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All About Grace
Theme of the week: Lord, Rescue Me!
Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Key Bible Verse: God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) Dig Deeper: Ephesians 2:1-10

Maybe you're the guy who is successful in every area; you've got the money thing, and the family thing, and the marriage thing, and you still feel alone. Jesus came to rescue you from being isolated.

Maybe you're the one who has it all together on the outside, but there is something quiet within that isn't all together. Maybe it's anxiety, maybe a volatile temper, maybe a struggle with porn or drugs. Jesus came to rescue you from yourself. He rescues you from the rubble and devastating bondage of sin.

Maybe none of these things ring true, but you don't know why you're here on earth. You feel a lack of meaning, of purpose. Jesus came to rescue you for life, abundant and eternal.

Will you say yes to his rescue?

May I remind you of the total, unrelenting, unfailing love offered to you through the grace of Jesus? It means this, as Jerry Bridges points out in The Discipline of Grace: "On your worst day you are never out of reach of God's grace. On your best day you are never out of need of God's grace."

For rescued messes like you and me, it's all grace, all the time.

—Mike Howerton in Glorious Mess

My Response: I will take time today to reflect on why I am in need of God's grace.

Thought to Apply: Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace.—Arthur W. Pink (evangelist, scholar)

Adapted from Glorious Mess (Baker, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, reveal those areas in my life where I'm most vulnerable to sin; forgive me when I give in to temptation; empower me by your grace so that I might live a godlier life.

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