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.

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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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SALVATION DEPENDS TOTALLY ON GOD

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter one. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate the 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: “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.”–Ephesians 1: 4(NLT) 

Paul says that “God chose us” to emphasize that salvation depends totally on God. We are not saved because we deserve it but because God is gracious and freely gives salvation. We did not influence God’s decision to save us; He saved us according to His plan.
 
Thus, there is no way to take credit for our salvation or to allow room for pride. The mystery of salvation originated in the timeless mind of Good long before we existed. It is hard to understand how God could accept us. But because of Christ, we are holy and blameless in His sight. God chose us and when we belong to Him through Jesus Christ, God looks at us as if we had never sinned. All we can do is express our thanks for His wonderful love.

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FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST


This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter one. 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: “This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.”–Ephesians 1: 1 (NLT) 


“Faithful followers of Christ Jesus”-what an excellent reputation! Such a label would be an honor for any believer. What would it take for others to characterize you as a faithful follower of Christ Jesus?

Hold fast to your faith, one day at a time; faithfully obey God, even in the details of life. Then, like the Ephesians, you will be known as a person who is faithful to the Lord. 

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COVID-19 ALERT:
Covid is real. Let’s continue to take care of ourselves by following these protocols: 

  1. Wash our hands with soap under running water; 
  2. Use hand sanitisers often; 
  3. Wear nose mask and face shield;
  4. Practice social/physical distancing. 

THANKSGIVING: THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” – Psalm 100:4 (NKJV)

INTRODUCTION

It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplish in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of faith for ourselves, for our city, and for our nation.

Thanksgiving has great power to bring joy and break the power of the enemy. Whenever you give thanks to God, despite the most difficult circumstances, the enemy loses a big battle in your life. When you give thanks in the midst of difficulty, you bring pleasure to God’s heart. He is looking for Christians who live in a realm of praise and thanksgiving where the enemy no longer has an ability to hold or manipulate that person. Satan is defeated when we have a thankful heart because thankfulness during difficulty is a sacrifice pleasing to God.

Are you thankful? Are you thankful for your present circumstances?  Are you thankful for your salvation, your friendships, and your job? Thankfulness is a key to our lives. It is the key that turns our situation around because it changes u, your outlook, and our attitude. There is power in a thankful heart.

THANKSGIVING BRINGS CONTENTMENT

Begin to thank God for all the blessings He has given you instead of dwelling on the negative. Discontent dries up the soul. “To love God is to love His will. It is to wait quietly for life to be measured by one who knows us through and through. It is to be content with His timing and His wise apportionment. It is to follow in the steps of the Master, as did Paul, who was able to say that he had learned contentment no matter what the circumstances. His circumstances when he wrote that? But godliness with contentment is great gain – I Timothy 6:6.

Look at the example of Jesus. He followed the will of His Father to the very end. He obeyed without complaint. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul says that we should have the same attitude. Jesus made Himself nothing and took on the very nature of a servant. He humbled Himself and became obedient to death. We also are to have this same attitude with a humble and thankful acceptance of God’s will for our lives.

OFFER GOD A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

The Duke of Wellington was the great British military leader who regretted that he had not learned the secret of praise during his lifetime. He had many great accomplishments and even defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. He was a brilliant and demanding man and when he was older, he realized that there were areas in his life that needed to change. In his old age a women asked him this question, “What would you do differently if you had your life to live over again?” He thought carefully and said, “I would give more praise.” This is a lesson for all of us; if we would learn to be people of praise and thanksgiving all the days of our lives it would be a great accomplishment.

David said in Psalm 116:17, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.” Let each of us seek to have an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving, rising to a new level of holiness in our lives.

HERE ARE 3 WAYS TO PRACTICE AN ATTITUDE OF THANKFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE:

  1. Thank and praise God for everything in your life. Thank Him for even the difficulties. It is a sacrifice to do this. But He can turn troubles to triumph. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess His name” – Hebrews 13:15.
  • Don’t allow yourself to complain about anything. During the difficult times, be very careful to watch your tongue. Instead of complaining, think of ways you can verbally offer God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
  • Don’t compare yourself with others. Don’t wish that your life was different. God knows what is best. The Bible says having a thankful heart is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. When we begin to thank God for what we have rather than comparing ourselves with others, it opens the door for God’s blessings. 

