Friday, March 13, 2015

God's Word to you

Praise be to God who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  God chose you in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love He predestined you to be adopted as His children through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace which He has freely given us in the One He loves.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure.  In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed you were marked in Him with the seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.

For this reason, because of your faith in the Lord and your love for the saints, I thank God for you and remember you in prayer.  Asking God our gracious Father to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.  And His incomparably great power for us who believeThat power is like the working of His mighty strength which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.

Eph. 1

Dear brothers and sisters,

Receive the truth.  God has chosen you, called you, adopted you, marked you, included you in Christ, loves you…because it pleases Him and it is His will for you!  God has called you to be holy.  He has given you every spiritual blessing – you have it!  He has freely given you grace and lavished wisdom and understanding upon you. 

May you know Him better and see the hope which He called you to.  You have a great inheritance!  And may you know the incomparable great power for us who believe!  It is the same power that raised Jesus from that dead that is in you!!!  God wants to work in you and through you – not by your power but by the power He has given you.  He is going to do greater things than you can imagine through you because He is amazing!

(Listen to all of Eph. Every day for a week and let God speak to you.)     

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