God Defines You
But God being rich in mercy…
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The enemy is powerful. He will constantly try and bring up your sin, past, and failures to make you feel defeated and useless. Oh how many of us walk around with guilty consciences all the time. He is relentless and is never going to stop trying to destroy us. We have to have faith. Faith is a shield that “quenches the fiery darts of the enemy.” Faith in who God says we are, faith in that He really does love us in spite of our sin, faith that “He does not treat us as our iniquities deserve.” (Psalms 103) A lot of times our faith is challenged by the enemy bringing up our past, but this passage in Ephesians so perfectly describes our God. He lists how we all were dead in our sins, living in the world, following our desires, BUT GOD. Always bring that to your mind when the devil is attacking you. BUT GOD. He is rich in mercy. He has great love for us. He made us alive in Christ Jesus. Faith in these things and confidence in them will quench those fiery darts of guilt from the enemy. God defines us in this passage, that despite our deadness in sin, He has a great love for us. We are loved and cherished by God more than we will ever know. Let us grow in faith and confidence in this everyday so that when the guilt and accusations are flying in from the devil, we can rest in who God says we are. You are chosen, loved, cherished, precious, valuable, a beautiful treasure to the Lord, even though you are a sinner.