A Deposit Guaranteeing Our Inheritance

The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 139 - Ephesians 1:-11-14 - A Deposit Guaranteeing Our Inheritance - Growing As Disciples

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 139 – Ephesians 1:-11-14 – A Deposit Guaranteeing Our Inheritance – Growing As Disciples

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 a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV)

I Chose You

That is what I did for you. What did you do for me? I chose you. You were predestined according to my plan. I worked everything out, I orchestrated everything around you so that you would be able to come to know me. When you were in your greatest difficulties, under the most stress, and in painful circumstances; I was there and very near to you. When you cried out to me, your plea did not go unnoticed. When you turned your life over to me, a celebration took place in heaven. There was great joy when you turned away from your old life of sin in the world, to begin your new brand-new life in me. You heard and received and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. On that day, the entire course of your life changed. On that day, your thoughts and words and actions would never be the same again. Is everything that I am saying proved true? Is your life completely different since the day you began to follow me as your Savior and Lord? Yes, everything you are saying is wonderfully true. I do have a brand-new life in you, there is no doubt about that. Speaking of having no doubt, there are very few guarantees in life, would you agree? Yes, I would agree, this life is filled with uncertainty. It is hard to imagine that anything in this life that is guaranteed. Well, one thing is guaranteed. You have an inheritance awaiting you in heaven. One day you will come to live forever in heaven with me. There is no doubt about that. In fact, you have a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance in heaven with me. My Holy Spirit came to live and dwell inside of you on that day when you turned your life over to me. I remember that day. I remember that moment. Thank you for my inheritance in heaven with you. Thank you that I can now live each day of my life for the praise of your glory. Yes, that is what you will do as you walk through life with me.

Lord, thank you for orchestrating everything around me so that I could come to know you. In my difficult circumstances, you drew me to yourself. You saved me and gave me a new life in you. Your Spirit now dwells in me. Help me to bring praise to your glory. Amen

Key Question…  How did God orchestrate everything around you, according to His will, so you could come to know Him?

Living It Out…  Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life so you can bring praise to the glory of God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit living inside of you is a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance in heaven.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are living your new Spirit-filled life in Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your new Spirit-filled life in Christ bring praise to the glory of God.

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Our Inheritance

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 17 - Ephesians 1:11-14 - Our Inheritance - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 17 – Ephesians 1:11-14 – Our Inheritance – Growing As Disciples

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 a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV) 

A Promise

You chose me, there is no doubt about that. I did choose you. You are correct. But what makes you so certain that I chose you? Well, it wasn’t my plan to choose you, that is for sure. I was walking on a path that led away from you, not toward you. I wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to live my own life. I had my own thoughts and plans and desires. You were not in any of them. I was determined to set my own course. My entire focus was on myself. I was self-centered, self-indulgent, and self-sufficient. I wanted no help. I would receive no counsel. One might say that I was living as my very own god. Me, myself and I was on the throne of my life, there is no doubt about that. That is true. That is how you were living.  So, I deserve no credit in coming to you. No, you do not.

You allowed me to hear your word. You made me able to hear your Good News. At just the right time, you helped me to come to believe in the Gospel of your salvation. Yes, I did. What was right about the time? I had reached the end of my rope. I had hit rock bottom. The foolish and unwise life I was living left me bruised and battered and broken. I had nowhere to turn. I had nowhere to go. There was only one direction I could look. There was only one who could hear my cry. Which was? To you, you heard my cry. You answered my prayer. You had been pursuing me all along and I did not know it. You had been drawing me to you and I could not perceive it. Yes, I did pursue you. Yes, I did draw you to myself.

So, what happened to you? You turned my life upside down. You changed my course. You turned my life around. You helped me to come to believe in you and place all my faith in you. I confessed my sin. You save my soul. You made me to be your very own. You are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and King. Yes, I am. What else did I do for you? You filled me with you Holy Spirit. By your Spirit, you are now leading and guiding me through life. I am now following you to where you lead me and doing what you ask of me. I am now seeking to live a life that brings praise and honor and glory to you. I am now living the life of salvation you have secured for me. Yes, you are, and your life of salvation has begun and will continue on until forever because I have place and an inheritance secured in heaven for you. You have my Holy Spirit in you as a promise and a guarantee. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for helping me to hear your word, the Good News, the Gospel of my salvation. Thank you for helping to believe in you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit and forever securing my inheritance in heaven with you. Amen

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A Deposit Guaranteeing

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 171 - Ephesians 1:11-14 - A Deposit Guaranteeing - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 171 – Ephesians 1:11-14 – A Deposit Guaranteeing – Growing As Disciples

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 a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11-14 (NIV)

Guarantee

I have heard it said that there are no guarantees in life. I suppose people say that because life is so fragile and uncertain. But the saying, is absolutely incorrect. How so? I know without a doubt that you love and care for me. This is guaranteed to be true. Why can you say that? You came into this world to live and die for me. You gave your life as a sacrifice for me. You paid for my sins. Your blood shed on the cross cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. Could there be any clearer demonstration of your love? Could you have done anything more for me? Could you have given me a better gift than the salvation I have in you? I think not. You made me to be righteous in God’s eyes. That is also guaranteed to be true. Why is that? You are God. Your will cannot be thwarted. Your plan cannot be denied. No, it cannot. What else is guaranteed? You have a plan for my life. I am not alone in the universe. I am not wandering around with an uncertain destiny. You didn’t just save me for heaven. You saved me so that I could be used by you in this life. You have good works prepared for me to do for you. You have a purpose for my life. How do you know this to be true? You have taken the most unlikely and differing circumstances of my life and combined them to grow and develop and lead me in ways that you have given me to serve you. I could not have anticipated or predicted or prepared for how you have made me able to serve you and bring glory to your name. You are working in and through my life without a doubt. Yes, I am. It pleases me that you know this to be true. What else is guaranteed? I have a future forever in heaven with you. I have an inheritance with you in heaven that is awaiting me. How do you know this to be true? You have filled me with your Holy Spirit. Your Holy Spirit is guarding and guiding my life. Your Holy Spirit is helping me to know and to love and to follow and serve you. Your Holy Spirit has filled my life with hope and joy both now and forever. That is true. That is right. That is good. Thank you, Lord for all you have done for me. I am all yours. Yes, you are all mine. 

Lord, thank you for allowing me to hear the good news of my salvation in you. Thank you for drawing me to yourself and making me one of your own. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance in heaven with you. Amen

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