Grace by James Smith

The following is a quote from James Smith who lived in the 1800’s and was the predecessor to Charles Spurgeon at New Park Street. This was found at Grace Gems,    http://gracegems.org/C/Smith.htm

 

                                                                                             The God of All GRACE

GRACE is the free favor of Jehovah, sovereignly fixed upon his people, and righteously communicating all spiritual and eternal blessings to them, for his own glorification. Every spiritual blessing flows from grace. Jehovah, the all-gracious God, is the fountain of all grace. His favor being fixed, he freely communicates to the unworthy and ill-deserving. He delights to give — as he delights to glorify himself. Grace is enthroned, and reigns “through righteousness unto eternal life — by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When coming to God for grace . . .
no recommendation is necessary;
every fear is groundless, and
all your doubts are sinful.
God must run counter to his word, act contrary to his nature, and dishonor his name — if he refuses his grace to any sincere seeker. “The Lord will give grace.” “He gives more grace.” He “gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not.”
The grace that converts the sinner flows from him;
the grace that comforts the saint is his gift; and
the grace to serve him acceptably must be received from his hand.
He will be gracious to every praying soul — but he will not sell his grace. You must not bring your duties, your endeavors, or your feelings to procure it — or you will be surely disappointed. He gives grace freely to every empty, hungry, willing soul. If you are made willing to receive — that is one evidence that God is willing to give. You may ask immediately, and expect confidently — nor shall you be disappointed.
The God of all grace, has grace suited to all your needs, and adapted to all your circumstances.
Are you weak? Here is grace to strengthen you.
Are you sinful? Here is grace to sanctify you.
Are you oppressed? Here is grace to deliver you.
He has grace . . .
for all comers,
at all times, and
for all circumstances.
Come boldly then to the throne of grace, plead with “the God of all grace” — and you shall obtain grace to help you in every time of need. He waits to be gracious.
“But may I come just as I am, and at this moment?” Yes, just as you are — without money, and without price. Come at this moment, for there is no time for delay. His ear is open, he is at liberty to attend to you, and will surely do you good.
Grace is for the unworthy. Grace must be freely given — or it ceases to be grace. Grace is . . .
God’s antidote for your miseries,
his answer to your objections,
his reply to your fears, and
his encouragement for your comfort, joy, and peace.
“For by grace are you saved through faith.” “Justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” you are made an heir according to the hope of eternal life. To grace you are indebted for all that you possess, for all that you expect, and for all that you will enjoy in this world or that which is to come. Free grace will be . . .
your support in trials,
your comfort in afflictions, and
your antidote in death!
To “the God of all grace,” you will remain an eternal debtor — happy under a sense of your obligations.
Beloved, have you ever felt the power of grace . . .
renewing your nature,
comforting your heart, and
consecrating your life to the Lord’s service?
Do you now feel that you need grace, and desire to possess it? If so, you may obtain it. It is free to the vilest! It flows from God’s throne like a river — and whoever will, may come and take of it freely.
Rich grace, free grace, most sweetly calls,
Directly come who will,
Just as you are, for Christ receives
Poor helpless sinners still!
‘Tis grace each day that feeds our souls:
Grace keeps us inward poor;
And O that nothing else but grace
May rule for evermore!

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