To God ─ You Are Poetry in Motion

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them– Ephesians 2:10. The word workmanship is the Greek word poyeema and means a thing made, a thing produced, with effort and design. Poyeema literally is in reference to us who are His masterpieces. We can literally define the word poyeema as poetry in motion, for our lives are ordained by God to live in fellowship and harmony with Him Who has given to us a spiritually revived life. ~LMJ~

God’s Faithful Calling

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

God is always faithful to what His Word says, His promises to you are always true, and His calling you into His family is not a mistake. God the Creator of heaven and earth has loved you before time began, you were always in the foreknowledge of His mind, and He has always watched over your life.

God called you, and gave you His Word to rely on in this life and in the life that is to come.

When you begin seeing that God indeed called you into His household by your receiving the truth of His healing Word, then you may claim His Word and all its promises for your own by your very own believing. God’s Word instructs the believer how to believe correctly to receive His blessings and the many promises of His Word ordained and prepared for you before the world began. As the Word begins to permeate the soul as divine truth, so the more abundant life begins to become a daily reality as your walk with God continues growing within your heart along with the spiritual understanding to enjoy it.

I Thessalonians 5:19-20:
-19:  Quench not the Spirit.
-20:  Despise not prophesyings.

The Spirit here refers to the spirit that God gives each believer; it is a part of God Himself Who is our Father and the Holy Spirit. The spirit that we receive brings to our conscious minds that which God has spiritually given to us in His divine and faithful calling. God’s Word is imploring us not to quench, not to ignore and put aside in our thinking and actions, the divine revelations that the spirit can reveal to men and women of heart who believe in the Spirit of the living God.

Verse 20 is encouraging believers not to disregard the prophecies of Scripture, the past, the present, as well as the future revelations of God’s Word. Prophesying is also an in-spirit action, where believers may speak the Word of God by complete inspiration of having God in Christ in their hearts. For instance: “God is faithful in calling you,” this is a prophecy that is based on truth, based on God’s Word, and this prophecy will edify and build up the believers. Thus, prophecy always brings profit into our lives, and we have the God-given right to speak authoritatively on God’s Word once we become cognizant of God’s Word living in our hearts.

I Thessalonians 5:21-25:
-21:  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
-22:  Abstain from all appearance of evil.
-23:  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-24:  Faithful is he {God} that calleth you, who also will do it.
-25:  Brethren, pray for us.

The believers have the God-given ability to “prove all things” that God’s Word gives to us, and as we prove the Word of God to our own satisfaction, then we are to “hold fast” to “that which is good.” When the Word shows to us something evil, then we are to step back away from it, and hold wholly to that which is good.

The result of doing this is that the God of peace may sanctify the whole believer – his spirit, his soul, as well as his body and thus we are preserved blameless from now till the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for us – this is a promise that we can hold fast in our minds by our believing. In verse 24, what is it that God will do? He will bring us into the fullness of His faithful calling to be His sons and daughters for eternity.

Then Paul says “brethren pray for us”; this is a terrific lesson of Scripture, to pray for our leaders in the Church, for those who have delivered unto us the greatness of knowing the faithfulness of God’s calling to us.

The Creator’s Masterpiece (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:1-2:
-1:  AND you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and {in} sins;
-2:  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Before our salvation we were living our lives in the very nature of sin that was implanted in man since the fall in Genesis, for without God there is no forgiveness and thus humanity lives “dead in trespasses and {in} sins.” Yet now Ephesians shows us that we have been “quickened.” This word means being made alive (spiritually) which is the opposite of being (spiritually) dead in trespasses and sins. God has totally forgiven and cleansed us of sins and He has presented to us a new life in Christ, a life that is more than abundant. This new life in Christ is separate from “the course of this world,” because we have been totally released from the “prince of the power of the air” who is the Adversary. Without God in Christ in us, no matter what direction we were headed and no matter how wonderful that course may appear, it is a course of trespasses and sins. However, after our salvation God presents to us a course that leads to His right hand, a course into the righteousness of God, and a course that is quickening our very lives.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The word “workmanship” is the Greek word poyeema and means a thing made, a thing produced, with effort and design. In Ephesians 2:10, poyeema literally is in reference to us who are His masterpieces. We can literally define the word poyeema as poetry in motion for our lives are ordained by God to live in fellowship and harmony with Him Who has given to us a spiritually revived life. Ephesians shows us that we are God’s new creation, created in Christ Jesus, and we are those who live our lives, not in the course of this world, but in “good works” that God makes available to us through an understanding of His healing Word. Being God’s workmanship is a tremendous privilege to say the least. Every craftsman is proud of his workmanship, and it is the same with God – He is completely thrilled with us. The Epistles shows us the good works that God would have us walk into but the choice is obviously ours. This is why the verse states “that we should,” this is not a commandment but a loving request.

