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Grace

John Newton said “ When I get to Heaven I will find three wonders there. The first wonder will be, to see many people there whom I did not expect to see- the second wonder will be, to miss many people whom I did expect to see; and third the greatest wonder of all, will be to find myself there”. 
What a great way to describe God’s grace. To find ourselves one day in heaven should be a surprise. What I mean is that we’re only there by the Leary and grace of God upon our lives, and upon our souls. The reward of heaven is only attainable because of what Christ has done for humanity. 
To truly understand what I am saying let’s take a look at what the word grace means. According to Webster’s- Merriam, unmerited divine assistance given humans given for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue of God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance. 
The true measure of God’s grace cannot be seen in its entirety until one understands the sinfulness of the flesh and rebellion against God, against pure love. Then and only then can we even begin to fathom what it meant for God to sacrifice his son Jesus Christ. And thus redeem us through that sacrifice.
The apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:1-10 just what I have been describing. We were “dead on our trespasses and sins”. We had given way to the desires of our flesh. But “God being rich in MERCY because of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved”.
It is only by God’s grace that we are alive, and it is only by God’s mercy and his grace lavished upon us even in our sin that we are saved. Not by what we do, not by what we say. It is all about Christ. His life, His death, and He was risen and now sits at the right hand of the father praying for you and I. And because he is we can also be raised up and seated in the heavenly places just as he is this very day. 
So today, we can enjoy peace in knowing that because of what Christ has done for us we can find eternal joy and peace. We can rest in the assurance of salvation. None of us can we have arrived, but for those who believe we can say we have been saved by the grace of God and by the blood of his only son. 
God bless you and know that each night we pray for you. God loves you and so do we. 

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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