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07/03/2009

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The Grace That Saves


"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men" (Titus 2:11).

Different aspects of our faith can teach us different things. A simple tenant of Christianity is that we are saved by the grace of God. Today's verse tells us that, but the next one tells more. "It teaches us to say "NO" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age" (V 12). As our faith grows, so does our desire to be under that grace and allow it to weave its tapestry of life for us. To allow it to "teach us" to just say no to things we should not be involved with.

There are so many wonderful scriptures about grace that I feel like an ant at a picnic...Its hard to know where to start. Lets look at this one..."And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms of Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:7). God manifested His grace in the gift of Christ to us. Today's verse tells us that this grace is a plan that can be taught. Paul goes on in the Book of Ephesians to say, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith----and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God" (V 8).

If this grace is such a wonderful safety net and umbrella of protection for all men, why don't all men receive it? We turn to the words of Jesus for this answer. "Not everyone who says 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 7:21). We must reach out for that grace through our faith and obedience to His will. Faith saves when faith obeys. The walls of Jericho fell by faith, but not until the people did that ridiculous marching and horn blowing. Noah was saved by grace (Gen. 6:8) and faith,(Heb. 11:7) but he still had to build that absurd ark.

The deal is that this is the way God's grace works today. It has "appeared to all men." We must reach to it through our faith and obedience....

Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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