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{WEEK 3} EPHESIANS 2:1-10

 

{Tyler and I on our honeymoon in 1997!}

My husband and I went on a much needed date Saturday night (feel free to insert your own favorite version of The Hallelujah Chorus here!).  In our world consisting of four young children, a variable hospital work schedule, ministry involvement and other random commitments, finding a free night dedicated to just us can sometimes be a pretty tough feat.  We met another couple for dinner, and clearly didn’t run out of things to talk about since we ended up closing the restaurant down nearly four hours later!  We really need to get out more – ha!

My favorite part of the evening?  Sharing with our friends how Tyler and I began our relationship all those years ago.  I sat and listened as my sweet husband described his early college years and how God got a hold of his heart in a powerful way.  We remembered our many years of friendship, when we grew to know God and each other more.  I even got chills when Tyler talked about how his feelings for me gradually, oh so subtly, changed into something more than just friendship.  And we had to laugh, once again, when our individual stories differed a bit on how -and when- God turned both of our hearts in agreement towards each other.

Remembering how it all started is good for my soul.

I left that restaurant filled with a thankful heart for all God has done and all He is still doing in our life and marriage together.  That simple story refreshed my thinking and commitment towards our covenant relationship before God.  I was humbled all over again when I recalled the fact that the development and sustaining of our relationship is all God’s doing, because we were, and are, two very imperfect people.

In the same way, it is good and right to recall those early days when God moved in my life to bring me into a saving relationship with Him.


As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,

in which you used to live when you followed the ways

of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,

the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh

and following its desires and thoughts.

Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Ephesians 2:1-4

Remembering who we were before Christ.  Our story begins there, and we should tell our story often.   No, not in a living-in-the-past sort of way, but in admiration and awe of  what God sent Jesus to do on our behalf!

Paul has done just that for us in our first two weeks in Ephesians.  He does well to remember, and then to remind us of our spiritual blessings in Christ.  And then, get this:  because he has HEARD of their faith, he is moved to respond in worship to the One who made it all possible.  Wow.

I love how telling the story of what Jesus has done for us can change our thinking instantly.  Instead of focusing on our worldly circumstances, it wallpapers truth on the walls of our minds, bringing us to new levels of thankfulness and commitment in our relationship with Him.  And the effects don’t stop there!  Our testimonies can move others to worship our Savior!  Isn’t that an amazing thought?!  As we move into week three of our study, I hope you are as excited as I am to share with others what God has done for us.  You can start by sharing with your Good Morning Girls group this week!  My prayer is that we, like the Ephesians, will be found faithful, and that the reminder of the gospel impacts us in such a way that we can’t keep quiet about what God has done!

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,

made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—

it is by grace {insert your name here!} you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

 

This week read: Ephesians 2:1-10

Digging a little deeper: For those of you who would like to learn more about these verses this week, I’ve provided a few resources below for you to use to help you…….dig a little deeper!

1. John MacArthur

a. Ephesians 2:1-10 Coming Alive in Christ

b. Ephesians 2: 1-10 Exchanging Living Death for Dying Life

2. John Piper

a. Ephesians 2:1 Why We Need a Savior pt 1

b. Ephesians 2:2-3 Why We Need a Savior pt 2

c. Ephesians 2:4 But God…

d. Ephesians 2:8 Pray for All His Purposes

 

Question: Looking back, how has God moved in your life?

 

I can’t wait to read your answers!

 

At His feet,

 

 

 

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  1. I became a believer 10 years ago this month! My husband says “even your eyes look different in pictures before you knew Christ.” I was one of the ones that had the FIREWORK transformations of life when I fell in love with Jesus! I still get butterflies when I think of the day after…I was walking around in a NEW relationship and was Giddy! I am so grateful for what Christ has done for me.

    Trusting in Him
    Angela

  2. I was saved in the third grade and never looked back. This mornings verse hit me a little differently… Seems like I tend to see sin very literal… as in the 10 commandments, but lately it has become clear that the “desires”, “cravings”, and “disobidence” in my life to today is more about the desire to decorate our new house by obsessing over pottery barn, craving unhealythy food, and being disobiedent to God by not finding ahome church in the six months since or move or not treating my body as His temple…. Hmmm, I have work to do :)

  3. God chased me down in October of 1990 and brought me into His family. After just a few short months the woman who had become my spiritual mother died of cancer. I was confused and devastated and walked away from God and the Christian life. In October of 2008, He chased me down again and brought me back into a relationship with Him and I am a changed woman. I don’t deserve Him. I am so grateful for His goodness to me. Thank you Father.

  4. tammy gonzalez says:

    all my life i have felt, no, i know that the lord has had a pertection over my life but it wasnt until i was 40 years old that i accepted christ as my saviour. satan can play a game with your mind. it is not until you bow at the cross and lay all your sins there and completly humble yourself ,with no pride, can you accept his forgiveness. that was my biggest problem realizing that no matter what sins i had committed he would forgive me. forgiveness and accept are big words. christ is my best friend, it is absolutly amazing how something lays heavy on your heart and you can talk to him about it and he gives you peace.

  5. Whitney – we married in 1997 too!!! I love the photo! It is so sweet to remember those special days when we met and fell in love with our hubbies and yes – so sweet to remember the days when we fell in love with our Savior! I was 5, when I was born again…and I’ve been head over heels in love since :)!

    SO glad to have you here as part of the team! You are a blessing!
    Courtney

  6. Jen Thorn says:

    Thank you for your words. I was also married in 1997 :) I don’t remember a time that I did not love Jesus. I might not have an “interesting” testimony, but I love looking back and seeing that because I was saved young Jesus protected me from a lot of sinful things that could have come into my life. He is good.

  7. Thank you Whitney for sharing your wonderful story with us today! I also was saved at a very young age and I love what Jen said about Jesus protecting us from a lot of sinful things….that’s so true. Sooo very thankful for what He has done for me! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  8. My husband and I were saved on the same day…six months after our third child was born. I am so thankful for His perfect timing…neither of us had to go through that time of such excitement without someone right there to share it with! And our children were only 2, 2, and six months…so we hadn’t ruined them yet!! Such a blessing to see our children grow up in a home that honored Christ above all: One is a single missionary gal in Kathmandu, her twin is an awesome mom of our first grandson (her second child, our third grandson is due next month), and the baby brother will be ordained as a deacon in his church in just a couple of weeks (the dad of our second grandson). God is so amazing. When we look at back at how He cared for us even when we didn’t know who He was, we both get teary-eyed…His Hands were guiding us all along the way.

  9. I’m trying to locate the weekly blogs from Ephesians, and I can’t locate anything but weeks 1-3 and 9. Can you help me please? We’re studying Ephesians this summer and I’m posting the link to each week’s blog on our share page. Thank you so much!

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