A New LifeMarch 29, 2010
But I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah. Philemon 1:6 ISV
As we acknowledge the good things Jesus has done in our lives, our walk with God will increase in effectiveness and fruitfulness.
Because of Jesus we are now free from the vicious circle of sin and death (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Jesus took “the certificate of debt”—all the blame and sin that belonged to us—and nailed it to the cross (Colossians 2:14).
And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins . . . But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:1, 4-6 KJV
And you hath He quickened. Ephesians 2 shows the before and after of becoming a Christian. If you’re feeling beat down, socially awkward, or insignificant, Jesus powerfully affirmed your value when He gave His life at the prime age of 33 so that people like you and me can experience freedom from bondage. As you renew your mind with the understanding of what God has done, you’ll break out of the confines of insecurity and apathy and step into greater fruitfulness.
Your purpose: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Don’t manage your expectations for your life. Get in the Word and study your place in Jesus. You are being called out by God for Kingdom purposes beyond what you can even imagine right now—to pray huge prayers, walk in divine influence, be supernaturally natural, shape culture, and change this generation!
It’s good to be alive right now.
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