As Paul’s character matured…

As Paul’s character matured, he was able to testify that he had reached the place where he could truthfully say, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Phil. 4:11). Not that he had always been content, but his increasingly intimate walk with God had made him absolutely satisfied that whatever God ordained was in his best interests.
When tragedy, sorrow, or bereavement strike, it is not always easy to hold on to this contentment, but it is the only path to comfort and peace of heart. Paul enunciated a principle of perpetual relevance when he recorded the word from the Lord that came to him: “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’“ (2 Cor. 12:9).

– J. Oswald Sanders.

What would happen if I crossed your path tomorrow morning? …

What would happen if I crossed your path tomorrow morning? Would I encounter someone who was an alert and thankful observer of answered prayer, someone who in a pronounced way was grateful for God’s many mercies?

We want to continue throughout the day expressing gratefulness for the innumerable manifestations of God’s grace. It’s as if God is placing sticky-notes in our lives everywhere. How alert and perceptive of them are you?

Are you a thankful observer of the countless indications of His provision, His presence, His kindness, and His grace? An ungrateful person is a proud person. If I’m ungrateful, I’m arrogant.

And if I’m arrogant, I need to remember God doesn’t sympathize with me in that arrogance; He is opposed to the proud. Let each of us recognize every day that whatever grace we receive from God is so much more than we’re worthy of, and indescribably better than the hell we all deserve.

–C.J. Mahaney

If salvation had been by works…

“If salvation had been by works, our Lord could not have said to the thief, dying at His side, ‘To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise’ (Luk 23:43). That man could do no works! His hands and feet were fastened to the cross, and he was in the agonies of death. No, it must be of grace, all-conquering grace—and the modus operandi must be by faith, or else for dying men the Gospel is a mockery!”

– Charles H. Spurgeon.