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Surprises of Grace

The Bible is filled with the surprises of God's grace. Matthew 5:6 promises that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. Jesus said in Matthew 21:31 that the publicans and the harlots would go into the kingdom before the Pharisees and scribes. It is beautiful to realize that, in one second, the thief on the cross next to Jesus believed, grace erased his past, and he went into Paradise with Jesus.

Elijah was depressed to the point of despair, believing that in all of Israel he was the only one who remained faithful. But 1 Kings 19:18 reveals that there were seven thousand faithful believers whom Elijah was not aware of.

Thank God for the surprises of grace!

Remember, grace depends upon the Giver, never upon the receiver. We receive it in our worst moments; we receive it because we hunger and thirst for God; we receive it because we realize that we are children of the dust. Dwelling richly inside our souls is the Word that created the universe (Psalm 33:6) and holds it together (Hebrews 1:3); the Word that is quick and more powerful than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).

This is the Word that always has a surprise for us.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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