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📖Ephesians 2:1-5 (ESV)
2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved--
Maybe these are the most beautiful and encouraging words ever to be inspired by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul. He begins chapter 2 of his epistle by telling us of the dire condition of man. A condition that all of us “once walked in.” Each of us, before the Lord invaded our hearts, followed the sinful ways of the world. We were children of “the prince of the power of the air.” We were spawns of Satan. We were “sons of disobedience.” We were those that lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and mind. We were by nature “children of wrath!” Then comes maybe my most favorite words within God’s holy scripture…”BUT GOD.” In His rich mercy because of His great love for us, raised us to new life. We were dead in our trespasses, yet He made us alive in Christ!!! Oh, the glorious reality of our God! Oh, the glorious reality of His grace!! He could have left us right where we were…DEAD! But He chose not to. He breathed new life into our spiritually dead corpse. If you think of nothing else today, think of this. Think of the glorious salvation that comes in and through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, while we were still sinners, died for us! Now, go and live like it! Proclaim from the mountain tops of this greatest of all news!Praying for you always. The world is in a mess. The world is in chaos. Satan is rubbing his hands together as if he is thwarting the plans of God. Yet he and the world are deceived. They are blind to the fact that our God is in complete and utter control. They are unaware of the coming Day of the Lord. And sadly, if they die in that condition, they will spend eternity separated from Him while experiencing His holy and just wrath. Be on guard. Be vigilant. Be faithful. Be bold!
🙏I'm praying for you always. ❤️
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