For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Today's Morsel: We don't hear a lot of preaching about grace these days, do we? Grace is God's unmerited love. It is God's divine influence operating in our lives. Grace is getting something that you didn't earn. Paul said that it is by grace, through faith that we are saved. When we exercise our faith in God and His Word, because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), He honors that faith. For example, when the lepers asked Jesus to heal them, they were exercising their faith and God was pleased. When the Centurion told Jesus to just speak the word and his servant would be healed, he was exercising his faith and God was pleased. And when we do things that please God, we receive for our faith, too. You can't be saved without faith in God. You aren't saved by grace alone, you are saved by grace through your faith in God. Paul said that God has dealt to all of us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). What we do with that faith will determine if we become saved or not. How's your faith? Do you have trouble exercising your faith in God? Do you believe that God can do anything? Solomon said, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths"(Proverbs 3:5-6). Faith without works is dead. Dead means without life. So if your faith is dead, then you don't have life and that means that pretty soon your well is going to run dry.
Sing: I know I'm saved, and I'm so glad about it, I found the joy my spirit craved, it is so real that I could never doubt it, Oh praise the Lord I'm glad to know I'm saved.