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”Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.“ Psalms 80:3 NLT

One man said the grace of God is too high to attain by works, yet too low to miss by His mercy.

The chance to receive this grace is extended to every creature on the face of the earth and all have a sense of eternity in their hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and a word imbedded in their being (Romans 2:14) tugging them to accept the extended hand from above; yet again their choice to respond can only be a matter of free will.

When we speak of election, everyone is part of the elect. What qualifies one as a chosen or remnant, however, is their willful and continuous participation in the sanctification process of He that called them. That is by refusing to indulge the flesh’s desires by all means and submitting to the workings of His spirit with reverent awe.

Child of God, the greatest turn there could be in a man’s heart is not that of circumstance but that of character, and only God can perform such an operation in us. When we overemphasize the gentleness of the spirit, it is not to say that we have the permission to abdicate our responsibility to submit and be fully present to His work in us.

Instead, it is to stir in us an even greater desire to be willfully transformed and bear fruit accordingly. I pray you, not to harden your heart that His fullness may dwell in you and appear to all.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for this truth. I thank you for your unmerited favor that chooses wretches like me and makes them a glory to behold. I am ever responsive and willing to the goodness and mercy that pursue me, I know how to apply myself to the wisdom of just men made perfect to the glory of our master Jesus. Amen!


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