I am preaching through the letter to the Ephesians at MGF at the moment and I am being blessed by the way Paul describes what we were to who we are now.
This letter explains really well the state we were in before we trusted in Jesus and what we have now as a gift of grace through faith.
The differences are mind blowing!
We were once dead in sin (Ephesians 2 v 1 and 5) but we are now saved by grace (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 8).
We were once strangers to God and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2 v 12) but we are now in Christ Jesus, full of all the hope we need (Ephesians 2 v 13).
We are no longer foreigners to God as we are now fellow citizens with the saints in his Kingdom (Ephesians 2 v 19).
We were once children of wrath (Ephesians 2 v 3) but we are now sons and daughters of the Living God, having been adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5).
This makes me realise that we have so much to be thankful for.
Now, you may be saying that things are not going well for you at the moment, and that may be the case.
But at least you can be thankful for all these changes that have taken place as a gift of grace through faith.
We all have many things to be thankful for irrespective of our current physical conditions in this world.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for where you have taken me from and for what you have given me and made me in Christ”.
Ephesians 2 v 19…..Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God