I am God’s workmanship,
saved only by His grace,
not by my works.
Ephesians 2:4-10 (NASB)
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised up with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NLT)
Once you were dead doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passions and the desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else.
What a great and powerful promise we have as a pure gift from God that is being fulfilled in each of us this very day. We have God’s mercy and His grace, that no matter how hard we try, we cannot earn it or even deserve it. God has not only removed us from the enemy camp, we are now in the world, but we are no longer of the world. He is working in us to help us shed our old self and take on the new He has given us.
This great gift is free to us received by faith and faith alone. All we have to do to walk in this new identity we have been given is to let go of who the world has taught us and told us we are. This is so easy to say yet is a constant vigilant battle within us. The lie the world wants us to believe is that accepting God’s authority for our life will cause us to live a shallow and dull existence. The exact opposite is true. By letting go of who we think we are from the worlds perspective we will learn a new way that leads to life.
This life is far from a boring existence. It is a life lived perfectly in Christ. This does not mean we have a dot or a line we have to be on. Perfect is not referring to our performance, but to the completeness we have through Christ. What this means is that we can now live life to the fullest, to the best of our ability and abundantly. When we accept the authority of God in our life, believing that His guidance for how to live life the best we possibly can is really in our best interest; life becomes exciting and rich with the possibilities. God is right there with us helping us, teaching us and enabling us all along the way.
We are progressively letting go of the lies we have believed about ourself. As God reveals more of Himself to us we are being freed from the bondage these false truths have brought into our life. Satan is like the toothless old lion in the pack. All he can do is roar, chasing the prey into the jaws of younger, quicker lions to be killed. When we start walking in this new identity we have been given he has no power over us. However, it seems like he is more determined than ever to get us to pick up the lies and come back into agreement with him.
The only way our enemy can win against God and God’s children is to have us defeat ourselves. This is why the truth we know and apply in our life sets us free. Our God is invested in our success; all we have to do is believe Him. “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” This is simple, yes, not easy.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?