We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works

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Thank God for another opportunity today to join in public worship and to fellowship with my church friends. This is a joy and privilege which I cherish very much.

This morning I heard a very encouraging message from Ephesians 2:
Ephesians 2:8-10
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We were reminded that salvation is all of grace and not of our works. It is the Lord Jesus Christ Who saved us from our sins. It is His Works on the cross in laying down His life for us that saved us. We are not saved by our good works or even our faith. Our salvation is solely a gift of God. Faith is the medium that we received this grace of salvation. Although good works cannot save us, we are saved in order to do good works as an instrument of God. We are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Sometimes the care of this world and physical infirmities or mental struggles clouded me of my calling here. But this morning, I am reminded afresh through God's Words in Ephesians 2:8-10 that salvation is all of grace and not of works lest any man should boast. We cannot rely on good works to earn salvation as it is Christ alone that save us. But although good works cannot save us us, we are saved in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are saved to serve the Lord. May God enable me to present my body a living sacrifice unto God to live for Him and serve Him. Daily many things will demand my attention and energy, but may God help me to set my heart and affection on things above and to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness in all that I do.

Thank you once again for all your prayers and encouragements. Thank God for His mercies to me. I am learning daily to walk with our Lord, to find much joy and strength in Him despite whatever struggles I face or whatever physical or mental infirmities I have, and to serve God in little little ways. I look forward to the day when the Lord will call me home to my eternal rest where I can enjoy His love, worship and fellowship without the hindrance of sins, sicknesses, mental illness, etc etc. Until then I am comforted that His grace is sufficient for me and He will guide me along as I learn to look to Him. I pray for His grace to keep my eyes upon Him and not let the rough ways or storms to distract me.

Life will have many challenges and we will have our portion of ups and downs, joy and sorrows, success and failures, etc etc. May the Lord enable us to know more and more of His love, mercies and faithfulness through them. May He continue to sanctify us through the trials in our lives and make us more useful in the extension of His kingdom, to share His Gospel with others by word of our mouth as well as through our lives.

How blessed to belong to the Lord! He is our hope here and for all eternity. May His joy continue to be our strength daily for He has promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter what we go through in this life, His grace is sufficient for us. Praise Him!




Another card from my collection :-)

9 Kind thoughts:

Lady Vankovic said...

Hey.. I am SO PROUD of you. this is awesome!!! keep on rocking for christ sista!!!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Hello Nancie dear! Blessings to you! A very good post today and I thank you for it. I really like your Precious Moments card to. Very true isn't it? Huggles.

Marissa Miller said...

What an inspiring post! Hope you had a wonderful sabbath!

Paula Joy said...

Good post, Nancie! We need to remember that these trials will pass and that Heaven isn't too far away!!
Thank God that we know Him and have an eternal home to look forward to. That keeps me going - the thought that any day now Jesus is coming to take us home!

Nancie said...

Lady Vankovic, Michelle, Marissa, Paula, thanks for visiting and your prayers and encouragements.

We serve such a great God Who has redeemed us and is lovingly working all things for our good and His glory. What an encouragement! May He continue to strengthen you with His joy daily. Take care and have a blessed week :) Hugs.

Pocket said...

I agree with your thoughts but am in a spiritual decline right now. I'm just tired. Don't know how much meds play a part of this. I am using meds as an excuse. Can't truly figure it out, but I do not enjoy church on Sunday. Maybe it's sitting alone in a big sanctuary. Maybe it's just a deep rut I'm in.

Jennifer said...

What a great post:) Thank you so much for your concern you have showed for me and my mom during this time..god will bless you for your kindness!!! I love the precious moments picture, thats really cute!! I love precious moments:) God Bless

Nancie said...

Hope you and your mom are feeling better, Jennifer. Isn't it wonderful that God is our refuge and strength at all times, and especially in time of sadness. May His love and goodness strength your heart and draw you and your mom nearer to Him. Glad you like precious moments. I love their pictures too. So sweet and cute. Take care. God bless!

Nancie said...

Pocket, I can identify with the spiritual dryness you feel at this moment and my heart goes out to you. I have been through it many times whenever I am severely depressed and it is the most painful of all my experiences as I am someone who enjoys God and worship whenever I am well.

During depression, the chemical in our brain has malfunctioned and it is not able to send the right signal to our brain. So we can't think, feel or do aright. Therefore during clinical depression our inability to enjoy God, Church and other spiritual means is most of the time due to our brain chemical. We are generally not able to enjoy much things not just spiritual things. But when the chemical in our brains are restored, we will once again be able to enjoy prayers, reading of God's Words, Church, Christian fellowship, our family, work, hobbies, etc etc.

Waiting is difficult. I am praying for you. Hope your medicine will work well and God will restore you through it and other helps. Do seek out other wellness activities too. And if possible, do not stop going to church. Though you can't feel much now, God's Words is powerful and it can be used of God too to restore us together with medication and other helps. Continue to seek God daily despite how you feel because the Lord is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is a powerful source of support and consolation in my darkest days. And He will do the same for you as you wait upon Him.

Hope you feel better soon. Take care.

 

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