‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’  As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’   Acts 17:28

It is the most remarkable gift anyone of us can ever receive — the gift of grace.  So often, we excuse ourselves into thinking of grace as a measure of forgiveness or pardon — and for many, grace is only that which takes place before a meal.  Grace is so much more, so far greater than these great things.  Grace is personal, grace is powerful, grace is transforming.

God met me when I was 12 years old and for the first time in my very young life, I met Grace — Salvation Grace.  Grace was heaped upon me in abundance and was there for me in all things.  As I grew in my faith and my needs increased, it became clear that I was not going to be able to meet these needs.  Grace took on, not a new face, but the reality of provision — I met Grace again — Enabling Grace.

And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.   II Corinthians 9:8

Throughout my life I’ve leaned heavily upon the assurance of my salvation.  I’ve also worked hard to “work-out” my salvation.  But through His enabling grace I am able to do much more than I can possibly and humanly imagine.  But for how long?  Surely the “wick” of grace will burn to the end and the flame of grace will be snuffed out.  Right?  It couldn’t be further from the truth!  For now I have met Grace, yet again — Sufficient Grace!  The abundant measure of God’s Grace upon me is overflowing — more than enough — every day!

Yes, I have met Grace!  God is Grace!  Grace is the person of Jesus!  Praise Him and I know Grace!  So as I continue to encounter difficult days, troublesome times, the “hard-knocks” of life — Grace will be there in an abundant supply!

Lord Jesus, Grace — thank you!

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