27Jul

how knowing the truth changes you

By grace, through faith you are saved.

By Tami Heim

Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above,not earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  – Colossians 3:1-3

In that transforming moment on the Damascus road,  Paul gets God’s plan and immediately begins to live out the paramount truth of it. He endures many trials and relentlessly presses through all of them to make the Gospel known.

Knowing the truth, Paul can’t help himself. There’s no other option.

Paul’s letters contain his reflections on past failures and shortcomings. He compares the old life without Christ to a new one in Him. He draws parallels between what Christ experienced and what will happen in the life of His followers. Paul repeatedly reminds us that what God did for Christ, He does for those who believe in Him.

By grace through faith, that’s how it works. Have you met Jesus on your Damascus road? Are you living like you know the difference between who you were and who you claim to be now in Christ? Does the knowledge of the truth compel you to make the Gospel known?

  • Read this passage below aloud
  • Insert YOUR name in the blanks.
  • Ask God  to reveal the reality of your past depravity and the miracle you are today because of the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:1-10

“______ was dead in transgressions and sins, in which ______used to live when ______ 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.

_______ lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.

Like the rest, _____ was by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for _____, God, who is rich in mercy, made ____ alive with Christ even when _____ was dead in transgressions—it is by grace _____ was saved.

And God raised _______ up with Christ and seated ______ with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in 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 it is by grace  ______ has been saved, through faith—and this not from ______, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

________ is God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for _____ to do”.

Knowing the truth changes you. There’s no other option.

Logon, pick a platform, broadcast His message, and make Him known. Boast about His grace and the difference He’s made in your life. Tell someone about what He’s done for you.

Be about the works He’s prepared you to do. Rejoice that He chose to use your life for His glory.

What’s the one thing you want to tell others about your God?

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You are His workmanship. By grace through faith, His beauty and righteousness are seen in you. #LiveSticky

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  • Coenraad Fick

    WOW. What a great post. I must concur, in that when you are truly in Christ, you simply can’t carry on with your old sinful ways. One must in all things boast the greatness of God, and make His name known to all you encounter every day.

  • Tami Heim

    Amen – May all of us live knowing and desiring no other option or in our life, but to make Him known.  Blessings on you as you boast of His greatness in your life today.

  • JAN CARVER

    I so appreciate that you have a print text tab so we can print your great articles & without photo(s) because they can use a lot of ink – thank you for being sensitive to the needs of others that have to be very frugal in this time.

    Ms. Jan

  • Tami Heim

    You are welcome Ms. Jan! Honored that you are printing and sharing. Thanks for coming by here today. We appreciate you!

  • http://twitter.com/Youthguy07 Carl Jones

    “For it is by grace Carl  has been saved, through faith—and this not from Carl, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”  There is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less.  And I want the world to know!

  • Tami Heim

    AMEN Carl Jones! Way to make it known.

  • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

    That’s a great word, Carl. When I realized that grace is a free gift from God, my world flipped upside down. He was that much more beautiful and the Gospel was that much more precious. That kind of message just HAS to spread!

  • http://chrisvonada.com chris vonada

    Absolutely a message worth shouting from the treetops, Amen and thank you for a super post Tami !!

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Chris – You’ll find me in the tree next to you my brother!

  • Tami Heim

    Kenny- you have the gift of encouragement!

  • Rachelhauck

    Great post, Tami. So insightful and helpful!

    Rachel

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks friend – you are a wonderful example of making Him known.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=671101964 Jennifer Adams Klein

    Wow, powerful!! Thank you for this encouraging post!!