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 hateth 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.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
WELCOME to Graced Acres!
So, what’s this website about?
The main goal of this website is to TESTIFY to the unwavering Love, steadfast Forgiveness, abundant Mercy, and perfect Holiness of God; our Father in Heaven.
This Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Holiness is all a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (aka Yeshua Hamashiach). For within this Gospel, we find all the Truth anyone will ever need. The Gospel is the Light that destroys all darkness.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ONLY remedy for the painful wounds in our broken hearts; the darkness lurking in our minds, and the vast emptiness in our souls.
Jesus Christ IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
This website is NOT intended to be a Bible tutorial. The Holy Spirit should be our primary teacher:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26.
I hope this website blesses anyone who stumbles upon it. God willing, my stumbling, failures and hard lessons will minister to anyone who’s struggling with doubt, complacency or indifference. Moreover, I hope my victories in and through Christ Jesus be of encouragement to anyone who feels alone, rejected or unforgivable.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14:23
At one time, I claimed this to NOT be a religious website….I was wrong.
Upon further study, God has shown me that religion is Biblical. Yes, Christianity is a religion; however it’s the only one God created that incorporates a deeply personal relationship between Him and His Believers:
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:26-27
Jesus Christ ought not be politicized, in my humble opinion. I’ve found that mixing politics with Faith seems to create division rather than unity; and draws attention away from seeking the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said to give that which belongs to Caesar; to Caesar. He was speaking about taxes; however I choose to apply this parable to anything other than what’s directly attributed to God and His Kingdom. Clearly Jesus advocates that we are to abide to the laws of the land; but to reserve for God, that which belongs to God.
“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” Mark 12:17
It’s my belief that Jesus Christ’s teachings can be applied to ALL facets of our lives. The parables that Jesus taught are not superfluous poetic prose or mere suggestions; His Parables are an integral part of His Doctrine and are extraordinarily relevant!
Through His Grace I’m given the desire to obey Him, the ability to love Him, and gratitude for Him. I couldn’t do it on my own. As I work out my salvation with fear and trembling; I fail…often. However, with His Grace and power from the Holy Spirit, what’s impossible naturally, becomes supernaturally possible.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:23-26
God willing, you’ll find no -ists”, “-isms” or denominational labels here. I’m not judging those who choose “isms” and denominations though. This is just how God’s leading me.
This website hopefully serves as one small testimony to the One who created the universe; the One who sacrificed His Life as THE WAY to save my soul from eternal damnation. He Loves me so much He gave His Life for me.
And He Loves YOU that much too!
From Genesis to Revelation, I believe that every word in the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is known as The Word of God. The Bible is the written Word of God. Jesus Christ is alive and on the right hand of The Father, so is God’s Word Truly Living. The Bible is as integral to a Christian’s walk, as water is to fish.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:17-18
Yes, men’s hands inscribed His Word; however they were divinely guided by God! Although I choose to study with the King James Version only, I believe the Holy Spirit will speak to whomever; whenever and wherever He wants to speak!
God doesn’t call those who “have it all together.” He provides everything needed for those who He calls. Jesus didn’t come to heal those who were healthy. Jesus heals those who are sick and suffering. Jesus didn’t come to save those who are already perfect:
He sacrificed His Life to save the fatally flawed.
I’m no authority, nor am I worthy of His Gift of Salvation. None of us are worthy and all of us are fatally flawed; but that’s something we all need to discover for ourselves. God’s holiness is beyond comprehension. Pride keeps humans bound to the lie that we have to be our “best selves” in order to make it into God’s Kingdom.
The truth is: We need far less of ourselves and far more of God.
Eternal Salvation is a free Gift that no one deserves; but it’s offered to everyone. However, like any gift, one can either accept it or reject it.
Despite some heretical teachings; physical potency, material wealth and social popularity in this world are not indications of godliness. Love for God comes first:
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Loving God in such a way enables us to have love for others; even our enemies.
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20
Within this Love, the totality of God’s law and the prophets is contained. Scripture teaches us that God hates sin and those who follow Him should too. He is angry with the wicked daily, however He loves each and every one of us; even when we show Him dishonor through engaging in sin.
This steadfast Mercy, Longsuffering and Love cannot be understood with our worldly minds, because none of us (without the Holy Spirit), are capable of these things. However, we can get a tiny glimpse of God’s nature by understanding that God created us in His image.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27
This is why He wants to free us from bondage to sin, so that we walk in His Life-giving Light; the only TRUE Light! Only True Faith in Jesus Christ can give you freedom, peace and salvation. No one works, talks or buys their way into heaven; you must Believe in Jesus Christ and be Born Again.
Jesus is the only Way.
As believers, we all have unique experiences, gifts, insight and testimonies. Brethren, pay no heed to anyone who degrades your testimony of salvation into something false or mere”navel gazing.” We are to carefully discern the fruit of others, but not to the extent of condemnation. Not all who are born again in Christ are instantaneously perfected. Change is slower for some. I’m proof of that.
As contained within the body of Christ, we all serve God differently, but as integral parts of the whole. Whether you be an arm or a big toe, God chose you for His specific purpose, and no personal testimony is more important than any other’s. My insight may not be your cup of tea and that’s okay.
Some puzzle pieces in the Body of Christ are more irregularly shaped than others, but Jesus makes them fit nonetheless!
So, this is ultimately about victory in Jesus Christ through His Grace. And in order to have a victory, one must’ve battled, right? We may have some ugly war wounds, but that’s okay. As Christians, we are NOT defined or condemned by our scars!
God has a divine purpose for our wounds. Through them, we can minister and relate to others better. Through our wounds, He gives us wisdom to guide; and even warn others.
Nobody is too far gone for the salvation and healing of God through His Son Jesus Christ. No matter what you’ve done, said or thought, it’s not too late to repent and ask Him to lead you to true freedom!
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
The Blood of Jesus miraculously washes clean, the dirtiest of lives. I know this, because I was filthy. But don’t trust me…
Jesus has given this commission for His followers:
“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.”
My other, less important topics to share may include gardening, homesteading, art, sewing and food.
If you like supporting small time (and small town) independent artists, please visit my Etsy shop to check out my lovingly handmade items for sale.
Oh, and speaking of food, here’s a super simple recipe that a friend in Christ shared with me:
Confess your sin.
Read your Bible.
Obey your Bible.
Like it’s author, this website is constantly being tweaked, so please check back from time to time for updates. If you have any questions or prayer requests; or if you want to share your testimony, please email me here: graced (at) gracedacres (dot) com. Thanks for visiting!