Friday, May 6, 2011


2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

     "Grace is the work of God on behalf of those who could never accomplish the task themselves. He did it and continues to do it for them. Grace is God's power to perform. Grace is the power of God given to men, enabling them to do things that otherwise would be impossible. It is God working in men to will and do His good pleasure. Grace is the life of God showcasing the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control of God in and through the surrendered human life. It is God living in us and showing the world what He actually looks like."

     "So what does it mean to be "saved by grace"? It means that we are saved by the work, effort, and Spirit of God. He does the work on the cross that enables us to be inhabited by His presence, and then He continues to do the work in and through our lives, shaping us into a dynamic picture of His holiness. We are not just saved at the inception of our belief by grace. Rather, it is God's intent that we be "saved" by this grace every moment of every day of our lives moving forward. We need this grace not just for Heaven but for Earth. And not just for the beginning of the journey, but for the middle, and for the end, and for every occasion in between. Grace is the life of God imparted to us."

     "...God is in the business of building saints. He is the universe's foremost expert on overhauling the human existence and making it work the way it was originally intended to. And He does this overhaul with a tool known as grace. He saves us with it, He breaks us with it, He rebuilds us with it, and He fully equips us with it to turn this world upside down.
     "Grace is the life of Jesus imparted and living, moving, working, and thundering within our very bodies to accomplish the errands of God on planet Earth.
     "We are nothing without this grace. We can accomplish nothing without this grace. ..."
 Eric Ludy, The Bravehearted Gospel, page 234-235

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