Hope everyone enjoyed the rest of their weekend! I don’t have a ton of time before I head to dgroup tonight, so I am only going to talk about Don’s sermon from Sunday. In college class, we finished up Ephesians 1. We talked about how we can see/hear of someone’s faith and love as these are internal things. We really see the outworkings of faith and love. We see steadfastness, sacrifice, service, etc. I hope that my faith and love is seen by all that I encounter! Believers should stand out in this world; the world is where the Body is seen! We also talked about how Paul prays for the Ephesians (as we need these things prayed for us as well):
- know the hope of His calling- our hope is a future fact, not a prediction.
- know the riches of the glory of the inheritance of our faith- the eyes of our heart will understand the magnificence of Him inheriting us…He wants us! Now that’s encouraging!
- know the surpassing greatness of His power toward us- we walk around with His power, with the Holy Spirit. We can effectively deal with any situation because we do it in His strength. God has authority over all things; He names all things.
After church on Sunday, I stayed and helped for the first week of our GAP ministry project. I was so thankful to be serving alongside these high schoolers who desire to serve the Lord and spread His glorious name. I can’t wait to see how the Lord will use this ministry for His namesake in the weeks to come! We desire not to just feed people’s stomachs, but also their soul. We prayed for them, wrote them notes, and the delivery team is forming relationships with them. It’s exciting that the fundraising team has been able to raise the support for the project and that the purchasing team is coming up with great meals for the families we are giving them to. God is working and I am grateful to be a small part of it! What a blessing to just be allowed to join in with the mission God is already accomplishing!
I got off work early yesterday and today because we had enough staff…last night I cooked dinner for me and Ashley and then my parents got back from St. Martin!! Missed them and so glad they had a great time! Poor mom though is pretty sick with an upper respiratory infection 😦 Thankfully, the illness didn’t hit her till the last night on vacation, so she got to enjoy herself. Praying for a speedy recovery and some good rest for her.
So…the other day at work, I got these pretty flowers 🙂 Before anyone gets any ideas, they are from one of my little four year old boys! haha
I was just thinking about sin this week and what a sweet truth it is to be free from bondage to it through Christ! When someone is not saved, they are enslaved to sin! Without knowing Christ, all you have to live for is this world and it is impossible to turn from sin. The unsaved truly do not know how to live another way and how to get out of a life in sin…we absolutely NEED Christ to turn from sin! We think that our sin or a life lived for ourselves is satisfying and will bring joy, but deep down, there is NO joy apart from Him; there is temporary happiness but not true satisfaction. Many may not even know how unsatisfied they are, most will recognize some longing for something more. God is greater than any sin and has given me power over sin. I am freshly appreciative for this truth in my life! I have been given the power through Him to fight sin and resist temptation- a power that one enslaved to sin cannot have. Now this is where God’s grace gets even greater, because I choose time and time again to forget this power and sin; praise God that He forgives and that He continues to give me strength for the next times I must resist sin! Christ has broken the curse of the law which leads to condemnation and death…there is no life apart from Him!
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.