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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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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