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« on: December 18, 2008, 07:15:38 AM »

Christmas: Godís Grace at Work
by Rick Warren

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you canít take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

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God says, ďI will give you my grace.Ē What is grace? Thatís when God gives you what you need, not what you deserve. Grace is when God says, ďIím going to take your problem and make it my problem.Ē Grace is Godís Riches given to you At Christís Expense.

The Bible says: ďFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith Ė and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God Ė not by works, so that no one can boastĒ (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV). In other words, you canít earn your way to heaven. You canít work your way in. Itís just a gift.

Did you know thatís why we give gifts at Christmas? Because thatís when God gave the gift of his Son to you Ė by grace. We give gifts because God gave us the greatest gift at Christmas.

I know I donít look like it today, but for three years I was a lifeguard. And every lifeguard knows you canít save someone as long as they are trying to save themselves. If somebody is drowning and flailing around in panic, a lifeguard knows to just stay back for a few seconds and wait until they give up. Because if you try to save them while theyíre trying to save themselves, they will pull you under too.

When they finally give up, they relax, you put your arm around them and just swim back to shore. Itís really quite easy.

God wants to save you. Jesus Christ wants to save you from your hurts, your habits, and your hang-ups. He wants to save you for his purpose and by his grace. But youíve got to quit trying to do it yourself. Youíve got to relax. You need to let go and let God be God.

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