LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
Sunday, February 01, 2004
But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, 5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). Ephesians 2:4-5 AMP
10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10 AMP
God has a wonderful plan for every person born into this earth. Before we were born, He already had a plan to bring us into relationship and fellowship with Himself. God is so rich in mercy and He loves us with a great and wonderful and intense love! Because of this love and in order to satisfy this love, He sent Jesus Christ to die so that we could be made alive with the very life of Christ Himself. We are His own handiwork, recreated to do good works that He predestined for us and walking on the path He prepared ahead of time. He prearranged for us to live the GOOD LIFE!
Before you meet Jesus, you live a life that has no eternal purpose and no imperishable rewards. Whether you believe in fate or in making your own destiny, you never find your higher purpose, no matter how hard you work at it. However, the moment you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you begin to live a new life—you begin to walk on the path that God has ordained for you and you begin to live the good life that He has prepared for you.
When you become a child of God, He begins to reveal to you His plan and purpose for your life. As you press in to His Word, He begins to show you the good life that you can live in Him. As you press in to hear His voice, your desires change to line up with God’s desires for you. You begin to walk on the path that He had planned out for you before you were born. You begin to live this wonderful life in Him that He had prepared for you even before He sent Jesus to die for you.
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30:19 AMP
You may have been born into this earth with nothing going for you, destined for trouble and tragedy, but in Jesus, you are born again into blessing, destined for a life of love, peace, joy, fulfillment, satisfaction and the glory of God. It is your choice—so choose JESUS and choose the GOOD LIFE!