God’s grace in Ephesus: Eph 2:1-10 " filling the void"

God’s Grace in Ephesus: Ephesians 2:1-10

I am watching this movie called, “ Salt” on TBN.
Its about a girl who goes away to college, and take a Humanities course.
From the first day of class, the teacher mocks her, for her faith in God.
Saying she has no accurate proof that God exists.

I took a class like this, and was treated the same way.
I ended up dropping the course.

The thing that got me most in the World Religion class was that the common theme seemed to be
“works” and personal merit will get you to heaven, or a higher level.

Christianity is the only religion that stated the theme of Ephesians 2:8-10

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The girl goes into the teacher’s office. He seems to be having a phone call with his wife, and its troublesome. The girl watches and listens. She planned on dropping the course, but changed her mind when she heard the problems her teacher was having. She asked him if he was okay.

The teacher replies,
“ What’s it like to believe in something , with such conviction?”

The girl answers, “ Its wonderful.”

The teacher then asks, “ What would you do, if you lost it?”

The girls answers, “ I’d do all I could to get it back.”

She leaves his office, and the teacher has tears form in his eyes

Continuing this, God brought to my mind a theme for Ephesians 2,

“ Filling the Void”.

To be made alive in Christ, we have to let go of things in our lives that are not glorifying God.

We all have hurts, habits, and hangups…but that should not lead our lives.

I will be honest with you. I struggle in this area sometimes, probably every few months. I am not ashamed of it; I just know certain things will target it.

I have the tendency to be very clingy with people when I have something happen in my life that is hard to deal with, so the way I deal with the ” clingyness” is I draw far away from people as possible. I draw away from people, and cling to God.

Some of you might think this is a good thing to cling to God, but in my case, I sometimes do my best to pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist. Until my mom is driving 30 min to knock on my door, because she hasn’t heard from me.

Sunday was a bad day for me. I had a horrible night at work, and a lot of other things on my mind; I felt like I really needed a hug. And I didn’t want to go to church, because I didn’t want people to feel bad for me, I didn’t want them to know I was in a funk.

I did go to church though.

I walked up the sidewalk. People greeted me. I half greeted them. I went to walk into the door of the church, and a lady I know from my bible study grabbed ahold of me and hugged me, she wouldn’t let me go in until I stopped and greeted her.

I didn’t really hug back.

I walked into the church, I went and sat at the very front. And practically during the first song. I was on my knees.

But the point I am trying to make is not to follow my mistake. God wants us to fellowship, and there is nothing wrong with wanting a hug.

But at the same time. Your role to be there for others. You can stand in the gap. But you can’t fill the void.

We all have cherished sins we hold on to, and I can’t really give mine a name,
but its just as bad as the bottle or anythingelse…it controls me. Instead of letting my God be the one in control.

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

For the moment. I end here.

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