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Discover the Joy that Comes from Cultivating Habits of Grace
For many of us, the "spiritual disciplines" are little more than a list of things we aren't doing but feel like we should be doing.
But to think this way is to miss the point entirely. As David Mathis writes in his book Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines:
The grace of God is on the loose. Contrary to our expectations, counter to our assumptions, frustrating our judicial sentiments, and mocking our craving for control, the grace of God is turning the world upside down. God is shamelessly pouring out his lavish favor on undeserving sinners of all stripes and thoroughly stripping away our self-sufficiency.
Before turning our focus to “the means of grace,” and the practices (“habits”) that ready us to go on receiving God’s grace in our lives, this much must be clear from the outset: The grace of God is gloriously beyond our skill and technique. The means of grace are not about earning God’s favor, twisting his arm, or controlling his blessing, but readying ourselves for consistent saturation in the roll of his tides.
In this 5-day video devotional, adapted from Habits of Grace, Mathis sets out to recalibrate our thinking on this neglected topic, showing us how to access 3 life-giving channels of God's favor through daily habits of grace—simple patterns that help us know and enjoy Jesus better.
Start the devotional today by heading over to ESV.org, clicking on the Reading Plans tab, and then clicking on “Cultivating Habits of Grace” plan!