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A Source of Comfort.

A Source of Comfort.

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BY JAMES SMITH


" The Lord will give grace." — Ps. Ixxxiv. 1 1
BY JAMES SMITH


" The Lord will give grace." — Ps. Ixxxiv. 1 1

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A SOURCE OF COMFORT.BY JAMES SMITH" The Lord will give grace." — Ps. Ixxxiv. 1 1o one knows what is before him, nor is itpossible for human foresight to provide againstthe evils which may arise ; but this is the Chris-tian's comfort, his God knows and has providedfor all, and will give him grace according to hisday. Grace in God is His free and sovereignfavour ; grace from God is the expression andproof of that favour. Grace given is sometimeswisdom to direct ; at others, strength to enable :at others, holiness to sanctify ; it takes the formwe need, and is just what we want, and all wewant. " The Lord will give grace," more grace(Janies iv. 6 ;) gi-ace for grace (Johni. 16 ;) abun-dance of grace (Rom. v. 17 ;) grace to crowngrace. (1 Pet i. 13.) Grace for life and living,and grace for death and dying. The Lord givesto the poor and unworthy ; He gives liberally, asmuch and as often as is needed ; and He giveswith pleasure and delight.The grace which the Lord gives will conquerunbelief, and enable us to believe His word.(Acts xviii. 27.) It will pardon all our sins, (Eph.i. 7 ;) and justify us fully and freely. (Rom iii.24.) It will help us to perform christian duties ;68 A SOURCE OF COMFORT.to bear all our trials with fortitude and patience,and to overcome all our foes ; it is grace to helpiu time of need. (Heb. iv. IG.) It inclines the
 
heart to work for God, and assist the believer inall he undertakes for the Lord's glory. Paulcould say, " The grace which was bestowed uponme was not in vain, for I laboured more abun-dantly than they all ; and yet not I, but thegrace of God v/hich v/as with me. (1 Cor. xv. 10.)This grace is sufficient to enable ns to bear athorn in the flesh with joy, and to overcome even•d special messenger of Satan, sent to buffet us.(2 Cor. xii. 9.) It is all-sufficient to enable us todo and abound in every good work (2 Cor. ix. 8 ;)and to serve God acceptably v/ith reverence andgodly fear. (Heb. xii. 28.) It will give ever-lasting consolation, and inspire with a good hope(2 Thess. ii. 16 ;) and itv/ill form the most lovelycharacter out of the rudest material. (2 Cor. i.12.) It brings the tidings of salvation to the ear(Titus ii. 11 ;; produces faith by which we em-brace and enjoy them (Eph. ii. 8 ;) and com-pletes and crowrs the work. (Eph. ii. 5 — 8 ;Acts XV. 11.") It makes the poorest sinner whichit embraces an heir of promise (Heb. vi. 17 ;) of salvation (Heb. i. 14 ;) and of God, (Titus iii. 7 ;Rom. viii. 17.) In a word, it has all we canwant, promises all we shall ever need, gives allwe ssk in faith, and saves us with an everlastingsalvation.A SOURCE OF COMFORT. 69Reader, this promise is brief, but it is full of blessing ; it is suited to our case, and opens afountain of comfort for our supply. The Lordwill give grace, then this should prevent our giv-ing way to fear ; what cannot grace enable U3to do?* What will not grace bring us safelythrougii ? If the Lord will give grace, then maywe boldly ask, " Of what, or of whom shall I be
 
afraid?" This promise should strengthen ourfaith, and make us confident in God, saying,'' Behold, God is my salvation ; I will trust andnot be afraid : for the Lord Jehovah is mystrength and my song, He also is become my sal-vation." It should stir us up to prayer ; whatcan we need that is not included in the wordgrace ? — and yet this is the very thing v/hich Je-hovali has so plainly and positively i^romised.'• Let us therefore come boldly unto the throneof grace ; that we may obtain mercy, and findgrace to help us in time of need." It shouldnerve us to diligence and entire consecration toGod ; the grace received from God should be em-ployed for the glory of God; and if we thusemploy what we receive, we may have whatso-ever we ask. He says, " Work while it is calledto-day." The believer feels weak and insuf-ficient ; but the God who bids him work, promisesgrace to enable him to perform ; the preceptshould lead us to the promise, the promise shouldbp, taken to the throne in prayer, and the grace70 A SOURCE OF COMFORT.received in answer to prayer should be employedin performing the precept Once more, thispromise should produce gratitude, and emboldenus in the Lord's cause ; not only should we say," I will run the way of thy commandments ;"but, " I will bless the Lord at all times, Hi3 praiseshall continually be in my mouth."1. 68 FREE BOOKShttp://www.scribd.com/doc/21800308/Free-Christian-Books

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