Good afternoon, everyone! How’s your week going? I hope things are well with you. We’ve made to another month. Time keeps going by fast. Remember to savor the moments and thank God for his new blessings and mercies today. He is so good to us and he gave his Son so that through him we may not only be saved, but also have life, eternal life after death and a renewed life here on earth.
Last week I wrote about getting free, and then staying free. You might be wondering how do you stay free. The answer lies in God’s word. It will tell you who you are in his eyes and in the newness that Jesus has given. A good place to start would be Ephesians. Sit down one day and take 15-20 minute to read through all six chapters.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-10 NKJV
All of us are born into sin because of the sin of Adam and Eve. They sinned against God and as a penalty they would die. During the Old Testament days, individuals would use animal sacrifices to atone for their sin. The shed blood of the animal would be the payment to cover their sin. That all changed when Jesus came. He was born through a young woman named Mary through immaculate conception. His seed came from God, meaning he is God’s Son, or God in the form of a man. Since God is perfect, Jesus is perfect and without sin. Jesus lived his life devoted to God the Father, leading others to him. When it came time for him to give up his life, he was whipped and beaten and hung on a cross, shedding his blood for the sins of all people. He died, but he also rose from the dead three days later with all power in his hands. He has victory over death, Hell, and the grave.
Because he is without sin, his blood is the payment for our sin. All we have to is confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in him. Believe that his shed blood is enough to cover your sin, set you free from death and give you eternal life and residence with him. Believe that Jesus’ death is a gift. You can’t earn it or buy it at any price. All you can do is freely accept it. Believe that God loves you more than words can describe. He loves you so much that he didn’t want to leave you in the condition you’re in and desires for you to come to him through the sacrifice of his Son.
Believe that through making Jesus Lord of your life, you’ll be empowered to live the life that God has called you to. Living after him isn’t easy, but as you allow him to work in your heart and mind each day things start to change and you see yourself as God sees you, a masterpiece. You can do things it says in chapter 4.
Therefore, putting away lying, “ Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:25-32 NKJV
Doing some of these things may come easier to some than others. Regardless always know that God is here to help you. Through him you can stop lying and be truthful to other people. You can let go of anger and not allow it to have power over you. You can forgive others and let the peace of that rule in your heart. The key to staying free is staying in the Lord. Remember also that as his son, or daughter, you have brothers and sisters that are striving toward the same things, a life that looks more like that of Jesus’ each day. They can help you and you can help them too. This walk is hard to do alone, but easier with others.
I hope this helps you today. Please read Ephesians today. It’s so amazing to know who my Savior is and who I am in Him.