hi there! i would love to encourage you to listen to the entire length of the video attached below. the first few minutes are a wonderful sharing by Chad Mattson of Unspoken about the impact God’s grace has made in his life. if perhaps you don’t have the time right now, click ahead to 6:45 where the song begins. <3
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It’s the light that pierces through you
To the darkest hidden place
It knows your deepest secrets
But it never looks away
It’s the gentle hand that pulls you
From the judgement of the crowd
When you stand before them guilty
And you got no way out
Some may call it foolish and impossible
But for every heart it rescues, it’s a miracle
It’s nothing less than scandalous
This Love that took our place
Just call it what it is, call it grace
Call it grace
It’s the breath that’s breathing new life
Into what we thought was dead
It’s the Favor that takes orphans
Placing crowns upon their heads
It’s the Hope for our tomorrow
The Rock on which we stand
It’s a strong and mighty fortress
Even hell can’t stand against
This is grace, this is grace
This is grace, this is grace
Written and Performed by
Unspoken, Chad Mattson, Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, and Ariel Munoz
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I just love the attributes attached to grace that the guys of Unspoken sing about—amazing…unshaking…unchanging…unfailing—don’t you? Grace IS each of these things because the Giver of grace, our Sovereign Almighty God, IS all of those things.
The following are a few passages from the New Testament that are so encouraging and humbling as they remind us of the grace God has shown to us! Each of them speaks clearly of the ‘amazing, unshaking (steadfast, unwavering), unchanging, unfailing’ nature of our great God.
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the Promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.
So too at the present time there is a remnant, selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness).
But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].
For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]
Romans 11:5-6, 29 AMP
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—and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has given grace upon grace upon grace to His people throughout the ages. He always has been and always will be a grace-giving God! Truly our eternal future is totally dependent on the truth and fact that He IS ‘amazing, unshaking (steadfast, unwavering), unchanging, unfailing’
There is a famous quote attributed to a 16th century believer, John Bradford. Whether Bradford truly is the one who spoke this phrase into infamy or not, I believe we all have voiced a similar thought many times!
“There but for the grace of God go I!”
Perhaps the world considers this a fatalistic way of thinking…but the Apostle Paul believed just the same thing. Paul clearly recognized the value and magnitude of the grace that was given to him! Writing to the Corinthian church regarding Jesus’ appearances after His Resurrection, he said:
He <Jesus>appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles,
and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain;
but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
1 Corinthians 15:8-10
And we too, who are recipients of MUCH of God’s amazing, unshakable, unchanging, unfailing grace, know this is a foundational truth of our lives. ‘But for the grace of God’ each of our lives would look much different! (I hear your ‘Amen!’) Grace cannot be earned…so just call it what it is—Call It Grace!
May I pray the final benediction given in the Scriptures over each of you…
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.