Ephesians 2:4-7 -- But God!
Having revealed our lost condition before God, and how helpless and hopeless we were. Paul interjects with the two greatest words that we could ever hear, "But God".
With these two words our whole outlook changes, grace and mercy are lavished upon us, and God does for us what we could never do for ourselves.
He saves us!
A. HOW TO DISCERN TRUE DISCIPLES (V30-32)
Continued Obedience to the Word...V31
Knowledge of the Truth...V32a
a. What truth is Jesus talking about...?
b. How do you come to know this truth...?
c. What is this knowledge of the truth going to look like...?
a. What kind of freedom is Jesus talking about...?
b. How does knowing this truth produce that freedom...?
c. What is this freedom going to look like...?
Embrace The Process...
He Works In it…
He Works With it…
He Works Through it…
Some days are more gorgeous than others. But... I have found that no day, no matter how gorgeous or grim it may be, will be quite as beautiful, as it could be, without the presence and promises of God's grace, actively working in and through my life.
"For a day in Your service is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a permanent doorkeeper or toilet cleaner or floor sweeper or preacher or parking lot attendant in Your service than dwell in a temporary tent with the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; He will give grace and glory and NO GOOD THING will He withhold from those who live by faith and walk uprightly with Him." (Psalms 84:10-11).
He is the faithful believers SOURCE OF LIGHT, SHIELD OF LOVE and SUPPLY OF LIFE... and NO GOOD THING will He withhold from each of them that trust and obey Him. Yes, EVERY good thing we need, for EVERY thing we face, we are promised His grace and glory will show us and supply all we need to walk through EVERY door He opens.
The believer receives this news report as it is... good news from God. God, then, supernaturally opens the eyes of those that believe and trust Him to see this day, as He sees it. They heard from and believed what God reported.
The Good Thing
When the Good Thing is a Hard Thing
Ultimately this means He knows best... because what may not seem good at the moment can be exactly that good thing He didn't withhold to keep us humble, contrite and usable. Sometimes the good thing from God is a hard thing we will need to endure for Him and our own good. Like Paul's thorn and Jesus's cross...
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray!
What are you asking God for?
No prayer - "ye have not, because ye ask not"
Selfish prayer - "ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss"
Prayer transforms us!
Sin hinders our prayers!
The purpose of prayer is to align our will with His!
Today, Pastor Don Green will look at how the gospel both transforms your heart and your relationship with God. So have your Bible open to 1 John 1, as we join Don Green in The Truth Pulpit.
Just like old testament saints we have been chosen to praise God. We as Christians should be living our life with praise for the Lord. We all must appreciate the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. We must be faithful in all aspects of our life. It most certainly should show in our actions.
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The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. It transforms our hope into a living hope. It keeps us from a despairing indolence. It transforms how we live corporately as a church. It transforms how we see evangelism. It transforms how we see suffering and death. It keeps us from idolatry in this life. To have this living hope, we must be born again.
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