DIG for Thursday the 3rd of March…..do you want more grace and peace in your life…..Ephesians 1 v 2

People are always looking for more “stuff” in their lives, be it love, money, power etc.

Paul writes to the Ephesians ( and he writes to you) offering some different “stuff”.

Paul offers us grace and peace.

Grace can be defined as unmerited favour and peace is the absence of strife, but also has the implication of prosperity.

Thanks Paul, I for one will have more of those please!

Paul also tells us where to find this; it can only be found in God and Christ.

Grace and peace do not come from works, religious performance or from putting your self under legalism.

Grace and peace are a gift from God and are received through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is actually described as being grace personified (John 1 v 17).

Peace (and mercy)comes from walking in the Spirit with the Lord and is a by-product of this (Galatians 6 v 16).

Do you want grace and peace in your life this afternoon?

Spend time with the Lord, meditate upon His Word and learn more about the finished work of Jesus Christ, and this will see grace and peace (including prosperity) flow through all aspects of your life.

This is what God wants for your life, He wants His grace and peace to flow through you so that you can live in health and prosperity (3 John 2 ).

He wants you to live and abundant life and has provided for this through the finished work of Jesus (John 10 v 10).

All you have to do is believe and receive!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for your grace and peace”.

Ephesians 1 v 2…..Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ

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DIG for Wednesday the 2nd of March…..God has a role for you…..Ephesians 1 v 1

Paul was a man who knew he had been appointed, and anointed, by God.

He had been chosen to carry out a role by God, under the authority and headship of Jesus.

This is what He is saying in the first verse of Ephesians; he is giving the church his credentials.

God has chosen him and now he is working for Jesus Christ.

The wonderful truth is that being chosen is not just for the “super doopers” in the church; this truth is for every single one of us.

In the Word we see God having a plan and purpose for many of His followers, for example Joseph, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Paul to name but a few.

Also in the Word we see that God is “no respecter of persons”, that means that He has no favourites.

What God does for one person He will do for all.

So if He had a plan and purpose for Paul He has a plan and purpose for you.

I am blessed to be able to say, “Vic, a pastor and teacher of Jesus Christ by the will of God”.

You can also say the same; just replace the role title with what God has for you.

Yes, you may not be a pastor like me, you may not have a ministry that changed the world like Paul, but you do have a role in the church and in the world.

You may say you are an encourager (that is a ministry) or a helper (that is also a ministry); you may say that you set up church on a Sunday morning (that too is an essential ministry).

Whatever you have been chosen to do, you can do it for Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me and thank you that you have a plan and purpose for me in your church”.

Ephesians 1 v 1…..Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus