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O.S. HawkinsBy O.S. Hawkins

An uncommon occasion transpires on Ash Wednesday every year. We regularly see women and men with ashes within the type of a cross on their foreheads. It’s a seen reminder that mud [we] are, and to mud [we] shall return (Genesis 3:19). It begins for a lot of a interval of fasting and self-denial. It’s a good reminder that the one solution to please God isn’t by what we door chorus from doingbut by accepting his gracious supply of forgiveness made potential by Christs shed blood on the cross.

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Salvation is Gods work, not our work. For by grace you’ve gotten been saved (Ephesians 2:8a). Our salvation begins with Jesusnot with us. It’s not His response to any good works we could do or evil works from which weve refrained. Salvation is supplied for us wholly due to His grace, His unmerited favor towards you and me. The Father didn’t ship His solely Son to die for our sins as a result of we stored begging and pleading for Him to take action. It was by His grace alone.

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Salvation is Gods work in Gods means, not our means. It’s by religion . . . not of yourselves; it’s the reward of God (Ephesians 2:8b). I wish to shout these wordsThrough religion . . . not of yourselves . . . not of works! No quantity of doing good deeds or abstaining from sure pleasures can earn Gods favor. Salvation is wholly by grace, by our religion in Christ alone . . . Gods reward to us.

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CODE WORD: DONE

It doesn’t matter what you do or dont do, or what you give or hand over, your salvation isn’t spelled D-O however D-O-N-E! Right now keep in mind that Christ paid an enormous value to redeem you. It’s already performed! Your half is to obtain this reward by religion.
PASSION PROCLAMATION

[It is] not by works of righteousness which we have now performed, however based on His mercy He saved us. TITUS 3:5

Lord, thanks for giving me what I by no means deservedgrace! And to your mercy in not giving me what I do deserve. No marvel we name it superb grace! In Jesus title, amen.

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The above article is excerpted from The Ardour Code: 100 Days with Jesus by O.S. Hawkins. Copyright November 2019 by Thomas Nelson. Revealed by Thomas Nelson. Utilized by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com. Pages 190-191. All rights reserved.


The Ardour Code is printed by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the father or mother firm of Bible Gateway.


Bio: O. S. Hawkins has served pastorates, together with the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, for greater than 25 years. A local of Fort Price, Texas, he has three earned levels (BBA, MDiv, and DMin) in addition to a number of honorary levels and is presently a PhD candidate at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s the president of GuideStone Monetary Assets, with property beneath administration of 16 billion {dollars}, serving 250,000 pastors, church workers members, missionaries, docs, college professors, and different employees in numerous Christian organizations with their funding, retirement and profit service wants. He’s the writer of greater than 40 books, and speaks often to enterprise teams and church buildings all throughout the nation. All the authors royalties and proceeds from all the Code collection go to assist Mission:Dignity. You’ll be able to study extra about Mission:Dignity by visiting MissionDignity.org.

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