac was to be offered. This fear of God in which I speak of is not the fear you would associate with worldly things such as things, animals, or people. This fear of God proclaims to a reverence to God meaning respecting God power. God created us and this world and He has all power; so we must fear the power of God so we want think we are Gods ourselves. We know God loves us but we should still fear God we know He is greater than us. If we don’t fear God we will be victims of all the trials and tribulations in the world, and we know we can’t combat them without God’s help.
There is another example in the bible about blind faith with the faith of the centurion in Matthew 8: 5-10…5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I gave this example because the centurion (which was a commander in a Roman army) in Capernaum knew about Jesus but wasn’t necessarily a Christian believer but he did believe in Jesus healing. The Romans during this period saw the Christians as threat to the Roman Empire. I spoke before about the fear of God, well in this example the centurion fear of Jesus turned into the very faith which healed his servant. The example of this centurion was that he respected Jesus power he understood that Jesus could heal people because he may have heard this from other people concerning people Jesus had healed. I believe also that fear of God is the beginning of understanding God presence in our live. When you fear God you began to understand how powerful Jesus can be in your own life, therefore there is nothing you can’t accomplish through Jesus your Lord and savior.
The question that was asked from the title, what do we need to obtain faith to obtain faith? In order anyone to obtain faith two things must take place. First you must believe in Jesus or God knowing and fear that He is all powerful and can accomplish anything. Second, you have to work at your faith meaning you have to demonstrate your belief to God. What do I mean by demonstrating your faith to Jesus? People petition or demonstrate their belief in many different ways. Let’s give some real world examples on how people may demonstrate their faith to Christ. A father may have a daughter who is very ill in the hospital. The doctors are not optimistic about her chances of survival. She is in a coma and has been for several weeks. The father prays for his daughter’s complete recovery. The father prays, “Lord thank you for healing my daughter.” The father has demonstrated his faith and belief that the Lord will heal his daughter. The father is not a minister or a deacon of his church he just believes that the Lord will heal his daughter. He knows at the moment that he prayed his pray that he daughter was not doing very well. He also didn’t really know for sure when or if his daughter would have a complete recovery. But he still believed that the Lord will heal his daughter. Now this situation is turned over to God and the Lord healed his daughter completely. Another example is a mother of two children and a loving husband has last stage breast cancer. She prays, “Lord thank you for removing my cancer from breast and body.” Again this mother has no real proof at from her doctors that she will be completely healed from her cancer. But she has faith and belief that God is the true doctor that will be able remove her cancer from her beast and body. She prays this pray every day until that when the doctor told her that she was in total remission form her breast cancer.
In both of these examples they had to do something in order to obtain their faith, and in both examples a miracle some would say happened as a result of their faith. You can have these same things happen in your life if you have faith. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the examples I gave but you still can obtain faith. You just have to work at obtaining your faith. It is not enough for to just believe in your heart that God will do want you want him to do, but you have to proclaim it, speak it and it will be so. God will do what he promised he will do for us we just have to have faith that He will. Christ proclaims in Matthew 20:17…So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you… have faith that Christ will move mountains in your life and he will.
What do you think?
Written by Kofi Baruti
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