Day 10 ~ Receiving God’s Grace

Definition of God’s Grace:
The freely given, unmerited, [undeserved], favor and love of God. 

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

God makes it clear in the Bible that His grace is a gift.  Grace is getting good things without deserving it.  So when you are learning to let go and forgive yourself for whatever is still haunting you, remember God’s grace … He freely pours it out on us, even when we do not deserve it.  All we have to do is accept it.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Pray and ask God to help you accept his grace.  He offers it to you with open arms.

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Below is a little bonus … music for the soul …

One thing you are probably figuring out about me by now, is that I love music … especially music that praises God.  I really like all forms of music from Classical to Heavy Metal … but it must be music that God would approve of.  The one thing I appreciate about Christian music is that there are artists across the board creating music that glorifies God.

I have always enjoyed Jazz & R&B (Rhythm & Blues) … from Bille Holliday:(The Very Thought of You)  … to BB King … (You’re Gonna Miss Me)

With that being said … when I found these ladies …Trin-I-Tee 5:7 – God’s Grace… I liked them immediately.  Their message is right on target with the message I have shared about God’s grace.


Day 9 ~ Start Your New Life With Christ

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You can have real, lasting peace today through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Start your four-step journey now!

*For the Born Again Believer in Christ, it is a good reminder to read over this and to even recommit you life to Christ.  There are several verses throughout this post and at the end to go over in your Quiet Time.  

Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).

But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23).

The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever.

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives!

“Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

“Dear Lord Jesus,

I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will.

In your name, Amen.”

Did you pray this prayer?



Shared from, Peace With God, through Billy Graham Ministries

Further Reading in God’s Word About Salvation Through Christ: 

1. Hearing Christ’s word (Romans 10:8-17, Matthew 7:24), 26 Bible Verses About Hearing God’s Word

2. Believing —having faith (Romans 1:16-17, John 3:16)

3. Repentance from sin (Romans 2:4-5, 6:1-2, Luke 5:31-32)

4. Confessing Christ (Romans 10:8-10, Matthew 10:32), More scriptures on Confessing Christ

5. Being baptized (Luke 3:16,Romans 6:3-4, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38) Baptism of Jesus: (Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11)

6. Ongoing commitment (Romans 12:1-2, 12:11-12), 69 Bible Verses About Commitment to God

Day 8 – Standing on the Promises

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One of the most important things that I did after I truly forgave myself through Christ, was to read God’s word.  I googled scriptures about forgiveness and was in awe of how many there are about God’s forgiveness towards us.

I chose to stand on those promises.  I read them daily and accept them into my life as the truths that they are.  It is a blessing how putting God’s word into our hearts can change the way we think and how we react.

Here are several of the scriptures that brought healing to my life and still remain as precious reminders to this day.

  • This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.  ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NLT)

  • But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. ~ 1 John 1:7-9 (NLT)

  • For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)

  • Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. ~ Romans 5:1-2 (NLT)

  • Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. ~ 1 John 3:20 (NLT)
  • This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. ~ Colossians 1:21-23 (NLT)

  • For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.  The lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. ~ Psalm 103:11-13 (NLT)

  • For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son (Christ), who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. ~ Colossians 1:13-14
  • “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet,  I will make them as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson,  I will make them as white as wool. ~ Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)

  • Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:31-32 (NLT)

  • Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.  God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.  And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. ~ Ephesians 1:4-11 (NLT)

  •  “… and I (God) will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” ~ Jeremiah 21:34 (NLT)

  • So Christ has truly set us free. ~ Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
  • It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  ~ Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
  • “I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. ~ Isaiah 43:25

    This song speaks so much truth about God’s mercy & grace.  The Rhett Walker Band is awesome!

Day 7 – Praise & Worship Music

Colossians 3.16

When struggling with negative self-talk, feelings of shame, guilt or regret it helps to fill your mind with positive thoughts.

Listening to praise and worship music has always helped me to refocus and get my mind in a better place.

There are SO many playlists on YouTube, but here are a few to get you started.  It will at least give you some names of artists that you might like.  There are ads in some playlists, just skip them when they pop up.

Here’s a great praise & worship list:

I love music that has a good beat for my morning walks.  Here’s a list of some Christian Hip Hop artist that will get you moving.  Some of my favorite artist are Lecrae, Royal Tailor, Group 1 Crew, Capital Kings

Did I mention that I love Royal Tailor … here’s a good one.

Also, if you have never heard of Mandisa … let me be the first to introduce you to a sweetheart of an artist that loves Jesus with all of her heart.

One more of my favorites from Mandisa:

Day 6 – Healing Through Music

Day 6 - Healing Through Music | Forgiven Secret Blog | Jennifer DempseyThere are some days that I feel weak or under attack from the enemy (satan) … one of the best weapons against him is to listen to praise music.  Better yet, sing praise music.

Getting your mind in the right place will prepare you to stand up against negative thoughts.  Forgiving yourself is a decision and when you choose to fill your mind with positive words, the whole process gets easier.

Make a playlist of praise songs today!

Here is a great one to get you started:

Day 5 ~ Prepare for Spiritual Warfare

Yesterday, (Day 4) was about holding your thoughts captive.  Today (Day 5) is about the spiritual warfare that will come when you try to do it.  No need to fear though because God has equipped us!

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Day 5 ~ Prepare for Spiritual Warfare | Forgiven Secret Blog | Jennifer Dempsey

In the video below, Simon Brace affirmed what I shared yesterday … the warfare is largely fought in the intellect or the mind.  Take a moment to listen to what he has to say about spiritual warfare.

You must know the truth … the truth is that God wants you to be free from your past if it is holding you in bondage.  John 8:32 says that … “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Scripture reminders:

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When thoughts of shame, guild or regret come to your mind … stop them immediately and replace them with praises to God and positive affirmations about yourself:

  • I am forgiven
  • I am set free
  • I am redeemed
  • I am sanctified
  • I am holy
  • I am pure

If we can prepare our minds to hold captive any thought that keeps us in bondage to our past, we can move forward. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)

Day 4 ~ Hold Your Thoughts Captive

One of the most valuable things I have learned over the years is how to hold my thoughts captive.  Sounds crazy, I know … but God’s word even talks about how it is possible to do.

Philippians 4:6-8

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Day 4 ~ Hold Your Thoughts Captive | Forgiven Secret Blog | Jennifer DempseyThe hardest part for me was figuring out how to do it.  So again, I prayed that God would teach me to capture any negative thoughts and remove them!  He is always faithful.

Just like 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, (see photo below), states … the very second I realize that I am having a negative thought or I recall a bad memory … I do one or all of the following:

I immediately begin to praise God
I replace the negative thought with a positive one
I cast the thought out in Jesus’ name
I say positive affirmations out loud.  (For example: if the thought is that I cannot do anything right, I would reverse it and say something like, I am created by God and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.)

We can control our thoughts, we have to make a conscious effort with the help of God.  Do not linger on a negative thought, capture it and remove it … then replace it with a positive thought!

I am praying, as you read through each day, that you will grow stronger and more confident in your thought life.