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The Gift of Grace

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

How often do you thank God for His grace? Is there a time recently you can honestly say, “If it wasn’t for the grace of God I do not know where I would be.” Have you lacked in your ability, yet found God’s grace to be sufficient?

During this season many will buy gifts for their loved ones, friends and acquaintances based on what they feel the other person deserves. For those who believe in Santa Claus, they are taught their gifts are based on how good they are throughout the year. Some however will give gifts to strangers donating to churches, charities or just out of random goodwill. I recently read in the news about a man who would patronize at different restaurants and bars leaving a tip of different amounts including one for $5,000 even as his bill did not warrant leaving such a generous amount. He only identified himself under the handle @tipsforjesus.

As I reflect in the gift of God’s grace, I can see how this man’s actions are similar to how God bestows the gift of grace to us. Grace is given to the just and unjust, the seemingly deserving and undeserving alike. How can one say who is “good enough” to receive grace? The book of Proverbs reminds us several times only God can search the heart of a person. There have been many times (and will continue to be) when the grace of God proved my unworthiness. I was not always living for God but living for my own desires. Even now as I live for God I still come up short and do things I know I shouldn’t. I am a sinner saved and justified by grace. I will always need the gift I will never be worthy of or able to repay.

Think about this: by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of [your] works; lest any [of you] man should boast. In a time when everything is about “me, mine and I”, how fitting during this season of advent we can be reminded it’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s all about Jesus.

LaNicia Williams
Changed Living Ministries
www.changedlivingministries.org

SAVE THE DATE

Remember to save the date for Praycation 2014, August 21,- 23! Praycation: Oasis In the Desert will be held on the campus of the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. Special guests include Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant and so many more! Stay tuned.Details to follow on hotel and conference registration.

Come alone or invite your prayer group, friends or family members to take the Praycation journey with us this year in Texas.

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Blessings, VMM



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  1. Barbara Sanders says:

    Love her!!!! That’s my girl ~ Sis. LaNicia Williams…I’m so very proud of you and your journey! I thank God for you as well as Bishop Sister McKenzie. Keep on striving and thriving, LaNicia. Love you with the love of Jesus.

  2. Darryl Williams says:

    Congrats lil Sis! I read your article and feel extremely proud of you and your accomplishments. I can see how grace has been bestowed upon you…. through your words! Love you.

    Darryl

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