Grace for the needy

Yesterday was Father’s Day Sunday, 2017.  My wife had put us on the schedule to sing as a family, and we sang one of my favorite songs, called “Grace Alone”.  I would like to share the lyrics with you…

Every promise we can make
Every prayer and step of faith
Every difference we can make
Is only by His grace.

Every mountain we will climb
Every ray of hope we shine
Every blessing left behind
Is only by His grace

Grace alone Which God supplies
Strength unknown He will provide
Christ in us, our cornerstone
We will go forth in grace alone.

Every soul we long to reach
Every heart we hope to teach
Everywhere we share His peace
Is only by His grace.

Every loving word we say
Every tear we wipe away
Every sorrow turned to praise
Is only by His grace.

Grace alone Which God supplies
Strength unknown He will provide
Christ in us, our cornerstone
We will go forth in grace alone.

Titus 2:11-14 says “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

The more I learn of grace, the more I am aware of how desperately I need it!  I am frequently surprised at how much it blankets every area of my life.  This morning I picked up a book I’ve been reading, Renovation of the Heart: Putting on the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard.  Here is a fantastic excerpt from today’s chapter:

“Now the simplicity of spiritual formation lies in its intention.  Its aim is to bring every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God and the kingdom of God … of course, we cannot realize that goal on our own.  But there is no need for that.  God has made provision for achieving this aim.  To “grow in grace” means to utilize more and more grace to live by, until everything we do is assisted by grace.  Then, whatever we do in word or deed will all be done in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17).  The greatest saints are not those who need less grace, but those who consume the most grace, who indeed are most in need of grace – those who are saturated by grace in every dimension of their being.  Grace to them is like breath.”

This is such an encouragement to me!  Instead of being ashamed about my needs, I have the opportunity to “glory” in the cross of my weakness.  That’s where He makes His grace perfect.  That’s where my strength is found.  That’s where I find the next wave I need to move forward.  Thank you God for your amazing grace!

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. – John 1:16


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