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Series: Amazing Grace
If you have your Bible, please turn to Philippians 1:6. Last week we began a series on "Amazing Grace". That is the only word for grace that seems right – amazing! The only word for grace is "amazing", amen? We talked about saving grace, for grace are you saved through faith, that not of your selves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast." We talked about that saving grace and how we are saved by grace and kept by the grace of God.
Today I want to talk about "Sustaining Grace", because not only are you saved by grace, but also you live by grace. God's grace not only saves you from sin, but God's grace sustains you in every moment of your life. Look at Philippians 1:6.
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"
It didn't say He might perform it, it didn't say He will try to perform it, it didn't say He will perform it if you do your best, it said, He that hath begun a good work in you will perform it. Not only does He promise to save you by His grace, but also He has promised to sustain you by His grace.
Now turn to I Peter 5 and you will notice that it also is talking about this sustaining grace. And I want you to look at verse 12. What an encouraging verse this is. The apostle Peter is writing and he knows something about temptation. You remember how the devil tempted Peter and how he denied the Lord. And you remember how Jesus prayed for Peter, that Satan had desired to sift him. And now Peter has matured in the faith and he writes to believers and he says in verse 12, "By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand."
He is talking there about how the grace of God sustains you. That when the storms blow upon you ...
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