IAM Given a Gift

EPH 2:8-10 NLT God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Friends, the wonderful gift of salvation and life is the greatest gift that we could ever receive.  It’s there waiting for all of us.  We are the recipients of the gift.  The greatness is in the gift and the gift giver.  We did not deserve it or earn it, but God graciously gives it to us.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep a proper perspective.  Not to lower ourselves and consider ourselves worthless.  Because God loves us so much, and that fact of being loved by God makes our idenity powerful.  There is no boasting in being given a gift by the skin of our teeth.  I hope there is a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing grace we have received.

God saw something and planned something amazing for your life, long long ago.  That the amazing story of redemption is being written now as we speak.  That amazing story is resulting in a masterpiece that God is forming everyday.  The masterpiece that God is making out of your life is not meant to be sitting on the wall of a museum behind security glass.  God had a plan for you to do good things with that masterpiece.

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Let’s put down God’s Plan
1. He gave us the gift salvation because He loved us.
2. That gift of salvation working in us makes us an amazing masterpiece
3. The story and power of redemption of your life transformation into a masterpiece is a good good work for others to see.  For you to testify with your life, the amazing grace God offers to all man.

That’s the generic version:  allow God to form you, and mold you into the masterpiece he sees for your life.
Be a living testimony that God’s amazing grace is a gift that everyone is worthy to receive.
Encourage others to grow in their self worth because of the value of the gift and gift giver
Let God give you his heart for a specific purpose, passion or calling.
Keep on being awesome because our God is awesome!

 IAM Saved by Grace

IAM worthy because of the gift that I was given
IAM a Masterpiece
IAM a New Creation in Christ Jesus
IAM to do Good works according to God’s Plan

I can’t find a youtube video of this song, but it’s powerful
Listening to You Opened Up My Eyes by Martyn Layzell #nowplaying http://grooveshark.com/s/You+Opened+Up+My+Eyes/4zDpia?src=5

Let’s celebrate the fact that we we were once dead, but now we’re alive!

Martyn Layzell : You Opened Up My Eyes

Not by words and not by deeds. But by grace we have been saved
And it is the gift of God, the faith we need
Not by strength and not by might. But with power from on high
So that we can only boast, boast in You

For once I was dead, now I’m alive. For freedom I’m set free
And in Your great love, life do I find. You opened up my eyes
Not with eloquence or fame. But with weakness and in shame
For the power of Your strength. Is then revealed
And the message of Your cross. Seemed such foolishness to some
But the mercy of Your grace is hidden there

What mercy, what mercy, what mercy beneath Your cross
Your mercy, Your mercy, Your mercy beneath Your cross

IAM Adopted

EPH 1:4-8 NLT Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

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It’s hard for me to fully understand the depth of God’s heart and mind.  It’s my limitation because my mind is just not developed enough to understand or even have the capacity to think back that far.  I am starting to forget things that happened to me as a child.  The mind of our God is so much greater.  Even before the world began, God loved you and me.  That’s a very very very long time ago.
Not only did God love us, but he chose us to be in relationship with him.  It was premeditated adoption, through Jesus Christ.

God chose you!  He picked you out!  Out of all the humans that have lived on this earth througout the history of man, God wanted you to be in relationship with him. That choice was based in God’s kindness and grace.
I think I know a purpose for genealogies in the bible.  So and so begat so and so.. etc.  And how they trace all the way back to Adam.  He had a purpose and plan for you and me, even in the Garden of Eden.  It was deliberate and thought out.  Moses was adopted for a special purpose by the daughter of the Pharaoh.  It may not matter how you were born into this life or the circumstances, it’s more important whose loving royal family you have been adopted into today.  All the history of the world has been waiting for you since before the world began.
I want to encourage you with the powerful truth in your identity.  You are a chosen member adopted into God’s family purchased through Jesus.  An adoption is not cheap, and our adoption into God’s family was very costly.  Jesus’ blood was the cost to free us from death.  That’s what God went through for us.  That’s how important you are!
If someone asked you today: “Who are you?”  Can you answer in confidence that question?

I am a Child of the King.

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Answering that question with confidence brings power and posture through wisdom and understanding.
Power to live with the full confidence in knowing who you are.
You don’t have to spend any mental time on the what if’s and questions about direction.
You are moving full steam ahead into your destiny

Posture is your stance and mojo. It affects your language and prayers.  When we pray, we know we are talking to our Daddy.  When we speak with others about who God is, we can speak with first hand knowledge of what we know deep down.  Not just what we heard from someone else.  It’s time to live boldly in our identity.
It’s mirror time again! Look at your beautiful face in the mirror or selfie camera and proclaim the truth with me today!

IAM Chosen
IAM Loved
IAM Adopted into God’s Family
IAM a Child of the King
IAM Purchased into Freedom
IAM Holy and Without Fault in God’s Eyes

Tim Hughes  Holding Nothing Back

Survivor Records (2007)

I am chosen, I am free
I am Living for eternity
Free now forever

You picked me up, turned me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me
Everything

You washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean: a brand new day,
Free now forever

Now boldly I approach your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me

I’m free to live
Free to give
Free to be

I’m free to love you