Monthly Archives: August 2010

Self-Esteem and Grace

“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” is an interesting quote by George Carlin. It certainly has merit because it is about ‘merit’. He is saying insecurity may be earned. It certainly doesn’t come from grace! Thank God!

For people life may be a constant struggle to find security and meaning even when things are going well as well as when things are going bad. Without understanding what God really can impart to us when we believe, it can get pretty heart-wrenching. Often well-meaning religious people push the hurt even deeper.

I have met people who think they know all about God and their lives are wrapped up and focused on judgement and performance.Because of what God wrought in Christ we don’t have to swallow and accept this as ‘life just as it is’!

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We don’t have to earn anything, we just have to accept that something bigger than us has given us our value that is far greater than what we could gain from a title, wealth, prestige, education or from religion (Yes religion!). We just have to believe it and use it! It is not earned!
 Remember chapter 1:6 of Ephesians (What a book!) We are to be:

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

So why waste all that effort on low self-esteem. Give it up! and read Ephesians!

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To The Praise of His Glory

In chapter 1 of Ephesians, the phrase ‘to the praise of His glory’ is used three times. In that chapter, there are some great things listed that God has done for us. A big one is that he has ‘blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ’. We have been given the very nature of what He is in the form of a full measure of holy spirit. When we walk in the light and direction of this spirit we can do great things and bring the good pleasure of His will into view. That is why he makes us accepted when we trust the reality of the wholeness only He can provide for us and we become ‘sealed with that holy spirit of promise’. It is all to be to the praise of His glory (His magnificent splendor). That is quite a privilege for us.

Ephesians 1-17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

We are a very blessed people and humble too! We have so much to offer people who are trapped or cornered or enveloped in heavy darkness. We are to the praise of His glory!

Isaiah 60:1-2 (Amplified Bible)1ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! 2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.

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Growing Up

Ephesians is a great book! It contains important keys to maturing as a Christian. You don’t have to know Greek or Aramaic to understand its breath-taking truths. My favorite verse is Ephesians 4:15:

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

There is a beautiful 3-part  precept magnificently displayed in this verse. To grow up: 1) we speak, 2) the truth 3) in love. All three components are vital elements to our growth. We can speak the truth certainly. So can legalists, religionists, quoters; anyone can speak truth. We can speak in love, but we might be humanists, people pleasers, and even flatterers. We can love truth but how does that help anyone else or help us mature. We need all three elements if we want to really help people know God  better as we  mature  in the unselfish nature that Jesus Christ so exemplified.

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