Devotions for September 2, 2014

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Ephesians 2:1-10

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You 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. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 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. 7 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.

8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Q: Have you ever been given a gift? Can you earn or deserve any gift given to you by someone who loves you? Should a gift from God be any different? Doesn’t He love you more than anyone else ever could? Do you still feel the need to put conditions on what He can and cannot give you? Are you continually striving for God’s adoration because you feel as though you must work for it?

Q: How have you experienced God’s grace in your life? What are some of the moments that you may not have recognized at the time? When you step back and look at your life over time, how does that change your perspective on life? Does it help to see God at work in the here and now as well as in the past? Is it easier to see the times when God’s grace has covered you?



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