Am I Good Enough? – Message OutlineIn Ephesians, chapter 3, Paul talks in detail about the plan of God and what is available in Christ to both Jewish and Gentile believers. (Ephesians 3:1–7,)
- Whatever is going on in your life right now, just know that Jesus Christ is greater. He is all powerful, and you can look to Him. He is the One in charge.
- Are you alive just to make a bunch of money, get a bigger house, and drive a fancy car? Is that what motivates you? Is it to be famous or to have a trouble-free life? Or have you gone deeper?
- Have you actually asked God about your purpose?
- There are no shortcuts to discovering your destiny. You’re going to have to spend time with the Lord. Yet once you earnestly open your heart and begin to seek God for direction, it will come.
- Direction may come as a sudden epiphany or revelation, or a visitation of some sort. Or it may be a gradual understanding that comes over time.
- I am convinced that when a person is saved, within the first year of their salvation God downloads 90% of their calling into them. They may not fully grasp it, but I think the sense of it is there.
- Revelation of purpose is not always immediate. It could be a slow and steady dawning like the rising of the sun.
- If you want to hone in on your purpose, get busy now. God is attracted to action.
- We each have areas in life where we are naturally fruitful. We have a built-in intuition about how to do certain things.
- God gives us the grace to enjoy whatever He calls us to do. Where do you find satisfaction and fulfillment?
- I honestly do not believe that God would call someone to do a task they hate their whole life.
- Where is your fire? What makes you come alive? Where is your passion?
- What makes you furious? What makes you angry? Most generally, God gives you a gift to fix the things that make you mad.
- Don’t get mad at someone else for not fixing the thing that makes you mad. Sometimes your anger can be a signpost to your calling.
- The only way for people to truly know that you are different is by observing over time the consistent fruit of a changed life. While that process is going on, you might just have to learn to live with some people’s skepticism.
- From the beginning of creation, God methodically and patiently began to reveal what He would ultimately do; yet no one could see it. It was a mystery known to God alone.
- Looking back, we stand in awe at God’s infinite wisdom. Yet at the time it was hidden.
- God painted His mystery across the generations. He spoke it through His prophets. He wove it into the ceremonies that He commanded His people to keep. It was everywhere, but it was hidden.
- The manifold, varied wisdom of God is declared and displayed through the church.
- God did not choose to showcase His wisdom through the mountains, the seas, the earth, the moon, the sun, the stars, or the galaxies in their choreographed dance throughout the universe. It is through the church that God has chosen to display His wisdom from generation to generation, stretching to eternity.
- Because we are in God’s church and part of His family, we can come to Him without fear or anxiety.
- We have access to the Father. We can approach God with boldness and confidence. The word “boldness” literally means freedom of speech. It carries the idea of coming without shame because of what Christ has done.
- You are as welcomed into the presence of God as the Savior, Jesus Christ, because of what He has done for you.
- We are not outcasts or beggars, but family. We have been chosen to display God’s grace and wisdom.
- Don’t lose heart when things happen that make no sense. Come to God with boldness and confidence, and let your requests be made known.
- It is an honor to suffer for Christ
- Pray for inward strength, not just for changed circumstances. Many spend much effort and energy praying that God would change their circumstances. Very few pray for inward strength.
- The word “dwell” means to settle down and make a permanent home. Has Jesus settled in in your life? He will decorate the walls of your soul with peace, joy, confidence, purpose, security, faith, and love.
- Friend, the width of God’s love encompasses all the earth; its length begins at the heart of God and stretches into eternity; its depth can reach the most depraved heart and lost soul.
- No matter how low you have sunk in your life, God’s grace can reach and grasp you.
- God’s love casts out fear. It never fails. It has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It compels us to live generously and put God’s kingdom first. It compels us to live holy lives, realizing that this earthly life is just a dressing room for eternity.
- What would compel Jesus to leave heaven and separate Himself from the eternal, blissful fellowship He had known with the Father throughout eternity past? Why would He choose to be born as a baby, become a man of sorrows, be persecuted, be put to shame, and be nailed to a piece of wood . . . literally be killed by His own creation? The answer is love.
- Love brought Jesus from heaven. Love demanded His death on the cross; and we are invited now to begin the eternal quest of experiencing and knowing that love in us and through us to others.
- God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think. I wonder if much of our praying is far too small.
- I wonder if when we get to heaven we will realize how much more we could have had, done, and experienced if only our thoughts had been larger.
- Grace, wisdom, and glory come through God’s church. Don’t you want to be part of that? There is only one way: by embracing God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Am I Good Enough? – Part 2
Discover your full acceptance and great value in God today! Bayless Conley unpacks your important role in God’s great plan in this verse-by-verse study from Ephesians, chapter 3.
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