It’s Friday! Usuaually, I’d be stoked. Today, however, had me in a funk. I just felt…. Blah. Do you know what I mean? So I’m continuing to ask for prayers. I need to be obedient to Father and stay consistent.
SEED OF TRUTH
8. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– 9. not by works, so that no one can boast. 10. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
This passage of scripture tells us that our salvation is a gift of God. Have we fully and gratefully received this gift? There may be times when we feel unworthy of it, ( a lot of the time) or we may even take it for granted. Read verse 8, slowly, one. word. at. a. time. How did you come to receive this gift of salvation? Forgiveness? Love?
It is by grace – unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor. You have been given this grace because of God’s great love and rich mercy. It is given for a purpose, one that God has planned.
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse (below) to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the night and tomorrow. I need to meditate on this really bad. I’ve been going through some down, negative thinking, which I’m positive is the enemy.
WATER THE SEED
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Have you ever thought about what it means to be His workmanship? Everything – your life circumstances, your personality, your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses – has contributed to who you are and who you have been chosen to be in Christ. Take time today to thank God for His workmanship in you! Ask Him to help you see how He has gifted you to bless the body of Christ. Listen and observe. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. Follow Him as He leads you in the path of righteousness and patiently allow Him to lead. May you be encouraged!
“All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It’s not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.” – William Paul Young, The Shack
I’ve seen myself and others feel as if their workmanship is to convince other people of God’s love. That’s not how workmanship works. We just show Christ living in us and people will want the joy and peace we have without us having to shove the word down their throats. We teach by how we live, Beloveds.
BEAR THE FRUIT: We are created for good works.
CLOSE IN PRAYER:
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
Does your heart feel different? Have you taken a bold move that you normally wouldn’t have? I’d love to pray you personally. Send me an email to email@example.com and let’s chat. Let’s encourage each other and keep our spirits lifted as we experience an uproar of spiritual warfare against us while we plant new seeds.
Here is a short sermon on His Workmanship, Ephesians 2:10. Just click the link when you are ready. Pastor Chuck Smith
Turning Wounds Into Wisdom,
You Him and Her 💜