Ephesians 2:1-10 explains how we become alive in Christ once we've given our lives to Him.
It's important to remember the sinful conditions that Jesus saved us from. This memory will keep us humble and thankful to God for what we've been rescued from.
We are dead in our sin, prisoners of the enemy, when we surrender to our sinful nature. Only Christ can make us alive again!
Many have said they feel a sense of peace and a renewed strength when turning their lives over to Christ. How have you felt since God breathed new life into you? What has God restored in your life?
"Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil- the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live this way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature.
By our very nature we were subject to God's anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he's done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. " - Ephesians 2:1-10