Ephesians 2:1-9

Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The American mind-set is predominantly bootstrap oriented. When placed into difficult straits financially, emotionally, or otherwise, we seek yet a higher level of grit and determination to see us through the calamity.

However, the Christian faith offers no boot or strap for the sternest of problems—sin and death. It declares the chasm between unsaved man and God uncrossable. No human resolve, labor, innovation, or initiative can span its immeasurable darkness.

The sole bridge over such estrangement was built by God Himself with two pieces of timber at the Cross. The only hands that can rescue man were nailed to that Cross.

You cannot be saved apart from grace. It is a gift given by the holy love of God through the death of His Son. Only when you realize your utter helplessness can you receive the free gift of eternal life.

It is also the grace “in which we stand” today. When you sin, grace forgives. When you are weak, grace makes you strong. When you are confused, grace points the way. When you are depressed, grace lights your heart. Everything you are and will be is the work of God’s grace.

Dear Lord, give me grace to stand today. When I am weak, let Your grace empower me and make me strong.

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