“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”Ephesians 1:7-10, ESV
Have you ever stop to think how God defines you? We define ourselves in all kinds of ways, some good some not so good. But God always defines us from his point of view. He defines us by his mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love all brought about by his Son Jesus Christ. He no longer views of as sinner but as saints; joint heirs with Jesus and apart of the household of God.
Here are 3 Things that Define You.
Don’t be defined by your past but God’s present.
As a child of God you are no longer defined by your past. You have become a part of God’s family, and thus a part of past, present, and future. You’re not writing your own story but have been written in to God’s story. God’s redemption story.
In God’s redemption story all the sins of the past are washed away through the power of the cross. Your current situation is a part of God’s never ending story ending in everlasting hope. God has wrapped up your entire life from beginning to eternity in his redemption story.
Don’t be defined by fear but by faith.
Knowing that your living in God’s story allows you to put your faith in something bigger than you. It’s no longer a matter of you coming through, but God seeing you through. You can trust in God because he has told you the end of the story.
Don’t be defined as a coward but by courage.
God’s desire for you is not to cower to this world, but to be strong and courageous. You display courage when your faith turns to action. Pushing through because you’re confident in the Lord’s plan and power.
Courageous people save other people. Stand firm in your faith knowing that God has written you into His story.
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