We shared last week how the eyes of our heart need to be opened so we can know:
We are asking you to pray that one prayer each day this month.
Why do our eyes need to be opened to this state?
1. We are Dead
Dead = a corpse
Physically very much alive but controlled by a depraved nature
- Prince of air life shaped by the master of all evil
- World followers EXAMPLE: Anorexia a claim to the belief that outward appearance is what shapes our value.
- Appetite driven GREED WHICH IS ADULTERY Colossians 3: 5 – 9
- Children of wrath
Spirit at work is more than unbelief but it is an obstinate disobedience to divine will God’s desire to adopt us and a refusal to accept that adoption.
ALL OF US WERE IN THIS STATE
WHY? BORN THIS WAY
Children don’t learn from their environment, we inherited sinful nature from parents. They bite to get what they want. PARENTS DID NOT TEACH THEM TO BITE, BUT NATURE IS THERE.
Children of Wrath. Colossians BECAUSE OF THESE THINGS WRATH OF GOD COMING
2. But God
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me? Who is the wretch?
QUESTION: WHO DOES GOD LOVE MORE?
- The murderer or the murdered
- The sexual deviant or the abused child
Vs 5 Loved us so much. WHY?
GRACE = trite and debased through misuse and overuse.
- Lacking grace
- You are a disgrace
- NO LONGER MOVED BY THE WORD
Only by God’s grace you are saved.
Jesus saved us am I becoming more stirred up toward him or am I being inoculated to what he has done for me? Is Jesus becoming cliche? FIRST LOVE IS GONE
- Raised us with Christ past tense happened to us.
- sin made us impotent
- Quickened ability to produce life
- Seated us “IN” potential inheritance in front of us.
United two becoming One as in marriage and Paul will expound on this later.
3. The Gift of Grace
We don’t understand Grace because nothing is for free.
- There’s no free lunch
- You get what you deserve
- Do unto others before they do unto you.
- Do it yourself spirituality.
WANT TO DO SOMETHING IMPRESSIVE. We can climb the Mount Everest of accomplishments but what is that to God. From the moon you cannot even see Mount Everest because the earth is just a round ball. Nothing we do is anything to God from His vantage point.
Faith = majority believe it is a belief in the existence of God. Writers took that for granted. Faith is a trust in God. The difference between faith as belief in something that may or may not exists and trusting in God is enormous. The first is a matter of the mind and the second is a matter of the heart.
KEY POINT: Grace is Free only because the giver himself has paid the cost.
4. New Life Given
Ephesians 2: 10 creation Spoke of Poemia things to come. Works in advance for us to do
Life of Spirit will allow us to give life
Creating Spirit will create new life in us like he did at creation
God did not leave us as orphans. Beyond help of our own. He will come to you.
Hebrews 2: 3 How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation