Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2010 May 18 - Morning Manna

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:1-8).

Today's Morsel: How much grace would you say that you need. Often we hear people say that grace is the unmerited love of God. But really the word grace in the Greek is "charis", khar'-ece, which means: graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): - acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). When we look at the Greek meaning of grace, we can understand what David meant when he wrote, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's" (Psalms 103:1-5). So David could be saying, do not forget God's, benefits. He also informed us "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death" (Psalms 68:19-20). Notice here that David said it is the God of our salvation that daily loadeth us with benefits (grace) and the same that delivers us from death. Paul said that we were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God, (Jesus Christ, the One in whom neither is salvation in any other Acts 4:12), who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved. The Holy Ghost is a gift, and that gift is for everyone. Do you need His grace today?

Sing: By His grace, all things are possible. By His grace, all things work for good. Without His grace, I would be drifting, like a ship, without a sail.

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