grace upon grace

“for daily need there is daily grace; for sudden need, sudden grace; for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace.”  john blanchard

we need grace every moment of every day in order to do what is pleasing in the sight of God.

we need grace to believe.  grace to believe in christ.  we need grace to believe in the promises of God in christ, in the gospel.

we need grace to repent.  to repent of our sins.  we need grace to acknowledge our sins before God.

we need grace to pray.  to pray as we ought, according to God’s will.  we need grace to know what to pray for.  we need grace to believe that we will receive what we ask for.

we need grace to not fall prey to despair.  grace to not lose hope.

we need grace to overcome temptation.  we need grace to resist the devil.  we need grace to love the law — what is holy, and just, and good.

we need grace to have pure thoughts.  to have right thoughts about God, and flee from idolatry.  we need grace to overcome strong lusts, evil desires, angry and murderous feelings.  we need grace to mortify sin.

we need grace to love our enemies.  to bless those who persecute and abuse us.  we need grace to forgive those who sin against us.  we need grace to ask forgiveness from others.

we need grace to be thankful to God always.  to worship him acceptably, and hear his word attentively.  we need grace to praise him jubilantly and triumphantly.

we need grace to speak of christ to others.  to tell of his love.

we need grace, the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, the gracious acceptance of God as our Father, by the blood of the gracious atoning sacrifice of christ.  apart from grace, we can do nothing spiritually acceptable to God.

as jesus reminds us, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”

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