Romans 9:16 ” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

If you would listen to the world today, they’d tell you that you were the master of your own destiny, in control of everything about yourself, and when adversity hit, you could with resolve, pull yourself up by your own boot straps. But our life is not determined by our own selfish desires, or how hard we think we must strife for happiness. It is solely dependent on God’s mercy. Or as Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” God looks on mankind’s wretchedness and the plight of our misery consequent to sin and has compassion on us…that’s called grace. Ephesians 2:8 sums it up well, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” We can and will never be able to save ourselves…just as we can and will never be able to buy ourselves a ticket to heaven…it is a gift given by a merciful God who loves us. It’s very simple… By grace alone. Through faith alone. In Christ alone.

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