Message for October 2, 2016 from Pastor Shirley

    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works so that no one should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared that we should walk in them.

    And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power. Colossians 3:10

    You are God’s workmanship, the finished product of His creation. The Greek word for “masterpiece is “poema” literally meaning a poem or a work of art. Gods says to us, “you are my poem, my work of art.” I have finished the poem. I have finished the painting now walk in the completed work I have done.

    God’s workmanship is not the ongoing process of what God is doing in you. It is the completed work of what God has done in you. You have inside of your Spirit man everything you need to accomplish His purpose. It is in your spiritual DNA. Quit trying to find your purpose and just be. And in just being  you will walk in what God has prepared beforehand. The works He has prepared for us is not by self effort or following the law. I see that God has already placed genes of love, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self -control. This flows not from the outside in but from the inside out.

    God did not just save us so we could go to Heaven someday. That is the purpose of salvation. The plan within the purpose is for you to show forth good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  They are waiting to be activated by  the Holy Spirit.

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