SIN DOES NOT HAVE POWER OVER US

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”–Ephesians 2: 5-6(NLT) 

  
In the previous verses, Paul wrote about our old sinful nature. Here Paul emphasizes that we do not need to live any longer under sin’s power. The penalty of sin and its power over us was miraculously destroyed by Christ on the cross. Through faith in Christ, we stand acquitted, or not guilty, before God. God does not take us out of the world or make a robot—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin.
 
The difference is that before we became Christians, we were dead in sin and were slaves to our sinful nature. But now we are alive with Christ. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we know that our body will also be raised from the dead and that we have been given the power to live as Christians now. Our eternal life with Christ is certain because we are united in His powerful victory.

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GOD IS MERCIFUL

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter two. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much.“–Ephesians 2: 4(NLT) 

  
We were dead in our sins, but God…We were rebels against Him, but God…We were enslaved by the devil and our sinful nature, but God…These may be the two most welcome words in all of Scripture: “but God.” God could have left us spiritually dead, in rebellion against Him and in bondage to our sins.

But He didn’t. He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of, what He saw in us. In addition to thanking Him for what He has done for us, we should also show humble patience and tolerance for others who seem unworthy or undeserving of our love and compassion. They may be spiritually dull, rebellious, and even antagonistic toward God. So were we; but God loved us anyway. Can we do less for fellow sinners? 

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MY LORD AND SAVIOUR

He must become greater; I must become less.”– John 3:30 (NIV)

INTRODUCTION

The willingness of John the Baptist to decrease in importance shows unusual humility. Alas most of us can be tempted to focus more on the success of our ministries than on Christ Jesus who is the reason why we are in ministry. Consider who the Lord Jesus really is so that like John the Baptist, you will understand your place in relation to Him.

John the Baptist further states in John 3:31-36: “The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

Beware of those who put more emphasis on their own achievements than on God’s Kingdom.

HE IS EVERYTHING TO ME!

  • He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
  • He is the keeper of Creation, Creator of all!
  • He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all times.
  • He always was, He always is, and He always will be
  • Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and Never undone!
  • He was bruised and brought healing!
  • He was pierced and eased pain!
  • He was persecuted and brought freedom!
  • He was dead and brought life!
  • He is risen and brings power!
  • He reigns and brings Peace!
  • The world can’t understand Him, armies can’t defeat Him, schools can’t explain Him, and the leaders can’t ignore Him. Herod couldn’t kill Him, the Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and the people couldn’t hold Him! Nero couldn’t crush Him, Hitler couldn’t silence Him, The New Age can’t replace Him, and the intellectuals and rationalists can’t explain Him away!
  • He is Light, Love, Longevity, and Lord. He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
  • He is Holy, Righteous, Mighty, Powerful, and Pure. His ways are right, His Word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me!
  • He is my Redeemer, He is my Saviour, He is my Guide, and He is my Peace! He is my Joy, He is my Comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life! I serve Him because His bond is love, His burden is light, and His goal for me is abundant life.
  • I’m bought by blood and bound by love. I love Him because He first loved me.
  • I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise.
  • The power of the powerful, The ancient of days, The ruler of rulers, The leader of leaders, The First of the overcomers, and the sovereign Lord of all that was and is to come. And wonders of wonders – His goal is a relationship with ME!
  • He will never leave me, or forsake me, never mislead me, or forget me, never overlook me, and
  • Never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!
  • When I fall, He lifts me up!
  • When I fail, He forgives!
  • When I am weak, He is strong!
  • When I am lost, He is the way!
  • When I am afraid, He is my courage!
  • When I stumble, He steadies me!
  • When I am hurt, He heals me!
  • When I am broken, He mends me!
  • When I am blind, He leads me!
  • When I am hungry, He feeds me!
  • When I face trials, He is with me!
  • When I face persecution, He shields me!
  • When I face problems, He comforts me!
  • When I face loss, He provides for me!
  • When I face Death, He carries me Home!
  • He is my everything, He is God, He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine! Our Father in heaven has defeated the god of this world. Greater is He that is in me!

So, if you’re wondering why we should feel so secure, understand this… He said it and that settles it. God is in control, I am on His side, and that means all is well with our souls.

Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

  • Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly. Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision where I live in the heights with Thee and in the depths with me. Hemmed in by the mountains of sin, I yet see Thy glory.
  • Help us to learn by paradox that the way down is the way up that to be lowly is to be high; that the broken heart; is the healed heart that the contrite spirit; is the rejoicing spirit that the repenting soul is the victorious soul; that to have nothing is to possess; all that to bear the cross is to wear the crown; that to give is to receive and that the valley is the place of clearest vision.

Lord we love You and thank You for all that You have done and are doing and shall do in our lives. You are the source of our existence. You are our LIFE. You keep us functioning each and every day. Without You, we will be nothing. Without You, we are nothing but with You we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).

“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” – Psalm 18:1-2 (KJV)

Stay blessed!

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MADE ALIVE WITH CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. 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 passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.“–Ephesians 2: 2-3(NLT) 

  
The fact that all people, without exception, commit sin proves that without Christ we have a sinful nature. We are lost in sin and cannot save ourselves. Does it mean only Christians do good? of course not–many people do good to others. On a relative scale, many are moral, kind, and law abiding. Comparing these people to criminals, we would say that they are very good indeed.

But on God’s absolute scale, no one is good enough to earn salvation; “…dead because of your disobedience and your many sins”.-Ephesians 2:1. Only through being united with Christ’s perfect life can we become good in God’s sight. 

