The Rule and Measure of our Prayers

We readily acknowledge, that God alone is to be the rule and measure of our prayers; that in them we are to look wholly unto Him, and act wholly for Him; that we are only to pray in such a manner, for such things, and such ends, as are suitable to His glory.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 227

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O the Comfort

O the comfort!  We are not under law but under grace.  The gospel is the dispensation for sinners, and we have an Advocate with the Father.  There is the unshaken ground of hope.  A reconciled Father, a prevailing Advocate, a powerful Shepherd, a compassionate Friend, a Savior who is able and willing to save to the uttermost.  He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust; and has opened for us a new and blood-besprinkled way of access to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in every time of need.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 227

Celebrating the Extravagant and Incomparable Love of God in Christ

The gospel is not ultimately about us and what we can and can’t do or what we will or won’t do.  It is all about Christ and what he has done to rescue lost sinners and make them fellow heirs of eternal life.  May God give us hearts that join [John] Newton increasingly in celebrating the extravagant and incomparable love of God to us in Christ!

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page  227

Conforming Us Gradually

The Holy Spirit is devoted to your spiritual welfare, working in you ceaselessly, conforming you gradually to the beautiful image of Christ in many ways.  You are dearly loved, completely saved, and will one day possess unimaginable beauty and glory, for you will see your Savior face to face and you will be life him.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 227

Our Rags for His Robe

Rest must be the primary paradigm, for even if we strive with all our might for obedience we will always need the righteousness of Christ to stand in our place.  No goodness of our own will ever be good enough; even in our best moments our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).  If we are to stand before God we must be constantly hidden in the royal robes of his goodness.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 226

God Knows What He Is Doing

The more you come to admire God’s wisdom and believe in his love and kindness to each of us, the freer you will be from envying those with more faith and strong gifts and from feeling superior to those who are weaker than you.  God knows what he is doing, and he does all things well in the body.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 224

We Need Help To Understand Ourselves

We need help to understand our weaknesses and protect ourselves in areas where we are vulnerable.  We also need help to know when we are crushing others with the abilities God has given to us and when our expenditures of others are unrealistic and harmful.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 223