CONCLUSION

Today’s world offers an uncertain future, but the practice of thanksgiving anchors us in God’s love and reminds us that gratitude can be practiced everyday. This psalm tells us to remember God’s goodness and dependability, and then to worship with thanksgiving and praise!

This year has really been tough one because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This Christmas let us reflect on the year 2020 and give thanks to the Lord for the gift of life, protection and His love.

Let’s rejoice in the miracle of Christmas as our hearts is filled with the gift of God’s love manifested in Christ Jesus.

WORSHIP, AND THANKS, AND BLESSING – MHB 412

1 Worship, and thanks, and blessing,

And strength ascribe to Jesus!

Jesus alone defends His own,

When earth and hell oppress us.

Jesus with joy we witness

Almighty to deliver;

Our seals set to, that God is true,

And reigns a King forever.

2 Omnipotent Redeemer,

Our ransomed souls adore Thee;

Our Saviour Thou, we find it now,

And give Thee all the glory.

We sing Thine arm unshortened,

Brought through our sore temptation;

With heart and voice in Thee rejoice,

The God of our salvation.

3 Thine arm hath safely brought us

A way no more expected,

Than when Thy sheep passed through the deep,

By crystal walls protected.

Thy glory was our rear-ward,

Thy hand our lives did cover,

And we, even we, have passed the sea,

And marched triumphant over.

4 The world’s and Satan’s malice

Thou, Jesus, hast confounded;

And, by Thy grace, with songs of praise

Our happy souls resounded.

Accepting our deliverance,

We triumph in Thy favour,

And for the love which now we prove,

Shall praise Thy name for ever.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY FRUITFUL AND HOLY SPIRIT

FILLED YEAR 2021!!!

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GOOD AND FAITHFUL IS THE LORD

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100

INTRODUCTION

David tells us to acknowledge that the Lord is God! How can we do that. We acknowledge Him when we shout our praises, appreciate His status as our Creator, accept His authority in every detail of life, enthusiastically agree with the guidance He gives us, and express our thanks for His unfailing love.

God is our Creator; we did not create ourselves. Many people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little world. But when we realize that God created us and gives us all we have, we will want to give to others as God gave to us. Then if all is lost, we still have God and all He gives us.

It is good to give thanks and praise to the Lord:

  1. Because of who He is and what He has done
  2. Because He rightly deserves it.
  3. At all times.
  4. For His lovingkindness and faithfulness.
  5. Musically, with instruments and voice.
  6. His great works have made us glad.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING THANKFUL

Luke has given us a story from the life of Jesus that helps me reflect on the importance of being thankful for God’s goodness to me. And this story can help us to grow in our own understanding of this important issue. With the story of the ten lepers, Luke emphasizes the rarity of a thankful spirit. Luke is the only writer who tells this story. It may be that Luke actually met the thankful leper years later and heard the story from this man’s very lips.

Notice Jesus’ final words: “One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. And Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give God praise?'” Only one had taken the time to thank the person who had made his recovery possible.

GRATITUTDE IS AN ATTITUDE

An attitude of gratitude means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation in all parts of your life, on a regular basis, for both the big and small things alike. As Howes puts it, “If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.”

GRATITUDE IS AN ISSUE OF THE MIND.

  1. Grateful people are satisfied and content with life. In Philippians 4:11-12 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”. Paul had learned contentment. He knew how to abound and how to be abased. He could go either way with the strength God provided him.
  2. People with no attitude of gratitude do not know contentment. They are never satisfied with life. They are always looking for the next best thing.
  3. Grateful people are not stressed out. They don’t look at people who have more than they do and get stressed out about it. They don’t think that life is unfair.

CONCLUSION

Let us therefore, rejoice in the miracle of Christmas as our hearts are filled with the gift of God’s love manifested in Christ Jesus and give thanks to Him for the joy, hope, love and peace we receive all year round.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Fulfilling, Prosperous Year 2021!!

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