Wednesday, March 25, 2009


"Awake, O sleeper

and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you"

I was reading through Ephesians Chapter two and an important repetition started to play out in the writings of Paul. It's hard to put into words without just showing you, so here is an example:

Ephesians 2:1
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins"
We are called to die to ourselves and sin on a daily basis ( 1 Corinthians 15-31, Romans 6:11).
In this death to sin we are called to be alive in Christ. We are either dead to Christ and alive to sin or we are alive to Christ and dead to sin. We cannot serve to masters (Luke 16:13). Being dead to sin means we are no longer slaves to it.
Romans 6:14
"For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace"
Sins power is lost!

Okay, so I should probably warn any readers that I tend to get excited and maybe even of track, assuming it is possible to do so when discussing God and our freedom in Him.
...I digress; next verse

Ephesians 2:2
"...following the prince of power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-"
We are no longer sons of disobedience, we are sons (and daughters of course) in God's family. We are fellow heirs, to share in the Kingdom of our most High God because of the blood Christ shed for us on Calvary (Ephesians 1:11-5)
We are not sons of disobedience but children of light and called to live as such, seeking out and discerning what is pleasing to God (Ephesians 5:8-10)

Ephesians 2:3
"among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body, and mind, and were like children of wrath, like the rest of mankind."
Many may take this verse and think that passions and desires are inherently evil but this is not so. We are called to love God with all our heart soul and strength. Now don't miss this because, not only do we find it in Deuteronomy 6:5 but it is a verse that Christ reiterated later in Matthew 6:22-37. If we commit our selves, our whole selves to the serving and living in Christ we sill be transformed. Our transformation will come from the renewing of our minds as Paul teaches . We are to be different from the rest of mankind.
Romans 12:2
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
When we undergo this transformation, our desires change (Psalms 73:24-25)

I could continue for the rest of the night, in awe and wonderment of the writing in God's Word. Every time I open up my Bible in an earnest and honest search I am shown something more, but it takes me effort and lots of it. If we seek we shall find; sometimes it may not be what we thought we were looking for. God really does make us glad with his presence and, for me it is never more evident than when he reveals something spectacular to me.

Father, I come to you humbled by Your grace and Your constant outpouring of blessings and knowledge. i thank you for the undeserved wisdom you give me and all other who call on You and recognize You as their ever-present Father, Redeemer, Avenger, Sanctifier, Lover, Friend , Creator, Judge, and Holy, Righteous, Almighty Lord of all! I am so unworthy to even be able think your name or receive the grace you and forgiveness you granted me all those years ago and that you continue to rain on me on a daily basis. Thank You for the sacrifice you made for me in Your Son. Thank You for allowing me to be reborn to live in Christ and die to my transgressions and sin. Father, let me always understand how completely dependent on You I am; souls are at risk and I pray that would be a burden on my heart every day, and through that I would remember that You have chosen me as a light. Help me to shin e bright and put myself in a place to reflect Christ!

Awaken me, daily God,
let me be dead to sin
and Christ will shine on me