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YOU CAN’T CHANGE BY ACCIDENT

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.” – Ephesians 4:22

INTRODUCTION

Change requires making choices. It’s not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for you to change, you will need to make a decision. You must choose to change.

Change is intentional: Are you going to be any different in six months? Are you going to be better a year from now? Are you going to be healthier, stronger, and more mature? Are you going to be happier? Are you going to be in less debt? Are you going to be more like God wants you to be?

I can tell you the answer right now: It will only happen if you choose to change, because it isn’t going to happen accidentally. You need to think ahead to where you need to be at the end of this year and where you need to be in three years, six years, and a decade from now. I want us to be better in 10 years than we are today, but we won’t be unless you choose to be.

CHANGE REQUIRES A CHOICE.

All too often we think we’re waiting on God to change us. No, you are not waiting on God. God is rather waiting on you! He’s waiting on you to say, “Yes, Lord, I’m willing to make these changes.”

We have to make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss, and there is no loss without pain. If you are going to grow, you will have to change, and change means you let go of some old things and grab hold of some new things.

It’s like swinging on a trapeze (a short bar hanging right up in the air from two ropes): The trapeze artist swings out on one bar, and then she has to reach out and grab the other bar. At some point, she has to let go of one to grab the other, or she’s not going to make it to the other side. If she thinks she can hold on to both, what happens? She gets stuck in the middle, and she’s going down.

Perhaps you’re stuck in the middle, and you’re going down because you haven’t let go of old patterns, old habits, and old ways of thinking. You have to let go of your old ways.

The Bible says, “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life” – Ephesians 4:22 (NLT). In other words, let it go. Those old habits, those old hurts, those old patterns, those old sins in your life—let them go.

The Bible says to throw them off and trust that God is working in you “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”Philippians 2:13 (NLT).

Talk It Over

  • Why does change require loss? How has this been true in your life?
  • What old habits and patterns do you need to “throw off” in order to grow and change this year?
  • What promises can you claim from God’s Word to help you make the choice to grow and change every day?

TAKE MY LIFE, AND LET IT BE – MHB 400

1 Take my life, and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise,

2 Take my hands, and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee,

3 Take my voice, and let me sing

Always, only, for my King;

Take my lips, and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee,

4 Take my silver and my gold;

Not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect, and use

Every power as Thou shalt choose,

5 Take my will, and make it Thine;

It shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart; it is Thine own;

It shall be Thy royal throne,

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure-store.

Take myself, and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee,

CONCLUSION

Our old way of life before we believed in Christ is completely in the past. We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away. When we decide to accept Christ’s gift of salvation, it is both a one-time decision, as well as a daily conscious commitment. We are not to be driven by desire and impulse. We must put on the new nature, head in the new direction, and have the new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives.

Stay Blessed!

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WE ARE THE BODY OF HIS CHURCH

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And the Church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, Who fills all things everywhere with Himself.“–Ephesians 1: 23(NLT) 


Christ fills the Church with gifts and blessings. The Church should be the full expression of Christ, who Himself fills everything. When reading Ephesians, it is important to remember that it was written primarily to the entire Church, not merely to an individual.

Christ is the Head of the Church, and we are the body of His Church. The image of the body shows the Church’s unity. Each member is involved with all the others as they go about doing Christ’s work on earth. We should not attempt to work, serve, or worship merely on our own. We need the entire body.

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CHRIST IS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.“–Ephesians 1: 21-22(NLT) 


Having been raised from the dead, Christ is now the Head of the Church, the ultimate Authority over the world. Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Anointed One, the One Israel longed for, the One who will set their broken world right.

As Christians we can be confident that God has won the final victory and is in control of everything. We need not fear any dictator or nation or even death or Satan himself. The contract has been signed and sealed; we are waiting just a short while for delivery. Paul says, in Romans 8:37-38, that nothing can separate us from God and His love. 

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GOD’S PURPOSE IS TO SAVE YOU

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfil his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time, he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”–Ephesians 1: 9-11(NLT) 

God was not intentionally keeping His mysterious plan a secret, but His plan for the world could not be fully understood until Christ rose from the dead. His purpose for sending Christ was to unite Jews and Gentiles in one body with Christ as the Head. Many people still do not understand God’s plan; but at the right time, He will bring us together to be with Him forever. Then everyone will understand. On that day, all people will bow to Jesus to Jesus as Lord, either because they love Him or because they fear His power.

God’s purpose is to offer salvation to the world, just as He planned to do long ago. God is Sovereign; He is in charge. When your life seems chaotic, rest in this truth: Jesus is Lord, and God is in control. God’s purpose to save you cannot be thwarted, no matter what evil Satan may bring.

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GOD’S GRACE

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.”–Ephesians 1: 7-8(NLT) 

God showered His kindness on us—this is called God’s “grace.” This is His voluntary and loving favour given to those He saves. We can’t earn salvation, nor do we deserve it. No religious, intellectual, or moral effort can gain it, because it comes only from God’s mercy and love. Without God’s grace, no person can be saved.
 
To receive it, we must acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves,  that only God can save us, and that our only way to receive this loving favour is through faith in Christ.

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REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.”–Ephesians 1: 7(NLT) 

To speak of Jesus’ blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ’s death. His death points to two wonderful truths—redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave. 

Through His death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of animals’ blood. Now we are forgiven on the basis of the shedding of Jesus’ blood—He died as the perfect and final sacrifice.

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