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					The Gift of God’s Smile                            October 18, 2012

                                      We do not make requests of you
                                       because we are righteous, but
                                        because of your great mercy.
                                                     DANIEL 9:18 NIV

If only, when God smiles and says we are saved, we’d salute Him,
thank Him, and live like those who have just received a gift from the
commander in chief.
We seldom do that, though. We prefer to get salvation the old-
fashioned way: We earn it. To accept grace is to admit failure, a step
we are hesitant to take. We opt to impress God with how good we are
rather than confessing how great He is. We dizzy ourselves with
doctrine. Burden ourselves with rules. Think that God will smile on
our efforts.
He doesn’t.
God’s smile is not for the healthy hiker who boasts that he made the
journey alone. It is, instead, for the crippled leper who begs God for a
back on which to ride.

                                                In the Eye of the Storm
                                                           Max Lucado

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