1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you 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. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

You were dead. We all were. And we all would still be if not for Christ and what He accomplished for us at Calvary. The wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). The word wages, opsonion in the Greek, means a soldier’s pay or pay for hire. Basically, you and I hired sin to please us for a moment at the cost of our life. Wow! Was it worth it? When I look at it in that light, it seems so ridiculous to give in to temptation, so unthinkable to give up so much for so little.

But it is in our nature to do so.Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me (Ps. 51:5). It helps me to put into perspective the depravity of my flesh. By nature, I deserve wrath. By grace, I receive life!

  • Where have you forfeited life?
  • Where do you need to receive God’s grace afresh?

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” Lam. 3:22-23 Thank God for His daily mercies that I lean on each day! So, as my flesh is consumed day by day, my spirit is renewed day by day. Choose life today!

1 Response

  1. BigBuck

    I forfeited life many times in the past. , but what are the little foxes now that may be getting me?
    I would say losing patience, frustration, anger with my wife and children. Trying to hold them all up in my own strength instead of dropping my pride and realizing they are my fathers gifts to me. He never would give me a gift with burden. I have to release them and call upon Jesus for help. Breath and be still. Take time to hear from my father and let the Holy Spirit guide me in love and understanding. He gave me this family because he knew how beautiful it would be if we all came to unity.
    The grace I need is to have more patience and look past the imperfections. More love and see the good in each of them more. Let that be a constant reflection, and not magnify on the irritations.
    Thank you Lord for your help in this area! I praise you and thank you. I humble myself to you now. In Jesus name amen.

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