Thursday Morning: 01 Aug 2019 – Ephesians 2:1-10 ~ You are God’s masterpiece.

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Guidance – Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: Guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our lives we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Ephesians 2:1-10 (NLT)

Made Alive with Christ

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
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Morning Reflection:

We are God’s masterpiece.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

– Ephesians 2:10 –

Have you ever thought of yourself as God’s masterpiece – not as you were before you received God’s grace, but now as a new creation in Jesus Christ? Perhaps you think of yourself as a work in in progress. But Paul says – God has made believers alive, raised us up, and seated us with Christ. It’s a done deal – you are God’s masterpiece. And God wants to display you as an example of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness to those who are united with Jesus Christ.

What are the characteristics of God’s handiwork?

+ You are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
+ You have received God’s unmerited favor; it’s a free gift.
+ You have done nothing to earn, or deserve, God’s mercy.

And what is God’s purpose for you in all of this?

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

– Ephesians 2:10 –

Questions for consideration:

If you look at today’s illustration, you will note the messiness of it all – the paint, the brushes, and the palette. But these are only the tools, or means, by which the artist creates a masterpiece, not the masterpiece itself. You are God’s masterpiece – stay focused on who God says you are, and what God has planned for you to do.

  • Why do you think it’s easier to see what’s wrong in our lives, instead of what’s right? Please explain.
  • You are God’s masterpiece; your identity is rooted in what he says about you? Do you believe that? Please explain.
  • How can you continually remind yourself of who God says you are? What role can daily Bible reading, prayer, worship, and sharing your life with other believers play in this? Please explain.
  • Can you think of a “good thing” that God wants you to do? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer – For Holy Thought

O God, without whose beauty and goodness our souls are unfed, without whose truth our reason withers: Consecrate our lives to your will, giving us such purity of heart, such depth of faith, and such steadfastness of purpose, that in time we may come to think your own thoughts after you; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

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“You Say” – Lauren Daigle

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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