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We Are His Workmanship

February 19, 2016

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We Are His Workmanship

It seems  that our society teaches  that we are  what we are  because of our own  hard work,  goodness, and worthiness.     We are told  to give ourselves credit  for all  that we have.

Paul  looked at things  from God’s perspective  when in Ephesians 2  he explained  how every single one of us  was dead  in our sins.     As we took part  in the ways  of this world,  we lived  in our lusts,  selfishness,  blindness,  and disobedience  of every sort.

In spite of all that,  God loved us anyway.     God touched our hearts  and gave us  a new life  with Christ.     In other words,  God saved us  through His sheer grace  in Christ Jesus.      We surely were dead in our sins,  but God mercifully  made us  His own dear children  —  just because He wanted  to be kind  to us.

The bottom line is  that we have been saved  by God’s grace,  through faith  in Christ.     We are not deserving  or worthy  of anything.     Our salvation  is a gift  from God,  so we can’t take credit  for anything.     So,  what are we to think  about all this?     Paul says,  in Ephesians 2:10,  we are  to realize that…

We are His workmanship,  created  in Christ Jesus  for good works,  which God prepared  beforehand  so that  we would walk  in them.

We are the result  of God working  in us.     God made us what we are  and gave us a saving faith  so that we could do the “good works”  that He Himself  “prepared beforehand”  for us  to do.     God has set up  the good things  He wants us  to do  in this life.     Now,  we have the responsibility  of actually doing  the good things  God has set before us  to do.

We are not to run away  from our responsibilities  like Jonah did  when he didn’t want  to preach  to the Ninevites.      God led him back  to his work  by having a whale swallow him.

Doing what God sets before us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your faithful love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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