Verse of the day (Ephesians 2:8)
Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
My first verse of the day after a long while and taking a break is long winded this morning. It’s Saturday and I have some extra time for my first verse of the day back. Sorry …I guess I had a lot pinned up in me since I quit writing them a while back and today is a special revelation to me from today’s verse on top of that …..so…..anyway…..But really thank you to all that asked me to do this again. I am humbled and grateful that I am able to use this medium to express my thoughts in a free country under God.
You can start the song for my day below now if you want, and let it play low in the background if you would like. It is such a beautiful song.
This morning as I think about the word faith in today’s scripture I see something different from the other times I have read it. I looked up the definition of faith in the dictionary. I always focused on the word gift and grace in this verse in the past but faith stuck out.
Here are a few definitions of faith.
strong belief or trust in someone or something
allegiance to duty or a person
firm belief in something for which there is no proof
Complete trust jumped out at me. I have always focused upon the words gift and grace but now I see something new through the word complete. There are only 2 scriptures with the word complete in the (kjv) new testament (Col 2:10 and Col 4:12) Interesting because I read the niv version most of the time and it says stand firm. But reading with a focus on complete in th kjv, well it is powerful without saying anymore.
We are MADE complete by trusting through faith.
(Col 2:10 And ye are complete IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power)
(Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete IN ALL THE WILL OF GOD.)
We stand complete because of him and not us. This has opened my eyes with a different light and meaning. I have read this verse and memorized it and it has amazed me how today God is showing me something I have never considered about this famous verse . Eph 2:8. ////Such an Amazing God we serve. \\\
Standing complete combined with faith is powerful because it has a finished connotation. (DONE)Thinking about it this way is really so humbling. To know that we can’t do anything to earn it takes a burden off of me. So if I can’t do anything else then I must praise God for such an amazing grace. If it is complete and finished and I believe it then it is reasonable to say all I have left to do is to thank and praise him for such a great and awesome gift. We can’t work for it because it is done and we can’t do anything special to gain the gift of God which is eternal life. WOW !!! Can it really be that simple. I really think so; YES…..because his word is clear.
I wonder if I really understand the work of the cross? I mean really understand the finality of the work Christ did for us in his sacrifice for our sins. There is nothing I have to do but believe it, trust it and live it. That is all….the rest comes natural if I give my life to it. Total acceptance and belief nothing less…..total belief…….. I think that those that are opposed to eternal security don’t understand scripture and the power God has given to a true believer. A true believer…..A true believer has eternal security. ( Read: Eternal Security by Charles Stanley) Charles Stanley has taken a lot of ridicule for that statement but they must I believe he is speaking to a true convert who truly believes yet struggles in the flesh.
Galatians 2:20 (I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I AM A SINNER SAVED BY GRACE………….
At this very minute the hairs on my arm are standing straight in the air. How much more clear is this scripture and no wonder it is one of the most popular verses in the bible. I am in awe………..
When I became a believer I had all of the completeness of a perfect sacrificial offering through his son Jesus. I was given sanctification which is now waiting to be brought to completion through Jesus Christ who took my place. The powerful thing is it has already been done and accepted. My name is written in the book of life. I now only have to wait for his arrival. I am growing in that grace, LEARNING to use the power given to me, and coming to an understanding of the battle we are in against the old nature vs the new nature.
Now I have a nature that wants to totally serve God and only him. Yet I have a tugging of the old nature to rebel against God. It’s quite natural to rebel because of the lineage of Adam, but we have victory in him that has already won the battle of death for us. Here is where the power lies (through him)………like Gal 2:20 states…
So today as I go about my way I want to really consider what has been done for me instead of trying to perform or figure it out. That gives me a total freedom to worship him. I walk with a sense of adoration for everything done for me instead of falling into a fear based belief. There is nothing to fear. Perfect love cast out all fear.
I want to really get a grip on being complete in what he has done like Col 4:12 states, that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
The will of God is to simply believe in him and what he did is real and alive and to serve from a heart of worship.
This Sunday I want to have a sense of praise in my heart for what he did.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN PLAYING IN THE SONG FOR MY DAY. THEY SAY EVERYTHING I AM FEELING TODAY. I FEEL A NEW LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING. PLAY IT AGAIN AND TAKE SOMETIME TO THANK HIM WITH ME NOW FOR SUCH A GREAT LOVE HE HAS FOR US. WATCH THE VIDEO. LOOKS LIKE A FANTASTIC CONCERT BY HILLSONG AND DARLINE ZSCHECH IS SUCH A GREAT WORSHIP LEADER.
OUR BIGEST PROBLEMS ARE BUT A SPECK OF SAND IN ALL THE SEAS ON THE EARTH TO GOD….
I do believe in him and what he has done for me and everyone who believes.
It is complete…..
Song for my day: ‘I believe in you’ Hillsong Click here to listen