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From Billy Graham

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by Dusty, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. From Billy Graham

    "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without
    effect. No, I worked harder than all of them -- yet not I, but the grace of God
    that was with me" (1 Corinthians 15:10, NIV).

    A Word From Billy Graham
    "Let us face this fact: We came into the world with nothing, and we will leave
    it with nothing. Where do we get the notion that man's idea of success and God's
    are the same? You have written a book; you are a clever manager and promoter;
    you are a talented artist; you are independently rich; you have achieved fame
    and fortune. Without the gifts of intelligence, imagination, personality and
    physical energy -- which are all endowed by God -- where would you be? Are we
    not born poor? Do we not die poor? And would we not be poor indeed without God's
    infinite mercy and love? We came out of nothing; and if we are anything, it is
    because God is everything. If He were to withhold His power for one brief
    instant from us, if He were to hold in check the breath of life for one moment,
    our physical existence would shrivel into nothingness, and our souls would be
    whisked away into an endless eternity. Those who are poor in spirit recognize
    their creatureliness and their sinfulness -- but more, they are ready to confess
    their sins and renounce them."

    Grace to Equal Our Days
    "I've learned again and again what grace is: God's intervening love when I am on
    empty. My spiritual journal records many grace moments when I was on empty. I
    arrived in South Africa to speak 14 times with my voice gone, only to find that
    when I opened my mouth to speak, my voice was always there. I have often looked
    at a preaching or radio deadline with a blank piece of paper -- and a mind to
    match -- only to find myself writing creative insights that I didn't even know I
    had. It's all grace. And it comes when I admit that I'm empty. The Apostle Paul
    was a brilliant, gifted leader, but he touched God's grace most deeply when he
    was on empty. His nagging 'thorn in the flesh' had squeezed out any conceit and
    left him desperate before God. God responded, 'My grace is sufficient for you,
    for my power is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV). Paul's pain
    taught him the limitations of self-reliance and the wealth of grace: 'When I am
    weak, then I am strong' (2 Corinthians 12:10, NIV). God's intervening love is
    not 'one size fits all.' He shapes the grace to fit the need; it is
    custom-tailored grace. Our Father invites us to 'approach the throne of grace
    with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time
    of need' (Hebrews 4:16, NIV). God customizes His response to our specific empty
    moment, giving us just the kind of grace we need to 'equal our days' (Cf.
    Deuteronomy 33:25)" (Ron Hutchcraft).


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