In this mornings Sermon on God's sustaining Grace Ron referred to Paul Tripp's "Tweets on Grace" compiled into a single document by Timmy Brister. These are fantastic helps in focusing on God's amazing Grace and useful for preaching to ourselves. Click the "Read More" link below to see the whole list here on the blog or you can download them as a pdf file for your own off-line use by clicking here. As always your comments are welcome.
Paul Tripp Tweets on Grace
You have real hope when your hope is rooted in grace. Grace forgives your past, empowers your present and secures your future.
Since sin lives inside of you and you cannot escape you, your only hope is powerful redeeming grace.
You have real hope when your hope is rooted in grace. Grace forgives your past, empowers your
present and secures your future.
Since sin lives inside of you and you cannot escape you, your only hope is powerful redeeming grace.
Sin demanded a death, Jesus gave his life, now in grace he calls for your death so that you may know
The unrelenting power of transforming grace is greater than the unyielding idolatry of your wondering
Grace doesn't so much battle for your comfort. No, it wars incessantly for the rulership of your heart.
We are not kept in the faith by our own discipline and resolve, but by the loving chains of faithful,
There's no idol more attractive, seductive, and addicting as the idol of self. Somehow it hooks us all
and for that we need powerful grace.
Don't worry about whether God will keep his promises. Instead pray for grace to be able to keep
Will you forget who you are today and live like you're poor, when grace makes you rich or weak, when
grace blesses you with strength?
Grace invades your strength and proves you are weak, then meets you in weakness and makes you
Grace is the essential gift of gifts. It alone is able to raise you from the dead and give you life.
The economy of redemption is work and rest. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling and rest
in relentless grace.
In times of difficulty, don't be too quick to question God's love. He is near you with painful, but
rescuing and transforming grace.
Grace works to expose the darkness and depth of your sin while it provides power and provision for
Grace frees your heart from the emptiness of bondage to the creation while calling you the satisfaction
of slavery to the Creator.
Things aren't always what they seem. It's possible, in a time of hardship, for the refinement of grace to
look like the enemy's triumph.
We have a Savior who is great in grace, yet in arguments for our righteousness, we act as our own
replacement saviors again and again.
What keeps us from recognizing God's grace is that we long for the grace of RELIEF when what we
actually need is the grace of REFINEMENT.
Perhaps the things that you're going through don't look like they come from a God of grace because
you don't have a biblical view of grace.
Everyday you give empirical evidence that even though the power of sin is broken, the presence of sin
remains and for that you need grace.
Jesus did for you what you couldn't do, so that you could give to him what you couldn't give apart from
his grace-your whole heart.
Lavish grace, abounding love, every provision, once for all and ongoing forgiveness, as God's
children, why then do we fear?
Isn't amazing that the one thing everyone of us desperately needs often doesn't even make our
personal list of needs - grace?
Face it, you and I don't need to be tweaked, you tweak a poorly written sentence, you and I need to be
radically rebuilt by grace.
God will call you to face the unthinkable in order to form in you what is unachievable apart from his
Corporate worship is a regular gracious reminder that it's not about you. You've been born into a life
that is a celebration of another.
Christian, your life may look like everyone else's, but it's not. You've been invaded by something that
changes everything; grace!
If you lose your gratitude for the grace you have been given in God's kingdom, it makes it easier to
pursue the purposes of another kingdom.
Will you live today like you really do believe that you're still a person in need of forgiving, rescuing,
transforming, delivering grace?
Contrary to cultural opinion, it's okay to admit that you're weak, God's grace is sufficient, but it's not
okay to fake strength!
Rest in the reality that there is never a moment when you don't need transforming grace and never a
moment where grace isn't operating.
No need to worry, God will not deny any of the riches of his grace to the poor in spirit.
The grace of the cross assures that the difficulties God brings my way aren't punitive. They're always
lovingly and personally restorative.
David prayed, "May the bones you have broken rejoice." In order to capture your heart, God is willing
to brake your bones." That's grace!
God's grace hasn't been given to remove all you troubles, but to employ those troubles to
progressively transform your heart.
No need to panic in the face of trouble, the God you depend on has gifted you with an unending
stream of powerful grace.
Sin so thoroughly blinds us that we are even blind to our blindness, so any evidence of spiritual sight
is a sure sign of grace.
Grace requires you to live a brutally honest life, while it introduces you to more daily hope than you
thought you would ever have.
God is holy, so sin is serious. God is gracious, so sin can be forgiven. On the cross his holiness and
grace kiss. Today celebrate both!
