Ephesians 2:8–10 (NKJV) 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
How long should you stand around celebrating?
- I believe in a good time of rejoicing.
- The Bible tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
- It says: “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalms 32:11)
- Habakkuk 3:18 says: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
- You should keep on rejoicing and celebrating.
While you are rejoicing, know that you were created for good works and prepared to walk in them.
Look at those “Good Works.”
First, you did not get into the camp of the Conqueror because you did “good works.”
Ephesians 2:4–6 (NKJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
- This is the unmerited favor of God.
- You are a conqueror because God is merciful and loving.
- He brought you into the camp of the Conqueror.
- He raised you up when you were dead in trespasses.
- Trespasses are your errors, sins, failures and offenses.
- Without God’s help and mercy you would be kicked out of the camp of the Conqueror.
- He turned my mourning into dancing.
- He put off the sackcloth of my distresses and death and clothed me with gladness, (Psalms 30:11)
- God has made us great.
- He has brought me into the camp of the Conqueror.
Psalm 18:35 says: “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.”
- David knew that God lifted him up.
- He knew that he was nothing when God in mercy and love claimed him.
- David said, “My soul will sing your praise and not be silent. I will give thanks to you forever.”
- He knew he was nothing when the Lord picked him up.
- He knew that he was in the camp of the Conqueror because the Lord gave him victory.
- Do you see what the Lord has done for you?
I just can’t stop praising the Lord.
- Whatever may come, I must praise Him.
- Whatever I do, I must praise Him.
- He has saved me and raised me.
- He has filled me with the Holy Ghost.
- He is my Healer.
- He has rescued me and changed my life.
- I would never have been in the camp of the Conqueror if the Lord had not shown me mercy.
- He has brought me out and He has brought me into His glory, grace and love.
Second, God prepared you for good works.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
What kind of works has He prepared you for?
- God brought you into the camp of the Conqueror so that you could do the work of a conqueror.
- That is why He gave you the whole armor of God.
- God has prepared you for works of righteousness.
- He has prepared you for works of faith.
- He has prepared you for good works.
- He has given you the Holy Spirit so you could do greater things.
- He has given you His victory, so you could stand against every evil foe.
- He has prepared you for works of victory.
Since He has prepared you for this, you should be busy.
What should we do?
In Ephesians 4:25-32, he gives us some things we should do.
- Put away lying and speak the truth.
- Be angry and do not sin.
- He is not telling us to get angry.
- He is saying, “If you get angry, do not sin.”
- Give no place for the devil.
- Let him who stole steal no longer, but let them work.
- Work so you have something to give to those in need.
- Don’t use foul or abusive language, but let everything you say be good and helpful.
- Speak words of encouragement to others.
- Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
- Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you, (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Does that sound like work to you?
How do you do good works?
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV) Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 (NKJV) And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
- This is a good way to start.
- Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
- Make every word and deed bring glory to God.
- Make every word and deed conform to the Lord Jesus Christ.
- If it does not bring glory to God and if it does not conform to the Lord Jesus Christ, put it aside.
- You have been changed.
- You did not earn this.
- You did not enter into the camp of the Conqueror because you were so good.
- The Lord brought you into this camp of victory.
- He brought you into this camp of glory.
- Since He brought you up into this glory, grace and favor, you should do the works of a conqueror.
- When I was struggling with a particular behavior, I learned Psalms 19:14.
Psalm 19:14 (NKJV) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
- The words of my mouth and the work of my hands follow the meditation of my heart.
- When the meditation of my heart is acceptable to the Lord, I will do better.
- If you struggle with doing good works, start thinking about what the Lord has done for you.
- Meditation is a time-consuming activity.
- Start filling your mind with the things that the Lord has done for you.
- A mind full of the Lord’s blessing and goodness changes the words of your mouth and the actions of your life.
Hebrews 11 tells of many who rose up to the camp of a conqueror.
- Noah was divinely warned of God, and he built an ark for the saving of his people.
- Abraham received promises from God and left his homeland.
- He looked for a better homeland.
- By faith, Jacob blessed Joseph and made mention of the exodus and the land of promise.
Hebrews 11 continues talking about these heroes of faith.
Hebrews 11:33–34 (NKJV) Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
- Think about what they did.
Hebrews 11:39–40 (NKJV) And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
- Do you see that?
- God has provided something better for us.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been brought into the camp of His victory.
- Through Him, we live in victory.
- Through Him, we persevere.
- Through Him, we can keep going on.
- Keep on looking to the Lord your conquering King.
- He brought you into a higher calling and a greater camp of victory.
- Do not be weary in doing good.
- The Lord is with you.
- Do not become faint-hearted or grow weary.
- He will finish what He started in you.
- Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
- Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking away from everything that hinders and distracts.
- Strengthen yourself in the power of His victory.
Understand this, you have been brought into the camp of His victory.
- You are in the camp of the Conqueror.