Relying on Grace

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Let us face this fact: We came into the world with nothing, and we will leave it with nothing. Where do we get the notion that man’s idea of success and God’s are the same? You have written a book; you are a clever manager and promoter; you are a talented artist; you are independently rich; you have achieved fame and fortune. Without the gifts of intelligence, imagination, personality, and physical energy-which are all endowed by God-where would you be? Are we not born poor? Do we not die poor? And would we not be poor indeed without God’s infinite mercy and love?

We came out of nothing; and if we are anything, it is because God is everything. If He were to withhold His power for one brief instant from us, if He were to hold in check the breath of life for one moment, our physical existence would shrivel into nothingness, and our souls would be whisked away into an endless eternity. Those who are poor in spirit recognize their creatureliness and their sinfulness-but more, they are ready to confess their sins and renounce them.

Prayer for the day

All I have or am, Lord God, has been given to me by Your almighty hands. Forgive me when I tend to boast about my own accomplishments—for I am nothing without Your grace and love.

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36 Comments

  1. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Oh, God don’t take Your Holy Breath from me!

  2. Douglas Morris says:

    Amen!

  3. Mark C says:

    Just now, I read that Pastor Chuck Smith has, as the Apostle Paul says, fallen asleep. Years ago, a

    co-worker invited me to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. I passed. Another missed opportunity. But Pastor Chuck’s radio program encouraged my young faith. This brings to mind these words:

    …Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … Thou art with me…

  4. Doris says:

    May God continue in His love and grace to you and your family. You have meant so very much to so many of us.