No need to fear what's coming. The God who orders your life provides the grace necessary to face
what he has ordained.
Self-righteousness makes you blind to yourself, but critical of others, grace causes you to be honest
with yourself and forgiving of others.
Grace frees you from the weight of the law, not so you would despise the law, but so you would use
the resources of grace to keep it.
When you are called to minister to another person, be assured that a double grace is operating. God
is working on both them and you!
Remember today, It is sad, but true, doxology and disobedience can live in the same heart. May grace
cause your belief to be lived.
God's grace, lovingly lavished on someone else, will never mean that he has any less grace to
lovingly lavish on you!
No rebellion, no weakness, no foolishness, no evil of heart that the cross can't defeat and that grace
No need that grace can't meet, no gift of grace that goes unneeded.
It's impossible for you to live as Christ lived, impossible to pay what he paid, impossible to defeat he
what defeated. Your hope? Grace!
You are in desperate need of help today. Grace guarantees you a Helper, who's never unfaithful,
weary, impatient, irritated, or hopeless
It's the grace of the cross of Jesus Christ that allows prideful self-defensiveness to give way to humble
If your battle with sin locates in the heart then changes of situation/relationship/location won't rescue
you. Only grace will deliver you.
Why is legalism dangerous? It makes you think you're more righteous than you are and that you don't
need grace as much as you do.
That God would accept our feeble/flawed/fickle worship is itself an argument for grace.
If position, power and politics could transform the heart, grace would not be necessary. The Gospel is
God's means of redemption/renewal.
If sin was only about misbehavior, the law would provide rescue, but since it's a condition of the heart,
grace alone provides deliverance.
Sturdy self-righteousness and perseverant autonomy are no match for irresistible grace. Grace will
God graced us with his law because we were not made with the capacity to make up our own rules.
Jesus came knowing what he would face, so you would have the grace to face what you did not know
you would face.
Hope exists because the God of patient powerful transforming grace exists.
Grace frees you to live horizontally what you've given vertically. While others hope to get, you can
celebrate what you've been given.
Christ fulfilled the law's requirement, not so you would be a law breaker, but one who celebrates the
grace that enables you to keep it.
Your faith doesn't save you grace does. You wouldn't have any faith to exercise if grace hadn't first
visited and transformed your heart.
God's gift of grace should never result in moral laziness. The sacrifical gift of grace is essential
because sin really is that serious.
Grace frees you from trying to earn what you could not earn and then calls you to do what you would
be unable to do without grace.
Today go sit at the feet of your Father, bask in his wisdom, luxuriate in his grace, receive his
forgiveness, and celebrate his glory.
Grace calls you to abandon your reliance on you because God knows that true righteousness only
begins when you come to the end of yourself.
We're often like the 5,000 Jesus fed, we would settle for physical provision, when we've been offered
beautiful gifts of transforming grace.
When on the cross of Christ the righteous anger of God and his zealous grace met, there could be
only one result, redemption.
Grace never lies, never exaggerates, never pretends, never deceives. Grace never forsakes it's work
or turns its back on its promises.
Grace sets goals of heart and life change beyond what you could've conceived and then gives you
everything you need to reach them.
It takes grace to give grace, takes hope to give hope, takes love to give love. I can give these to you
because Christ's gave them to me.
Grace to be grace never calls wrong right. Grace is the only context in which you can face and deal
Grace never rests, never hesitates, never leaves its post. It is always ready, always willing, always
active, always working to redeem.
Grace never mocks you in a moment of need while it teaches you how many of the things you thought
you needed aren't really needs.
Grace takes control out of your hands and places you under the sovereignty of One who rules over all
things for the sake of his church.
Grace confronts you with the fact that you control almost nothing, while it places you in the care of the
One who rules everything.
Grace exposes you to the penetrating light of truth and then covers what has been exposed with the
forgiving sacrifice of the cross.
Grace assures that any faithfulness problems in your life won't belong to God.
The grace that was willing to forgive is also zealous to transform. Be glad! You are not yet what grace
will enable you to be.
Grace: No love greater, no forgiveness more complete, no hope more secure, no peace more
permanent than are found in Jesus.
Grace is not only a one time act of forgiveness, but also a progressive agenda of moment by moment
rescue and transformation.
Many of us respond to grace like the child who plays with the box not the gift, we settle for information
when transformation is promised.
It has the power to set your life on a radically new course, to transform everything you
desire/think/say/do. What is it? Grace!
Grace tells you all the things about you that you don't want to face, while assuring you that they have
all been covered by the cross.
