Ephesians 2:1-6  NLT ... "Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil: the commander of the powers in the unseen world.  He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and the inclinations of our sinful nature.  By our very own nature we were subject to God's anger just like everyone else. 

But God is so rich in Mercy and He loves us so much that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us Life when He raised Christ (the Anointed One) from the dead.  (It's only by God's Grace that we have been saved).  He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His Grace and Kindness toward us,  showing all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus."   

Sometimes people have let the devil cheat or rob them out of the BLESSINGS they could have in this life.  God didn't intend for us to be poverty-stricken or sick.  He said that we are to reign in life.  He didn't intend for the devil to dominate us and our families. 

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler  


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