As we enter into this holy season, lets savor what God did for us...the ultimate Gift of Grace...
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also. BUT GOD, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved! He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift—not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2: 1-9 (Holmans Standard Christian Bible)
This phase came back to me as we have journeyed in our Esther Bible study. There's a "before" and and "after" surrounding this phase. A make-over. But there is one more important thing I want you to notice - - the comma after BUT GOD. It means we are to stop, to pause, and to take notice. So I ask you to do this as you reflect again on the scripture above.
No matter what circumstances we are facing, where we have been, what failures we find within our self, we can list them out and follow them with "BUT GOD". Then the make-over begins and we can rest secure in Him to handle our life circumstance and bring it into His plan. For example, you may feel rejection from others BUT GOD loves you and desires a relationship with you. He will fill your void. He loves you.
We were once nothing, made from sin and made full of sin, BUT GOD sent His son as a sacrifice for our eternal life. What a gift. What power coming from two three letter words. BUT GOD.
This weekend and always may we praise God for His love, mercy, and grace in that we can be alive in Him because of His son.
His Maidservant ~ Pamela