Grace will make you as uncomfortable as you have ever been, while blessing you with comforts that
will caress your heart for eternity.
Self-righteousness never promotes a sense of personal need, so it never promotes a daily pursuit and
celebration of grace.
Grace will torment your soul with conviction so that you will cry out for the rest of forgiveness.
Sin rendered me unprepared and totally unable, grace makes me ready and completely equipped.
We can be more excited about our inclusion in the culture of Christianity than we are about our
inclusion in the grace of Christ.
Grace gives you back your humanity. You are never more authentically human than when you are
living in worship of God and love for neighbor.
When you daily celebrate grace, you go to a worship service not to begin worshipping, but because
you have already been worshipping.
Self-righteousness means that what you say to you about you removes from you any sense of
personal need for God's grace.
Grace doesn't excuse your sin, rather it pays the price for what is inexcusable.
Grace doesn't free you from the call to obedience, but liberates you from the delusion that you can
obey your way into God's acceptance.
Sadly, we easily become desensitized to how astonishing grace is and relegate it's celebration to the
religious dimension of our lives.
Apart from God's grace I would be in the center of my world, I would make up my own laws, worship
the creation, and live for my comfort.
Grace dismantles your confidence in you, while it gives you more hope and courage than you have
When grace is your rest, you no longer panic when you are driven beyond the borders of your own
wisdom and strength.
We need to guard against making understanding/living grace the new law, thereby contradicting the
grace we are calling others to live.
There's no such thing as independently keepable law, so there's no such thing as performance earned
Do you wake up with a sense of privilege that you've been given the thing that every broken person in
this broken-down world needs; grace?
To acknowledge that we need grace at every moment and every way is an act of worship toward God
that cultivates humility in our souls.
Grace is essential in the small, unnoticed things and the great long-term things in life your life God
planned before the world began.
Unfailing love, sufficient grace, abundant provision. You have been and are being redeemed!
Grace redefines your past, refocuses your present, and reshapes your future. Grace always leaves a
trail of change.
When grace is relegated to the religious dimension of our lives, our living begins to be shaped by a
different set of hopes/dreams/values.
Your need of grace allows you to see another person's need for grace through the eyes of grace,
wanting for them what grace has given you.
By grace weakness no longer drives you to despair but into the arms of One who offers you power
greater than your ability to conceive.
I wake up this morning restful not because of a good night's sleep, but because God is and grace has
made him my father!
Grace liberates your relationships because you no longer have to ask the other person to provide
what Jesus has already given you.
Amazing Grace: The Gospel calls you to admit what is personally devastating so you can embrace
what is eternally liberating.
Grace rescues us from idol obsession and welcomes us to worship the one true God.
I don't have to wonder where my life is going. Grace has revealed the plan to me and has included me
in it. My destination is sure!
Grace meets you where you are and takes you where you need to be, not expecting you to know
where to go or to have strength to get there.
While sin still is a sad and ever-present reality in each of our lives, it is simply no match for the grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Will you measure your potential today based on the size of what you're facing or based on the
magnitude of God's presence and his grace?
Weakness is not your biggest problem, God's grace is sufficient, but it's delusions of strength that get
in the way of your growth in grace.
Grace means you don't have to hide what's already been forgiven, or fear what's already been
defeated, or earn what's already been given.
"His mercies are new each morning." Form-fit for the needs/temptations/problems of your day is the
fresh grace of your ever-present Savior!
No promise broken, no provision not delivered, no need unmet, his presence never denied, his power
freely given, now that's grace!
Can you put the story of redemption in a sentence? Sin has driven of us out of the Garden, but grace
drives us right into the Father's arms.
Every time you sing a hymn, contribute to God's work, and hear his Word expounded, you are
experiencing God's grace.
Grace isn't prejudice, it's never stingy, doesn't hoard its riches, is never tired or impatient, never gives
up-it is amazing!
No rebellion too great, no weakness too deep, no blindness too profound that grace cannot conquer.
To think that God would notice me for a moment is amazing, to know that he loves me forever is
So what will you do today, in the situations and relationships of your daily life, with the grace you have
Self-righteousness is why we are content with superficial Christianity. Convinced we are okay, we do
not long for the daily rescue of grace.
A life-shaping celebration of God's grace is only ever born out of one thing; a deep sense of profound
Sin results in double death (spiritual/physical), but the promise of grace is life in the here and now and
life after death forever!
Grace captures you and won't let you go while it frees you from things that have held you for years.
Grace will surprise you again and again, but never leave you helpless, hopeless, or alone.
