Ephesians 1:3 - "According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
God knew us before we were born.
Ephesians 2:8,9 - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."
So, we can thank God in Christ for liberating us from a "works based" salvation, ie. we are not working for acceptance or to earn our salvation.
Ephesians 2:10 - "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Yet, the revelation that salvation is not based on our works should not be interpreted as though the family of God is a "work-free zone." God has not liberated us from the realm of works, only from self-generated, religious "dead works."
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"God is at work in you." This is such an amazing reality. It does, indeed, inspire fear and trembling, yet it is also the source of great confidence. For if it is God who is working in us, He will soon be working through us. It will look like us working, but it will really be God manifesting His works through us.
Our Task is:
1. To seek Him.
2. To study His Word.
3. To minister to Him through prayer and worship.
4. Then we are to make his inner working visible through us.
This is exactly how Jesus revealed the Father. He said, "...my Father who lives in me does His work through me" (John 14:10).
The truth is, we have been "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." So we are saved by faith, but God has a destiny for us that requires that we work with Him to see it come to pass.destiny.destiny is for us, Paul says, "....work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
I EXPERIENCE GOD-INSPIRED IDEAS, LOVE-ACTIVATED THOUGHTS RISING UP INTO MY MIND FROM THE REDEMPTIVE SPIRIT OF GOD.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WORKING THROUGH ME TO REVEAL JESUS.
I AM ALIVE TO BURN FOR GOD. I'M ALIVE TO MAKE HIM KNOWN.
I FOCUS ALL MY ENERGIES ON CARRYING HIS PRESENCE WITH EXCELLENCE - I CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE A MOMENT IN MY LIFE WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES DISTRACT ME FROM TENDING THAT FIRE IN MY HEART.
As new creations, the Holy spirit dwells in us in an eternal relationship. His presence is a living reality, capable of speaking to us, inspiring and directing our lives to fulfill God-inspired works.
We are not saved by our works, but neither are we saved from works.
1 Peter 2:9 -- "For you have been chosen by God Himself -- you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God's very own -- all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light."
We know we are a priesthood, chosen by God, possessed by God, holy like God and royal to God. We have immediate access to Him and we don't need a human priest as a mediator because our Heavenly Father provided one Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. We have direct access to God, through God. Discipling new believers into their inheritance in Christ.
Romans 12:1 -- "I beseech you therefore, bretheren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
As priests we are to serve God no matter what our vocation. Not because we have to, but because we want to! And, there is not one vocation that is more "sacred" than another because Christ is Lord over all. His Word applies to all. The Word does not say that ministry is "sacred" and other vocations are "secular." Life itself is sacred. God is life and all Believers are life giving priests. His ministry to a world that needs to know Him. We can bear the burdens of others and we are the go-between for them before God. We identify with the weak, helpless, fear-filled, unborn, sick, poverty stricken, homeless, hungry, depressed, and spiritually destitute. We ask on their behalf, in faith, believing. Then, as the Father gives direction, we GO and minister to them and His power becomes available to set them free.Affirmations
I am not designed to drift -- I am designed for destiny.
I seek God for my destiny, and don't lose sight of the heavenly vision.
I carry within me the resurrection power of Christ -- I have the power to BECOME.
I am ready to expand my reality and become the destiny for which I have been predestined.
Because we are royal priests we are called into royal service, to be a wonderful message to the world! We have been commissioned to display His nature, His kindness, His goodness, and
As soon as we're saved we are to be discipled so we can be disciples doing what Jesus did. Then, we GO and equip more disciples (Matthew 28). We move out of the church building into the works of the Kingdom!
Now we're certainly not chosen, possessed, and holy to do nothing and to live mediocre lives.
Of course not!
We're called to minister in the presence of God, to live an active role in His presence. Our lives are a priestly service through: