I know I have posted this passage so many times before, but I need to read it lots. And each time I do, I am reminded again of God's amazing grace. He loves me so much, but not enough to let me stay this way. Every day, when I choose to live in the passions of the flesh He shows His IMMEASURABLE RICHES and raises me up with Him, seats us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Not because of anything I have done, but because we were created in Him for good works and He loves us. I need it imprinted in my mind 24/7.
[Ephesians 2:1-10] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.