Encourage One Another- But God

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But God….

Once I was dead because of my disobedience and my many sins. I used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. I used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of my sinful nature. By my very nature I was subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:1-3

But God….

To me these are two of the most important words in the Bible. By insert into “I” into the verses in place of we, the seriousness of my position before Christ becomes very clear. I was dead in disobedience, lost in sin and darkness, subject because of my sinful nature to God’s wrath. But God is the beginning of the promises that cancels the death sentence on my life.

But God…

Who is so rich in mercy,  loved me so much, that even though I was dead because of my sins, He gave me life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that I have been saved!) Ephesians 2:4-5

Good news all of us. For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7

God’s intervention into a world in darkness for you and for me, lost in sin, even though we do not deserve it.

He saved us by His grace when we believed  Ephesians 2:8

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:1

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

This is our hope and our prayer for all that are still in darkness.

But God…

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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3 Responses to Encourage One Another- But God

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