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Guard Your Gift

Focus Text: Ephesians 2:8-10
We have to guard the gift that God has given us. Someone who guards has to be on alert and on watch. We have to be on watch for the enemy who seeks to destroy the people of God. We must be sober and watchful. Beware of the tricks of the devil. (see I Peter 5:8) Many times, the enemy wants to discourage you, talk to your mind and lead you away from God. When you become discouraged and distracted, start thinking about where God brought you from evaluate what God saved you from. Anything could have happened to you, but God! Because of God’s goodness, the enemy couldn’t destroy you.
Paul knew the enemy was trying to turn the people at Ephesus, so he reminded them where God brought them from and how God had mercy on them. When we look back on where God brought us from, we will develop a greater appreciation for Him. It was of the Lord’s mercy that we were not consumed. Great is His faithfulness! (see Lamentations 3:23)
You don’t want to lose what God has done for you. The enemy will do everything to keep you from walking with God, but hold on to what God gave you! Don’t just go through the motions; develop an authentic relationship with God. Guard your gift of salvation. Don’t move off of your post and stand.
While you are on guard for your own soul, don’t forget to watch for others too. Continue in the faith and and stay rooted and grounded. (see Ephesian 3:17) Don’t let the enemy cause you to lose your place in The Lord. Thank God that, against all odds, He came into your situation, saved you, took your broken pieces and made you whole! (see Colossians 2:13) It is your responsibility to protect your walk with God and to protect your soul! Don’t be moved from the hope of the Gospel. Save yourself. Make up your mind to stay with God! (See Psalms 1:3)

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Open thread: What do you stand for, Bishop asks

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Bishop Pendleton preached out of Ephesians 6, and reminded us to put on the whole armor of God, and then stand. But who and what, he asks, are you standing for.

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