Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{WEEK 3} EPHESIANS 2:1-10

{WEEK 3} EPHESIANS 2:1-10 

Remembering how it all started is good for my soul.
I left that restaurant filled with a thankful heart for all God has done and all He is still doing in our life and marriage together.  That simple story refreshed my thinking and commitment towards our covenant relationship before God.  I was humbled all over again when I recalled the fact that the development and sustaining of our relationship is all God’s doing, because we were, and are, two very imperfect people.
In the same way, it is good and right to recall those early days when God moved in my life to bring me into a saving relationship with Him.


As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways
of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,
the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh
and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
Ephesians 2:1-4
Remembering who we were before Christ.  Our story begins there, and we should tell our story often.   No, not in a living-in-the-past sort of way, but in admiration and awe of  what God sent Jesus to do on our behalf!
Paul has done just that for us in our first two weeks in Ephesians.  He does well to remember, and then to remind us of our spiritual blessings in Christ.  And then, get this:  because he has HEARD of their faith, he is moved to respond in worship to the One who made it all possible.  Wow.
I love how telling the story of what Jesus has done for us can change our thinking instantly.  Instead of focusing on our worldly circumstances, it wallpapers truth on the walls of our minds, bringing us to new levels of thankfulness and commitment in our relationship with Him.  And the effects don’t stop there!  Our testimonies can move others to worship our Savior!  Isn’t that an amazing thought?!  As we move into week three of our study, I hope you are as excited as I am to share with others what God has done for us.  You can start by sharing with your Good Morning Girls group this week!  My prayer is that we, like the Ephesians, will be found faithful, and that the reminder of the gospel impacts us in such a way that we can’t keep quiet about what God has done!
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—
it is by grace {insert your name here!} you have been saved.”
Ephesians 2:4-5

This week read: Ephesians 2:1-10
Digging a little deeper: For those of you who would like to learn more about these verses this week, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you…….dig a little deeper!
1. John MacArthur
2. John Piper

Question: Looking back, how has God moved in your life?

I can’t wait to read your answers!

At His feet,

 

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