Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ – Week Three

Sit Down to Walk

Sit down to walk?  What?  In a nutshell, am I “doing” under my own power or God’s?  If I’ve been transformed by God, why do I sometimes revert back to old behavior patterns?  Who is winning the spiritual battle in me?  What is the believers’ vantage point of spiritual battles?  Since we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies, we have an aerial view of the battle – and it’s won!

God loves us so much!  He gave us life.  He raised us up.  He gives us grace.  I recently heard the term “grace” as an acronym:  God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.  Awesome.  Accurate.

I can’t earn my salvation.  But God planned for me to do good works.  If those works aren’t payment for my salvation, what is their purpose?  According to Matthew 5:16, John 9:1-3, Ephesians 1:12, 2:10 and Titus 3:8, those good works are so those who see them being done will praise God.  They are also meant to display the work of God and to glorify God.  What good works are on display in your life.

Memorize:  Ephesians 2:8-9

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