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Without His Grace

Where would I be
You only know
So glad you see
Through eyes of love
A hopeless case
An empty place
Without your grace…

These are the words of a song and they flow deep in my heart. Sometimes it’s good to think back and reflect on the love and grace of God. Ephesians 2:12 tells us to remember where the Lord has brought us from, not dwelling on the sins of our past, but comparing and contrasting our lives before we walked with God to our lives after we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. He wants us to recall the fact that we were in sin, without hope, and apart from Him. But His power redeemed, blessed, and raised us to newness of life! Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12 NIV). I can honestly say I don’t know what my life would be like without Jesus. When I look in the eyes of some of the people in the world, and even in the church my heart aches. I can see they are devoid of life, when in reality, they don’t have to be. David said in Psalms 23, “The Lord is our shepherd.” He went on to say, “He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemy.” God has made available to every one of us a table spread out with His blessings. On that table, we will find the blessing of healing and health, the blessing of financial provision and prosperity, the blessing of deliverance from bondage and hang-ups, and the blessing of restored family relationships. These are just a few of the blessings we can expect. If you look at your life today and you can still see “a hopeless case” or an “empty place,” you need another vision. Open the Word of God and take advantage of His grace. It’s available to you right now. If you can’t see the manifestation of the blessing of God in operation in your life, just think of where He brought you from. All God has is yours. It’s there for the taking. Jesus wants the empty places in your life filled, and He wants to replace hopelessness with hope. Let Him do it today!

Where would you be if not for His grace? Today’s Scriptures:

Ephesians 2:2-14New International Version (NIV)

in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in 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. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,

Psalm 23New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Today’s Prayer/Confession: Today as I look back over my life, I give God praise for all He has done for me. Lord, thank you for your grace!

By Melva Henderson