From Death to Life

Thought for Today: And you hath He quickened            -Ephesians 2:1
Memory Verse: So will not we go back from You:  quicken us, and we will call upon Your name. Turn us again,    O Lord God of hosts, cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. – Psalm 80:18-19 KJV
Bible reading: Ephesians 2:1-13

And you hath He quickened…

-Ephesians 2:1

’Tis the dead soul who knows the quickening power of the Spirit. Once dead because of sin—a child of disobedience, without and within. Now, having been made alive unto God, the writer directs the believer’s attention backward to his dark past—albeit, for good reason—thus, bringing glory to the One who paved the way; translating him from darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son, to say: “You used to live in sin just like the rest of the world, walking according to the prince of the power of the air.” But God, who loved us, took on “damaged goods” —second-hand commodities, if you will— and made us accepted in the Beloved.  The moment the gospel was preached, our old taskmaster instantly faced defeat. It was on that unforgettable day our soul found relief.

Convicted in the heart because of sin —– turning from a wicked worldly den. Filled with ungodly pleasures once enjoyed, now disgraceful and shameful, so we hung our heads.  But only for a moment until we heard what God said “Even though you were dead because of sin, through my Son you have life whom I raised up again.” Who is the Son? He is the Christ the Anointed one! And where is this Christ? He is seated in the heavenlies, a position of great honor and glory. Seated on the right hand of the Father making intercession for us all; far above all authorities—principalities, powers, and might; a lowly Lamb, now a matchless contender.

The quickened soul is raised with Christ, more than a conqueror is he. This same God has put all things under His feet; therefore, all things are under our feet. Once considered Uncircumcised, we henceforth reap the benefits of being seated with the King of kings. How befitting that one should rejoice in looking back at what they—used to be.  Wretched sinners were we, that would include thee be! What a great testimony of how Christ Himself came and preached peace to thee— reconciling us though we were afar off, now brought near, by His own blood.  Lost; now found, blind, but now we see. Though we dare not boast in ourselves, for by grace through faith is this gift received.  Quickened! Yes, alive—alive—forevermore! Clinging to the everlasting arm, never more to roam. Oh, let the voices of victory ring, with the praises of the enlightened soul now sing!

 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ for good works. Thus, God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  – Ephesians 2:10 

Our debt is to Christ…Him only we owe. For the power displayed by such great love bestow—upon us that we are granted to share in His blessings above. Privileged indeed to look back and see, the great works the Son has wrought in thee.

PRAYER OF THANKS: Holy Father, I give you honor and glory for your great mercy and love you have bestowed upon me. I pause to bless your holy name and to give you thanks today for quickening my soul from death to life by the power of the Spirit. Please Lord, let my praises rise before your throne as a sweet-smelling savor. In Jesus’ mighty name.

I wandered so aimless – life filled with sin – I wouldn’t let my dear Savior in – Then Jesus came like stranger in the night – Praise the Lord I saw the light – I saw the light, I saw the light – No more darkness, no more night – Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight – Praise the Lord I saw the light

Hymn I Saw The Light – Written by: Hank Williams (September 1923-January 1, 1953

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