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Read Ephesians 2:1-3.

Christians do not live in the past tense. They’re through with what they used to be before they came to know the Lord. There’s nothing in our past we have to be proud of, but everything in Him, our present and our future, is our joy. And a solid remembrance of just exactly what we all were like before we came to believe helps us appreciate Him in whom we trust all the more! And in case you’ve forgotten, this is what your life used to be:

“… you were dead in your transgressions and sins …”

No, you weren’t a very pretty sight at all. The smell of death was all around you.

“… you used to live … follow[ing] the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air …”

Yes, you used to blindly follow your enemy to your own destruction.

“… [we] … lived … gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts …”

Yes, you were selfish to the core.

“… we were by nature deserving of wrath.”

No, no matter how you might have thought otherwise, heaven is not where you were headed.

Thanks be to God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our past need not haunt us now!

Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name, not ours. Your have brought Your rule into our lives. May we fall down before You to thank You! Give us this day what we need to live that we might thank You more with letting Your heavenly will be done in our lives here on earth. Forgive us, for we fail You still, and often. May we extend the sort of mercy we yearn to receive from you. Guide us today into You, our Future, and steer us away from Satan, our past. For You are our everything now. Amen!

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