How Pleasant to Lean Upon an Almighty Arm

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

“Oh, how pleasant to lean upon an almighty arm, and to commit ourselves without anxiety to the guidance of infinite wisdom and love!”

– John Newton, The Letters of John Newton

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By the Grace of God I Am What I Am

I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient. I am not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities. I am not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart–knows I wish to be like Him. I am not what I hope to be. Before long, I will drop this clay tabernacle, to be like Him and see Him as He is! Yet, I am not what I once was–a child of sin, and slave of the devil! Though not all these–not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was–I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am!” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

– John Newton

That Word, Uttermost

“”Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost, those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them!” (Hebrews 7:25)

That word, uttermost includes all that can be said. Take an estimate of all our sins, all our temptations, all our difficulties, all our fears, and all our backslidings of every kind–still the word uttermost goes beyond them all. And, since He ever lives to make intercession, since He is the righteous one who is always heard, since His promises and compassions are unchangeable–He is indeed ableand willing and determined–to save us even to the uttermost!

– John Newton, The Letters of John Newton