You simply cannot live as God calls for you to live unless you have a practical grasp of the forgiving
and enabling grace you've been given.
Grace requires you to acknowledge your weakness, while at the same time welcoming you to rest in
Grace calls us to admit our need of rescue, for what we once wanted, we became convinced we
needed, and now have become addicted to.
Jesus calls us to forsake all, not just so we would submit to his control, but by grace to free us from
the control of other things over us.
When your biggest thrill is not some personal pleasure, but Kingdom advancement, then you know
grace is transforming your heart.
Grace rescues us from our fickle hearts that find so many ways of filling every moment of each day,
we have little room left for God at all.
Will you trust the grace of the Gospel and quit frantically seeking what you have already been given in
Grace doesn't so much make the unachievable achievable, it relieves the burden of having to achieve.
Christ satisfied the Father for you.
Little kingdom living is an endless search for earthly treasure and an unending focus on personal
need. Grace calls you to a bigger kingdom.
Forgiving grace welcomes you out of the darkness and lifts the burden of refusal, guilt, fear, and
shame off of your shoulders.
In moments of painful grace, God cuts a hole in our little cubicle kingdoms, reaches in with his loving
hand and pulls us out.
Grace cuts a hole in your self-built prison and invites you to something so huge/significant only one
biblical word can describe it; GLORY.
It is not enough for us to believe in life after death. We must believe in life before death; a life not
possible without present grace.
Grace reaches down to where you are and lifts you up to where God designed for you to be.
The grace of Jesus Christ is alone able to defeat and renew the one thing you can neither escape nor
God brings us to the end of ourselves so we will look at ourselves with new eyes and seek the help
that only he can give-that's grace!
Obedience is not so much an impersonal submission to a moral code, but an opportunity to live out of
the grace you've been given in Christ.
Self-love makes winning more attractive than unity. Loves celebrates the process of becoming one
and the grace that makes it happen.
Grace puts an axe to the feet of your idols, while inviting you into personal communion with One who
is truly worthy of your worship.
Grace will drive you to the end of yourself, while it invites you to fresh starts and new beginnings.
Grace will work to destroy your claustrophobic little kingdom of one as it introduces you to a much
Grace will confront you with profound weaknesses, and at the same time introduce you to new-found
What Jesus did, we can't do. What Jesus accomplished, we couldn't achieve. What Jesus gives, we
can't earn. We are saved by grace alone!
Grace makes you sensitive to conviction, while it removes the guilt/shame for sin. You are free from
bearing what Jesus already carried.
Grace is the Bible's most transformational word. Newton got it right, the only adjective you can put
before the word "grace" is AMAZING!
Grace will confront you with your utter poverty as it blesses you with riches you could have never
earned on your own.
Grace will make you sadder than you have ever been, as it gives you more reason to celebrate than
you ever conceived you would have.
Grace will call you to things you have no ability whatsoever to do and give you everything you need to
Grace will decimate your confidence in you, while, giving you more courage than you've ever had.
Grace will enable you to face hard truths about yourself, while freeing you from being self-consciously
Grace will make you acknowledge that you cannot earn God's favor, while it removes your fear of not
measuring up to his standards.
Grace enters your life in a moment and will occupy you for eternity. It will dash your hopes, but never
leave you hopeless.
Grace will convince you of your unworthiness without ever making you feel unloved. It will put you in
your place, without putting you down.
Only the grace of acceptance with God frees me from the anxiety of seeking it from you and the
irrationality of doing what I can to get it.
Grace doesn't have a bad day, doesn't cop an attitude, doesn't play favorites, won't throw your failures
in your face and never gets tired.
It's true at street level and you can act on it; God's grace really is sufficient and his strength really is
made perfect in weakness.
God's agenda of grace is to daily rescue you from you; this is just what every sinners needs, but is
unable to do for himself.
Laziness is self-focused; expecting more of others than we require of ourselves. Grace is otherfocused;
gives what can't be earned.
Laziness is rooted in self love. It's taking ourselves off the hook; opting for the comfortable instead of
the best. Grace isn't lazy!
Nothing is more destructive to relationships than selfishness; it's a reversal of God's design
(community) that only grace can restore.
Marriage is a longterm exercise in gardening. Every day you pull weeds (sin) and plant/water seeds
(grace) so flowers of love grow.
The cross tells us that forgiveness is not passive, not acting like wrong is alright. It's a grace-driven
way of dealing with wrong.
Yes, even in the face of amazing grace, we have all been seduced by the power of unforgiveness,
using the sin of another against them.
