Grace (4) – Things Which Gracious Souls Discover
- To “hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.
- To be disappointed with yourself is to have believed in yourself.
- To be discouraged is unbelief — as to the Father’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.
- To be proud is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.
- The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.
- Real devotion to the Father arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing has been received from Him while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.
- To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order and preach Law, not Grace. The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing: our devotion may follow, but does not always do so — in proper measure.