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Ephesians

August 2 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
Ephesians 2:19-22
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Observation
Paul says the Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners to God. This is important to me because I have not one ounce of Jewish blood. Jesus laid down His life, God laid down His sonís life, and in so doing, saved me from condemnation. Paul said that Jesus is the cornerstone of the church. This means that without Jesus as the focal point of the church, it will fail. Itís like in music. A song isnít a song without a rhythm. Itís just noise without rhythm. Itís meaningless. Jesus is the rhythm of the church, the pulse. Consequently, He also must be the rhythm, the pulse of our faith, since each memberís faith within the church is another stone in the building, another note in the song. Without yielding to the rhythm, or relying on the cornerstoneís support, the building will crumble, and the song will be ruined.
Application
I need to keep remembering, no matter what I am going through, that Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, and in so doing, He must also be the cornerstone of my faith. I must remember that He did not falter when He stared Satan in the eye in the wilderness, who tempted Him. Instead, in the midst of temptation, He countered with His own knowledge of the Word, since He was, and is the Word. So to must I be prepared when temptation creeps in again, always unwelcome. I need to remember that temptation only get to me because God knows Iím ready for it. He knows that I, with His help, can be rid of that temptation. So I must not give in to that temptation, rather, I must persist, and remember the Word.
Prayer
Lord, thank You for tugging on my rope. Iíve felt You tugging all this time, and I guess I was just afraid to try and fail You again. I donít want that to happen now. I realize now that without trying, Iíve failed You anyway, and Iíve failed myself. I need Your help to restore Jesus as my faithís cornerstone, as my faithís rhythm. Jesus, I ask Your forgiveness for my sins, yet again. I need You to forgive me, because I have no other way to be redeemed. Lord, I need Your yoke, because mine, carried alone, is too heavy, and I cannot carry it already. Each day I add to the load as if it were nothing, whether I realize it or not. Yet, slowly but surely, itís become unbearable. I hardly know myself anymore, and have put my flesh, however few, before my family, my friends, my church, and my God. You deserve better than that. Iím not saying that I deserve Your forgiveness, but I do need it. Iím sorry for letting my priorities shift, and losing sight of whatís important. All of this because Iíve felt Iíll be alone for the rest of my life? No more! What You have planned for me is best for me and will make me truly happy, fill me with true joy, and give my life meaning and purpose. Should I remain celibate throughout my life, I will not complain. But I know I have this desire to be wed for a reason, just please reveal that the reason is either Yours or Satanís. Should it be Satanís will, help me cast it into the fire along with him. But if it truly is Your will youíve instilled in me, please, do not bring me together with the one I must marry before You make me fit in Your eyes to receive her as my wife, and her to receive me as her husband. Please help me become the person You made me to be, and reveal the steps I must take to do accordingly when You see fit. In Jesusí Name, Amen.
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This journal entry was posted by Garrett. She is currently single with no children and has attended New Hope for the past 5 years.

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