Confession: It is grace to know that we can face our wrongs because Christ has carried our
guilt/shame. No more fear of being known!
Confession: It is grace not to be paralyzed by regret. The cross teaches you are not stuck, not cursed
to pay forever for your past.
Confession: It is a grace to be willing to listen/consider criticism. It takes grace to quiet the mind and
settle the heart to hear.
Confession: It is a grace to see ourselves with accuracy. It is so easy to self-righteously declare that
you are not self-righteous.
You don't really need more grace. No, you need to live, with hope and courage, out of the sufficient
supply of grace you have been given.
Confession: Only grace protects us from self-righteousness. It is easy to neither desire change nor the
help that can make it happen.
Confession: It is a grace to have a properly functioning conscience. It is grace when your heart is
Confession: It is a grace to understand the concept of indwelling sin. Only grace enables you to say
your biggest problem is you.
Confession: It is a grace to know right from wrong. Accurate diagnosis always precedes effective cure.
Confession is not so much a duty, but a grace - no cross, no confession/forgiveness-no
confession/forgiveness-no hope of change.
God welcomes all of us to a lifestyle of reconciling grace, where problems are faced and where
change really does take place.
In what ways do you still look to the law to do what only grace can accomplish?
Why uncomfortable grace? Because true righteousness only begins when you come to the end of
Uncomfortable grace - God will take you where you haven't intended to go, to produce in you what you
could not achieve on your own.
Grace this side of eternity is often uncomfortable grace; you want grace of relief/release, you need the
grace of refinement.
Deeper appreciation of grace deeper awareness of sin, deeper awareness of sin deeper appreciation
Grace will teach you that you are much less than you thought, while it assures you that you can be far
more than you ever imagined...
Grace: the most transformational word in Scripture...Grace will convince you of your unworthiness
without ever making you feel unloved.
Christ incarnates his grace through people of grace who love to give away the same grace they have
It's hard to admit your limits. It's hard admitting life is not about you. It's hard facing the fallenness of
the world. For this; grace.
Grace, not there to tweak you to holiness, but to undo you and rebuild again.
Treasure, almost always something of assigned value... grace plunders the treasures of our hearts
and gives us what is better and will satisfy.
Grace pries open our hands so we let go of the temporary pleasures of this fallen world to hold to the
greater pleasures of God's kingdom.
Trials = Uncomfortable grace...God will take you where you do not want to go to produce in you what
you could not achieve on your own...
Those tough things you are going through are much more than momentary hassles...they are tools of
grace in the hands of a refining Redeemer.
There's no room in our claustrophobic, little self-defined worlds for a glory larger than our own
comfort...for this we need rescuing grace.
The Gospel calls you to be shockingly honest (sin) and gloriously hopeful (grace) at same time...one
doesn't cancel out the other...
Why do you suffer? God will take you where you do not want to go, to produce in you what you could
achieve on your own: uncomfortable grace.
Grace is a person, a story, a rescue a hope...reason to continue, a defense against giving up...grace
is and for that we celebrate.
Compiled by Tim Brister | www.timmybrister.com | Tweets by Paul Tripp at http://twitter.com/PaulTripp
2/16/2014 02:32:39 pm
being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; l know we in our flesh struggle, l do every day and the more l read and the more l listen l thank GOD for all things. I pray that l am never left to myself and HE does complete in me a good work but not to say! look at me but to say thank you JESUS for your grace and mercy that you would use me in this forsaken world and keep a man like me to be in your kindom. Thank you again pastor for the message.
2/16/2014 11:57:53 pm
Hallelujah! Grace is not a limited one-time deal, rather grace is the ongoing expression of a Powerful, Living, Loving God. I would build upon Bob's quote of Phil. 1:6 and add from Phil. 2:13 "For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him." Max Lucado writes, " Wouldn't a bride and groom have to be more married on their fiftieth anniversary than on their wedding day? Yet, on the other hand, how could they be? The marriage certificate hasn't matured. Ah, but the relationship has, and there is the difference. Technically, they are no more united than they were when they left the altar. But relationally, they are completely different. The same is true of our walk with God. Can you be more saved than you were the first day of your salvation? No. But can a person grow in salvation? Absolutely. It, like marriage, is a done deal and a daily development."
2/17/2014 06:08:56 am
I am so encouraged by the discussion on the blog and in our Sunday class. My relationship with God has become so much more real over the years. As Sherri stated, we cannot become more saved over time, but we can grow in that relationship. Thanking God for his grace to sustain us while we grow!
2/17/2014 06:29:36 am
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