Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Carry on…with Purpose

Before and After

At some point in our lives we ask: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Paul makes clear the fact that God has called each of us to a divine purpose – divine because it’s from Him. Our purpose on this earth is to bring glory to the One who has made us and save us. But the way we bring Him glory will be unique to each of us. God uses our specific backgrounds, where we’re from and the family we’re raised in. He takes our experiences and our circumstances, and He customizes a distinct purpose for each of us.

Read Ephesians 2:1-3
Paul says we previously lived according to our fleshly desires. “But God.” Each one of us has a “But God” story and each story is different.

Let's look at three different "But God" stories in Scripture: Paul's, Peter's and John's. Click for video.

To experience genuine change, there must be takeover before there’s makeover. Invite God to takeover every area of your life – let the spiritual makeover begin.

Diving Deeper

In what way does Paul say we were once “dead”?

How does Paul describe the way we previously lived?

When our spirits are resurrected in Christ, our old life – with its destructive habits and sins – is buried, but that doesn’t mean we’ll never be tempted again. In what area of your life does sin still seem to hold a power over you? Invite God to take over this area, and perhaps seek the counsel of a trusted friend or pastor.

Sometimes we let our past sins loom over us with shame and guilt. But those sins have been forgiven in Jesus’ name! Does a part of your past still bring you shame? Ask God to take over in this area too. You’ve been forgiven.

Write it out – As we write out Ephesians 2:1-3, let’s give God thanks for burying or old way of life and for giving us a new life in Christ

Prayer: Thank You, God, for burying the old me and giving me new life. Thank You for setting me free from shame and guilt. Help me to share this amazing Good News with everyone I know. Help me to give You all the credit and glory for every change You’ve made in me. Amen.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

Denise J. Hughes, “Word Writes: Ephesians”

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