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from "The Poor Man's Portions" by Robert Hawker
"Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen." Ephesians 6:24
Do you, my soul, with the same affection and love as the apostle, bend your knee this morning before His throne, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth are named? Do you look up, and pray that all grace may abound? Oh what a delightful thought is it, my soul, to warm your affections, that in the moment you are waiting at the mercy-seat, thousands are waiting also for the morning blessing. Go then, my soul, and tell your Redeemer this; tell him that he has all desired grace, and that the eyes of his redeemed, as the eyes of one man, are all directed towards him. Yes, our glorious, rich, and gracious Saviour, we do behold you still as the Lamb in the midst of the throne, leading your church which is above in glory to fountains of living waters. And, Lord, we know that you are equally attentive to your church in the dry and barren wilderness here below, where no waters are. You have guaranteed, blessed Lord, to supply each soul. You have every grace, and all grace, suited to all wants; grace to pardon, grace to save, grace to renew, grace to strengthen, grace to bless. Oh Lord, awaken, convince, humble, comfort, and pour out of your fullness according to our individual necessities, in calling, cleansing, justifying, adopting, sanctifying, and building up your household, that all grace may abound, according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Oh you attendants at the heavenly gate, see that you come not away empty. Remember Jesus is on the throne; look on him there. Behold, the very grace you need is in his hand; read the love that is in his heart, and remember that he has not only the very grace you need, but every grace, and every mercy for all that wait upon him. Tell every poor sinner this, and bid him ask in faith, nothing doubting. Tell all you know, and all you meet, and all you see, that He who is on the throne has abundant grace, and wants vessels, the empty vessels of his people, to fill. Tell them that his grace exceeds all perceptions of grace, all thoughts, all prayers, all praises, all desires; nay, that he has exceeding abundantly above all that they can ask or think. Behold, then, O Lord, your children, your redeemed, your family, and let all grace be with all them, and upon all them that love you in sincerity. Amen.
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