When comparing walking (living) by the course of this world as is shown in Ephesians 2:1-2 with what is made available to the believer in Ephesians 2:10, that we may live by the good works that God has already ordained for us, we cannot be anything but thankful because we are already pleasing to God. Let us again read Ephesians 2:10 from the Amplified Bible:

Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified*) – For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Jude – Revealing Our Common Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Jude, the Prophet gives the believers some encouraging inspirations to stand against some false teachings that have crept into the fellowship of believers. Jude refers to our salvation as the common salvation, because salvation in Christ was becoming well known, as it is also well known today.

Jude 1:1-3:
-1: JUDE, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
-2: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
-3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

When Jude explained the “common salvation” that so many people were experiencing he further exhorted the believers to “earnestly contend for the faith,” this faith is the faith of Jesus Christ that each believer receives (Galatians 3:22).

The word “contend” means to be in a spiritual contest, enjoying the actual faith of Jesus Christ, which is to have his believing faith on our side, because when we believe in his believing power for us, then things will begin to happen in and around our lives in a most positive way.

We believers have mercy, peace, and God’s love that is continuously being multiplied in our lives because we have been sanctified by God, and preserved for eternal life in Christ Jesus, and to this end were we called. Yet, Jude writes that there is a daily competition to walk upright in God’s calling us into the common salvation, so that we may enjoy His grace upon us.

There are some who even today will do their best to cause believers to walk out of bounds and as a result not receive God’s true blessings upon our lives.

Jude 1:4 – For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Lasciviousness” means to have a super abundance of ungodly lust. God’s grace covers for the sins that believers make, yet at times a heart can become hardened and start thinking that they can do anything regardless of how wrong they know it to be, and begin living a lifestyle of lasciviousness while thinking that God simply forgives their calloused, lustful behavior (Romans 6:1-4, II Peter 2:1).

The end result for this kind of abusive behavior with God’s divine grace denies the life that God called us into, and denies one’s ability to receive God’s spiritual blessings in grace.

God gave us grace because we need it, His grace is given for this purpose: That we may have spiritual freedom to walk with God.  Our loving God multiplied His grace and love upon our lives so that we may make honest attempts to enjoy His love, and when we do our God is most pleased with us.

Jude 1:21-22:
-21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
-22: And of some have compassion, making a difference:

What a timeless and exhilarating exhortation from God’s healing Word to “keep yourselves in the love of God.” It is His love that covers a multitude of sins, as we continue looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for us, so that we may enjoy having eternal life.

In our daily adventures down here, we can continue enjoying Our Common Salvation, which can be mutually enjoyed by all of God’s children. We may become compassionate enough with our salvation to make a difference in life, especially to and for our own lives, and then so that we may reach out to help another.

Living in the Care of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 34:10:
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Even the kings of the jungle lack the power to provide the complete supply for their young and so they have lack and suffer hunger. This shows that it really does not matter how powerful or rich a person is, without seeking God first he will have lack, not only in physical things but even more so, mentally and spiritually. We who “seek the LORD shall not want any good thing,” means that our God can meet our needs in life, and that living without want is available because our God is the supplier and our true sufficiency.

Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {food, clothing, and the things that give men and woman mental, physical, and spiritual abundance in life} shall be added unto you.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Living in the care of God is contingent upon believing the words in the Word of God. When God’s Word expresses that God will “supply all your need,” then that is exactly what He means.

Psalms 37:23-25:
-23: The steps of a good man are ordered {ordained} by the LORD: and he {God} delighteth in his {your} way. {The Lord God is in total delight when anyone walks in the steps that God ordains.}
-24: Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
-25: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed {his children} begging bread.

Who is a “good man” according to the Scriptures? A “good man” is a man or a woman who does one thing and one thing only; and that is they think about the Word of God (to the end that they believe His Word), they think the Word of themselves, and they believe the words God promises when He promises that He will not forsake them.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Life is such that people, no matter the strength of their faith, may from time to time fall, yet God promises that He will, with His hand (by His power and strength) lift them back up again.

Matthew 12:35 reads, “A good man out of the good treasure {i.e., the Scriptures} of the heart {that we have purposely placed there} bringeth forth good things,” and in Psalms 119:11 we also read, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” We Christians, by believing in God’s Word will bring forth good things into our lives, families, and surroundings. This is the promise of God to His own children.

Psalms 84:11:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. {Walking uprightly is walking with the Word in our hearts, and these are steps that God ordains.}

The challenge in life is to elevate our believing to the standard of God’s Word, for it is the truths and standards of His Word that allow us to genuinely and honestly live in the care of God.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7).

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.