This is a crappy cup of coffee.
I want you to do something here.
I’ve put Ephesians 1:1-14 below, but I’ve changed a few things about it (I think I can do that…)
Any place where the word ‘you’ is found, I replaced it with a spot for you to put in your name.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to ____ and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed ____ in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose ____ in him before the foundation of the world, that ____ should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined ____ for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed ____ in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of ____ trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon ____, in all wisdom and insight making known to ____ the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him ____ have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him ____ also, when ____ heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of ____ inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Friends…this is good news!!
I want to take some time and just do a little mind dump here.
Ever since O.E., I’ve been wrestling through who I am and what the rest of my life is going to be like. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what direction that I was going to. I wasn’t sure about a lot.
In times of uncertainty, I’m so grateful for a God who never leaves.
In times of uncertainty, I’m so grateful for spiritual truths found in scripture.
In times of uncertainty, I’m so grateful for people who speak truth into my life.
In times of uncertainty, I’m so grateful for honest, real, worship music.
Two of the podcasts that I frequently listen to have been going through Ephesians 1. In that chapter, Paul is discussing the fact that we do nothing to earn God’s love, grace and mercy. It all starts in the very first verse:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, (Eph. 1:1)
Paul, is only an apostle because it is the will of God. Paul did nothing. As a matter of fact, Paul should have been the last person chosen by God.
I should be the last person chose by God.
But I Paul wasn’t.
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons (Eph. 1:4-5)
He chose Paul before the foundation of the world.
He chose me.
That is Good News!
He chose us before the world was created that we should be holy and blameless.
…to show off how great we are?
…to show how we have it all together?
He chose us to bring Him glory! (Eph. 1:6)
Thank God for that!!
I’m not that great.
I don’t have it all together.
I am a mess.
But God still chose me!
I am loved!
God’s grace has never been about you. It’s never been about me. God’s grace is all about Him.
This world we live in will tell us all types of lies and half-truths.
In Christ, you are loved.
Ephesians 1 are promises for you, brother and sister.
Rest in them.
Find joy in them.
This past Sunday, we discussed guilt at FUEL. What an awesome night.
Here are some quotes from the message:
Secrets lose their power when they are exposed to the light.
Too often our confession is a painkiller. It numbs the pain, but it doesn’t heal the wound.
All too often, we offer the “I’m sorry” confession to God because we don’t want to get out of the sin.
Remember, you’re not guilty anymore! Let the guilt go!
A goal of mine is to post weekly FUEL recap blog posts with the songs we sang and a little recap. Sound like a plan?
We started a new series this week “Enemies of the Heart.”
Do you feel like a masterpiece?
Are you willing to let God chisel?
“This place is trying to break my belief, but my faith is bigger than all I can see”
We need to be reminded of this in the midst of tragedy.
This broken world is trying to take me away from the God I love.
Trying to steal my belief.
Turn my belief into unbelief.
My faith in God is bigger than I can see.
Even in the midst of trials, God is bigger.
No matter what, I choose to believe.
Oh great God give us rest
We’re all worn thin from all of this
At the end of our hope with nothing left
Oh great God give us rest
Oh great God do your best
Have you seen this place it’s all a mess
And I’ve done my part to well i guess
Oh great God do your best
Could you take a song and make it thine
From a crooked heart twisted up like mine
Would you open up Heaven’s glory light
Shine on in and give these dead bones life
Oh shine on in and give these dead bones life