Tag Archives: grace

Scripture at Sunrise 04.21.2022

“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

“The promise is ‘My grace is sufficient’ (2 Cor 12:9), not ‘My grace will abolish your thorns.’” –Elisabeth Elliot

Scripture at Sunrise 03.22.2022

“He giveth grace unto the humble.” -James 4:6

Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them. Humble hearts are grateful for grace and give the Lord the glory of it, and hence it is consistent with His honor to give it to them.

Come, dear reader, take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the Lord may make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride. We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the Lord will give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God. 

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 11.24.2021

“Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!” -2 Corinthians 9:15

Sin blinds our eyes to all the undeserved blessings in our lives. Grace opens our eyes and makes us thankful. -Paul Tripp via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 02.09.2021

“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” -Zechariah 13:9

Grace transmutes us into precious metal, and then the fire and the furnace follows as a necessary consequence. Do we start at this? Would we sooner be accounted worthless, that we might enjoy repose, like the stones of the field! This would be to choose the viler part—like Esau, to take the pottage and give up the covenant portion. No, Lord; we will gladly be cast into the furnace rather than be cast out from Thy presence!

The fire only refines; it does not destroy. We are to be brought through the fire, not left in it. The Lord values His people as silver, and therefore He is at pains to purge away their dross. If we are wise, we shall rather welcome the refining process than decline it. Our prayer will be that our alloy may be taken from us rather than that we should be withdrawn from the crucible.

O Lord, Thou triest us indeed! We are ready to melt under the fierceness of the flame. Still, this is Thy way, and Thy way is the best. Sustain us under the trial and complete the process of our purifying, and we will be Thine forever and ever.

[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]

Scripture at Sunrise 01.14.2021

“Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered,” -Psalm 105:5

Rather than starting the new year, beating yourself up for what you failed to do, start by building yourself up by remembering what God has done for you. Honest confession comes easier when you’re basking in God’s unrelenting grace. -Paul Tripp via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 12.21.2020

“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” -Hebrews 11:31

Rahab is listed as a hero of the faith because of grace. The same grace it took to save her is the same grace it takes to save you and I. It is only the grace of God that can save anyone.

-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon
“The Scarlet Thread” from Hebrews 11:27-29)

Scripture at Sunrise 12.02.2020

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

The author of your story never writes a throw away chapter. Every word on every page has been placed there by divine grace. -Paul Tripp via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 11.23.2020

“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” -Hebrews 11:23

Parents, God often uses your faith in the lives of your children, raising up leaders in the next generation. You never know how God is going to use your child.

-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Morning Sermon The Faith of Parentsfrom Hebrews 11:23)