A Deposit Guaranteeing

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13-14 - A Deposit Guaranteeing - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Holy Spirit – Ephesians 1:13-14 – A Deposit Guaranteeing – Growing As Disciples

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 1:13-14 (NIV)

Included

I am included. I heard your word of truth. You called me to come to you. You helped me to respond to you. Yes, I did. What a miracle that was. Why is that? I was so stubborn. I was so self-sufficient and self-reliant. I lived as if I were an island. I did not want or need or accept anything from anyone. I was so full of myself. How did that work out for you? Not well, not at all. How so? I went left when I should have gone right. I went right when I should have gone left. I went ahead when I should have stopped. I stopped when I should have started. I walked a crooked path and bounced around from one meaningless thing to another. I sought comfort and peace and hope in all the wrong places. I lived a bruised and battered life. I used people. People used me. I tried to prove my worth. I tried to earn my acceptance. I was never good enough. I could never accomplish enough. I could not measure up to my or anyone else’s expectations. Finally, I reached rock bottom. I saw no way out. I was filled with discouragement and despair. Life was not working out for me. I saw that.

What did you do when you reached rock bottom? I looked up. I cried out to you. I asked you to show yourself to me. I asked you to forgive my sins. I asked you to come into my life. You came to believe in me? Yes, I did. But, I now know that you were pursuing me. You were watching over me. You were drawing me to you. Yes, I was. I deserve none of the credit for my coming to you. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the path that led away from you. You pulled me out of the pit of discouragement and despair. You set me on solid ground. You became my firm foundation. You reached out to me. You loved me before I first loved you. You forgave my sins and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You have redeemed my life and given me an inheritance in heaven with you. Yes, I have done all these things for you.

How do you know it’s all true? How do you know for sure that you are redeemed and have an inheritance in heaven with me? What make you so certain? I have your promise. I have your guarantee. How so? You placed your Holy Spirit in me. The Holy Spirit living me in is your promise and guarantee that I am redeemed and that I have an inheritance in heaven with you. That’s true. That’s right. Yes, He is. For that I give you my undying thanks and praise. I love you with all my heart and mind and strength. I am so glad that I am all yours. I am your possession. That is very good.

Father, I do believe. I am marked with a seal. I give you thanks for the Holy Spirit as an wonderful deposit, promise and guarantee of my coming day of redemption and inheritance in Christ. Thank you for marking me in Him and making me your possession. Amen

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Marked In Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Ephesians 1:13-14 - Marked In Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Ephesians 1:13-14 – Marked In Him – Growing As Disciples

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 1:13-14 (NIV)

Guarantee

I’m so glad that I can look forward to more than what this life offers. Why is that? This life has more than its share of disappointments, pain and suffering. I know that this life was not how you designed it. This world and the life in it is broken. What you created has been damaged by sin and is beyond repair. Yes, it is. I know that you don’t want me to become too attached to life in this world. No, I do not. This life is like a blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers in comparison to all of eternity. That’s right. I am here on this earth for a very short time. This is not my real home. I am just passing quickly through this life. All that I see that seems so real and permanent is like a mirage on a sun scorched road. All I see here today, will be gone in not too many tomorrows. That is true. I could be discouraged. I could be disappointed. I could be worried about the temporary nature of life as I now know it. I am none of these things. I am not discouraged, disappointed or worried. Not, in the least. Why is that?

I have a promise from you. Yes, you do. I have a guarantee. Tell me about it. Your Holy Spirit lives and dwells in me. Your Holy Spirit came to live and dwell in me on the day that I became your permanent possession. You redeemed my life. You purchased my forgiveness. You secured my cleansing. You made me your very own. Yes, I did. You marked and sealed me with your Holy Spirit on the day that I came to believe in you. Yes, I did. I now have a forever future with you in heaven. I now have an inheritance that is certain and guaranteed by the deposit of your Holy Spirit living inside of me. Yes, you do. So now, I am encouraged. I am filled with joy. My heart and mind and life are overflowing with praise and thanksgiving for who you are and for all that you have done for me. Now, I want to live my life to the fullest for you. In the time, I have left on this earth and in this life, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to name. I want to faithfully follow and serve you until the day I come to live forever with you. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you that I have been marked with the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing that I am yours. You have redeemed my life and given me an inheritance in heaven with you. Help me to live now for your praise and glory. Amen

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